I'm kicking myself for not breaking out that Nady RS-4 sooner. It just REALLY likes my Rectoverb.
Let's do this as a proper before/after. It's not a "fair" comparison because I've changed a fucking LOT on this demo, but it's still interesting.
First, the Reaper demo I did while screwing around with the program. All the guitars (except the acoustics, which I did with a pair of AKG C1000s's) were captured with a SM57:
Next, all the guitars re-recorded. I lowered the rhythm gain a little bit and mic'd up my Recto 2x12 with the RS-4 on one speaker, and an SM57 on the other to add a little more brightness. The lead was captured with just a straight RS-4. I also re-did the drum track, and re-recorded the bass. The mix is still a bit to bass heavy (I think my monitors just don't really reproduce low end accurately enough - I had to go with the smaller 5" Behringers simply because I couldn't fit the 8" ones on my desk. :/)
Confession - I was a bit hung over when I re-recorded the lead. I didn't do a thing to it - I added some delay, and initially threw an EQ and a compressor on it as well, but I thought it sounded better without any additional processing. I had a 80hz low pass engaged on my preamp when I was tracking, but that was it.
I think there's two reasons I like this thing so much. One is probably something about it being a ribbon - it does smooth out the high end a touch coming off the Rectifier, and that probably makes it work very well with this amp.
The other, I suspect, is the difference between a 1" ribbon and a 1/4-1/2" capsule (or however big it is) in a SM57 - the ribbon sounds more "even," whereas the SM57 sounds more filtered. I think the larger surface area of the microphone just gives it a less narrow, less "notched" sounding picture of the amp when it's used as a close mic. This has me pretty curious to check out a large diaphram dynamic sometime - I know Petrucci swears by the combnination of a SM57 and an e906, so that might be my next purchase, I think...
Anyway, I'm pretty happy with the guitar sounds on this one. If by the time I start tracking for the album this iis the sort of tone I'm getting on disc, I'll be OK with that.
wow, that makes a world of a difference.
that's an amazing lead tone drew.