#1
So I just got my tascam 1641 to replace my line 6 toneport gx. I was thinking about trying to micing my guitar and bass amps but they are so noisy

If I plug the bass/guitar directly into the Tascam 1641 the signal is noise free (if I have the tone knob turned all the way down, as soon as it goes up it gets very noisy) but there is no tone... It is just a straight signal.

With the tone port I had all those different amps available to me, is there any programs like the line 6 (gearbox) software that will allow me to get a tone with my instruments?

Or should I just stick with the tone port for recording the bass and guitar?
#2
so exactly what are you doing? are you micing the amps or running them direct? guitar rig is another amp simulator that you could use insted of line 6 toneport.

and its a personal preference, the gearbox will make your instruments sound synthetic and weak while real micing on a good amp will make it sound heavy and full. yes you can accomplish that sound with an amp simulator, but it takes a while and if you dont have common knowledge how to use it then it will take some time and make you frustrated.