First, my recording setup: P4 CPU computer at 3.4 GHz, overclocked to about 4. Good graphics card, if that does anything at all EMU 1212 Soundblaster Augity ZS or w/e its my card for all non-recording applications 1 gig DDR2 533 Mhz ram Plenty of hard space Berhinger mixer AKG condenser mic (goes down to 20 Hz) OK so here is the deal. My band likes to record small demos and such (for albums we go to a studio) at my place. Anyway, I was recording from my FX unit (GT-6B) and it sounded like crap, all clipped terribly and not very full and no tone at all. I was doing a cleantone slap/pop part. When using OD and distortion on some other parts, it sounded OK but not great. When I plug my Mesa 400+ into it, I get gobs of tone and everything is great, but I don't like lugging my huge cab around. Even micing a combo didn't help. I didn't do a mixdown, so this was uncompressed I think. The sound coming from the combo and phones when I was playing sounded great. What is wrong? I'm using my pretty nice Sony surround sound system to monitor, and its fine whenever I plug my Mesa into it, but could this be the problem?