This has been asked plenty of times but the information is so vast that I found I could ask a little bit about this!
Maybe it's better to first put my restrictions
I live in a flat so I cannot afford to make a lot of noise. Also I might need to rehearse with friends and a drummer so I need some portability and power. On top of this I would like to record to my pc as well. So far the only piece of gear that I have besides my guitar is a Pod X3 live.
I'm looking into buying a guitar amp with tubes for the sake of having real tubes sound and to jam with friends (50watts amp or more)! Out of the guitar tube amps available, there are some that provide a line out speaker emulated out, and some that don't. So what would the options be then:
- Guitar amp with line out and speaker emulation, just connect straight to recording interface. Does this sound good at all ?
- Guitar amp with a mic, connected to a mixer or recording interface. Seems to be the best approach but requires the amplifier to be turned out loud which can be a problem for me (and maybe a dedicated recording room)
- Connect amps fx out into the POD, and record from the POD bypassing pre-amp and using a speaker and mic simulation. Will this work good enough ? I would still need to crank my amp I believe, as you can't just mute it
I've seen a lot of videos on youtube that sound like crap so I'm assuming those are recorded with a laptop's internal mic..
Thanks for any hints guys!