This is a rough mix, and right now I am working on the guitar sound as well as just writing music. I previously recorded about five songs just using a direct method, and that sounded pretty good except I had to do A LOT of EQ work on the back end. In my brief experience with this I have discovered that it's better to tailor a guitar sound up front that is already going to work pretty well in the mix and then do minimal post-processing later. (Expired Link Removed) Edit - Previous MP3 was a bit noisy and I suspect it may be Quicktime (the player my Macbook uses). I am currently uploading a higher bit-rate version. Hopefully it sounds okay for users with the Flash player. End edit This track is recorded using Reaper, which allows me to have the project file and recordings available on-the-fly at my home "studio" and on my laptop at school (I'm in dental school at OU). I use the laptop to write drum bits on EZDrummer, and occasionally I will do a random, "Buh-dum-KAH!" when a professor tries to make a joke. Gets a laugh every time. I've got the MetalHeads expansion, and I've recorded a bass part DI to give me some perspective as far as where I can fit this sound into my overall spectrum. I am using a VOX practice amp with amp mods, and am using an imitation of Dimebag Darrell's tone from "This Love" as a jumping-off point (it came programmed into the amp.) I have the bass set around 2, the mids about 4, and the treble at about 8, and it sounds good to me in the room. Distortion is at about 25, lol (not really, but you catch my drift.) The amp is miked using a Sennheiser 421 placed sort of arbitrarily in the "sweet spot" near the middle of the 8" speaker on my VOX. The Inteface is a Midiman 1010LT, and I'm using that mic preamp. I am not rolling off the low end on that mic because why do that? The whole point of the 421 is it's got balls!! I appreciate your time and your comments. I want to establish a guitar sound to work with before I dive into this project any further.