you wont get a pair of moniters worth using for $130. $250-300 is probably the bare minimum that you should look to spend. on a budget, most people seem to recomend the krk rokit 5, which are $150 each.
1. What you need is a DAW. Screw Audacity. Don't get it. It's terrible.
Just download Reaper. Unlimited free trial and very in-expensive licenses.
2. First of all, you need an audio interface to plug microphones into.
Get something like a Focusrite Sapphire Pro 24 or a Presonus Firebox. I like the Tascam US series interfaces, as they are good USB 2.0 intefaces (if you are going the USB route, keep in mind firewire is generally considered optimal).
To record guitar, get a SHURE SM57. Some like the SENNHEISER e609. This is of course if you have a good amp, and have the patience to learn how to mic an amp, and the post processing involved. You can also go DI in with the guitar, and use VST amp simulation. Just type this into google:
guide to vst amp simulation site:ultimate-guitar.com
To record bass, go DI. Some like to blend mic'd bass as well with DI'd tracks, but if you want cost effective, go DI. Your interface will have an instrument in, so just plug your bass into that.
3. Get a program such as Steven Slate Drums, Addictive Drums, or Superior Drummer. Others also like BFD by fxpansion.
I've tried the behringer BCF2000 in the past and it only lasted 1 month. From day one the faders were very jumpy and extremely noisy. The fact that it didn't have touch sensitivity didn't help much either as there were times where I was fighting against the motors to tweak something and would end up using the mouse much more than needed even with the control surface on the desk.
As I said before, don't go cheap on control surfaces. If you do you will either end up getting something that doesn't work well or just doesn't last long enough.
Sounds better, but the low end sounds a little loose IMO.
Now I would invest in a tube screamer to tighten the sound. The tube screamer IMO is a must for any metal recording involving tight low end, but that is just me.
Also, I know many people mod their Valveking's to make them sound better. Did you change your speaker? Stock Tubes?
It does sound a little fizzy as well, maybe try EQ'ing a little out of the 9k range or between 5k and 8k. Not too much, or your sound will not cut through.
Also, I like to personally set my low pass at 13k. Maybe try that?
And maybe try making multiple bass tracks, but with different tones. Not multiple takes, but a simple copy and paste of the track. Try a bass track with a low pass at 90hz (sub bass), another track with another high pass at around 200 hz, and another bass track that has another EQ similar to the above, but with distortion. Send this all to a bus track, with compression.
-Amplitude 3 I have not tried, but I heard it is good. (Some thought hate 2, the original, and the metal versions however if you come across them)
-Revalver is another most like. -Pod Farm -Metal Amp Room -Waves GTR -Numerous free amp sims such as ones made by NickCrow, TSE, Acmebargig, and Lepou. (just listed the four more "common" makers of free sims.)
It sounds way better, but it still sounds boomy IMO.
How are you micing the amp? Maybe experiment with different micing positions.
Also, maybe try turning the bass down on your Valveking and let the bass guitar handle the bass frequencies. It seems the guitar sounds like it has too much bass, and really, the best guitar tones are a lot thinner then most think.
And last but not least, Youtube is not the greatest place for us to make correct judgments on your tone. Try dropbox. www.dropbox.com
Don't get EZdrummer. I am always surprised on why everybody likes it, as it sounds extremely fake IMO.
I'd get Steven Slate Drums instead. Around the same price, but WAY better IMO.
Avoid Guitar Rig 4 and anything to do with Guitar Rig. It sounds like garbage IMO. Amplitude 3 I have heard is pretty good, and I use Pod Farm along with other free amp simulations and get great results.
I recommend the Pod package. A decent interface, and a good amp modeling software is what I think of the Line 6 Package.
also consider the 6505+ which is more versatile than the standard 6505. don't think that the 6505 amps can't do anything other than metal and hard rock because they can do any genre if you set them up properly. but in general yes the jsx is more capable in the versatility arena. i would recommend playing a JSX and 6505+ if you can before you decide.
I still would take a JSX over a 6505+ any day if I wanted versatility.
And yeah, a 6505 can do other genres. Can the 6505+/6505 do them well or as good as the JSX, however?
Yeah, some people get away with getting a guitar to sound like the bass with a Pitch Shifter, amp modeler, EQ, etc. but to be honest you are never going to fill the low frequencies really well unless you either:
1. Buy or download a free Bass VSTi. 2. Buy a bass.
Go look up 4front bass. It is a decent free Bass VSTi, that when combined with good plug ins can sound decent. Some good commercials ones I have tried are Trillian and the Scarbee Pre Basses.
Interface Monitors DAW Headphones (optional, but I prefer nice ones) Mics (for you specifically, guitar and vocals, correct?) A lot of software, depends however
I would look for a firewire/USB 2.0 interface, with firewire being IMO the better of the two. If you don't have firewire however, USB 2.0 will be fine as long as you do not record more then four tracks at the same time.
The Tascam US-144/122 or the M-Audio Fast Track series are both good USB 2.0 interfaces IMO that suit your needs. For firewire, the PreSonus FireStudio is a great firewire interface, though some argue that firewire is not needed when you are not recording many inputs at once.
On a budget, KRK Rokit 5's seem to be the standard.
Whatever comes with your interface, or Reaper.
I like the Sennheiser HD280's.
This is where it gets a little hard. For guitar, I recommend the Shure SM57 or the Sennheiser e609.
For vocals, however, it depends. A screaming vocalist will use something different than a clean vocalist. A lot of metal vocalists like the Shure SM7B, where as most clean vocalists prefer a nice condenser mic.
To be honest though, picking the right mic is all based on trial and error.
For your drums, Steven Slate Drums IMO is optimal if you want good sounding drums for a cheaper price. There is also Addictive Drums, and Superior Drummer. Check them out.
Also, look into some plugins that load into your DAW. If you don't know about plugins, research it.
I've given this story many times but one day on a hunt for monitors, I went into an independent music store in my area (aka, not Guitar Center) and listened to about 12 different pairs of monitors between $100-$500. There were M-Audio, Mackie, KRK, Yamaha and some off brand. The best sounding were the KRK rockits by far. The worse, the Mackies.