Thanks to Thomas, a student of mine, for giving me the heads up an old but amazing thread over on gearslutz.com where the producer Michael Wagner talks about the recording of Extreme‘s classic album, Pornograffitti and engineer Bob St. John talks about following albums!:
the solos are NOT composites, but were recorded and punched in ala the old linear method; it was rare to have the solo recorded and go back and fix a small piece (besides there were some days i was getting a reputation as “eraserhead” i don’t miss the old analog method that much it was just the way we worked. i wish i could say how MUCH time we spent on each part, but that is so obscured in my memory at this point; i know that to record the typical solo was about 4-5 hours of work. although i can’t remember exactly…i believe we spent a little more time on the rhythm tracks; although they were doubled.
as far as people slagging nuno…look, i worked with the guy from when he was 16. complicated? sometimes. gifted…more than anybody here could know. royal pain in the butt? you KNOW it. it’s hard to fall off that pedestal…even if you keep climbing back up on it yourself =) but…to sit in front of that guy in the studio…watch his mind (and fingers) work…has been something i’ve rarely seen. to me…it’s not about those rippin’ guitar solos…but about his innate sense of harmony and rhythm. i have yet to meet someone with that command. i lived through schizophonic (and like extreme III and IV, was listed as co-producer but nuno has a VERY large shadow to stand inside…and to be honest, the records are more a product of gary and nuno’s imagination than anybody’s…and that includes pornograffitti and extreme I).
and from a link withing that thread the actual settings for Nuno’s ADA preamp on that album
Here are the real settings:
Overdrive 1 : 4.0 dist
Overdrive 2 : 5.5 dist
Master Gain : 7.5 dist
Bass : 12
Mid : 6
Treb : 6
Pres : 12
Voicing : .tube
FX loop : off
From the ADA it went into the McIntosh 2100 (transistor) poweramp and from there into a vintage Marshall 4×12 cab with the original G12H inside. At that time I normally used Fostex M11RP ribbon mics and Countryman Lavalier mics through a John Hardy M1 to record guitar.