I sometimes wonder whether there isnt a record tine break down to gear.. because it simply doesnt exist?
I say this tongue in cheek of course. Some 10yrs ago when my then band decided we would record 4 tracks at a well regarded studio.. we embarked on a journey of revelations and learnings. I wont bore you with the details... but long story short.. we recorded using the studio kit. Fancy pearl drumkit with new skins.. micced to the hilt with tuned skins. Marshall tsl for the guitars. Little to no gain. Some old school Orange bass amp with an epic cab. Proper mics for the vocals..
Drums were laid out first. Each beat meticulously adjusted to be 100% on time. Next was the bassline. Clean and raw. Then rhythm and lead guitars.. double tracked through different channels. On little or no gain... but with different tones. Then the vox.
Then the voodoo happened. The micced drums went into the desk and were patched with big sounding acdc samples.
The bass sound was adjusted through the table and beefed up.
The guitars already doubled tracked were boosted with gain through the software.
The vocals.. whilst pushed to as close as possible to the correct pitch.. were then polished with autotune.
Then it was all mixed.. and then... mastered.
The result? Bloody epic sounding by all accounts.. but all stuff that meant that we would NEVER reproduce that sound live.
Our little SS amps were raw and not dynamic.. 4 guitars are much bigger and fuller sounding than 2. Drum patches do help... as does autotune.. etc.
Remarkable journey.. but one that made me question every epic tone i ever came across