#1
Ok so basically I have 130 pounds (about). And this guy is selling a Pod XT for that price to me.
I have a multi track which doesnt sound the best putting straight into it. My mate has the same recorder and uses a XT and it makes the recordings alot better!
So i was thinking what should i get, a XT or a SM 57 (microphone). I could put the mic beside my cab and record off of that. (Check signature for gear).
Or i could go straight through the pod.
So mic or POD?
Im leaning towards the pod but help?
What will have better quality.
Cheers
Gear:

LTD MH250NT w/EMG's
Jackson DKMG
Peavey 6505 Head
Orange PPC412
Boss NS-2
#2
it will sound much better direct recording and not through a mic tyou wont get the same quality with the mic
#3
well, the Pod would provide many different tone options you can experiment with. My vote goes to that over the mic. You could find a used 57 for like 50 bucks probably.
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#4
The Pod is easier, especially for on the run recording, but the SM57 will sound much better. Nothing can substitute for a nice miced amp and cabinet, especially when you have good gear like yourself.
#5
without a good interface, even the best mic will sound bad. my honest suggestion would be to save for a half descent interface and get an sm57. in the long run it'll be a better investment than a pod.

but over what you said, i would say if I had to choose the SM57 simply because your friend already has the pod and an sm57 is always a good thing to have laying around. so ask to borrow the pod from time to time?
#6
hmm yeah thats a pretty decent idea to ask to borrow now and again, but even though hes my friend.. hes a complete dick ahaha!
Gear:

LTD MH250NT w/EMG's
Jackson DKMG
Peavey 6505 Head
Orange PPC412
Boss NS-2