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  1. Agreed. When you move up into the semi-professional or even professional category, i think it's like an elite athelete. You have to continue the regular "workout" so you maintain your level of technical ability at that high benchmark. If you didn't pick up the guitar or instrument for 6 or so months, you would notice that when you eventually did again, you would have to work quite hard to get back up to that level of playing where you were with regular and consistent practice.
  2. Haha! Nice and simple! For me it's write the second album for one of my bands and track it during the second half of the year. I am also involved in some other recording projects, so i'm always busy writing with them. Maybe another video clip for my band will end up on the agenda during the year sometime too...hehehe
  3. I think in both there tend to be a lot of sample replacement used. This is generally speaking of course. In similar ways that Hip Hop uses sample beats with sampled kicks, snares, etc. Heavy Metal will do the same. However, usually they will get a drummer to play the beat or song and add samples within the mix either layering it with the drummers own kit or replacing the hit all together with a new pre-recorded sample. It all depends on the dynamics of the instrument, the sound of the instrument captured and the sound of the room, etc. comes into play. There are a lot of metal type bands also using fully programmable drum machines on the computer to program their beats. These obviously use samples of pre-recorded drum hits or even full drum kits such as Superior Drummer 2.0 or even Big Fat Drums 2. It all comes down to money, time and what you want your record to sound like. Way too many choices if you ask me! Hahaha! I hope this helps?
  4. Thanks very much for compiling these articles. Much appreciated!
  5. Yeah, basically trying to get that "metal" tone out of them. If i had to compare, i'm aiming to get something along the lines of what Andy Sneap gets with his proper acoustic drums (but he does sample, etc.). I've been thinking about getting the Slate stuff - a friend of mine has it and it's really good! I'm just using some simple compression with a bit of verb on them. But the problem is, is that they are too "boomy". And i've tried eq'ing it out, but to no avail.
  6. Guitars: - Caparison Horus (Yellow Sand), Taylor 414ce Acoustic, Jackson DK2, Peavey Wolfgang, Ibanez s series 7 string (got a Caparison 7 string Dellinger on the way from Japan) Amps: Laney TT100H head, Laney VC50 combo, Marshall 1960A cab Also, got a bunch of stomp boxes and effects, as i'm sure everyone else does. Apart from that, that's all i need! 8)
  7. AWESOME info! Definitely worth the read if you're "planning" on making money in the music industry. Although you really can't plan on anything in the music industry.
  8. Definitely look at the Takamine entry level models. Before I bought my Taylor 414ce I played a few Takamines, and was quite impressed with their playability, tone and look for their price. As for that Aldi guitar, or those cheap ones you see in Target, K-mart, or any of those other big chain stores, i would steer clear. As rhythmboy said, it will be cheaply made (as they buy them in bulk) and will have bad machine heads that will most likely die on you extremely fast and the "ply"wood body will make it sound horrific. In the long run, you're better off spending $100 on a cheaper guitar from a music shop than Aldi. At least they will provide back up service if you need help changing strings, keeping it clean, any advice, etc.
  9. I totally agree with Jester_Fu - it is all about mic technique. You have to learn the ins and outs as well as the tricks. But my sugestion would be to focus "more attention" on the area of music you wish to record. Obviously you will have to be a jack of all trades and be able to adjust, compensate, have knowledge in other areas. But for example, if you want to focus on heavy metal, you'd have to learn more about the samples used and how to use them (layer) to get that "metal drum" sound. If the artists you are recording are looking to save money on recording, look into things like reamping, etc. Again, they're all tricks. There are plenty of online resources that you can access that are extremely helpful. And the bottom line is, knowledge is power. So read as much info as you can, and experiment with the techniques to build on your knowledge. Good luck!
  10. Anyone? I guess this isn't a site for acoustic sampled drums then...
  11. ^ I don't know man. My experience on it wasn't as pleasant. It crashed a couple of times while recording. I thought that was the absolute worst thing a program that does recording could do - crash while recording. I thought they were designed not to do that. Oh well, seemed like decent program other than that. I think i may have to go back to reaper...
  12. I've got the original Zoom H4 and it's awesome! Not sure if it's exactly what you're after. But it has 2 x-y condenser mic's in-built. Has two XLR and quarter inch inputs. Has a four track mixer in built and you can record in mp3 or wav (44.1, 48, 96kHz) to an SD card and runs off 2 AA batteries. You can also use it as an interface for your laptop if you change your mind and it comes bundles with Cubase LE. I've had mine a while so i'm sure it's been superseded by something else now. But it may be an idea for you? Good luck with your search! freak-guitar
  13. Sweet! Awesome compilation! More reading to do! Hmm....if only i could somehow import it onto the computer at work and bypass their system to read instead of work...... ;D
  14. Thanks a lot for that anders. I appreciate the help!
  15. Does anyone use Superior Drummer by Toontrack? I was wondering how people process their toms. Does anyone have any tricks to getting good tom sounds? I can get decent tom sounds out of it, but was just interested on how other people go about it. Cheers freak-guitar