I dabbled a bit in recording and would like to take some time learning how to get the right sound but I haven't a clue how to go about it. I play something in my amp, it sounds great when it comes out through the amp speaker but when I record it using the direct line in it sounds terrible. Like a fart in a blanket! It doesn't match at all with the awesome sound I was playing with a minute ago. I've heard plenty of good things recorded with such devices as the Yamaha THR, Hayden Lil Mofo and Line 6 POD 2.0 so I think it's my ignorance as to what to actually do with the signal once it's recorded. Interesting thing to note about the latter (POD) - when I record without using a cab simulator I think it sounds OK, with the cabs added then it starts sounding muddy and unclear. Same goes for recording with a Bad Monkey pedal using direct out versus an amp simulated output. In another thread I was shown how great my raw recording can sound with an amp sim, so I'm not sure where I'm getting lost. I'm assuming that a line-in from an amp head would have a simulator in to sound as much as it can to its parent amp. The socket in the Hayden specifically says it's for recording out, as does the THR. The POD has plenty of cab sims and still sounded rough. This issue doesn't happen with mics, only the line-in functions of certain amps. Of course I could mic everything, but that's nowhere near as convenient. Can anyone give some pointers as to what you do after you have the recording in your DAW? EDIT - Speaker emulated! That's the term I was looking for, it's speaker emulated recordings that I have trouble with.