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It's been a while since I set up my tone but I have a custom guitar option saved in GB labeled "metal guitar" and every song I have posted on this site I've ran my guitar straight through GB w/ no external amps or distortion pedals. I think I used the american clean, rectified or something like that and just tweaked the gain and the EQ until it sounded right. I use an ESP w/ active EMG pick ups in it as well.

My point is that you can get a good metal tone out of GB, you just need to do some experimenting until you get a tone you like.
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Artist Page Send Message Jun 10, 2009 | 12:22 pm
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You can try Drop C which has an aggressive sound. Boss pedals also help too.
Artist Page Send Message Jul 01, 2009 | 4:59 am
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forget drop C unless you want uber flap and have thick strings

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I use as little gain as possible (around 3-4) I use no distortion effects (adds too much mud)
crank bass and treble as high as your tastes and guitar tone allow... presence around 7

also I recommend layered recordings in stereo (multiple tracks that cover the stereo spectrum)
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Artist Page Send Message Jul 01, 2009 | 9:20 am
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Part of what you're looking for has to do with the bass as well. Often in heavy music what people don't realize is that the tone that they hear and attribute to the guitar tone is heavily influenced by the bass tone that is playing along with it. This is especially true when both instruments are playing the same line for that really heavy sound.
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Artist Page Send Message Aug 26, 2012 | 11:36 am
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There are a number of pedals similar to the pod that interface directly with garage band. I've used a Digitech RP-500 as well as a Zoom multi-effects pedal with good results with a variety of sounds. I also use a trial version of Studio Devil, but that may not be best for death metal. The full version may be but it does sound great!
Artist Page Send Message Jul 19, 2013 | 9:49 pm
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I would suggest getting a good external guitar processor. I have an old Roland GP8 that has a pretty much unlimited number of different sounds depending on the combination of the eight effects that you have available on the unit (Dynamic Filter, Compressor, Overdrive, Distortion, Phaser Equalizer, Figital Delay, Digital Chorus) and millions of ways to adjust the parameters within each separate effect. I know garageband has a most if not all of these effects, but the GP 8 comes with like 160 presets with a multitude of different sounds I could not get in GB. You can get good older processors on ebay for pretty decent prices.
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Artist Page Send Message Mar 15, 2015 | 11:30 am
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Turn everything up to 11 and remember the tone ultimately comes from your fingers Smile
Artist Page Send Message Mar 16, 2015 | 9:46 pm
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Cool thread. To keep it going, try Positive Grid Bias, Audio Assault Grindmachine and Waves GTR, they all sound great. I usually have bass at 5 or 6, mid at 1, treble at 4 and presence around 7. Amplitube and GuitarRig kick *** too but they're well known.
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