I'm not going to go on about my whole production set up so we will cover this need be later on in this forum. I am currently working on helping my friend mix a CD for their metal band. I have never stepped foot in any of this before so I have been reading up on a lot of things and been through numerous books. Granted I learned some mistakes along the way we did but the recording was already finished. Here lies my first issue:
I will provide you a sample of a track that has 2 guitar tracks recorded on it. Yes I know we should have multi tracked but I found this out way later. (everyone's gotta start somewhere) Anyways, I have two questions:
1.These tracks were recorded by connecting the guitar to a Boss ME 70 pedal and the tones were set on this pedal and then directly connected to our line in on our sound card which is a Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Pro ZS. So the tone they have is what they are looking for but I was wondering should I run these through any amp sims like guitar rig or impluses? The pedal mimics an amp in a way but not sure if I should run them through something else.
2. Also Pretty much you will noticed the left channel is playing one guitar track and the right is another guitar track. This is all we did for guitar recording though. Through most of the recording the guitars are playing the same until you get to around 2:15 - 3:00 in the song it changes. I'm wondering how I should go about panning these and duplicating the tracks. Again I know duplicating isn't the greatest but this is what we have and I'm trying to work with these resources.
You need to grab a decent USB preamp, are you going to be doing live drums? Vocals? I'd recommend a Tascam US1800 or the (discontinued) US1641 (if you can find it used) if you are going to be micing drums. If not and only need to run guitars/bass direct, go with a Line6 Toneport. They're pretty cheap, however the Tascam isn't much more and more inputs are always a good thing. As far as amp sims and impulses, take a look at this thread, it's got a lot of links to great free VST amp sims and a Tutorial on how to make them work.
The (free) VST Amp Sim thread
As far as running the ME 70.... I say don't do it. Run the guitars direct into the preamp and edit all effects/amps/etc. afterwards with VSTs. By doing it this way, even after you have recorded the guitar tracks you can go back and change amp settings, EQ settings, etc.
What are you using as your DAW?
Also take a look through all the stickied posts in this section. There is a lot of knowledge here.