Hello Audio Friends, With all the advent of a lot of tech over the last 20 years or so, less and less people seem to be recording real amps anymore. However, I've seen a recent influx of bands wanting to get back to basics and actually record real cabs again, so I thought it would be fun to have a discussion of how people go about doing it these days. More specifically, what are you listening for when picking guitar tones. In all my years of recording, I don't think I've ever gotten a guitar tone that didn't need some cleanup (or a lot) to work in a mix, and I would love to start a discussion about how you all go about getting good tones. Obviously this is a really broad topic, so let try adding a few key points to begin discussions around. The tone would be for a general use high gain tone for either rock or metal. Here are some basic talking points. 1 - Boost or No Boost? Why? 2 - Mic Choices? 3 - Thoughts on the balance of the initial signal. How do you get clarity in the notes, but still maintain weight? 4 - On that note, where do you consider the "weight" of an amp lives 5 - How do you go about balancing the 500-1k range, against the 2-4k range, against the 4-8k range. 6 - How much low end do you track into your guitars? more than you need to allow for mild shaping, or thinner from the get go? 7 - What are your thoughts on amp volume versus tone? Interested in what people have to say. I'll post my own thoughts as well.