We have done quite a bit of demo recording while looking for a drummer, and now that we have found one, we're starting to rehearse the songs.
The problem that i'm finding is that because our singer doesn't have an edgy 'rock' voice (he's more a Rick Astley type!), my guitar sound is swallowing him up when we rehearse live.
When mixing our tracks it was easy enough to pull some 3k from the guitars and add some 3k to the vocals to get some nice separation, but that's near impossible to do with the PA rig that we have.
In the spirit of making the band sound as good as possible as a whole, I'd like to tailor my guitar sound to suit this. At the moment I'm running a Washburn N4 into an Orange Tiny Terror and a couple of Marshall 1x12" cabs (a nice neat mini-stack). The sound is great, but quite 'throaty', or more accurately, 'middly', right in the frequencies where the vocals are. The amp has no EQ, just a 'tone' control, which I always have full up, or else the sound isn't bright enough. Even with the tone down though, the problem is still there. I'm not too loud either - I know it's a frequency problem.
So, I'm looking for an amp that has a sound that isn't going to fight the vocal. In the past I've used a 5150 half-stack with a more scooped sound, but for this band I wanted a more honest, 'grown-up' distortion, not to mention a smaller rig. Are there any amps out there that might fall inbetween the two? I'd certainly consider a pickup change as well, as I find the 500XL to be very thin sounding when compared to my Dimarzio Tone Zone equipped Ibanez guitars.
Yeah that sounds like a recipe for disaster to be honest. You have the voice coming in form the corners and the guitar and bass dominating the center, and both of them have to be turned way up.
I would do it as follows -- if the drummer is on the south wall, put the guitar amp on the east wall facing west and the bass on the west wall facing east (or vice versa), and the PA speakers on the north wall. Or if you can get the extra speakers, run a couple as vocal floor monitors.
The closer your amp is to you the quieter it can be to be heard over the drums. Stick it on a chair to get it to ear level. The object is to play as quietly as possible, with everyone able to hear themselves and the drums. Then find a spot in the room that has a reasonable mix and put a stereo recorder there and use that to post-mortem the rehearsal.
Marshall 1936v 2x12 cabs w/vintage 30's suit it perfectly also running an eq pedal could help if the earlier suggestions didn't work, MXR do a 10 band eq pedal..
Would definitely make your head a lot more versatile.
And it sounds like your looking for a nice overdrive tone not necessarily distortion.
It's a bit muddy. Try replacing the Dimarzio with a Barden humbucker, this alone with clear up the sound quite a bit, then ditch that gear (for recording anyway) in favor of either a 5E3 tweed Deluxe or 6G3 brown Deluxe. Early Ted Nugent, ZZ Top's first 3 albums to name 2.
For recording, you will never do better. When live, mic this rig, you will never do better.
I hope I'm not overstating the obvious here, but "arrangement" and "mixing".
Your issue is frequency overlap, so change the guitar part to be lower or higher, it's as simple as making space for the vocals in the arrangement.
Next you need to lower that guitar in the mix, it's been set up as if it's an instrumental guitar piece. Go and listen to some tracks that you like and match the volumes for the instruments and vocals. Then you need to start being brutal with the hi/low pass and EQ's to carve out a slot for your vocals in their frequency range. Remember to mix to a low volume and then where needed raise an instrument or voice up rather than taking up all the headroom in the mix before you get there, you can't have every instrument being lead all the time.