Hey guys, I'm back again. Still working on this song, still working on this demo. lol. http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/1186608/20090821 03 The Spiral of Withering.mp3 You can skip to around the 3:10 mark, as it's just a clean guitar intro up until there. Guitars were 100L/100R: ESP/LTD EC-50 (ESP LH-150 pickups, stock) -> Line6 Toneport UX1 (Clean) -> TSS (0/10/10) -> Dirthead (Red Channel) -> kefir (Mesa Trad 4x12 V30 SM57 01.wav) -> C4 (Sneap's preset) -> ReaEQ (LP @ 7500, some notching to make room for the bass to cut through) The clean guitar in the beginning is that same chain, except it's going from the Toneport into a clean amp sim (via Waves GTR3) and Ryan's s-preshigh. EQs for the L and R in Dirthead were slightly different (more bass and less mids in L). Bass was split into two signals Ibanez GSR200 (stock pickups) -> Presonus Firebox -> X-Hum -> GGate -> C4 (Sneap) -> 1: TSS (10/0/7.6) -> AmpegSVX (My custom Alex Webster-modeled SVT4-Pro preset with the bass cut and more mids/highs) -> kefir (E_4x10_57_A107.wav) -> W1 (-5.5dB ceiling, -30db threshold, 71ms) 2: AmpegSVX (AW preset with bass boosted and mids lowered/highs cut) -> kefir (SWR 15 441 edge - 6dB.wav) -> (-5.5db/-30db/71ms) Drums were SD2 (Morgoe's snare gog, EQ on the kick and toms to make them less boomy, OH has slight additive EQ so it cuts in the highs better) Vocals are a simple track recorded with an SM57 into the Toneport with ReaEQ, L2 slamming it, then some verb and delay. The mix is probably the best I'm going to be able to do with my limited AE knowledge and with the source guitar tracks that I'm getting (I don't know whether it has to do with the Toneport, him not going through a DI, the pickups, or what but I just don't get any good tones other than Dirthead and SoloC no matter how much I sit and tweak 7170/8505/Wagner Sharp/etc.) The master is where I need to improve upon. This is probably going out to some labels to get the band signed, so I want to make sure the master is as good as possible. To my ears it's not clipping, but my ears aren't as trained as some of yours are. On the master, I have these going: RComp (199 Attack/Release, 1.5 Ratio, 0db Threshold, Arc/Opto/Warm, -7.5dB Gain) L2 (-1dB Threshold, 0dB Ceiling, 1000 Release, 16bit Quantize/Type1 Dither/Ultra Shaping) L1 (-1.5dB Threshold, -2.5dB Ceiling, 1.0 Release) The mix is peaking at -2.5dB - I'm not sure if that's pretty loud or what but I tried to get as close as I could (in terms of loudness) to some albums that I had loaded into Winamp at the time (Celtic Frost's "Monotheist", SYL's "Alien", All Shall Perish "Awaken the Dreamers"). Again, to my ears I don't hear clipping but your ears might hear better. Any help or advice would be appreciated.