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Posted 31 January 2013 - 03:25 AM
Posted 31 January 2013 - 05:25 AM
From one guitarist to another, the rhythm guitars don't have the appropriate kind of distortion on them for the genre. You probably want to go for something a little more saturated, with higher output pickups, or maybe the amp/amp sim that you are using should be changed.
What guitar/pickups are you using?
If you can cough up $299, this is a pretty good program for programming heavy guitars. Be warned though, that it only comes with the D.I. sound, so you'll have to get your own amp simulator.
Regarding the drums, you probably really should program some fills. It'll cover the gaps in the phrasing every 4 bars or so.
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 12:30 PM
Posted 31 January 2013 - 03:31 PM
Were your pickups EMGs? Yeah you're not going to get very good results with that amp, you might want to think about getting some amp simulators. Even a Line6 PodXT would do relatively well. I know people who can get very professional results with it.
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 04:57 PM
I think the composition sounds too "melancholic" right now. You say he markets energy drinks and extreme sports, something slighty uplifting, powerful, in-your-face would fit better. Also the mixing and tone of the different tracks is not optimal it all sounds very muddy.
Did you record guitar and bass directly to interface or with a microphone? I'd suggest to bypass the amp completely - at least for now - and just plug it straight into the interface and use a software solution instead. You will get a much more defined sound that way.
http://www.simulanalog.org/ This is a collection of very good freeware amp and distortion simulations (VST)
Another thing is doubling. You seem to have everything in the center. http://homerecording.about.com/od/mixingyourmusic/g/How-To-Double-Guitar-Tracks-During-Recording.htm
Sorry if that sounded too hard. Anyway these are my 2 cents
Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:09 PM
Edited by dakota.potts, 31 January 2013 - 08:41 PM.
Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:54 PM
Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:54 AM
This thread is great for me as well, since I am trying to get some experience with recording electric guitar. I use a Line 6 POD U2X (an older version), but the results I have gotten have been fairly good, especially since the guitar I own is practically garbage.
Here is an example from a guy I followed on newgrounds using a POD U2X and writing a song using it: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/207445
As far as the song writing itself, I agree with Madhed on the pacing of the song. It is much too slow. Energy drinks are supposed to get you pumped up and feel a rush or surge of energy. This one sounds more like an instrumental to a hard rock song. Then again, if the guy likes what you have, it must not be that bad, but I would insist going for a song with a little more push.
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Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:45 AM
Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:11 AM
I actually kindof like the energy. the drums have a cool thwack to them - especially the snare.
my comment was going to be about the bass. I don't know if it's got a chorus on it, but when it first comes in it sortof oozes in instead of thumping in like I would expect for this style. I like the attack component of the bass sound - string slap effects.
in the guitar part - the third chord in the progression sounds a tad off to me (at about 0:23)
anyhow, just wanted to leave feedback..
Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:28 AM
Edited by dakota.potts, 08 February 2013 - 02:29 AM.