Quote by shinhoman
no. you should never over-do compression
I did not say to compress the bass a lot, I after all said hard. You definitely did not understand me.

I meant to compress bass around -10 or -12. That is considered compressing "hard" IMO.
Please don't get EZdrummer.

Seriously, for the same price you could get Steven Slate Drums which sounds way more real then EZdrummer.
Quote by jof1029
a compressor will help you compress the attack down. set correctly it will still keep your dynamics intact, but will make sure that those parts that are too loud arent over powering.

Compress bass really hard.
It depends on what genre. I'll be talking about in the studio only. And there is no such thing as the best mic, different mics work for different people.


For aggressive sounding drum styles (which I assume you want due to your name), most don't even mic the kick. Most trigger it, usually with ddrum triggers, and use samples as metal really needs consistent hits in terms of velocity.

Some people blend samples, and some don't. Other people also trigger the snare as well.

In terms of mics:

Snare: 1 SM57
Toms: Sennheiser MD421
Overheads: Two Rode NT 5's
Kick: Triggered with ddrum trigger
Room: (only if you have a good room) 1-2 Rode NT-5


SM57 or Sennheiser e609


I prefer to go DI in terms of the bass. Generally I make 2-3 tracks of the same thing but w/ different settings and blend it together.


Vocal mics are all dependent on the singer. A screaming vocalist would use a totally different mic then a clean, jazz vocalist. A lot of metal vocalists like the SM7B. If I was recording a jazz vocalist (clean vocalist), a condenser is usually preferred. Either way, invest in a pop filter.
An alternative to KRK's:

(Mackie MR5's)

Take note though that monitors reach their full potential when in an acoustically treated environment. Although monitors still work decently in a regular, non treated environment, it's not optimal.
Preamps that I heard are decent and are around $200:

-M-Audio DMP3
-PreSonus Bluetube Stereo

I am only going off what I have been told.
How about using VST amp simulation?

Guitar----> M-Audio---->PC

You would go direct-in.

To be honest, IMO it would sound better then the Ht-5 mic'd.

Listen to these if you want to hear what you can do with free amp VST's:
I agree with ColdGin.

Realistically, USB can record up to 4 tracks at the same time without latency. Anything higher then that, and you get latency.

Hence why most interfaces with a lot of inputs are firewire.

Try the one jof suggested (Presonus FireStudio Interface) or shoot for the M-Audio Profire 2626.
I guess you could hook up an extension cabinet to add more bass response?
Yeah, due to the stupid loudness war going on, mastering engineers have no choice.
Quote by Johnikker
A resourceful person could have all of those above programs for minimal investment *winks* You didn't hear it from me though.
No offense man, but that is not being resourceful. That's being a thief.
Quote by Kämpfer
Is somebody willing to send me KeFIR? I'll give you my email address through PM.

The download link for KeFIR doesn't work
Click on this link below. It's the keFIR mono.dll file:
So you have a mic with an XLR end and you are going to plug the XLR end into one of those "mic mates" which would then go to your computer via USB?

If so, don't bother. Just get an audio interface with an XLR input. It will be much more versatile down the road.

I recommend this one:
Quote by Kämpfer
Hey, does anyone have any EQ tips / tricks to make a lead guitar stand out more in a mix?
Automate. Have a healthy amount of presence. Compress lows-low mids with a multi-band compressor.
Quote by Johnikker
I think that would be abit redundant, I can't see any benefit from doing that I guess. Its real easy just to D-Click exactly where you want your drums in the timeline.
To be honest I find it 10x easier.
-The intro is kind of boring. Add some more flavour.

-The second riff is great.

-I like your bridge.

-The solo was ok. I guess people don't listen to death metal really for the solo's, so it was decent.

-Riff was great after the solo.

-Harmony was kind of boring.

-Boring riff at the end.

In all, 3.5/5. It's death metal, that is for sure, but it does sound a little generic except for some of your riffs. Fix up some of those boring riffs, get better recording methods, and add vocals = nice song.
Try Steven Slate man.

Only $100 and IMO way better then EZdrummer.

Yeah, Superior is a lot. I should have told you that :P.
You could also program your drums in a program like GuitarPro if you would like as well. That is what I do as I am not too good at programming midi in Reaper.
Quote by moody07747
EZD isnt half bad but SD2.0 is by far much better in sound quality.
The downside is it's expensive...the original post stated he wanted to do this for free.
Ahh, I did not see that.

I still think EZdrummer really sounds bad, but that is just my opinion.

I don't see how you are going to get decent results with something free. Maybe drumtrack?

It can load samples and such, though I could not get it to work correctly when I tried playing metal beats with it.
Quote by frankibo
EZ Drummer, drum kit from hell.
IMO, don't do this.

EZdrummer sucks when compared to Addictive Drums, Steven Slate Drums, or Superior Drummer.

Try to shoot for Addictive Drums by XLN Audio, Steven Slate Drums, or Superior Drummer.

I also like Battery 3- but the samples on it are not very good IMO. The good thing though is that it can load any sample out there, and it has built in EQ, compression, saturation, etc.
Drop Audacity, get Reaper. It has a free unlimited free trial.
Quote by Tenma
you could try something simple to get you off the ground especially if your just using for like a demo to get shows until you can seriously start recording albums, you should just go out to your local sam ash or a target or something and buy a recording cable they have different kinds there are some that go in the sound jack on your computer and others that plug into the usb and either one'll work on audacity, which works really well for recording and once you get using the built in equalizer down on audacity you can make everything sound pretty damn good not to mention the chord and don't quote me on this but im like 90% its only like $30 and audacity is free so it'll fit your budget definatly
This will not give any good quality though.
Your tone sounds like trash, no offense.

It is ok. It sounds a lot like Anthrax's John Bush era.
And what are you using for drums?

Is it EZdrummer? Sounds like it. I recommend upgrading to Superior Drummer w/ Metal Foundry, or get Addictive Drums/Steven Slate. They sound much better then EZdrummer IMO.
Not really thrash.

But definitely melodic death metal. This is a song I would buy!

It just needs vocals.
Mastering like said is the way to go.

However, there really IMO are two levels of mastering. Basic, mastering, for people like you and I who are only preparing projects, CD's, or the more professional, intense mastering.

Of course, the best way to master a track is really to get it mastered by a professional, but here are two guides that are of great use for basic or complex mastering:


More complex:

I recommend reading both guides, especially the second link. Very informative.
Quote by Dan_5893
I might be able to stretch the budget a bit, do sweetwater ship to Australia? Because thats where I'm looking (free shipping is the plus)
Maybe try this?
I do not know if you need the DI for the bass to be honest.

Your interface has an instrument line in.
Most of the good tones come out of the Metal Shop Pack.

Try these settings:

Gain: 2
Bass: 4-5
Mids: 6
Highs: 4-6 (tweak to what you want)
Presence: 6
Volume: 3-4

Boost the amp the rest of the way with the tube screamer. Use a little bit of reverb, some EQ, and compression. Also make sure to use a noise gate. I personally bypass the cabinet and use impulses, but that is me.

I can share some presets with you. If you do not have the metal shop, I can can share some presets that do not use the metalshop add-ons.

Though really, I used to think Pod Farm did not sound too great standalone. But then I put Pod Farm in a mix. If you are basing your tone off an album, or a clip you heard in a mix, you will not get that guitar tone. The bass is what make the guitar sound huge, and post EQ, saturation, etc. make it sound even better. Also remember that most of the clips/albums you hear are double/quadtracked.

You have a good amp, a good mic, and a decent interface.

Considering you also learn how to mic up an amp, learn how to EQ, double track on time, etc.

Though take into account that a lot of the guitar tone you hear on albums is the bass. The bass is what makes the guitars sound huge.
Quote by lockwolf
Dear God, there has maybe been one good suggestion here.

Buy this:

Its all you need to record guitar plus some sweet amp sim programs
It depends on what era.

The new albums are not scooped. I am also pretty sure that the first album was not scooped either.

If you are after Ride The Lighting to Black Album tones, scoop your mids, boost your bass and treble. Specifically with your Bandit, go on the modern setting, as the modern setting is really scooped.

Have your gain to taste.
Randall V2/T2 sound killer. I just tried one yesterday and it was nuts.
Quote by TMF128
Practicing unplugged can sometimes actually greatly help with your techniques.
Not really IMO.

Especially with techniques like sweep picking. When you play un-plugged, you do not hear extra noises that you will hear when plugged in.

Anyways, I usually write songs unplugged, but I practice everytime through my computer using amp simulation.
I am sorry if this is old news, but have you guys heard of this new ENGL Gigmaster 15?

I was randomly watching videos, and I came across this at 2:00 minutes:
Quote by seymour_jackson
DIMEBAGLIVEDON.. wanna know something interesting.. i was born the same day as Friedman which is the same day Dime and Lennon were killed

how do you feel about the price? it is neck-thru and OFR (heard that the FRT are OFR reason its said FRT is cause the Japs state it on thier models)
Interesting. December 8th?

I like the price. I don't feel it is overpriced for what you get. Good pickups, good hardware, and good build quality is all there IMO. I am not sure what floyd rose it is, but either way it's a good one IMO. When I used it, it took a lot of abuse and did not go out of tune.
Tone= great if you like seymour duncans. The JB I find is very treble heavy, and the Jazz I find very bass heavy. I do like both though.

Neck= very thin. Not Ibanez thin, but close enough IMO.

Floyd rose= Jackson floyd roses are very good IMO and put up with abuse well.

This is all in my opinion. Another thing I would like to bring up though is that the guitar is neck heavy, so it takes some getting used to when standing up.
Quote by robertito696
The only problem i've heard of with reaper is that some people don't like the midi editor, which cubase is supposed to be great for. But for laying down guitar tracks and doing basic midi work you can;t beat reaper's price.
Yeah I really hate Reaper's midi editor.

It's a pain in the ass really, but then again I am still getting used to it.