It is with great embarrassment I start this thread, but I feel I have no option.
After about 3 years of going it alone in my home studio, I'm at my wit's end. We're talking full on alcoholism, social isolation, self-negligence type seriousness haha. It's my life goal to get this tone. It's my personal key to catharsis and salvation. It's been really hard to deal with this failure.
What makes it all the more embarrassing is that I'm using pro gear and the tone is still not there. The chain is:
Jackson SLAT-7 (EMG-707 in bridge)->AnalogMan modded GE-7 (for boost)->ISP Decimator->6505 HD->Mesa OS->SM57->API 3124+ -> RME Multiface.
I'm matching a tone from my favorite band. I'll tell you all who it is later, if interested. I have two conflicting statements about what was used on the recording for an amp, but I don't really want to get into that.
To me, the reference sounds like a 5150, but with the higher mids pushed.
Here is the dropbox link with two reference files, and then my files that begin with 5150SM57...etc..
Here's some info on my tones:
GE-7 cuts at 100hz: -10db
I used no post processing for the recording. I usually add a LP filter, but it seems to cut off some harmonics on my recording that the reference tone has.
Listening back today during an edit of this post (5/25), I can say I'm pretty embarrassed by the tone..so sorry for ruining your ears for a few minutes.
I can't thank any of you enough if you do respond with advice. I'll think of a way to pay y'all back here!
EDIT: here are the SoundCloud files for convenience. The first two are the reference recordings of the band I'm emulating, the second recordings are my own setup:
Chasing tone is a virtually impossible, and almost always entirely too expensive, task imo. For covers, get close and live with it. Otherwise refine your own tone.