#1
Here's the deal. I'm recording on a budget. I'm using a MAC with the garage band software and doing a direct plug in of my guitars and bass in order to capture the sound. So far it is working quite well however the distortions that are loaded into the system do not have the gain I am requiring to do some progressive space metal/ and a small death metal project. Can anyone recomend a really good outboard distortion that gets a ton of gain but retains it's clarity. Stomp boxes are preffered but any suggestions would be great! I'm looking for something under $200 but am willing to go up to $300 for a sure thing.

Thanks in advance!
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#3
A cheap solution that has a really descent sound would be the Line 6 tone port (Like the UX1). It has a great Amp modeling st up and you can get it for 50 - 70 bucks on line. Sounds good on its own. Then you can added more models.

It is an entire USB interface.
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#4
Plus using the UX1 will match the impedience as oppposed to plugging in to a line in or mic input of a computer.


Honestly it has made a world of difference for my recordings
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Rocktron VT-60
#6
I'd be getting some sort of tube preamp like the one's ART make.
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Tech 21 Sans-Amp GT-2. Great little pedal. Works wonders when used D.I.
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Well, it's $100 cheaper, and apparently sounds heavier.


Meh, the solid metal sounds pretty lame in my opinion. The thing always sounds scooped even when you crank mids and such. The distortion is a bit too wet for my liking too.
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Guyatone MMX Metal Monster is made purely of win.
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Guyatone MMX Metal Monster is made purely of win.


That too. Those things are pretty awesome. They're quite hard to come by though.
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#14
Which is the cleanest sounding through the distortion? I need gain but deffinition!
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I'd be getting some sort of tube preamp like the one's ART make.
Those under $100 Art pre-amps are not for anything but clean amplification.
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Which is the cleanest sounding through the distortion? I need gain but deffinition!


Ok, well then get the Guyatone Metal Monster - like Death-Speak recommended.

(plus it's $20 cheaper than the solid metal, added on top of the solid metal being $100 less than the Demonizer - you save money $$)

And it's ALOT more compact!
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Those under $100 Art pre-amps are not for anything but clean amplification.

...and also for stopping DI'd signals sounding like complete crap.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/ART-Tube-MP-Project-Series-Tube-MicrophoneInstrument-Preamp?sku=180643

Running an expensive pedal into a computer recording interface really isn't going to solve anything - the Sansamp will work because it's designed to be a DI device, anything else is a waste of time unless either have a preamp/DI box or you're going to run it through an amp and mic it.
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