I've already decided that I want to rerecord the rhythm guitars because they just have a bit too much fizz in them that I can't seem to eq out. But, my bigger concern (call it frustration), is that I've literally spent hours upon hours trying so many different micing combinations to get that in your face rhythm sound and it's just not there. This demo track has 2 parts. The first is my mix. The second is the beginning of Joe Satriani's Souls of Distortion. Although I'm not crazy about his rhythm distortion, the entire mix has that in your face sound that I'm trying to get (at least as close as I can without limiting the crap out of it). So, my first question is this. I've tried double, and even quadruple tracking my rhythm guitars and miced them with an sm57, e609 silver, rode nt1a or studio projects c3 with all different positions running into a dbx 386 tube mic pre, but most times right up close to the grill. No matter how I set it up, the guitars just seem to sit back a bit in the mix. I've panned them hard left and right and messed with the eq to try and bring them out, but I just can't get it as well as the 2nd part of this example mix. What else can I do to get it closer? 2. I really like the drums in this mix too and I want to get mine closer. Right now, I'm guessing my kick doesn't seem to have enough low mids, but when I add more in, it just gets more tubby. Any suggestions on how to get my drums closer to his mix? BTW, I had a live drummer play an electric kit, so the drums (not cymbals, they're real) are BFD. Thanks for any ideas or suggestions.