#1
Was just wondering what everyones opinions were on the fundamentals of getting a good metal tone. It can be settings, gear or whatever.

I have been messing about with various different ideas today ya see, hence this random thread.
#2
- high gain and high power amplifiers
- high output pickups
- palm muting in rhythm sections
- scooped mids (for most thrash influenced bands)

EDIT: this is an opinion of course
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#3
My opinion is that it's a matter of what you play instead of what kind of tone you're using.
#4
controlled midrange, low end resonance, rich distortion and, most importantly, sheer volume.
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#5
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My opinion is that it's a matter of what you play instead of what kind of tone you're using.


Obviously accuracy and delivery is hugely significant, but if a tone sounds like ****, most people switch off and don't even consider what is being played.

I guess it works both ways.
#6
Depends on what type of metal.

Anything from a Plexi up to a 6505.
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#7
Gain: not a ton else matters. Use minor pentatonic scales and apeggios for everything. Get a really powerful amplifier and crank up the distortion.
If you want more of a groove sound like Pantera, turn the bass up more. If you want a shredding sound like Metallica, turn the bass off And if you want a more classic metal sound like Judas Priest keep it about level with the treble up a bit and itll pick up its natural gain. Learn pinch harmonics (squelies) and I suggest learning Dimebag squelies too
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#11
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+1. Gain at 10, trebble at 10, mids at 0, bass at 10, volume at 10. That's a crushing metal tone right there.

/sarcasm
#12
Enough gain to be heavy, but not noisy. Too much gain destroys the nuances of your playing, but too little makes your tone week.
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#13
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+1. Gain at 10, trebble at 10, mids at 0, bass at 10, volume at 10. That's a crushing metal tone right there.

/sarcasm


I actually got a not so terrible tone out of my old MG with the gain at 6, bass at 0 and the mids and treble cranked
#15
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