Thanks for all the positive feedback everybody!
I guess I’ll just do a quick run-down of the technique. I use one track for kick drum, one for snare and the other two for guitars, typically a high and low track. Having only the 2 stereo outs was a major limitation to overcome but I ended up doing one out that is a clean track and one that I overdrive in my mixer, then use panning to set how much distortion I want each track to have. I have everything leveled in the A4 so I get consistent results whenever I set everything up. Everything is pretty maxed out in the mixer which makes for a more compressed/solid sound and then with the drum sounds on a clean channel they cut thru guitars pretty well.
I started out making the drum sounds and programming different types of blast beats. While I was doing that I had a few riffs I would play on the keyboard which I eventually programmed in. I’ll have to power up my machine to see what exactly is going on with the guitar sounds. One I made from scratch and the other one I tweaked from a sound pack that was already on my device when I bought it used. Pretty sure the secret is in the osc sync settings which get it buzzing which the overdrive really grabs onto. Then I can set the 2 oscs to different waveforms and octaves to achieve different picking sounds.
The lack of retrig was kind of a pain so I used the arp to make the double kick blasts. Can’t p’lock the rate which sucks but not the end of the world. Then when I started using the arp on the guitar sounds I realized I could make some serious tapping leads. I was very happy when I figured that out!
I jammed the songs and switched patterns while recording to figure out how I wanted them arranged and then realized it would be safer to have them programmed as songs so I could focus on vocals in a live situation. Song mode is pretty straight forward. I already knew how I wanted the arrangement so that was pretty quick.
Speak to Flames was one of the guitar sounds but changing the envelopes so it was a longer note and then really digging into the filter. Elegy was actually layered and are just a few different variations of a poly/unison patch.
I’ll check out the guitar sounds and probably share some of those details sometime soon.