A trick is to transpose the snare down 5-6 half steps, then run it together with the original. Might work nicely in that style. Parallel compression goes a long way on tracks like these. If you’re not already doing it, you can get some interesting results by crushing the daylights out of your drum room mics, then blending them to taste with the rest of the kit.
Not digging that chorus effect on the guitars. Nothing wrong with it chorus per se, but that’s a bit much. If you have a good amp, let it do the heavy lifting. You might consider double and triple tracking with the mic in several different positions. Try experimenting with center, midway, and at the edge of the cone. Also experiment with tilting it on and off axis. When you’re stacking guitars, it helps to have a good variety of different amps, cabs, and guitars. If you run out of room, or out of budget, just switching the same amp between 3 different cabs can sometimes change things up in interesting ways.
this particular kit has a pretty simple mixer in EZD2. Just one kick track, one snare track, and I didnt do anything fancy as far as adding other fx tracks to the snare or kick as I have done in some mixes. I have “parallel compression” on the snare as far as just using one compressor but mixing the wet/dry signal etc. usually I have multiple snare and kick tracks and end up with a snare bus and drum bus but I was just keeping this one simple.
yeah, this was one guitar left and one guitar right…same settings etc since my amp is in the other room lol. Maybe Eq’ed a little different in the DAW but thats it. Then of course the obvious overdubs
hehe. Thats “Tal Chorus” LX. One on each channel. I just wanted to add at least SOMETHING to keep it from being just another boring guitar track lol. Ive yet to find a chorus im really in love with and I have hardly ever found a use for a flanger. I do love phasers though but usually on drums. Maybe just one chorus on the overall guitar bus would have been more subtle
This production sounds better than all your others…, or maybe it’s because I’m listening on headphones. But it really sounds more solid to me. The drums seem tighter sounding. Your snare is much less washy/ thin…I really like the way it sounds here. The whole kit sounds better. I can hear everything well…maybe bring the bass up a bit …but it works well even as it is. The guitars sound good too. Are you using a chorus affect on the guits ? I’m not a big fan of chorus but there’s not so much chorus that it disturbs me too much, haha. I just find chorus tends to make guitars sound a bit watery sometimes, but like I said, it’s not a problem in this song.
Keep THAT drum sound. Don’t use the sounds you used previously.
Thanks. Well hopefully im getting better lol. Im using SPAN a lot to look at freq balance etc. Then again this is just guitar/bass/drums…we’ll have to see how solid I can keep it when i add vox and solos etc
lol. i was worried the bass might be too loud. Its so hard to keep it uniform
haha! thats like saying only eat 1 meal over and over for the rest of your life! But thanks for that feedback. I have a bunch of different kits in EZD2…I want to get them ALL sounding good. This was the Metal Machine “Distorted” kit
Ideally what I want to do is get like 3-4 different kits and then match them with different overall guitar sounds and productions.
classic rock sound like LED Zep/Purple…overdriven/distorted guitar…more open chords
updated classic rock sound like VanHalen/Crue…heavier distortion…bright power chords
Grunge sound like Soundgarden/AIC/STP…more bottom heavy distortion
light “metal” sound like Dio/Priest/Maiden, maybe BLS. Heavy distortion
At least that gives me something to work towards. Knowing me though, this would be way too organized lol
+1 for @Wicked about the bass - the top end of bass is cutting nicely, but the low end of the bass is not supporting the other elements as well as it could and providing a nice “foundation” on which the song sits. The result is that the groove of the song doesn’t flow as well as it could if it had that low end support.
Im wondering about my overall bass EQ. If its cutting but not low thumping enough then I cant just turn it up because then it’ll just cut thru all over the mix. So maybe I need to tame down some of the hi eq and then turn it up?