Re: Speaker simulators, better than mics???
Speaker Simulators can come very close but never as good as the real deal. But at the same time, if the mic technique is poor, and the room is not adequate, and for the sake of saving time and money, there are great speaker simulators out there, Palmer comes to mind among the best, and as for modelers/processors, I'd say the Fractal Audio Axe F/X is the best amp/cab simulator ever made, you get all the amps you'll ever need, with all the speaker cabs you can think of, for around $1700.00, but if you are on a budget, I recommend Sansamp products, or the best for under $500.00 would be the Digitech GSP 1101, which I own, and I've gotten amazing results and more tones that I'd ever used. The Digitech is a 1 space rackmount unit, comparable to the Line6 in price, but way superior in tone, specially great reverbs by Lexicon. With all this said, still, if you can mic a great sounding speaker with your favorite amp, go for it.