Hi guys, My current situation is, I have an M-Audio MobilePre USB preamp, which I use for my mic / guitars. I'm using Guitar Rig 3 for amp modeling, inside of Cubase SX 3. I want to know, what is a relatively inexpensive way that I can achieve near-professional quality tone, with either this setup, or a new interface. I'm looking to play primarily with high gain tones such as those you would hear in the metal/hardcore genre. With my current setup, I often notice that with both my LTD Viper, and Fender Stratocaster, there is quite a bit of excess background noise, with nearly all guitar rig presets, in addition to this, if I enable a threshold on Guitar Rig which prevents excess noise, it is difficult to play with certain techniques. Also, even though Guitar Rig has MANY different presets, I'm not exactly jumping for joy in excitement over any of them. None of them seem to meet my needs for the kind of tone variety I'm looking for, and when recorded, they all sound like crap. I was considering purchasing a Line 6 Spider III amp (which I would use the recording out slot on the amp to connect it to my Mobilepre), however I'm not sure which amp is best for my needs, or if I could achieve better recording quality from a modeling interface. If anyone can suggest what would give me near-professional tone/quality when recording, at a relatively affordable price, I would appreciate it greatly. P.S., any tips or links to useful information regarding proper guitar recording, as well as what I should do after I've recorded it to improve it, (when it is a direct input rather than mic'd) would be appreciated greatly.