I really enjoyed this video. It's a longish 34 odd minutes but packed with interesting info and techniques. It's all about drum recording but that's really the bedrock of any good rock record. (Shhhh, don't tell the drummers)
The studio has different spaces and they go through the benefits of each. Albini talks at length about the mic choices and outboard gear he uses. (Many of which are available as good plugin emulations)
He comes across to me at least, as a great balance between tech nerd and fuck-it-if-it-sounds-good-it-is-good.
Three things I found really interesting were his kick drum recording technique and how his tastes in technique change. As in, he's not afraid to try different things for a while and see how it goes and maybe he'll stick with it or maybe he'll get bored... whatever.
Thirdly and most surprising to me, he placed very low importance on mic pres. He acknowledges that good press are good to have but he talks at one point about how wherever he ends up recording, he doesn't sweat what press he's going through. He's more worried about mic placement, taking advantage of the room or dealing with room problems and then mic choice.
Like he takes whatever he has available to work with and using a bit of intelligence and some suck it and see patience, make the best out of what's there.
Founder of The Mysterons. "They promised they'd never play again... They lied"
Producer. "Looking for the sound of a sow's ear made from a silk purse with a side of whiskey and hot bitches? Call me."
Manager. "I'm not looking for perfection, I'm looking for awesome!"