I have recently purchased a Focusrite 2i2 audio interface and have begun experimenting with recording guitar. I have also downloaded Reaper, as well as Guitar Rig and Amplitude and various other VSTs to try out different effects.
Although it has been great fun to play about with, I have found that the sounds are not quite as authentic as my amp (I have a Line 6 spider 4 amp). Also with high distortion, I experience clipping with my guitar (Schecter Damien 6 FR).
I have been looking to give the sound that little extra warmth to make it sound more realistic and have several people suggest to me that a pre amp might give it that extra kick and solve some of my sound issues.
Will a pre amp help much with this? If so, how much money would I need to spend to get a quality one? I was considering a Pod 2 which was recommended at a local guitar shop, can anyone who has experience with pre amps and recording give me some advice.