Moody Modern (Sleep Token, Northlane tone)


While not the official title, bands like Northlane and Sleep Token have carved out a moody modern metal niche. Melancholy rich, full chords with definition, good mid clarity and some bass thrown in there. Unlike other types of modern metal, you won’t find any scooped mids here. Carefully EQ’d to give that delicious ch0nk, but without taking out too much of the bottom end either. These bands are pioneering the use of modellers and plugins (Loathe’s last album was all Neural DSP plugins).

This is your tone if you want to sound like Sleep Token or Northlane with your Quad Cortex. A lot of effort was put into sourcing down guitar tracks and referencing live videos, rig rundowns, interviews, and other bits of information to get something that is accurate.

Please note that this type of sound can’t be achieved with one guitar alone. You’re hearing a single recorded guitar track without bass, mixing, mastering or layered tracks to achieve what you might associate with a recorded studio sound.

This preset uses scenes, and each scene from Scene B onwards goes down in pitch, allowing you to tune down lower.

These demos were recorded on a Schecter C-7 Pro with Seymour Duncan Black Winter pickups in the bridge position.

Riff #1

Riff #2

Disclaimer: Like most presets, don’t expect a plug and play experience. Depending on your guitar, pickups, strings and playing, this preset might sound different after purchase. We will assist all customers with tweaking their presets to get their desired tone. All of the demos that you hear of these presets are not mastered; they have not been mixed and are not double-tracked. All demos are single-tracked guitars. For clone presets especially, what you hear in the song is a result of layered tracks, production and other studio additions to get that sound, the guitars themselves in the mix sound different.

Important: After placing your order, please allow upwards of 24 hours for your presets to be made available. Due to how the Neural DSP Cortex Cloud currently works, you will need to befriend our profile, and presets will be shared with you. Make sure you add the user “Beggars” on Cortex Cloud.


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