CharlesRandolph wrote:On the Stone head do you like recording using a mic in front of a cabinet or do you prefer to track directly from rear outs of the head? Also what is your recording chain?
Guitar, Effects Pedal, Head to mixer
Guitar, Effects Pedal, Head to Cabinet, Mic to Mixer
I use fx loops for most fx and never mic cabs anymore. Guitar tracks now go into sampler. With the Deluge and disk streaming or my mv8800, each can do very long guitar recordings and I cut them up and place sampled slices sequenced. It’s funny because back in 1997 I was doing the same thing with my Yamaha SU700 for guitar tracks. Got into DAWs in 2000
Guitar, chorus/flanger, stage one of noise gate, Head preamp, fx loop (reverb pedal, delay, stage 2 of noise gate), cab sim out to mixer. Ocassionally throw an mxr 10 band eq in if trying to mimic single coil sounds on my humbuckers.
I’m sparse on fx usually. The noise gate is probably best in business for guitar that I’ve ever used - G String Decimator II. Amazing two part gate for guitar. It will gate the guitar signal completely when you stop playing but delay tails won’t get cut until you decide they should be cut by using the delay in the loop.
When I used a DAW, I just did dry tracks and used Bias Amp or previous to that, Revalver or NI Guitar Rig. I have a bunch of cab IR’s I could apply to sim to get realistic cab responses recorded. Bias Amp is crazy good software and if you’re an Amp tweaker, you can get down to the point of changing transformer types and rolling virtual tubes in the software. I used to like to try and nail specific guitar sounds like Page’s Supro sound and Neil Young’s Fender Twin sound, etc
I still use Bias Amp on my iPad sometimes. Bias FX also. Still fun to build out amps. If I was doing DAW work still I’d use Bias Amp on the desktop and just record my real amps into Bias and get a model of them. They will nail real-time modeling of your own actual amps if you don’t want to use cab sims out and just want to do dry tracks and use Bias Amp on the dry tracks. Dry track recording with good software modeling is the most flexible way to record. Guitar tracks can be infinitely tweaked and changes made to how the overall sound comes out in your DAW.