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Guitar Sound Critique

Hey Guys,

I am getting ready to record my bands second album. I have been experimenting with some guitar sounds before we hit the studio. I want to get some opinions on what I have been playing with.

I'm looking for two main guitar sounds, one really heavy hard rock sound like breaking benjamin or disturbed, and another lighter more modern rock sound.

Below are two guitar scratch tracks I did using my podXT, i guess I am being lazy not micing my amp, but I just love the flexibility my XT gives me to change the sound and swap things around. Plus it makes it easier to fix something later or add it or whatever.

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This is for a lighter modern rock distortion
JCM800 to the Left
JCM800 to the Right
Triple Rectifier to the Left
Triple Rectifier to the Right

[[url=http://="http://www.aeonianr…"]World Away[/]="http://www.aeonianr…"]World Away[/]
This is for a much heavier distortion
Triple Rectifier to the Left
Triple Rectifier to the Right
Bogner to the Left
Bogner to the Right

Comments

SuprSpy79 Tue, 08/26/2008 - 06:43
Thanks,

I think I am going to stick with the distortion in the first clip for the lighter stuff. I still wanted something heavier and thicker for the heavy stuff. So I played with a new sound which I am actually in love with, oddly enough it was a Peavey® '02 5150 II lol. Only double tracked it panning left and right. I also detuned my guitar a half step and that made it even heavier.

[[url=http://[/URL]="http://www.aeonianr…"]World Away 2[/]="http://www.aeonianr…"]World Away 2[/]

jordy Tue, 09/02/2008 - 08:14
hey. in my opinion, i like the second take with the 5150. sounds good. a little clearer imo. however, it might sound a lil thin?
i noticed you said you were doubling the parts and panning them?
that's a good idea, but are you actually doing a double take or just copying and pasting to a new track?
if you take the time to rerecord the same part and then pan the two (or four) different takes opposite of eachother (ex. four different takes- 75R/75L 100R/100L), it will sound much fuller than just copying and pasting.

now, i'm not accussing you of that, i just took a quick listen, and was pretty sure i only heard one guitar take. but then again, you might just play that tight.
anyways, i like it! good job!

SuprSpy79 Wed, 09/03/2008 - 12:18
Thanks, actually those are two/four complete seperate takes. If you listen with headphones you can hear some of the separation in certain areas.

my main beef with these tones im getting no matter what, is they sound a bit boxy and cardboardy, especially when compared to some cds I imported to check out the stuff against.

tifftunes Wed, 09/10/2008 - 03:30
SuprSpy79 wrote: my main beef with these tones im getting no matter what, is they sound a bit boxy and cardboardy, especially when compared to some cds I imported to check out the stuff against.

That's kind of comparing apples to oranges... The CD tracks are also compressed a few times, mixed and mastered, etc...

Try mixing, and mastering a few times and see what you end up with. Its good experience anyway.
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