Ok, I feel I need to contribute this to anyone who is doing home recording & don't have real drums on hand. Something that seems to work for me pretty well & I've had fantastic results so far.
Raise your hand if you have a drum program. Any one at all. *raises hand* Good
In my case....don't laugh.....I'm using a horribly OLD....OLD....OLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLD....drum program DEMO...Fruity Loops PRO 2.54. We're talking ancient here.
Why am using this? I'm familiar with it, I didn't have to buy it, it doesn't expire, & I don't have any way to torrent anything else (that & I refuse to....even tho I'd love something that SAVES what the fuck I'm working on....not to mention video editing software....but I digress) :p
Anyway, Robert was correct in saying that anything you record yourself should be Mono. Bass, guitars, vocals, every'ting.
But the drums.....
....well, let's just say that, unless you have the capability to record multiple tracks all at once (ie more than 8, 10, 12, 16, etc), & are able to dedicate a single track for your digital drums (hi hat, bass kick, snare, toms, cymbols, etc etc etc), you're probably not going to want to make any part of the drums Mono.
So what to do?
Well, in my case, since I have a shit program, I set my digital kit up well in advance. I make a track, get the beats/fills/patterns excatly how I like them, & then I careful adjust the volume of each piece of the kit (while still in the drum program), paying as much attention as humanly possible to make sure not a single piece of my kit is too loud/too soft/oddly placed in the sound spectrum. I make heavy use of the stereo capabilites within the drum program to make sure every piece sounds exactly where I want it.
It's a ton of effort, but it's worth it.
Then, once I'm happy with how it sounds, I export/save the .wav file. Normally, it defaults to Mono while saving, but I check the Stereo option (or Uncheck the Mono option in your program) to make sure that the sound of my digital kit is preserved.
Then, I take my drum track into my recording program.
In my program (Cakewalk guitar tracks), I get an option called "Stereo Split" when I import a .wav file. I love this option, because it not only preserves the stereo sound of my kit when I load it, but it loads the track hard left & hard right.
MEANING that no matter where in the mix I record everything (dead center, mid left, mid right, etc), it isn't stepping on the toes of the drum track, meaning that the full sound of the kit is preserved quite well.
If you don't get an option in your program like stereo split (or if your stereo drums are jammed into a single track instead of 2), you may be able to use an editing program like Goldwave or something to rip the track in 2, & save them drums_L & drums_R. Then you can put them into your recording program in 2 different tracks to get that stereo feel back.
Yup, you can.
Now I'm sure all of you guys have better EVERYTHING than me (drum progs, recording progs, guitars, mixing progs, etc) but this has been working for me quite weill lately. And since I'm limited to only 8 tracks with my recording program, having the other 6 tracks free to record everything else (while still having every single piece of my digital kit) is quite awsome.
Hopefully this helps someone. If not, feel free to tell me I'm wrong, I suck, & all that jazz. :p