Here is a question I am sure has been asked before. I was asked to do a couple of guitar track overdubs for someone at the studio they are recording at. When I was told I don't need my amp/not to bring it I wondered why it would matter. It turns out they wanted me to record electric guitar straight into the board and add whatever needed afterword. So I asked if it would be possible to do a traditional type recording with a mic and amp, but got: "No, direct in only". So I asked why to which there was no answer other than that is the way it will be. I am no tone snob, but I thought that was not something I wanted to be a part of and definitely not have my name on. So after playing some stuff on electric the engineer showed me what he could do; he added some reverb and distortion and it sounded like total crap to me. There was no use trying to explain what I wanted to achieve, he was hell bent on only using digital after effects. I had to tell my friend I am recording leads with an acoustic and not going to play slide and he can add additional rhythm parts on his own. He wanted nasty swampy slide guitar and neither of them could understand that it wasn't something that can be added in post production. Long story short, I recorded my parts on acoustic and even did some slide and one additional rhythm with the electric. They did of course add effects and all after and to me is sounded like crap. The engineer convinced my friend that it sounded good and if not it was because I played like crap and used an acoustic. Well, either it sounded good or it didn't!?!? Maybe I was wrong for not playing an electric. Maybe a great sound engineer can even make it sound acceptable with the right guitar and set up? Here is where I am totally dumbfounded; the engineer said to me that recording overdubs with guitar and amp in the same room is unacceptable. He refused to believe there was any value in the amp's output being picked up by the guitar's pickups. Sure, maybe not what the engineer would want in an ideal setting, but WTF? Engineer: "There is no value whatsoever in playing in the same room as your guitar" Me: "Ever hear of feedback"? Engineer: "Yeah, and feedback is bad. Always" Me: "Not all feedback is squealing noise. You get a much different tone, sustain and compression when you play the amp at the cusp of feedback. You know, when you take your hand off the strings and the amp will start to feedback? Yeah, that's where I like to be for my own recording stuff" Engineer: "Ridiculous. I've been playing guitar for 30 years and recording for 15, I've never met anyone who would do that" I have had to convince another engineer years to let me record with the amp in the same room as the guitar before, but he too was dubious; "Ok. You're the customer....." Guess what, it sounded awesome. So obviously I was not going to convert this guy. What am I missing from an engineering standpoint that this guy could not explain to me? It wasn't a matter of only having a 1/2 or hour studio time. Am I being obtuse or was this guy just trying to make his life easier? I don't get it, but I am no recording engineer!