I'm new to the forum so hi every body !!
I am also new to producing my music and was wondering what was the best way to achieve classic guitar tones in rock and blues styles. I'm thinking about sounds by players like Jimmy Page (particularly the bbc sessions album first cd on which the treble seems very high), Jack White (bluesy/rock tracks), Jeff Beck(truth and Beck-ola era) and the overall producing of the guitar in Iggy Pop's raw power(also high treble). ( I am aware that the tone comes from the fingers etc....... so please help me with the producing side of the sound)
The only analog part of the mix is the guitars, anything else is digital and in the computer. I already have an Apogee Ensemble recording interface. My guitar gear are Gibson Les Paul Std and a Gibson Sg Custom so two humbucker guitars and a Marshall Bluesbreaker/jtm 45 and a Marshall 1974X and a few pedals. I have been looking on the internet for infos on how to record those sounds and I came upon few useful informations on which I'd like to have your opinion :
I don't have any microphones yet and I read the Shure sm57 would get pretty good guitar sounds. Is it a good microphone to get those type of sounds ? Would I need 2 different microphones at two places and equalize those sound because I read in an interview this is how Jimmy Page used to mike things.
I don't know a lot about analog reel to reel recorder except the basics : larger reel and high speed recording get better sounds. I was wondering if recording with a TEAC A-2300SX or something similar would get a decent sound, a bit low-fi like Raw power tone, or would i need to get something more expensive ? And do you think the TEAC A-2300SX can achieve a nice tape saturation effect on synth parts if i get the sound out my computer through the Apogee Ensemble to the cranked TEAC A-2300SX input, record it and send it back ?
If not for the guitar tone, what kind of reel to reel or maybe cassette recorder would be good for me ? Because all the used recorder using larger then 1/4inch tapes were like 16 tracks recorder and i don't really need multitrack... And I don't have a big budget for it.
To synthesize, my idea is to record the guitar parts on analog recording (I believe Jack White used a simple analog recorder and recorded the two first Stripes album in his living room and yet has achieved terrific tone) and then record it through my Apogee Ensemble on Cubase and give it the final touch there. This is my idea and it is yet purely speculative and might get crushed and killed by reality.
Thanks for your helpful helping !!