I want to record my electric guitar for the sake of making covers as well as my own music, however I'm having trouble getting a good tone. I have 3 possible approaches (one of which has worked fairly well)
- Plug my guitar into my Scarlett 2i2 and use the amps in Garageband. This has worked decently well for me.
- Try to record my amps directly with my microphone. This is what it sounds like. It sounds very... lackluster. I can hear the pick hitting the strings, everything sounds muddy and cheap. For reference, I'm using a Boss GT-6 for effects and a Fender Frontman 25R for the amp.
- Plug my Boss GT-6 directly into the interface and record its output directly since it has preamp and speaker simulation built in. Disclaimer: I haven't tried this approach yet.
Option 1 is super easy to set up, I just need my guitar and a cable, and as a bonus I can tweak the sound as much as I want even after having recorded (which is pretty convenient). It's what I currently use and it's not broken by any means, so if that's standard practice then I can keep doing it.
However, I really wanted Option 2 to work though because when practicing you get everything to sound just right to your ears, and it'd be nice to be able to convert that directly to a recording. For instance, I sometimes practice on a mini-amp and I love the lo-fi/garage rock sound, especially when practicing Strokes songs. It sounds perfect to my ears, but I know that if I put the mic to it, it'll sound bad.
Is there a trick I'm missing to recording? Do I need a better quality microphone? How do I get rid of the picking sounds?
Note: I can't really turn the amp up any louder since I have roommates :( so if that's the only solution then I'll just have to stick with the digital methods