I am having a problem.....i have been recording for about 2 years and the biggest problem i have alway run into is flat, undefined guitar tracks. I have traveled far and wide looking for different sites that will help me with my situation. I do mostly metal and hardcore bands. So first off there is alot of gain, but i know that during the recording prosses you use a FRACTION of the gain you would normaly use playing. My big conserns are. A) What is the best mic placement. I have found that too close to the middle of the cone and its too gritty, too close to the edge and it is too muddy and too far away and it just get completly lost in the mix. B)Pre-Recording EQ, should the EQ on the mixer be flat? C) (BIGGEST PROBLEM!) AMP SETTING! I have heard that you change the eq alot to get a better recorded sound. Alot of bands like to SCOOOOP the mids, but when recorded....it gets lost in the mix easily and sounds like garbage. I have a Randall RG200 Head, Roland Jazz Chorus Head, and a 4X12 Cabinet that was hand made with two celestion Seventy-80's and two circa-70's jensens, a Rane 15 Band EQ, and an Ibanez Smash Box for Dist. D) Compression, and Post-Recording EQ, once it is on my PC, what do i do with it? I'll list my equipment and tell me what to do.........please I Record from my Yamaha 12/16(?) Board stereo out to my PC's sound cards line in. From there i use Cool Edit Pro. In my box of Mic's i have 1-Shure Vocal Mic (got it from my old Highschool av dept. the model # is missing and its not a SM57 or 58 i know that. 4-Audio Technica Drum mic Set 1- Sure Beta52 Kick mic a buncha cheap-o radio shack mics that i used to use and i just ordered a MXL MXL990 Condenser Mic with Shockmount from musiciansfriend.com 3 hours ago. PLEASE HELP!!! to listen to some mixes i have done please visit http://www.myspace.com/mcmetalproductions (the second song in is the best quality) Please i'm at the end of my rope and need alot of help and plus, this was a pain to type Thanks, Ron "McMetal"