Does the room have to be dead if you’re just sticking a mic to the grill and the amp is cranked?
With high gain guitars and a dynamic mic, there is a lot of wiggle room; it doesn’t really matter. A 57 or 58 will not really pick up the room. You can put a guitar cap anywhere, and if you’re close mic-ing it, it’s going to sound like the guitar cap.
What reverb should you use for metal guitars?
When you’re missing power on the guitar, panning them a little bit more than 70% for the chorus’ and then bringing them in for the verses.
Selected saturation on guitars using plug ins such as Kazrog’s True Iron, can give the guitars real dimension.
A lot of it can be done on the amp too; if you want more low end, high end, etc. you can do this on the amp. However, this is at the recording stage.
When you’re handed a track that doesn’t have the girth that you want, LCR is the most effective way when it comes to hard rock. This has been proven time and time again, although there are exceptions at times.
With the low end, multiband compression or grabbing something like a WAV C4, and then compressing the low end really evenly evenly then turning it up so it is consistently hitting. One of the biggest problems with low tune stuff is low end going out of control (i.e. going from booming to nothing); multiband and dynamic EQ’s are a good way of controlling the low end so that this issue doesn’t happen.
At the end of the day, if you have the opportunity to record it the way you want, that is the most preferable thing.
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