Last week, I finally got around to putting together some direct recordings of my F-100 using a Hot Plate and PODxt Live. I posted a thread about it here: http://acapella.harmony-central.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1367180 The results were encouraging, but I was getting a lot of high end noise that wasnt present in the signal from my amp, so I decided to run the PODxt Live as a USB audio device bypassing my sound card. WOW! What a difference. I wasnt a believer until now. The sound card was adding everything to the sound I didnt like, and with a straight USB connection, the recordings were pristine and as noise-free as I could hope for. Better, the recordings really sound like my amp does in the room which I really havent been able to capture with a mic. Clip 1: F-100 Heavy Clip in Contour I used my Ravelle's bridge SD Custom for the rhythm parts and the neck SD '59 + Germania for the solo parts. My F-100 was set for 50 W on Contour through the 8 Ohm jack for a darker sound. The settings were the same for rhythm and lead. Again, this clip is intentionally dark. The clip was recorded with this setup: As you can see, Im using the USB capability of the XTL for recording and Im also monitoring audio via my headphones which are plugged into the XTL. So, the XTL is acting as a sound card, and Im only incurring a single A/D process which is much cleaner. Clip 2 F-100 Clip - Corrosion of Conformity - Infinte War This clip is with the same settings as above, but I used the Germania and the bridge SD Custom for both rhythm and lead parts to get the kind of tone that Corrosion of Conformity is using in the song Infinite War. So, I hope you like the clips. I'm really excited to have a system in place for silent recording that rivals micing an amp.