Hey people, I want to tell you my experiences about my first 'real' studio experience. Me and the band I play in are in the middle of recording our second demo. We play this special blend of stonerrock and metal, something we call 'stoner core'... I play a Warwick Corvette Standard through an Ampeg SVT-3 Pro and a Peavey 410TVX, 8 ohm cabinet. No effects. My live sound is very mid-heavy. Bass and low-mids are boosted quite a lot on the amp. The gain is set up fairly high (2 o'clock), so that I get this fat overdriven tone. The tone I really really love. Most of the time I play on the bridge pickup only. The bright switch on the amp is engaged. Short: my sound is heavy and overdriven and quite aggressive. Just perfect for the stoner thingie we play. So last sunday, july 11th, we went into the studio to start recording the six new songs for our new demo. The sound room is very very good. Good isolation. Everything sounds like heaven in there. The drums have already been recorded. I set up my rig, with the same settings I use when we're gigging. The cabinet is miced and we also tried to use the DI signal from the back of the amp (the SVT-3 has a DI-out). Apparantly the DI of the amp isn't that good. It had loads of noise and crackles. We were using good cables and good recording gear, and the guy who's recording our stuff knows what he's doing. So we tried to do it differently... I hooked my bass up into to this valve compressor for a DI-signal (sounded very good btw) and the output of the DI into the Ampeg that got miced. So now I got a blend of a deep DI-signal and my overdriven amp signal. Next thing that striked me and the band was that my amp sounds different in the studio. Of course it's sounding more articulate (due to the good sound room of course) but the big suprise was that with the same gain settings I use for gigs, the amp now sounds fuzzy, almost like with a muff or something. Strange huh? Perhaps it's always there on gigs, but can't be heard due to the amount of noise made by the guitarist and drums?? The sound, with my live-settings, was too fuzzed to record; it was not the sound I'd like to use on our recordings. So I dimed the gain for 25% percent to get the sound I really HEAR on stage. Phat and overdriven, not fuzzy. Next difference was that with only the sound of my bridge pickup coming out of the bass, the recorded sound sounded a little too thin compared too my live sound. So I now used both pickups (pan knob centered on the Corvette) instead of only the bridge pickup. Result: deeper bass sounds and better support for the guitars. So I started recording then... and hard it was. Man. Clicktracks. Gottah love it It took some time and a serious amount of retrying but I made it. Anyways, here's my little story about my first real studio experience with real amps (the previous demo was recorded straight into the pc with amp-software (amplitube)). Did anyone experience similar things? Like the amp sounding too hi-gain compared too live and the bridge pickup setting sounding too bass-little for recording...?