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UPDATE: After responding to Bad-man's advice I screwed around with the panning, EQing and mastering and got it sounding a lot better! I also fixed up the whispers. Here it is, and Thanks Bad-Man!

So, for my album I've tried out a different arrangement of guitars. Rather than a 3 guitar arrangement like my last version, I wanted to push for more rythm and try out a 5 guitar arrangement instead. So far, it doesn't seem to be working. My issues lie within the mastering. Although all of the recordings have a decent volume flow, I can't seem to get the lead and the rythm to mesh well together. At times the rythm drowns out the lead, and if I try to raise the lead, it starts to drown out the rythm. It also doesn't help that my speakers and my headphones aren't showing the same results. This is my fourth attempt at mastering this and it doesn't sound too much better than the first.
Anything that can help is accepted, and if nothing's helping I'll just go back to the 3 guitar arrangement.

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Well brother, it is hard to tell on my laptop speakers. But I can only advise...when running your guitars...(I do 4 tracks), you have to make sure they are all panned correctly. I play the track 4 times. I pan on set all the way left and right, (usually a really bassy muddy distortion). Then same distortion, with higher mids and highs, for definition, about 60 left and right.

This leaves all kinds of room in the center to 60 panned, fields for vocals, bass and leads. If you are dropping a lead on top of a rhythm in the same panning position, you are going to get all kinds clipping, drowning etc.

But once you have all the guitars panned, the only mastering issue is volumes

This is a wicked song, if you wanted, you could email me all your tracks and I could pan them see how that sounds.

Cool shite otherwise.

Pure-Metal-UTA responds:

I never thought about the panning, but thinking about it now, I have my 2 rhythm tracks panned all the way to both sides, and my leads panned only 46% each way (closest to 50% i could get them). When I listen to the song through my amp, the leads nearly drowns out the rhythm, but through my headphones, they almost blend perfectly. If I were to pan the leads closer to the rhythm (maybe about to 60-70%), off center the bass left about 25% and the growls right 25%, and leave the whispers in the middle, that could help fill out alot of sound and maybe even get the leads to blend better.
I never thought to throw in 2 more rhythm tracks with different EQing for definition either. I probably won't do that to this song, unless I'm still having problems blending the leads with the rhythm, in which case the mid-high EQd rythm would probably help.
That's useful shit right there, thanks!

I like it.

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Feb 20, 2012
7:31 PM EST
Heavy Metal
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3 min 44 sec

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