thank you for taking the time to listen and providing your kind words. I am pretty critical of my work (I’m quick enough to criticize anything bad in recordings I hear on the radio etc so I owe myself the same treatment). When I’m slowly going through the mix process I tend to find myself listening to CD’s of professionally recorded albums, then listening to my own recording and noticing the big jump in quality. My recordings lack the clarity and perfection that I am looking for when I listen to music (kinda funny when you consider I listen to Emperor, Cryptopsy, Mayhen and other similar artists who all had early albums that sounded like they were done in a shed with a 4 track run into a tape deck!). I am relatively pleased with this track as a progression from the previous recordings I have done - it 's clearer (ie better EQ’d) and doesnt suffer from some of the errant frequencies my earlier attempts have been bugged by - but I still look at my skills (as a musician and recording tech) as very much a work in progress.
As for the drums, I am using the GCSW big MONO kit. Thus far its the best multi layered kit I have found (and as I have found multi layering is a must for trying to get anything like a realistic sound). That being said, with the kick and the snare I am fairly dramatically changing the colour of the sound with the EQing I do.
LeatusPenguin: what do you think would be better for the snare - are you thinking fatter or more high-mid crack?
As for the Guitars, I am currently running a line out directly from a Boss GT6 effects pedal into the preamp of my Maudio OMNI box. I had tried guitarix in the past but I struggle to get anything like a decent tone from it (most likely due to my poor understanding of the effects chain, aided by the fact that I am sure that guitarix doesnt work properly on my install). Anyway, for this track I recorded the main part using two different patches; one to get the deeper grunt and one that was much more high end and gave more clarity. I panned these two tracks mid-left and mid-right. This is where some of my lack of skill plays a part too - I tried multi tracking these parts but my timing is too far out so if I record the riff with the same guitar patch (ie doubling it) when played back it kinda comb filters and gives some weird phase like effects. Seems doing it with two different sounding patches goes a long wall to fixing this. Also, because my playing isnt clean enough (technically that is, not in terms of clean/gain) I had to record the little lead runs separately and add them in as different tracks over the original (with an additional 5th version of the run panned left and the original panned right). This is the sort of thing I am referring to when I talk about lack of skill
For the bass I do still use Guitarix (I only bought a cheap Ibanez bass off ebay for recording purposes so didnt get a big fat amp). I use two channels for the bass, one that comes from guitarix with the distortion and amp modelling and then one that is clean directly from the soundcard input. These are compressed and EQ’d and then brought up in the mix so the distortion and low end are present but with the clean recording giving the clarity and some mid punch.
I cant remember exactly what patches and settings I used but if you are particularly interested I can post more detailed info up.
Once again, thank you for taking the time to listen and, more importantly, taking the time to comment on the track. I’ve found it surprisingly difficult to get any comments on the things I have done so far.