#1
When recording with a microphone do I have crank my volume really high? My Champ sounds great at moderate volumes, will the mic duplicate my tone or will it sound bad?
#2
dont crank it!

if anything keep it low

high levels will distort the mic
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#4
Well is it a tube amp? If it is a tube amp it almost always has to be cranked to get optimal sound out of it. And as for it distorting the mic - it won't if you use the right mic. You might have to turn down the gain on your interface, but that will actually allow for a cleaner signal as the less preamp gain you have to add at the interface, the cleaner the signal will (and I don't mean "clean" the same was as when referring to guitars - a clean signal is a good thing - you almost never want to be adding "distortion" at the board, but there is an exception for every rule in audio).
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#5
I'm more concerned with the recording tone than the amp tone. I am happy with my amp's tone at moderate volume, which I don't think will distort the mic.

When you are talking about the "preamp distortion" does this occur more easily with tube preamps? If so wouldn't tubes in a preamp be a bad thing?
#6
You are not going to get a "tube" recording pre for under $500. The ones you will find that claim to be "tube" are merely solid state starved plate circuits that essentially throw a tube into the chassis so they can market it as a "tube" preamp even though the tube does practically nothing at all. So basically you are looking for as little preamp distortion as possible.
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