I've been do my own recording in my basement with some complete crap equipement (a tube preamp, 4 channel mixer, sm-57, large diaphragm condenser mic, 4 other dynamic mics), and a laptop. My budget is severly limited (university student here). My situation is this: I mic the guitar amp with the condenser (or sm-57) mic into the preamp, into mixer, then into the laptop. Whenever I record any guitar part, the sound is SO... ambient. Like it has a pound of reverb on it already, without the bounce. Even if I put the mic in the perfect spot on the cab (Marshall 4x12), the recording sounds like the mic is in another room. I suspect it's the room I'm in. Is there any kind of ideal room to record in? Any other techniques I should check out?