.. for best results? , i have only been recording a little bit above bedroom levels so far, and the tone mostly get muddy.. and it never sounds even close to how the amp sounds in the room. Im micing with a sm57 and a good interface.
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You want to go for "nominal level" so get it to where you think it sounds good in the room, and then set the input gain on your mixer to where it is barely in the yellow
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Pretty much what NnjRik said, but not so much as yellow as you want it to reach the '0' range on the decibel meter.

That being said, boutique amps (those of like 5 watt, for tube amps) are in HIGH demand in studios because tone can be had, without all the unneccesary volume of a larger amp.
regularly you want your amp to be fairly loud to achieve good saturation.

1. is it a tube or ss amp?

usualy tube amps need higher volumes to sound good recorded.

still, bottom line I only have one word for you:


People who are new to recording often dont realize that mids are very important when recording a guitar amp. (unless it is an intentionally scooped sound).

think about a tone that you like on a cd. imagine all the things that were done to it.

1) the engineer might have used an eq while recording.
2)then the wound is eq's and compressed to fit the mix.
3)then the track is mastered where they eq once again.

(this is just the basics, there are a million things that can be done to this guitar sound).

and finally, your own stereo and speakers provide their built in frequency response to produce what you hear.

so bottom line, when recording, dont trust your ears 100%, remember that a mic does not hear the same as a human ear, youve got to adjust your settings to fit the mic, not your own perceptions. (plus the room itself might be altering what you hear as opposed to what the mic hears).

what it all means:

USUALLY: more mids, people underestimate them...this might not be the case with you, it is just a generalization, but still, try to figure your sound out from the point of view of the mic.

well, what you really want to do is have it loud enough so that the microphone hears the tone you want to record. There's not much sense in choosing your tone based on how it sounds "in the room" if you're miking your amp at a distance of only a few inches from the speaker.

it also depends on what kind of tone you want. the best bet is to experiment and find what works. just remember that the sound that matters when you are recording is the sound that gets recorded, not what you hear in the room. don't be afraid to mess with your amp settings.

general rule: whatever level of gain you use when playing live, or during practice, cut it in half when you record. this will get rid of excessive muddiness in the sound.
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that made me lol so hard.

but i think volume should be a decent level so its not too loud or too quiet.
You wan't it fairly loud however not so loud that the sound 'clips' and becomes distorted.
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Make the amp sound nice when recorded so you don't have to EQ etc in the DAW or whatever your using.

DO NOT get a nice live tone, THEN record it and tweak it to sound nice recorded.
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