I just got a Vox Tonelab ST pedal which produces some very impressive tones for the guitar, great amp modeling, it's even got a real tube in it to add to the sound. I'm doing some home demos and have been recording straight in, then adding amp effects using the program/VST Guitar Rig 3 from Native Instruments. I'm somewhat pleased with the program, you can do some amazing things and granted I haven't done a great deal of tweaking, but the sounds are still a bit eh. Plus the biggest problem is how it kills my CPU because I have multiple guitar tracks and my system can't handle multiple Guitar Rig VST's spread out. Now that I have the Tonelab, I was wondering if I should think about plugging the guitar into the pedal into my Firepod and just using its tones for my guitar. It might sound a bit more natural, but I'm obviously committing to a sound early on as opposed to just getting the guitar down then adding effects. Are there problems with this/should I scale back on the reverb and other effects on the pedal when recording? I guess I'm a blank canvass when it comes to recording one vs. the other and really don't know which option is best or if I use the Tonelab the best way to record with it. If anyone has feedback on these issues I'd REALLY appreciate it. Thanks guys.