im tracking guitars for my band and need some good starting advice on how to adjust my gain stages to get a clear heavyily distorted tone that sounds tight... ive dialed in the tone i want to record on the amp and read that you should crank up the volume as loud as possible without overloading the mics... my main question is (sorry about so many of them btw should i keep the amp cranked up and drive the mic pre channels a little or alot??? or should i have the overall volume of the amp lower and amp the signal with the mic pre. this is probably the noob question of the year...sorry again. really not sure how to set up my gain stages... its confusing because not only do i have these gain stages i also have the input gain on my 002 interface to set. i expirimented using a compressor plugin on an aux bus routed to the audio track in ptle yet it just lets me fry the signal without it clipping... here's what im working with: 5150 head w/ cab seb vmp2k and 2 sm57's 002 ptle7 w/ various plugins im using both sm57's to mic the cab at the same time...is there a particular mic placement that works best for 4x12 cabs so i dont have any phase issues? eg... one farther away from the cab grill than the other...? second i have discovered that recording with just the mics seems to yeild a dull/flat sound so im also recording the preamp out signal from the 5150 and mixing it in with the mic'ed tracks. is this a strange technique??? any advice for mixing these signals together are welcome! thanks for your help!