Gauss, brother - of course: it's always AC/DC!
If I only have one thought, a sort of wish... I wish Mr. Manning could have engineered-produced AC/DC. Even recently. I mean it seriously.
In fact, what *I* will try and do is, I will try to suggest this - my humble self, for the next AC/DC album (hush: there may be one last album with Angus as captain, within a year from today).
Going back to your thought about Mr. Mutt, it is a certain fact that he is a genius. The particular way he produced back then - the whole process - was far ahead of the times and simply mindblowing.
We have witnesses in the likes of Tony Platt himself describing this. It's people that were relatively young at the time and learned from each other - as well.
Particularly, I have been studying (as of recent) the specific interventions that were made on the sounds of the guitars for Back in Black. As you know, an MCI JH500 serires was used to track and it was fundamental (Compass Point). Much - most - of the sound was actually carved at Compass Point - between the console, the microphones (and the large diaphragm approach with 87s and 67s), the room itself and the environement - it was just magic. The rest was performed in NYC on a Neve console with 31102 modules. The intervention on the guitars we essentiallyu to make the guitars further stand out and the 31102 was evidently used more as a contour EQ
than a surgical one.
I do have to stress - however - the importance of the mental approach that had been planned ahead of time and then put into practice for Back in Black - specifically.
It is now wildly documented (and solely thanks to PRW and specifically, thanks to Terry!
) but now we know what was done.
I have spent the past four months trying to replicate the sound of some of those guitars on the album - it's tough. And I have everything that was used in terms of guitars, amplifiers, microphones (the rest I try and emulate on Universal Audio equipment).
One thing is to sound great in the room (and they did) another thing is to capture those sounds on tape
. The latter was truly magic workmanship.
The intervention on the MCI console with its brilliant EQ points (attaching image) and the microphone placement and - again - the room were just magic. Magic.
While I love them all, I find Back in Black to still be magic. And one of the highest selling albums across any musical genre today!
To me it was thanks to these minds - minds in the likes of Terry Manning, Tony Platt, Mutt Lange.
And of course, AC/DC!
Love to you all.