Flashback to the late 70’s: punk culture is in full swing and cassettes are the method of music consumption for most in the UK. Home tape recorders are a relatively affordable purchase too, giving birth to DIY albums on tape. Bands from anywhere could put a mic down, record a scratchy take and multiply them very quickly.
These days, although cassettes may be the plaything of Retromaniacs, other forms of music consumption are just as easily created on the fly and for very little capital. Modern software and Audio Interfaces can be obtained for a few hundred pounds and are more than adequate for professional recordings. A few YouTube videos or lessons from a savvy friend and you’ll be set to record tracks.
Once recorded, you have two options: have a crack at mixing and mastering, or send it to a professional (most producers will mix/master tracks for a fee). This can be costly, but is one of the most important parts of the recording process, so getting it right is crucial.