Originally Posted by ScumBum
I'm gonna look on Ebay for that tape .
Slamming the levels should be fun , I want to get everything fuzzy and old sounding , like an old Stooges recording .
Nice! The 4-track might be right up your alley then. A couple of bounces (where you mix 2 or 3 tracks down onto 1 or 2) will add to the effect.
What you might try, as you're getting a feel for level-setting (which is really an art) is having a few friends over and setting them up to play something like guitar/bass/drum. Have them play a verse or two and a chorus of some song they know well, and try recording it with the faders set at different levels....keep notes on each take and where the meters were hitting. After you've captured a few, you can listen back and see how various levels of "slam" affect the sound.
When overdubbing, you have to be a little careful. Say you have two tracks already down on tape and are recording a new one on an adjacent track. If you hit that new track too hard, it can knock out some of the recording on the track next to it, which sounds like a loss of high end or volume when you play it back. Voice of experience here!
Good luck, and enjoy yourself!