You are absolutely right, @Mike_NL - we are still not done, and yes, it is mostly Covid to blame for that. But… not entirely, and there are some great lessons to learn.
I can see why more and more people go for home recording/home studio if they have the space, equipment, know-how etc to do that. Because, in the end, you have just so much more control of the entire process and the likelihood that you are pleased and satisfied with what you have in the end is just so much higher.
I think our experience in the studio was/is awesome, but I doubt any of us will feel 100% happy with the end result. For one thing, we were compromising during the recording, which is probably a wise thing to do given our limited studio experience and the limited technical skills as musicians. But, it means that the recorded stuff sounds more… stiff, stilted, lacking energy.
However, much more important is to come fully prepared to the studio, i.e., you have to know everything you want to record and have it down cold, or else you will be wasting valuable studio time; and it will be much more stressful than it should be (not least because of the time pressure). I think I will tell more detailed cautionary tales when we finally have everything wrapped up!
Now, to the sound issue that @kerushlow and @howard are discussing: yes, the first time in the studio (as it was for me), I doubt that I will be satisfied with “my sound” in the final product. Next time we do this, I already know much more and have learned my lessons and will be better prepared (as far as sound is concerned).
A lot of what we do here is learning… and @howard regrets not having made certain decisions earlier, but that is exactly what learning is. The difference now is that with home recording, you have a better chance to re-record, re-mix, re-engineer your tracks and improve the results, while that is much more complicated when you recorded in a big (busy) studio.
What I am tempted to try is to send some of the bass tracks I have (of my own stuff) to one of those Fivr drummers and get a real drum track added… could be an interesting experiment…