Hy everyone, I am not happy with my digitaly recorded hi-gain (distorted) guitar sounds. In the recorded signal, I always have some junk (scratchy, crackle, harshiness, fizzy, grainy...or whatever-however we could call) in upper mids and high freq, positioned behind the signal. It becomes more obvious and nasty when more amp saturation is applied and after the mastering process (Waves LinMB, L2). I tried with different mics, pres and converters, spending weeks on tips & tricks. :? Colours changed but the junk remained the same. :evil: Somebody gave me a recommendation on FATSO. After some investigation, I heard many good words about E.L. FATSO jr. but I'm not sure. Would this box with tape simulation be REALLY helpful to get rid of ALL those junk problems (and not turn it into muddines, without enough highs) or I have to buy another pre for tracking distorted guitar. I used few mid-crap preamps (now sold) and got Sebatron VMP 2000, but the problem remained almost the same. The recording path is: Shure 57 - Seba - Manley ELOP (slightly, only a few dB reductions) - AD - PC. My guitars: Shecter custom (with T.Anderson pickups), PRS sandard, Gibson ES 335, Ibanez custom (PAF pro) My amps: Soldano Atomic, Fender Deluxe Reverb, Pevey 5150 (sold, but also tested), Carvin Legacy (combo) Others: TS-9, DS-1, SansAmp, W-twin, C.Martin, ADA mp-1. Unfortunaly, I don't have the oportunity for try-before-buy option. New mic pre or FATSO or somethyng else but realy efficient? Can you give me a hand here? :roll: And to mention just as a reference (not to copy), one of my favorite modern drive guitar sound: Steve Vai's "Tender Surrender" - big, bright, upfront, dynamical, detailed, aggressive. Thanks in advance.