Originally Posted by Falken
how many layers are necessary?Should I capture it to tape or add it afterwards, or both? or am I just really confused?
For any kind of guitar driven rock projects (even mostly acoustic music) I think transformers rule. 90% of what I use in the way of microphones, preamps, DI's, compressors, EQ's, tape machine (multitrack) and tape machine (stereo mixdown) all use transformers on the input and output of the device (except for the mics of course). They are utilized during tracking to a great extent, and during mixdown also (my console is transformerless, but I insert all sorts of analog outboard during mix, and also mix to a tape machine which has transformers). And it still sounds very big and open and clean (just very organic and musical IMHO).
So on a typical project one single track (say lead vocal, or guitar amp), from the moment it's laid down, to the time it hits CD will go through around 13 transformers for tracking and mixdown (includes individual tracks & stereo mixdown). Sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less (I'm not making it a specific point to get to a certain number, I just happen to have perferences of gear for each instrument). It didn't used to be this way for me, but the more I became picky about the tools I used, and the more I A/B/C/D'd different things it just so happened that those were the sounds I was after and preferred. And they were all necessary to get the sound I was after in my head. Skills are ultimately important, but you can't will the sound of a St. Ives or Sowter or UTC iron core transformer into existence no matter how good you are.