Hello all! I am pretty much an amteur recording engineer, I've done some good work in the past with good results but nothing really exstensive so far. Anyhow I am getting ready to record an album with my band and I've been thinking for the past coupšle of months how to do it, especially with guitars. I am going for a thick but clear distorted guitar tone but I don't want tha mesa boogie high gain fizz or something like that so I've decide to do it like this: - 2 guitarists in the band - use 6 amps (high gain, mid gain and low gain) - use 6 guitars - hexatracking or whatever So here's the deal: First of all I am very fortunate to have many guitar playing friends that will loan me their great amps and guitars to record with them...anyway here's the thinking Both guitar players record: - 1 High gain (well not that much high gain if we're talking about a 5150 then the gain setting is aar 4) rhythm track each using different high gain amps and guitars with hot output pickups - 1 mid gain track using same method as above only using guitars with medium output pickups - 1 low gain track played with the basic notes (single note bass style playing) also guitars with medium output pickups (maybe a strat ) Now here's where I need some tips: - Do I use the same 4x12 cab for all heads or use matching cabs for each head or find a matching cab eq wise ie a cab with great bottom end for high gain, a cab with good midrange for mid gain and a cab for the single note low gain stuff - Do I use one mic for all of the tracks or do I use 2-3 mics to cover the "whole spectrum" of sound - Do I sculpt the sound as I am recording the ie high gain mid scooped, mid gain low cut and so on or do I record each amp the way it sounds best to me and as i blend the amps I cut the unwanted frequencies I am aware of all the phasing that can happen but that can be easily corrected. Anyone tried this recording method before, I'd love to hear some samples and get some advice on this topic from people who have experience with this kind of thing. Now maybe some of you will say use a TS808 through a 5150 and you have your perfect metal tone but I've already tried the one amp one guitar method and it doesn't work for what I wish to achieve because of the narrow stereo field and plus you get better seperation if you have different sounds on the left and right speakers. Thanks in advance have a good one!