A (VERY) quick and dirty experiment with mic'ed cab vs. direct recording from my Kemper this morning. The profile is a glorious Matchless Cheiftan by Brian Carl. One clip: Kemper powered head speaker out into my 1x12" open back cab loaded with a Weber Blue Dog (30 watt, AlNico mag) mic'ed with an SM57 and a Cascade Fat Head. I paid about $210 total for this pair of mics. The only processing I did was add a 24 db/oct low cut at 60Hz on both mics. The SM57 is higher in the mix than the Fat Head. I was NOT blasting the Kemper through the cab. Not "won't wake the baby" volume, but well within "not bothering folks watching TV downstairs if I'm upstairs" volume. This was done in my "still work in progress" music room which is 12'x12' with just enough room treatment for it to work, but not enough for it to be ideal at all...like, basic bedroom "studio" scenario. Other clip: Kemper direct out from the studio profile, no post processing done. The point here isn't "which one is better?" "which one is more real". I literally slapped this together in 12 minutes, which included unpacking and assembling a mic stand, finding that second XLR cable I knew I had laying around somewhere, getting the Fat Head set up in the suspension thingy, etc. I aligned the mics by eye (having watched some videos some time ago showing roughly where the capsules are in the two mics) and that first mic positioning is what was captured. And listen to the playing you can tell how rushed I was through this. From "hey, maybe I should finally try that" thought to having the whole thing bounced out to Soundcloud was 20 minutes. The point also isn't "mics rule and people should stop being lazy using IRs". To the contrary. The point is don't be afraid of mics or micing cabs or intimidated by the process. Consider making your own IRs. etc. etc. etc.