Recently got the opportunity to come to work in Shanghai for a short period and came across a bunch of guys in a band who need some help putting together some tracks. As I am without my equipment here (only basics) I am looking for some advice to inject some life into a few tracks. The style is up-tempo modern rock and there are both budget and time constraints so here goes.
Basically I am recording the band in a less than ideal apartment and because of volume issues everything has been done against everything I know, first of all drums were an impossibility to record due to lack of microphones and volume issues so I managed to find some pro-drum samples on the net which were as near as damn it to the original groove so I duly handed over my credit card and downloaded them. (and spent a solid 36 hours chopping and changing them) The drums are divided into kick mic, snare, toms and stereo overheads. All guitars have been recorded direct into a PC running Cubase SX at the same time with each guitar assigned an Amplitube 2 plug-in (bass has been doubled up as a dry recording).
Now through no short miracle the tracks have turned out pretty kick ass which has opened my eyes to see how far the virtual studio has moved along however they just feel a little bit lifeless. I remember a few years back a friend of mine told me that in order to get a bit more life out of his dance tracks he used to re-record the whole song back through his monitors with a couple of mics and mix it into the song. Also I think I read somewhere that both Martin Hannett and a producer for Led Zep also used similar techniques.
So what I would like to know, does anybody have any tips when It comes to creating artificial microphone bleed between the instruments. I have a couple of SM58s but can invest in a couple of condensers. Should I re-record the whole mix in stereo with a pair of mics experimenting with placements or should I re-record the drums separately and possibly the guitars together or maybe the kick, snare and bass together? Or am I way off and should try something completely different? Or just anything to squeeze a bit more life out.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.