i think it's about 99% of the reason i don't record very often .. it's such a apain in the ass ..and most of my songs are made up of random riffs and i just can't be bothered working out some kinda structure with a drum beat ! hehehe
About variety in the drums: Listen to "Not of this Earth" from Satch and you'll find some monotonous drums on it......
Production tips: I would cut the MP3 a little shorter, so that all the endnoise wasn't on it.... And the noise in the beginning, while you are waiting for the first thing to play. That could also be erased.
Eric, that's a good riff.
This is a good start. I'd love to hear a developed version of it with fills.
I know exactly what you go through with the drum machine.
I struggle with mine all the time so it doesn't sound too automatic, ah ah ah!