#1
I've got a little home studio with the basics (sm57, guitar, cheap crate GFX50 and peavey blazer 158 amps, metal zone mt2, pc, audio interface), and I'm looking for a better sounding amp with a much better tone than practice amps.

I was wondering if I necessarily need a cranked up monster (like a dual recto 4x12) to really get the sound I'm looking for (a versatile amp that would play anything from GOB-sum41-red jumpsuit apparatus- city sleeps to breaking benjamin - seether, etc.) since I will use it only for recording at home.

I know that most of tone comes from the amp-cab combination itself, but can I reach a good tone with something smaller (and hopefully cheaper) than a stack of dual recto/4x12 cab?

Thanks for your time and your answers!
#2
maybe a combo? idk. use what you like, and sell whatever it takes to get there .
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If it's only going to be used in a home studio situation, then something like a Line 6 Flextone/Vetta combo would be worth looking into, especially as you need the amp to be versatile.
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so you're telling me that a line 6 vetta or flextone can give me as good results as a dual rectifier for home recording purpose? I don't know much about amps and cabs since I never really had a budget that would let me experiment, but since line 6's vetta and flextone are "multi presets sound modeling system", are they gonna give a "digitalized" sound like multi-effects pedal or pc amp sims? (not arguing, just a question from a guy who doesn't know much).
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so you're telling me that a line 6 vetta or flextone can give me as good results as a dual rectifier for home recording purpose? I don't know much about amps and cabs since I never really had a budget that would let me experiment, but since line 6's vetta and flextone are "multi presets sound modeling system", are they gonna give a "digitalized" sound like multi-effects pedal or pc amp sims? (not arguing, just a question from a guy who doesn't know much).


Well, the Vetta in particular is excellent. The Flextone is going to sound more like a POD or similar, but the Vetta is a serious piece of kit.

If you mean home recording as in a computer in your bedroom/study with other people in the house, then you're not really going to be able to crank up a monster valve amp to the kind of volume where they're at their best on a regular basis - they are incredibly loud, I'd hazard a guess that the Mesa you're looking at need to have the volume somewhere over 2/10 to start sounding its best, and by then you're into earplug territory. The Vetta will also be a lot more versatile than just one tube amp, especially a dual rectifier. It won't be quite the same, but it's a case of deciding what you need the most - the versatility, convenience, or that "quality" that valve amps seem to have. It's up to you, at the end of the day.
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#7
The Marshall DSL401 has Speaker emulated DI out, which is great for recording. You can record feedback, high gain etc. without use of a mic.

There are prolly other amps with this feature, but it is the only one that I know of. In any case, speaker emulation should be "strongly considered" for a home studio. This way you do not have to crank your amp way up to acheive a high gain tone when recording.

Oh, you also may want to consider a software solution like Guitar Rig 3. I have the "demo" of GR3 and I must say that it is most impressive!
#8
1+ for the Vetta
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getting excellent quality recordings can be an art in itself. Even somebody with the best of everything will struggle if they dont understand acoustics & mic placement.

My point is, rather than go for a modelling amp, why not just use modelling software with a good interface. You'll likely find it much easier, get much better results, and have much happier neighbours.

Of course, you might be an amazing producer, and get better results using $50 recording gear than I can get with $4000 gear. No offense, but chances are, you can't, so you'll be doing yourself a favour. Take the safer route.
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If it's only going to be used in a home studio situation, then something like a Line 6 Flextone/Vetta combo would be worth looking into, especially as you need the amp to be versatile.

+ canada for a Flextone. Great utility for recording. Also useable for jams and gigs.