What am I missing? Right now I'm using Vintech X73i's a UA 1176 and a Distressor into a Rosetta 800 into my digidesign 002. So far I've only really done acoustic guitar, room mics, and direct bass with good results. But last night when I mic'ed up both my Orange AD30TC and Vox AC30 using a SM57and MD421 right against the grill and an Audio Technica 3035 a few feet back the results were pretty poor. The acoustic guitar I recorded sounded awesome but the amps didn't. Now I was recording the Orange by the computer instead of the sound-treated tracking room so I couldn't really hear my mic placement in the headphones. But still the results sounded really crappy. I have a Royer R-121 I have yet to use also...So what's wrong? The pre's, compressors, the 002? The Vintechs sound better than my old gear but still doesn't match up to a professional quality in my mind. How do pro's get that full in-your-face rock guitar sound? I don't think mic placement is the problem(but I could be wrong). It just seems like the setup Im using just lacks the sonic quality and fullness that pro's get. My amps and guitars sound good...The tones I'm going for are kind of like The Get Up Kids' cd "Guilt Show."