#1
Hey guys. I have an 8 track standalone recording (a Zoom MRS-801, to be exact). I have no idea how to use it. But me and my friend wanna record. I know I need other bits for it but don't know what.

Can you guys point me in the right direction of some decent (but cheap) recording gear. I have a budget of about £200. I am very willing to go second hand.

We will be recording two electric guitars, two vocals, bass, and drums. I have a drummer friend who will record the drums, then condense them down to one track for us.
#2
sm57's are probably the best and cheapest way to go as far as mics. although i may be a bit biased considering im a metal guitarist, as is a large portion of UG. if i had the money, id get a 57 and 421 combo, but 421's are expensive.

i DI my bass tracks. they sound decent. nothing too amazing, but it does it's job. i direct input it with a line 6 ux1