Hi, I love this forum and have appreciated alot of the advice presented here. I have a very elementary problem with getting quality sound when micing my amplifier and am not sure the reason for it. I am recording to HD, my signal chain is (in reverse order) SB Live Platinum, Digitech RP2000 (for compression, EQ, effects, etc), and then either straight to my guitar, or micing my Vox amp with a SM57. When I record direct, I get a sound that I find good, but maybe a bit dull. My ears at this point are probably not that discriminating, and that is the best way I could describe it. When I mic the amp, the sound seems very distant as though I were recording through a long tube or something. It has more edge, but much less immediacy and clarity and definition. I hear many people say that they mic their amp as their regular procedure in recording, but my results so far have been so bad that I must be doing something very very wrong. One thing is that I am not turning my amp up all that loud, but still the recording levels are ok at about -6db or so. Any help here would be much appreciated, thanks so much.