My question is this... are the muddying and distortion and reverb effects of a live show something that can and is usually layered onto the tracks/instruments after they have first been recorded "clean", or should the band be looking to add more distortion/reverb etc... to the guitar in particular before it is recorded.
My son used the studio guitar amp for these demo tracks, I'm wondering if next time they should make the effort to take in his amp?
Also the bass guitar was recorded direct, without going through a bass amp, when I asked my son about this he said there wasn't a bass amp, and that is how bass gets recorded anyway - is this true?
Thanks for any input from those of you with experience in this area... exciting times!
1. Why would you want to 'muddy' it up?
2. His amp .. only if it's better than what the studio has or has a specific sound that identifies a song.
3. Yes, that's true. Some will record both the DI ( Direct Insert ) and an Amp Cabinet and blend them. Almost everyone records Bass DI. Some with very nice amps and gear will go all Amp.
The studio is indeed giving you...
1. Better gear, better acoustics, better control over all aspects of the sonic realm.
2. More options to dial in just what is needed, more or less total instruments. IOW, a 4 piece band could play what a 6 piece band could do.
3. An experienced engineer which is like another musician that sort of 'plays the whole band' in a way. S/he basically keeps them all sounding good.
4. But some of that gear they get access to in college is really good and then rooms often have loads of money spent on them.
Just forge the room for a moment which might have been designed by a pro and cost as much as a house, a single channel of nice gear for one guitar might be....
Amp $2K, Mic $2K, PreAmp $2K, Compressor $2K, AD converter.. .we'll just say $250 per channel.
There is other stuff but it's --very very-- easy to have a chain of $10K from the time the signal leave a guitar to the recording track. Most of that gear either sounds really good ( "like a record" ) of has a level of clarity that it's like pulling curtains back off the sound. Imagine a sunny day with a shear white curtain at your window. Lets say that's a good piece of normal gear. Now pull the curtain back. Whole new level of clarity, now wash the windows, yet another level. Now walk outside... that's as real as it gets and that would be like live in a treated studio. Now imagine having complete control over the sunshine and weather.
So the bottom line is....... NO... don't walk into a studio and tell them how to do their job. They already know and most are song writer musicians. You could suggest... 'hey we have X amp that I like the sound of' 'how do you think that would work out?' Se what they say, they may say, sure, bring it in. Just don;t bring a flaky amp, out of tune guitar with old strings, etc to a studio unless you want to buy time to have it fixed. ... and since you are getting this free, ask first. It's their house and most are very knowledgeable and protective of it.
They want to help you be your best, not have you reinvent the wheel that they have been using for how every many years they have been developing their art.