I decided to play my Hi-Octane last night, but since I don’t have a decent cab at home and I needed to play while the kids were sleeping, I hooked up a silent recording rig. Using my Hot Plate set to load with the line-out driving an XTL for cab sims and a bit of delay on the solos which then goes direct to the line-in on my stock sound card. I monitored with my headphones from the soundcard’s output. Here’s the setup: I’m playing an original tune here inspired by the heavy dark tones and harmonized solos I’ve been getting into lately. Rhythm is double-tracked using my H-1000’s bridge SD JB, and solos were using the neck SD ’59. I added a bit of EQ on the XTL’s 4-band parametric until it sounded right to me. Here’s the clip: http://www.64graphics.com/clips/hal9000HiOctaneHeaviness.mp3 I’m really impressed with the kind of tones I was able to capture. There are tons of different cabs on the XTL, but I used the V30 sim since it closely matches what I use in real life. Also, I really like the tape-echo sim on the XTL which I used on the harmonized solo. I can see myself using the rig for recording and playing my other amps in near external silence, which is sweet. The next step will be substitue my Behringer Ultra-G direct box with 4x12 cab sim in the place of the XTL to see how it compares.