Recording for every artist is completely different. For me, the process involves mentally laying down the track or playing it, repeatedly, until the track practically records itself. Usually I can record in a few takes, but the challenge is always the editing and mixing. Also, the first hurdle is getting in the right mind set to record. I have to be completely engrossed in the music in order to succeed. Anything less results in failure. This allows me to saturate my time and get the most out of it.
There must be a specific reason for me to record a piece, whether it is original, or a rendition of another song. This reflects my most genuine self, my mental attitudes at the time, and gives a personal perspective to my music.
One's equipment directly affects your enjoyment of recording, and the end result. In the past year, I have updated my music recording software, from Ableton to Presonus Studio One, and the ease of use has tripled. I utilize AudioBox, and have recently upgraded my microphone to a Behringer C-1; recording my viola has never sounded better.
I have become a recording artist instead of a performing artist over recent years, and am pleased with my decision. This allows me to focus on the art instead of the appeasement of the audience, and allows infinite room for creativity. My music is spread by word of mouth to coworkers, family, and small networking, and because of this, the interest is more genuine instead of manufactured. I have much to share, and much to learn, and hope my recordings inspire others in the world.