#1
I've been using the USB output on my Fender mustang so that I can record some somes and riffs, but - as you can probably guess- the tone isn't there, it sounds very low quality and there's a lot of noise.

I'm thinking about picking up a used USB interface so that i can plug a XLR cable from the RedBox DI built thats into my H&K TubeMeister 5 into the interface and then into Reaper.

this would solve my issues with the Mustangs USB out and give me a *hypothetically* Professional sound that i could use for demos and eventually an EP.

Am I correct in my thinking? is there anything else i would need? any suggestions for an interface? i'm thinking something like a M-Track Pro or a 2i4.

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#2
Define what you mean by professional sound in this case? Will it make you sound like Andy Sneap? No.

Will it sound better? probably.
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#3
You'd be better off getting an interface alone and use an amp sim if ya ask me, so you wouldn't be limited by the sounds you amp can achieve, which while not that bad are not stellar either.
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#4
Does the USB port have a cab (speaker) simulator 'built in'? If not, you might want to try that. If the tone sounds too dry, has too much high-end etc. the USB is probably sending the amp's direct (wet) signal to your computer, which means that you'll have to use a cab impulse in order to make it at least sound better (don't expect professional results all of a sudden, as the person two posts above me said as well).
#5
IF you like the sound that comes out of your amp's speaker(s), then get an interface and a decent instrument mic. If you don't like the sound coming out of yoru amp, then DI straight into an interface and then use a sim.
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IF you like the sound that comes out of your amp's speaker(s), then get an interface and a decent instrument mic. If you don't like the sound coming out of yoru amp, then DI straight into an interface and then use a sim.

This. A Shure SM57 or an Audix i5 placed around the speaker can give you difference and better tones than the emulated out on your amp.
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#7
Ideally you will want to record both a dry signal and a mic'd signal. If you only have the budget for one I would record dry and do all your processing itb.

Mic'd is great, but if later you decide you don't like the tone you can easily fix it. Also, if you have a nearly perfect solo and biff a single note you can easily fix that with a dry signal i, if you only have a mic'd version that will not work as well.

Another plus about a dry signal is that you can always send it back out through your amp and record a mic'd version that way.

This will give you the most control of you tone and editing.