I am trying to build a good, heavy distortion for A standard tuning, entirely in software. I am new to playing a seven, and relatively new to recording guitars generally, so I thought I'd post up where I've got to so far and see what people think. I'm mostly a singer, and I want to make some instrumental backing tracks for myself so I can practice more meaningfully. I don't demand spectacular professional tone, but I do want something that's credible; good enough that I can feel good sharing demos and cover versions with other people. The only guitar I have to work with is my SubZero Generation 7 which is cheap, and the pickups are limited (you can read the full story over in this thread) but I've done my best to work around it. The clips I posted up in the other thread were through my analogue set-up, but that isn't really working for me for recording. I want to be able to tweak the guitar afterwards so I can mix it with vocals and programmed drums, so it's helpful to have literally everything inside my DAW. I don't have a huge amount of experience here, but after a lot of frustration I have something I am reasonably happy with. DISCLAIMER - I am a mediocre guitarist. I picked something which has a mix of very low notes, chords, palm muting and fast chugs for demo purposes but I know I can't play it perfectly, it's a work in process. The Industrialist New Distortion Tone If you are interested, the unprocessed guitar track is here. What do you think? Am I going in the right direction? What would you want to change? For the sake of space I'll stick the technical stuff in a spoiler: Spoiler: Signal Chain The signal chain is complicated so stick with me: Dynamic compressor - Turning down frequencies below 150hz Regular compressor - Pulling down the peaks to get more consistent signal level Amplitube - TubeScreamer into Triple Rectifier into 1x12 bass cab Parametric EQ - Little cut to frequencies around 55hz Light reverb - For wetness Another impulse response - This time Celestion Vintage 30 Another dynamic comp - Again, turning down sub-150hz, because they were still booming So, as you can see... Bass response has been a real problem. The pickups are not very cooperative, and the response is quite different at the low end (too hot, too flabby) which makes creating a single tone hard. In the end I decided to force the issue, by manually yanking out flab, and then pushing it through a compressor. Without that even pedestrian levels of gain splattered out into white noise. With excessive bass removal you can push it enough to really call it a distortion, but the amp gain is only at 6 and the TS is at 0. The only other way I could get a sound that worked without all that EQ was at far lower gain levels, and the response was weird as hell. The low notes were barely driven at all, and sounded like I was playing bass, while chords further up were merely crunchy and not proper metal noises at all. I am open to the idea that there is too much gain on this tone. Through my IEMs it sounds baller, but through speakers there is some fizz that I'd associate with too much gain. Could also be achieved with some EQ on the high end to tame the excesses. Can't think of anything else really... By all means ask if I have left out any details that might be useful.