Hello all metal guitarists I am looking for some expertise and help regarding amps. Long post I know, but please be patient.
[note: following section is classified with a newbie warning] xP
I am recording a lot of original music in my room, plugging my guitar into an audio interface through some pedals and then into Logic. Works for me and I get guitar sounds that I am happy with. But since I've listened and tried my friends' stack (Laney cub head+cab stack) I felt that maybe it's time to get an amp myself.
I was thinking tube, since I liked the tone of the tube amp more than the tone of my friends' transistor amp. And I was thinking SM57 as mic.
But, since I'm a complete newbie when it come to amps and recording of amps, I need some advice and some help. I have a number of questions, so bare with me.
1. What kind of amp would you recommend? I play mainly melodic death metal and some symphonic-melodic-death-black-something-dohickey metal (). I have no idea what kind of amp that would be best with this in mind. I know that one of my fave bands, Dark Tranquillity, uses Engl (powerball I think...) if that's of any help.
In addition to my non-existing knowledge of amps I haven't yet discovered how to get infinite moneys (have tried using magnets but it didn't work ), so I cannot afford 2000 USD gear :S 900 USD/6000 SEK are about as much as I can stump up...
2. How much background noise will an SM57 pick up when I record? I live in a house from the 60´s and it has relatively thin walls... -.- If someone is closing doors or making noise in the kitchen or like flushing the toilet nearby, will I get mysterious waterfall and sqeaking ghost house sounds in my dohickey-metal? XP Cause if that's the case then It would be impossible to record 23 hours out of 24 possible :S
3. Would it be possible in some way to get tube or tube-like sound to my guitars without buying an entire amp? As I have heard and read an "amp" is basically an amplifier and a power amp in a single box (+ speakers if it's a stack or a combo). Can I use just the amp-part and somehow plug it into my computer and get nice tube tones, or do I need the entire chain (amp - power amp-speakers - mic) to get a nice fat tube sound?
Thanks for all the help in advance! I really really appreciate all help and advice I can get!
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I'm going to give you a great tip. The Peavey Vypyr 120. It's a steal... has tubes in the power amp section and sounds surprisingly good AND cheap as hell.
I have one if you're interested! I didn't have any plans selling one but if you want it it's somewhere in the Meshuggah studio