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Tekdeth
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:00 pm 
 

Let me just start by saying that I'm not quite sure in which subforum I should post this, but here goes nothing. Basically I'd like some discussion on the quality of gear that is needed for certain subgenres of metal. For the most expensive gear the first subgenre that came to my mind is drone, believe it or not. Now I don't know a lot about guitars, but it seems to me that in order to achieve that extreme sustain (along with other effects) you'd need quite a high quality guitar and amplifier. When it comes to the least expensive gear, black metal is probably an obvious contender, but even then I'm not quite sure and would like to hear some other thoughts/views/opinions. Oh, and ofcourse this is not only about guitars. If you know anything about drums, bass or anything else (except for vocals I guess) I'm excited to hear what you have to say.

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ShaolinLambKiller
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Joined: Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:10 pm
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 7:15 pm 
 

you don't even need a ton of stuff for drone either. one of my friends does his albums with a single guitar a 112 and a miniamp. So you are off about that as well.

everything can be done on the cheap for a reasonable/good sounding release.
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Ilwhyan
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:48 am 
 

Each genre does indeed have specific requirements in terms of production values. However, even though a genre can be relatively strict about production, it doesn't necessitate expensive choices, and it can be the opposite, like with black metal.

From my experience, the single most expensive thing is recording an acoustic drum set. It isn't necessarily expensive to do, but everything else you normally have in a metal band is usually cheaper to record. The more the music depends on high-quality acoustic drums, the costlier it will be to produce. In that sense, technical death metal is the most expensive genre. However, the drum performances in that style can also be utterly robotic, to the point of being replaceable with programmed drums, or heavy-handed sampling, quantising and other processing, so that even an electric drum set can be used.

Getting massive feedback out of guitar or bass gear isn't necessarily expensive. Ideally, you'll want at least a half-stack with a valve amp head, but those aren't necessarily expensive.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:59 pm 
 

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