Currently Being ModeratedJun 16, 2012 10:15 AM (in response to trenken311)
You'll improve as an engineer by following a few steps. Don't start with a Logic issue, start with an engineering issue and then you'll get how best to solve it with what you have.
Firstly, what makes this sound? How is it made and how do you think it was recorded? To me, this sounds like a humbucker pickup so I'd guess a les Paul or maybe an SG type of guitar going into maybe a Marshall or an Orange type of amp. This is not a DI'ed sound so you're going to have trouble here if you only have DI's.
To me this sounds like a ribbon mic, pretty closely mice'd, maybe paired with a 57 or sen 906, something like that. And it's mainly just HIM playing. Great sound, good player. Never underestimate this.
Now we have the internet so lets look him up and see if we can track down what he uses or used on this record.
OK, looks like he used a custom Ibanez AX-120 with a Seymour Duncan JB Jnr pickup, so it is a high output humbucker and it also looks like he went through an Orange stack.
If you can get hold of a guitar with a humbucker at the bridge, you'll be making the first positive steps. You don't mention what gear, if any, that you have only what software. Again, if you can get hold of a hi-gain amp and a couple of mics you're going to a lot closer in terms of gear, and hence sound.
I see Guitar Rig has the 'Citrus' amp, so if you can't get your hands on a real amp, maybe start here. Don't be shy with the gain but again, try to restrain yourself a little.
I think your main enemies here are that this record is very live and most of the sound is dialled in to the amp plus the choice of mics. So try to use a matching cab to the citrus amp and choose a ribbon mic in Guitar Rig, I'm sure there's at least one in there.
Finally of course, it's the way he plays it too. Good luck with that.
In summing up, always approach these things from an engineering point of view. What is it? What makes it what it is? This will take you a good way to where you want to be and make you a better engineer. After that, solving your issue with Logic will be simpler because you've gotten so much closer with your approach. This comes with time, and I mean years.
Hope this helps.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 16, 2012 9:49 PM (in response to BobGus)
Octopi - What a great response to the question. Good job.
No kidding, octopi... your first sentence speaks volumes.
"You'll improve as an engineer by following a few steps. Don't start with a Logic issue, start with an engineering issue and then you'll get how best to solve it with what you have."