I'm fairly familiar with recording, which I've always done with my Zoom B3 straight into Reaper. For the few songs I've recorded so far, I've always used one of the amp models (particularly the Acoustic), sometimes with the BDDI emulation as well. Now I'm wondering if it would be worth it to get some better equipment but I'm not sure 1) if it would even make much of a difference from what I use now and 2) what kind of setup would best suit my needs without being unnecessarily expensive. Main priority is compactness and it has allow monitoring through headphones. Our living situation doesn't really allow me monitor through speakers and/or mic my amp. As I'm also looking around for an amp upgrade from the GK MB112-II I have now, it would be convenient if I could somehow combine the two (recording setup and live setup) instead of having them be completely separate rigs. Basically, I'm thinking of either getting a decent interface like a Tascam US-2x2 or a similar Focusrite + a preamp like BDDI or Darkglass Alpha Omega. I'm assuming that would be enough to get decent recordings. Alternatively, I could get a nice micro head like GK MB500 or Tech 21 Bass VT 500 and take the DI out from that into an interface. Benefit of that would be that I could also use it live if I save up for a cab. I'm not sure if I'd feel comfortable about only having a preamp for concerts. The thing is I don't know which of the two (interface + preamp or interface + amp) would yield better recordings. Is there any reason why a preamp wouldn't be as good as a full amp? It doesn't help that I can't test anything locally, so I have to be pretty sure that whatever I'm going for will work. One last thing: probably not the right place to ask about guitar gear, but is there any kind of preamp/interface that works for guitar AND bass? For guitar recordings, right now I'm forced to used plugins and amp sims to get a half-decent guitar amp sound. Would be great if there's some kind of box that allows you to dial in a good sound and use that to record with. Thanks!