Gordon (username: gd) brought this up in another thread, and I thought it would make a good discussion topic. Most people here are bass guitarists, but most of us play (at some level) on other instruments as well. And, doing the home recording thing, this often comes in handy. Sometimes it's the motivation for learning the other instruments in the first place--being able to do it all yourself, avoiding the logistics of enlisting the help of other, actual, human beings.
Drums are an issue for most. Even if you can play a beat on a kit, recording one (unless you want to go really lofi) requires mics, maybe a submixer, a room that doesn't sound too terrible, the ability to make a lot of noise, etc. Most of us rely on drum machines of various sorts for that, I would suspect. But then there's the danger of the beats sounding too canned--too perfect, too machine-like, etc.
So, the question is, what do you do? What have you thought of doing?
Here's what I've been doing:
I've been using a "lite" version Toontrack EasyDrummer that came free with my Korg nanoPAD. And I think it's a good solution, especially when I play my own beats, rather than using the pre-programmed ones included with it. The included beats (tons of them, if I were to upgrade to the full version) are good and are editable. So maybe I should identify a subset of them that I really like and modify them to my liking.
Another possibility would be to ditch electronic drums and just record myself (to a click) on various hand percussion instruments. I have all the basics (shakers, cabassa, etc.).
Still another possibility would be to use, say, a dead stroke on the guitar as a high-hat, more or less. I like the idea of keeping it organic, and keeping it on guitar or bass is also nice.
So, here's the expanded version of the question: What do you guys do? And what have you thought of doing but not tried yet? And what have you tried that didn't work out?