#1
Hi, this is my first post.

I am new to home recording but I'm really loving every minute of.

I wish I would have started soon.

I have a problem that I can't seem to get past no matter how hard I try. When I try to record clean guitars everything goes well but when I venture in to recording distorted guitars I find it really difficult.

I'm not sure if it is my setup?

Currently I am running a USA Highway Series Tele into a Boss DS2 and / or 'You Dirty Rat Pedal' which then goes into my Fender Tweed Amp. I mike it up with a SM57 and / or AT4040 which goes into a Focusrite Saffire 6 USB interface. That goes into my PC and FL Studio 9 until it finally comes out of a pair of KRK Rokit 5's.

Now I think that should be enough to capture a great distorted sound but I just can't get it. I'm trying all kinds of different combo's but with no results.

Can anyone help me out?

This is a sample of what I am getting:

https://soundcloud.com/ste20man/terrible-distortion

Does this give anyone any ideas?

Thanks for your time in advance, Ste.
#2
How are you micing the amp, what's your amp position? Honestly the tone sounds okay to me, but you might want to turn the gain down a little. You honestly don't need as much gain on these things as you might think.
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#3
I can't listen on this computer, but the first thing that strikes me is:

Telecaster + Fender Tweed =/= "big distortion." At least not in conventional terms, anyways.

I have a Tele and I like it. It's great for cleaner stuff, funk, blues, country, R+B and classic rock. Billy Squier used a Telecaster on his "Don't Say No" album and it sounds fantastic as a straight-up hard rock guitar. I'm pretty sure he used Marshall amps, though.

But venturing into the territory of "Big Sounding Distortion"... I'm thinking Rob Zombie, Rage Against the Machine, etc. - I just don't see a Tweed and Tele in there.

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I have a Tele and I like it. It's great for cleaner stuff, funk, blues, country, R+B and classic rock.



The other day I just put baritone strings on my cheap tele, put it trough X50 and violated my pants.
#5
That sounds alright to me. What you really need is a bass!
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#6
Sounds alright. check the phase of the two mics. Use the phase invert switch, one will sound more bassy/full. Use that one. If they both sound weird then move one of the mics until they don't sound weird.

Then - DOUBLE TRACK your guitars, add bass and drums. You don't need a massive thick guitar sound when there's bass and drums there. Your recording will probably fare alright in a mix.
#7
It's a mix of the amp, the guitar, mic placement and production techniques.

Where are you positioning the mic? I'd have it pretty far off-axis to offset the inherent brightness of a Tele into a Fender amp.


Also if 'Fender Tweed' in your case means a Champ...you're never going to be getting convincing heavy drive out of that little thing.