I for one really like putting a mic on a real amp speaker. I use a Shure 57. But my experience is that you really need to run a mic through a preamp before running it into a sound card. There are lots of options ... hopefully some others will chime in. I'm really different on this one. Using the Fender Acoustasonic amp (solid state amp for an acoustic guitar) is unusual & an expensive way to go ... unless you already have it ... like I do. It's built like a small PA system with preamps, balanced mic inputs, preamp outputs. I use it for recording vocals, acoustic guitar and also mic guitar and bass amp speakers through it too. I take the send output directly to the sound card. Works good cause I never have to unplug the amp send from my PC's sound card ... as I lay track after track down. I imagine the really good preamps would work the same way. Most people would probably use a cheaper (more appropriate) mic preamp at this stage. What are you guys using? I'm going to take a break and let some others kick in now ... I'm not sure I'm really helping Lexie in the project ... but I took a shot. :?