I'm not a drummer neither. Unfortunately, us guitarists and bassists will be narrowed in creativity while writing drums ( du to the playing limits, if you don't know how to play an instrument, all that is left is theory ), but that doesn't stop us from writing straight forward nice beats. It won't be gavin harisson level, but it will still be decent.
Some cool tricks :
A drummer actually taught me this trick, for each palm mute, do a kick. Sounds simple and in the mix it sounds pretty neat.
Another drummer taught me this : Don't crash every starting bar, hit a crash on important rhythmical changes to accentuate the transition from chord X to chord Y.
Well hey man, if you have the money for it, why the hell not ?
It's like eating a steak at buffalo or at entrecote. Same steak, price difference is about 20 euros, but you get better treatment for the other, even though the outcome is the same for both, in the other case you had a more pleasant time.
It's the same thing for softwares to be honest. I really advise you to stick to one recording tool, and pick the one that is more comfortable to you. Don't go cubase or protools just because some people often say they use them. I use fruity loops, probably the least recommended software of them all, but I'm used to it and I know most functions and it allows me easier recording and therefore I save time.
If you are familiar with Sonar and Reaper, then there is no need to upgrade in my opinion, because if you do, it's going to be time consuming to get used to the program and settings.
So here is a rough mix of a math rock band that I'm recording. Crits?
Listening to it as I type.
All your instruments are very clean, your mixing is great, however I would watch out for that cymbal, it's too high for my taste it's doing that crashy sound. You might want to control that and it will be a 10/10 for me. To think about it, it's not a volume thing that intrigues me, the volume is good, but I would tweak a bit with the high frequencies, maybe cut the ones that stand out too much.
Else, I'm giving you 9,5/10 for the production. Great job.
It definitely has something to do with the volume, as I believe this problem only happens when you don't have an external audio mixer/card plugged into your pc, so you are using a soundcard ( just like I do ), so to fix this problem, lower the volume from your guitar first, keep strumming your chords until you get no distortion.
Next, get a free noise gate vst, and place it as an effect on your recording bus ( or track, or whatever you call them ).
Higher the noise gate until there is no hiss, but be careful not to overdo this as it kills a bit your tone.
Now if this is not your problem, then I believe it must be a software problem and therefore if it's getting passed 0 db of master volume, clipping happens, so check for volume settings.
N.B : For general culture, clipping is the phenomena where your audio wave has no longer space available so it has to curve a bit to fit since our technology is limited to the audio space that is 0 db the great limit before clipping. ( to simplify it a bit )
Thanks a lot friend ! It's my most recent song. The project is 2 years old, the rest of the stuff is not as mature as it is now. I now control my production easier so I can focus on song writing better. And I'm getting less metalish with the time
I'm looking for a vocalist or vocalists for an online release I'm working on.
I can sing myself, but I'm more of a soft rocker singer.
I'm kinda doing some heavier music, need vocals with a grungy voice into it.
I'm 24, and I want to be able to release a good freaking release before I graduate and start working as an engineer where I would probably no longer have the time for it.
It's gonna be very simple music, but production oriented. So I'm playing simple catchy riffs with huge emphasis on production and sound quality. No 13/8, 5/3 odd time signatures, no djent riffs, no nothing. Some old school P.O.D like riffs ( Knowing I used to be a heavy progressive metal fan )
Prominy SR5 Rock Bass! Seriously, you won't regret it. I use it for all my recordings for pretty much the same reasons as you. Ultra realistic, and if you pair it with a good bass amp VST, it's killer.
Out of curiosity went in to check most of these vsti's demo, and this one is by far the most realistic one I have ever heard in my life !
FL is an amazing now a days. I use to use Cubase and much prefer FL Studio...the biggest problem with FL is the tempo change and you can't change time sigs during song...but its not hard to get around either if you just make your own metronome which takes like 30 seconds.
When it was still called Fruity Loops it was a very weak program.
Also FL currently doesn't work with out dual booting on Mac but that is about to change:
"The FL Studio team announced in early September 2011 that they are seeking experienced FL Studio users with a registered copy of FL Studio to test a beta version that runs natively on Mac OS X. According to the thread on the Image-Line forum in which they announced this information, the Mac version will run in a customized CrossOver wrapper, a Windows emulator/wrapper, which doesn't require the user to install neither CrossOver nor Boot Camp. Beta testing will start sometime late September or early October of 2011."
1) I want to record my jams, and some tunes that I have, and I believe that with the gear that I have I may be able to do so. But, I always read things like "Guitar Rig" or "guitar processor", what are those?
Guitar Rig are amp simulation programs. If you don't have an amp, you can use those. They generate close sounds, but amps are way better.
2) Lets say I want to record my vocals. But I also want to add some effects, like for example, Reverb or Distorted, or Robotic or that voice effect that Green day uses in the interlude of American Idiot (like the voice is from a radio or something like that). How do I do that?
It really depends on how you want the voice. If it's a robotic effect like daft punk, you can use a Vocoder program to emulate a roboish sound. As for reverbs, it's available in your recording software.
3) I dont have a Bass guitar, and tough I would love to get one, it's not in my current budget. So, how could I emulate that bass through my guitar? I believe that here enters the Guitar rig soft that I mentioned earlier?
You got to ask yourself, do you want the bass to just fill in the lower frequencies and give you the boom effect in the songs, or you want the bass to have a melodic role in the song ?
The first part is pretty easy to do and using even bass midi works. The second is much much harder, because you can't hide the sound anymore and the only solution is to get a real bass. I personally don't like the bass VST's they sound really horrible.
4) Which software could I use to create drum beats, that doesn't sound midi like? I mean, is there a software that I could design a pattern, and then it plays but with real drum sound? And could i have each drum in a separate track so that i could EQ it accordingly?
Search for Drum VSTi many great programs such as Supperior 2/ Battery 3
5) Whats a PreAmp, and what is it purpose?
A preamp is something you put before the amp to process the signal.