Some days ago I bought Steinberg UR 22 and installed Cubase LE AI Elements 6 that came bundled. Also bought EZ Drummer and a few other things like a condenser microphone, etc. I really wanted to get back to the fun recording rock songs, at home.
I tried Cubase
a few years ago but my computer died and so did my home studio back then. But gonna give it another try now! I know its hard work mixing, etc and all the technical stuff I actually dont understand so well and believe takes millions of hours away from you, anyway... To make a long story a tad bit shorter... I feel that getting a good distorted rock guitar sound in Cubase is some what difficult.
I'm aiming for semi-good quality to a some what low cost. Cant afford Guitar Rig right now. It actually have some nice sounds, I know since I tried it like 5 years ago.
Well, I tried my spider micro amp from Line 6, its a practise amp at home and I can dail-in a decent rock sound but it doesnt sound close to it in Cubase. It's like Cubase is washing out the punch and the bite from the sound. It really unplayable to me. So I went and bought "a cheap" plug-in called Waves CLA Guitars
. I saw a youtube-clip that made me think I found the thing I was looking for, to the right price. Well it sounded decent in the clip. Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xDVKOiNW8o
But unfortunetly it doesnt sound anything like that in Cubase. The distorted sound is like either something born from a chainsaw, or the opposite, something very watered out + the sound always kept clipping in Cubase, even at low levels... Wasted some money there... Really not something that would make my hair stand up when, for example, playing the intro riff in Hells Bells. Maybe a plug for some 50's or 60's music...
Next I came to think about a stomp box I bought a few years ago called Blackstar HT-Dual
). Had it when playing with my band a few years ago. Don't know if the company is still in business... The thing with this stomp box, that has been rotting away in my closet now for a few years, is that it has a "speaker emulated output". So I thought well it doesnt cost anything to try... And WHAT THE HELL??? This sounds really great! What the f***k!!! Wow!!! Its been in my closet for years rotting away and it scopes everything Ive tried so far. It sounds truly good in Cubase. Well, maybe not the best but really, really nice compared to the other stuff I tried! So now I'm back rockin it out in Cubase!! Wooaaahhh!!!
Pouring out ACDC and Van Halen riffs and smiling!!! Just maybe add some delay, compression, EQ, etc...
I had a few other things in mind to try out before giving up on finding a decent rock sound but seem to me that I dont have to try them out anymore! Have a nice day!
Computer and OS: Alienware computer w/ Windows 8.1.
Audio Interface: Steinberg UR22.
DAW: Cubase Elements 7.
Plug-ins: EZdrummer 2 w/ lots of different drum ezx's, EZmix 2, Waves CLA Guitars and Bass
Guitar: Gibson J-45 Standard acoustic guitar w/ mic, Gibson Studio (Les Paul, old white), Fender Stratocaster (American Standard, black body).
Bass: Gibson Thunderbird (Shortscale, black body).
Some other Equipment I use for recording: Marshall JVM 210H 100w amp head w/ a 1960 lead speaker, Peavey 6505 + 50w combo, Line 6 Spider amp, Line 6 POD X3 Live, Microphone sX1 by sE Electronicsa condensator and a few different guitar stomp boxes, wha-wha, etc (mostly BOSS).