Thanks for the kind words dudes, I'm very glad to know it's going down well!
ethan_hanus - I've responded to your PM bro, thanks!
FlightofIcarus - Ok, tips...
My number one rule for tracking guitars - You NEVER need as much gain as you do when you're jamming in your room. Turn that sh*t DOWN! Don't forget, you're putting layer upon layer of guitars over one-another. The gain builds up, big time, and can end up sounding mushy and undefined.
Roll back the gain as much as you dare. I mean, obviously you need enough in order for your playing to function properly i.e. for squeals to be prominent and for your tone to have enough "bite", but it doesn't need to be anywhere near as saturated as it does when you're jamming. I track my rhythm parts 4 times, 2 left, 2 right, so if i were to use masses of gain on each one you'd just get fuzz and not much else.
Rule number 2 - You ALWAYS need more mids than you think. Live? No problem, scoop til your hearts content. But when tracking, the second you start adding bass, kick drums, over heads - your guitars are just going to disappear right into the background and nobody's gonna hear a damn thing. I know we all love the scooped mid metal shiznit, but when tracking it's imperative that your tone breathes life and pops out. It will still sound aggressive, because of the nature of the instrument, so in the studio you don't need to scoop to get aggression.
My final tip, for now - When mixing guitars, choose different tones for either side of the stereo spread that compliment one another. If all 4 (or 2, or however many) guitar tracks have the exact same tone you will lose all dynamics, and get a sense of a very small stereo spread. It's odd how the mind works but having veeerry slightly different tones either side causes a very wide feeling to occur for the listener, and you really get the illusion of two guitar performances rather than one big mushy one.
Some examples of the differences you can cause -
Use different amps. e.g. Mesa in the left, 5150 in the right.
Use different mic positions - off axis in the left, on axis in the right (a favourite of mine).
Use different EQ settings - scooped one side, bright and full on the other.
Different Tubescreamer settings - or maybe even dont have a tubescreamer one side, and then put it on another.
I hope that helps for now!