I've played the drums since I was 6 years old, and apart from the basics taught to me by my dad, I've never had lessons... Well not until a few weeks ago when I had my first lesson with Craig Blundell at Steve White's place in Stockport, Nr Manchester, England.
I realize most are noobies to the recording world on this site. There is so much information on the internet that may seem to be overwhealming.
If you would like a mix engineer to be able to mix your track... make ALL the raw trax available... not just the vocals,...or the drum stems...or a mix of the song without guitars, with guitars soloed in another stem.
Even if you have a drum loop...make it known that there are no individual drum tracks. A mix engineer can take your loop and make individual drum trax from it (seperate kick drum, HH, Snare etc.)
An old good friend and former stagemate sent me an email asking for advice. He's a lead-vocalist / keyboard / piano player and very frequent live performer (more than weekly). His setup is Giant, like a minivan full of stuff worth. When we played together last time I just showed with my Mac, a keyboard-controller, and my bass. I gave him a brief demo of how it'd be possible to to perform all the stuff he had to do using Logic-Mainstage like I was.
I got this note from him yesterday, and am posting it and my response here for feedback on my advice in case I made some glaring/expensive mistakes.