I'm going to take this weekend and try to get a little closer to my "final" rhythm tone w/the Carvin for the tracks I'm using it on, and after not nearly enough coffee this morning, I have a bit of a quandary. I am notorious for making my rhythm guitars too dark (Dave/Drew hear the majority of my mixes, and say the same thing), so I'm trying to get a little more upper end in there.
Here's Ye Ole Basic Reaper Project. Two tracks, dumped to stems, playing back. Nothing fancy.
Here's the Axe-Fx patch. Through my monitors and my 1221s, it sounds pretty damn close to my in-the-room 6505. I have a 40hz highpass filter on there to help the fact that I palm mute like a viking swinging a hammer, but that's it.
Playing the track back in Reaper and using ReaEQ to peek at the spread, I'm presented with this:
That abrupt rolloff after around 2800 seems... Well, wrong. Even if I dime the presence and the treble on the Axe, that upper range doesn't seem to really move much more than a db or two. Is ReaEQ reading it incorrectly, or otherwise - what's the scoop here? I'm looking to add some bright pre-mix (read: when I track it) before I inevitably mix it and say "TOO BRIGHT" and squash it anyway.
GFXAnalyzer agrees, too.
You guys that get solid, tight tones in a mix - what are your EQ curves like? I could be completely off the mark, but shouldn't this have more high end to it? It seems like no matter how brittle I make the patch coming out of the monitors/wedges (literally, ear-piercingly bright) the high end tapers off pretty dramatically.
What am I missing?
This is that patch.