Anyone record direct from time to time? What do you use? I generally prefer micing of course, but sometimes it just not possible when I do demos at home or if we want a special flavour recording. I don't own or even want to own a special purpose direct recording unit.. I'm thinking about "normal overdrives" and such. What works for you, what do you use? Things that have worked for me: Hot Cake - surprise surprise, a winner in this category as well. works really well, I've been able to achieve almost everything from crunchy rhythm sounds to a great Jimmy Page-esque lead sound, with great sustain.. .. well that's about it for now. I'm really looking forward to trying my Catalinbread SCP, it has such a flattering eq curve that it might make the direct recorded guitar sound a bit more "real". My COT sounded pretty good as well, but I have to explore it a bit more. Seemed though that it didnt work quite as well in this application as the Hot Cake. Also pedals that I have experience with but dont own that have worked great: Menatone Top Boost In A Can, King Of Britains works really well, or so I was told Some fuzz pedals sound really wicked recorded direct, they can almost sound like synths..