Hi all. There are so many threads on so many forums on so many websites where this very issue is discussed so I wasn't sure where to start but believe I've chosen the right place to start and ask questions (based on the content of these forums). My problem is related to the recording of electric guitar (rock, metal). It doesn't seem to matter what software I use the sound is thin, fuzzy, annoying, amateurish, etc. etc. etc. Now before I go any further with this I must just mention that I come from the analog days (remember those) but have been "out of the mix" (no pun intended) for a very long time now and decided some months ago to start up / start over again with my music. So: went out and bought guitars, software, amps., the list goes on (I mention this only because it should also be noted that I'm not shy to spend money with the proviso that I'm satisfied with results and, needless to say, I'm not hence my joining and posting here). I could write a book on this subject but I'll try keep this short (for now anyway). As noted above: my problem is the recorded sound of the electric guitar. And here's the thing: I get, what I consider anyway, "monster" sound when I simply mic. up either my Marshall Code 25 or Marshall Code 50 (even with the stock standard factory presets). As a matter of fact: when doing a video experiment the other day I simply put a camera of a tripod, on auto., hit the record button, played through my Marshall Code 25 and "monster" sound (well: sound that I'm happy with anyway). But using software e.g. Amplitube 4??? Not even close!!! And ironically: there are about two presets in JamVOX (which only cost $99 I might add) that also sound "alright" but they're the exception as opposed to the rule. So at this point: I'm very disappointed with all this new stuff (the Marshalls being the exception). This being said: I find it hard to believe that after all this time and cost that I cannot get a decent sound without having to mic. up amps. Now I've tried to figure out, in a logical fashion anyway, why the stark difference between the amps. with mics. (and video cameras) and here's what I've come up with thus far: With the mics. (and cameras) the sound is being recorded in stereo. Yes: even although the amps. are, of course, mono the mics. (and cameras) are recording in stereo so the sound is spatial and full. With the software: you're starting out with, of course, a mono guitar track and then the software is supposed to take care of the rest (as I understand it). But this is not happening. Now I've also tried recording direct from the Marshalls (either via USB or using the line out of the amps.). Same horrible sound (given the exact same amp. presets). So what's different??? For one thing (and as noted above): the input is mono (and what some people don't seem to realise is that the Marshalls output dual mono as opposed to stereo even although the line out is stereo). Then of course: the mics. (and cameras) are recording in stereo (as noted) but are, of course, also recording the ambience, reflections, etc. of the room and sound. And of course the major difference is the fact that the sound is coming out of the Marshall cabinets (speakers). Now something like Amplitube 4 is supposed to simulate / emulate (and I do know that there is a difference between the two but I'm trying to keep it simple here believe it or not) cabinets (speakers) but, in my humble opinion, it's not doing a very good job at all (pretty poor actually). So to this end: I'm now looking at trying something like Rosenberg's Impulse Responses (to begin with anyway). Then I've read some good stuff about Peavey's Revalver. But man: I'm loathe to throw more money at this until I've gotten some really good advice on all of this. Now there is one thing that seems to be suggested over and over again but I have an issue with this. Read on. Apparently, and as noted thousands of times on various forums on various websites, double tracking (or even quad tracking) the guitar is the solution. Well: that's all good and well. But nobody has noted this (not anywhere that I've looked anyway): when bands play live (and I must just add that I'm a "live sound junkie" i.e. given the choice between a studio recording and a live sound I'd go for the live sound any day of the week) they, for obvious reasons, don't have the luxury of double tracking (or quad tracking) i.e. they have to sound great right "out of the gate" (again: no pun intended). There is no second take. And this is what I'm looking for (if it's at all possible using all of this new technology anyway). Now given my objection to double tracking (or quad tracking) as noted above (but of course dependent on input I receive here) and my logical reasoning: I'm also starting to think along the lines of stereo wideners (software). Thoughts??? The obvious question to ask is "well: if you're so happy with the amps. and mics. etc. then why not just stick to using this method???". Two reasons I guess. The first being that these amps. can be "bad neighbourly" especially in the dead of night (and I do like volume i.e. there's nothing nicer than a Marshall, any Marshall including these new Code amps., cranked up). The second (and probably the more important really) is a matter of principle i.e. as noted I find it hard to believe that with all of this new technology (no to mention the expense) I cannot obtain a decent recorded sound. Put another way: with all this wonderful software I'm getting, what I consider to be anyway, the equivalent of plugging a cheap distortion pedal directly into a tape recorder (yeh: I've been around a while). That's about it (for now). Sorry for the long post but I've tried to be as detailed as possible. Any input or advice would be really appreciated. Regards, Dale. P.S. In just looking at some other threads here on the same subject I think it prudent to note that when I got my "monster" sound using mics. (and camera) the amps. were hardly turned up at all (I mention this because there is a good thread on the subject where it is noted that sounds great in realtime is no necessarily what is indeed happening especially when volume is cranked up). I thought it important to mention this.