Gear Review: Joey Sturgis Superior Drummer Preset Pack

Here is a full review of the Joey Sturgis Preset pack for Superior Drummer 2.0.

To review this we will listen to a few drum riffs played through each preset. You will hear the mastered audio first (to hear what it would sound like in a final mix) then the unmastered version (to hear what it sounds like naturally).

I will show you the Mastering Method I used in a later video and will link here when its up.

Joey Sturgis is a great modern metal producer so check this out.

One troubleshooting tip: If you get this preset pack and don’t see it in superior… make sure you have the latest version installed AND have the computer seeing the latest VST DLL file.

Beginners Guide To Recording Metal Guitars (With Amp And Cab Sims)

This video will show you step by step how to record metal guitars with virtual amplifiers and cabinet Impulse responses

Learn more about killer tone cabs here: http://metalhomerecording.com/killer-tone-cabs/

Get the free cab ir loader here:

http://lepouplugins.blogspot.com/

Podfarm 2 Metal Tones Killer Tone Cabs Ultimate Bundle

http://metalhomerecording.com/killer-tone-cabs/

This video will show you how to get a variety of great metal guitar tones with Pod Farm 2 and the Killer Tone Cabs Ultimate Bundle.

All of the cabs in Pod Farm 2 have been disabled and all Killter Tone Cab IRs are loaded with LeCab3 right after Pod Farm 2

All of the tones have no post production except for mastering.

The Mastering Method used in this video can be found here: http://metalhomerecording.com/category/mastering/

All of the tones in this video were made by reamping 2 separate performances. 1 on the L and one on the R hard panned.

Learn more about Killer Tone Cabs Here: http://metalhomerecording.com/killer-tone-cabs/

You will be able to download the presets I made in this video shortly.

Guitar Rig 5 Metal Tones With Killer Tone Cabs Ultimate Bundle


 

Download the Guitar Rig 5 Presets Here

http://metalhomerecording.com/killer-tone-cabs/

This video will show you how to get a variety of great metal guitar tones with Guitar Rig 5 and the Killer Tone Cabs Ultimate Bundle.

All of the cabs in Guitar Rig 5 have been disabled and all Killter Tone Cab IRs are loaded with LeCab3 right after Guitar Rig 5

All of the tones have no post production except for mastering.

The Mastering Method used in this video can be found here: http://metalhomerecording.com/category/mastering/

All of the tones in this video were made by reamping 2 separate performances. 1 on the L and one on the R hard panned.

Learn more about Killer Tone Cabs Here: http://metalhomerecording.com/killer-tone-cabs/

You will be able to download the presets I made in this video shortly.

Axe Fx 2 vs Kemper Metal Tones


In this video we compare the tones of a Marshall JVM, Diezel VH4, Mesa Dual Rectofier, Peavey 5150 (6505 for the kemper), and an Engl Powerball in the Axe Fx 2 and the Kemper Profiling Amp

 

I used both stock and 3rd party kemper profiles when available.

 

I kept the cabs the same by using cabs from the Killer Tone Cabs Ultimate bundle.

 

Learn more about the Killer Tone Cabs Ultimate Bundle Here: http://metalhomerecording.com/killer-tone-cabs/

 

Learn more about Metal Home Recording Kemper Preamp Profiles Here: http://metalhomerecording.com/best-profiles/

 

All cabs for the kemper were loaded in the channel with Poulin Lecab 2 vst.

 

With a bit of EQ they can be made to sound fairly similar. I think both the Kemper and Axe Fx 2 sound really good. This will hopefully show some of the differences.

 

All sounds were made by reamping 2 separate DI tracks for L + R One left and one right.

 

All Audio has no post production except for mastering. Mastering method used in this video is here: http://metalhomerecording.com/category/mastering/

Axe Fx 2 Vs Kemper Overview


 

This is an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of the Fractal Audio Axe Fx 2 and The Kemper Profiling amp.

This video will help you start the purchase of an Axe Fx 2 or a Kemper based on your personality and style of doing things

 

My 2 cents…

Axe fx vs kemper overview
Axe fx II strengths
- complex routing options
- multi amp combining
- incredible in depth tweaking
- free updates quality controlled
- powerful editing software
- can be used as an audio interface

Kemper strengths
- simplicity in user interface
- simplicity in tone tweaking
- crowd controlled design
- good 3rd party tones
- ability to create your own amps
- limitless possibilities

I Just Got A Kemper! – Basic Overview

So I recently got a kemper profiling amp to compliment the Axe Fx II.

I have played around with it for about 2 weeks and have seen many of its strengths and weaknesses.  I will discuss these in depth and compare the Axe Fx II vs Kemper in later videos.

 

If you are like me. that front panel of the Kemper looks crazy and intimidating.  I came to find out that it really just makes a lot of the functions of the Kemper fast and easy to use.

In This video I go over the basic functions of the front panel and get rid of the intimidating factor.

Poulin Legion Metal Tone – Free Amp Sim Poulin Legion w/ Killer Tone Cabs


 

Download the Poulin Amps For Free Here

Download Ts Secret Free Tube Screamer Simulation Here

Check out Killer Tone Cabs Here

This is a high gain metal tone for the Free Poulin Legion amp sim.

Amp Model: Poulin Legion amp model

Cab: Killer Tone Cabs Pkg 1:  IR13 Smooth Biting

This recording was made by reamping 1 DI performance on the left and another DI performance on the right.

Panned hard left and hard right.

Video begins with Mastered audio then unmastered then mastered again.

Mastering Method Video is here: http://metalhomerecording.com/mastering-loud-mid-side-mastering/

Gear Review – Fractal Audio Systems Cab Lab


 

Today we will be reviewing one of the most brilliant piecies of software if you own the Fractal Audio Axe Fx II.

This software is called Cab Lab.

Its main purpose: To quickly mix together 3rd party cabinet impulse responses to get the tone you want FAST.

Load in 8 different 3 party cab IRs, solo them to try them individually, mix them together to get a new tone.  Hit the send to scratchpad button to try them out.

Secondary uses:  Turn wav files to .sysx files to be loaded into the user cab slots of the Axe Fx II.

Work the Impulse Response recording functions of the Axe Fx

Make Ultra Res Impulse responses.

Check it out!

Metal Mixing Tip – Make A Music Production Template


The Mixing Tip in this video is almost too obvious.

Maybe that is why it will be a game changer if you do not do this yet….

 

In order to spend more time making music, and less time in production tech land, you need to make a template that you use to create songs.

This template in your Digital audio workstation (DAW) (Cubate, Pro Tools, FL Studio etc…) needs to bring up your main instruments largely premixed, pre routed, with most if not all effects already on them.

If your drums are going to sound the same all the time,  do everything to them and put them in your template.

Use synths or samples?

Have a bunch of synths that you use a lot in your template with an inspiring sound on each.

Music creation and home recording is all about logistics and workflow.  You want to let your creativity flow, not wrestle with audio production that is the same constantly and you could have done ahead of time.

Make a template, save yourself countless hours.

I will go through my template in more depth over various videos but the important action you need to take now is to make some kind of template.

Get it started good, bad, or ugly it needs to exist.

Make more than one if you want, just make them.

About me

Hey, my name is Brian.

Self taught Audio Engineer with a self produced musical cooking show called the "Vegan Black Metal Chef" Look it up on Youtube.

I've been featured in Time Magazine, The Washington Post, Wired, Anthony Bourdains No reservations, ABC Nightline, among other media outlets.

My regular music project is a self produced Industrial Black Metal band called Forever Dawn.

Looking to improve my own metal home recording skills as well as give out this knowledge to others.

I hope you find this site useful.

Feel free to contact me and let me know more of what you want to see out of this site.