i need two things.

a scratchpad recorder for my own songs so i can loop/record my stuff and figure out what parts harmonize or go well together. You get the idea, that sort of thing. This wouldn't be for recording legit CD's, only so i can create songs better.

the 2nd thing i need is the actual album making quality recorder. i cant afford the 10,000$ Pro tools HD, but i can get to about 1,000-2,000$ if my band splits it. for this price range, what is a good thing to record with? and should i have to mic the drum set like crazy or not because I'm not a huge fan of doing that.