I searched for this topic in the recording forums, but did not find what I was looking for, but if any of you know of any posts that discuss this, please send the links my way. So here's my situation: My bandmates and I just started recording at a local studio today. We layed some scratch guitar and bass tracks so that our drummer could start recording some of the drum tracks. My studio experience is limited, and we are paying by the hour, so when it comes time to record my guitar tracks, I want to be as prepared as possible, so that I don't waste time in the studio doing things I could have done before-hand. My guitar parts will probably be done after the singer does his guitar parts, since his guitar is the bulk of the rhythm guitar in the band (he did the scratch guitar tracks). My parts are secondary rhythm for lack of a better description, that intertwine with his, and I do most of the texture and lead type stuff also, so I figure I will record my parts last, just before the vocals. Several months ago, we recorded some stuff on the singer/other guitar player's home pro tools setup, and when we did our guitars, I made the mistake of recording them with my pedals set the same as when we play live, and the guitar tone wasn't quite right. It sounds good in the room, but I heard that when you record, you use less gain in order to get a good recorded sound. My question is, how much less gain do you use? I.E. half of what you normally use, etc.? Do I not use my pedals for dist/od settings at all when recording? Here is the way I use my setup now when playing live or at rehearsal to give you an idea of what I need to cover in the studio. I run a Tele through a 70's AC30 set clean-ish, and use a Diamond J-Drive TR (that was custom-made with less gain than usual, so picture a mild to medium gain pedal) on the boost side for my cleans to push the Vox a little over the edge, then use the gain side of the Diamond for my medium-gain textures. When I need the medium gain with a little more push for leads etc., I engage both sections of the Diamond. For the heavier gain sounds, I don't use the Diamond, but use a Barber Small Fry instead. So I typically use three different sounds, edgy clean, medium gain, and heavier gain, though sometimes just the vox with no pedals. How do I accomplish my myriad textures when I record? Do I use the same pedals and in the same segments of the songs as I usually do, and just back off the amount of gain, or do I use the Vox by itself, and crank it in the live room in the studio for the higher gain stuff, and back it off for the cleaner stuff, and just punch in for these different segments? Thanks for any and all help. I'm a recording novice, but had a blast in the studio today watching the drummer start his drum tracks. Looking forward to recording my parts, I just want to be as prepared as possible like I mentioned earlier. Thanks!!