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metal guitarist using lots of mids nowadays?!

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Christian Waiau, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. Christian Waiau

    Christian Waiau

    Jun 16, 2005
    las vegas/maui, nevada/hawaii
    Endorsing Artist: Spector, Aguilar, Darkglass
    anyone notice the amount of metal guitarist nowadays with tons of mids and less scooped tone?
  2. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois

    Good. They need to keep their tone away from frequencies 200 Hz and under .
  3. Anyone notice that this thread is in the wrong section?

  4. yeah...

    *cough* misc *cough*

    Dang, now it means we have to thing of more inventive ways than to jsut turn up our mids to cut through...
  5. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    Yeah, I'm digging it. It's the tone I go for when I play guitar. It's a tad more... "old school"
  6. Mids are very important for a good live sound. Scooped guitar tone sounds very bad live. Ever notice how at some metal shows the guitars are very loud yet you cannot actually hear anything?
  7. Johnny Mac

    Johnny Mac Riff-finder General Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2005
    Springfield, MA
  8. Masher88

    Masher88 Believe in absurdities and you commit atrocities

    May 7, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    yeah...it's about time that guitarists realize they play a Midrange instrument...stay outta my end of the spectrum
  9. Lammchop93

    Lammchop93 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    Nobody tell Fieldy.:p

    He won't want to turn up his mids to cut through.:atoz: Maybe thats why you couldn't hear him as well on the untitled album.
  10. Not really. Most of the metal bands I have seen lately and metal guitarists are still scooping with the "California Smile" on their EQ. Drop tuning with inadequate strings and scooping the mids is part of why I left metal.
  11. yeah i have also noticed gui****s using more of mids but not like cranking it all up but more like flattening their california smile on the eq
  12. santucci218


    Jan 26, 2007
    mids are great =]

    i really dig my tone and i have boosted mids, 12 o clock bass and a little cut highend
  13. 69nites


    Jul 11, 2006
    slayer has been boosting mids since....ever
  14. CrazyArcher


    Aug 5, 2004
    Any reason to cut mids in guitar, especially in metal?
  15. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA

    It's got that death metal type of tone. It works for what they do, but I don't dig how it sounds. As stated, live, it just turns to mud.
  16. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Yep. Moved.
  17. CrazyArcher


    Aug 5, 2004
    Meh. :atoz: Never cared too much about the eq setting of teh guitar players in my band, probably now I will.
  18. 69nites


    Jul 11, 2006

    the reasoning is the opposit

    2 guitars with boosted mids creates noise in the mix.

    IMO the best 2 guitar setup for metal is a smile and a frown. generally with the lead guitarist boosting the mids.

    it creates about the fullest sound possible.

    also Kirk Hammet's tone in metallica is hardly muddy. he has a very very radical scoop.

    most guitar pickups are also voiced with the mids cut back.

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