First, thanks for your thoughts! Glad you enjoyed it.
This might be a long post
The guitar is an ESP LTD EC1000 with EMG pickups, and it goes through two different chains, one for the left, and one for the right, recorded separately. I’m not going to mention all the effects, just the main ones.
The one on the left goes through a Boss DS-1 with the distortion cranked almost all the way down, the through a Ibanez TS-7 (which is off for the rhythm parts), into an Egnater Rebel 20 amp->Orange PPC112->Cascade Fathead->Warm Tonebeast. I might or might not have had a chorus on in the effects loop of this amp for this song. I can’t remember.
The one on the right goes guitar->Big Muff Pi->Orange Tiny Terror->Egnater Rebel 112x->Audix i5->Focusrite 18i20 pre.
Why do I have the Orange cab on the Egnater and the Egnater cab on the Orange? I liked them better that way
Both cabinets are in a closet under the stairs surrounded by 4" bass traps made from OC503
In the DAW, I take a little bit out around 350hz using the Scheps Omni Channel, and that’s about all I do to them.
The bass is a DI into one channel of Joemeek Twin Q with the iron switch on, then into an Art Pro VLA. I like to use CamelCrusher, and then I tweaked it a bit with the Omni Channel, Bark of the Dog, and a stock EQ.
The vocal mic is a Behringer B2 Pro->Joemeek Twin Q->Art Pro VLA->Interface. I have usually used an SM7B, but when I was writing the first track for this record, the Behringer was already up, and the SM7b was not in the studio, and I just had to get this lyric out, so I used it - and ended up liking it. It’s got Scheps Omni on it, plus Butch Vig Vocals and the Scheps 73 EQ, plus a bunch of stuff on the vocal group buss that I don’t recall at the moment. The delay is probably D16 Repeater, and the reverb is Soundtoys Little Plate.
As far as techniques go - I leave the stuff set up all the time. Everything is ready to go, so I can go down, start the computer, start cubase, load up the template, and start writing/recording. I write directly into Cubase, as it’s the easiest way to remember things. I generally start with guitars first, put down the first “verse” or whatever it is, fill it out with bass, drums (whatever midi loop I have on my machine that sort of fits, if there is one), and then a vocal, then I move on to the next section. I used to try to write the whole guitar part at once, then do the whole bass part, etc… but I’ve found that doing the song in complete(ish) sections seems to work better for me.
The other major thing that’s helping get that low sound is that the guitars are tuned to open C, the guitar has a 24.25" scale length, and I’m not using super heavy strings, so there’s quite a bit of sloppy going on.
Whew - not quite a book, but…