Originally Posted by Schneider
thanks for chiming in joey!
is it true you use mostly pod farm for guitar tones? or do you use them in conjunction with real heads etc.
in the very early days, i recorded real amps. go back to releases like never again, or prada's beautiful discord and check it out. i also tried a hybrid of real amps for the amp, and then cab simulation via plugin... for that check out every bridge burned - Aun Aprendo
honestly, it sounded horrible, which is why i took the amp simulation route. at the time i was looking for something more convenient and systematic. a way that i could create and store tones. something you can't do even with the best of tube amps, because lets face it, analog is unstable and chaotic. which we all know is part of the sound, but at the same time, a fly could take a shit on your mic and you've lost your magical tone. i also wasn't very smart as an engineer back then, so i got crap results. so because of the switch to amp simulations, experimentation, and just practice... it just sort of stuck. i got better and better sounds using things like pod xt pro and pod farm, and just going with the flow. every once in a while i'd experiment, but i'd always end up going back to line 6. at this point, i could be a line 6 sales man, and that doesn't mean i'm proud of it... but lets be realistic. label is giving me 14 - 25 days to pre pro, engineer, mix, and master 10 - 13 songs at times. lets look at all points of view here:
1. album has a strict deadline
2. band isn't prepared, sometimes coming in with only 2 or 3 songs with a 10 song quota
3. lots of improvisation choices are made on the spot... band hasn't rehearsed or is learning the material for the first time while recording
when you look at it like this, you're hindered in several areas; but first and foremost TIME. with limits on time, we will have to dedicate more of it to the actual tracking and editing duties. this leaves less time for creativity in the tone of the sounds, like guitar tone creation.
i have a re-amp box, but i'm not paid to use it, if you know what i mean.
if anyone gave a shit about their guitar tone, they'd be paying me for a day to find it. but no one is. instead everyone expects something magical out of nothing, which is typical america. people... welcome to americanized music factory that we're having to become. i bet these label owners eat dinner together and laugh about the fact they just made 50+ grand out of a CD that costed 8 grand (do not quote me out of context)
when you look at it like that, then who gives a ****? they don't, and i'm not being paid to, and not given time to, so how can i?
given all of that, i definitely still try as much as possible to make it interesting SOMEHOW, even if i don't have a magical natural drum tone, or the heaviest guitar tone ever made. no one cares!
at any rate, thanks for the warming welcome. it seems like anywhere i post i start some sort of shit storm because i'm some how flagged as the king of crab core or this hipster scene bull shit. sorry guys, if i could roll around in real, even vibey productions all day i would, but its not knocking on my door.
i have a a lot of expenses so i've gotta grab the cash while i can! i'm sure this shit will all blow over some day when myspace.com goes offline, and wearing your tour pass on your side is illegal; then we can all go back to recording the kitchen sink to make the next war drum sound.