I have an idea for an experiment that I would love to conduct - something I have wanted to try out for a long time.
My own home studio setup doesn't include any guitar amps - I don't have space for them (or the money). I have read endless debates about guitars being DI'd into a DAW and then using plugin Amps and pedals vs old school mic'ing a guitar amp. So here's my idea:
I would like to conduct a blind test in this forum to see if it's actually possible to tell the difference between a traditional mic'ed guitar amp vs plugin amps. For this to work, I will need somebody to message me a small file or two - obviously if you post a reply on this thread everybody will be able to see and hear your efforts. I would love a clean guitar and a distorted guitar. You can apply any EQ / Reverb to your sounds - basically mix the guitar as you normally would so that it sounds fantastic. Once I get those sounds, I will try to recreate that sound using only my DAW.
I will then post both files back to this thread and invite the rest of you to see if you can tell which is recorded traditionally vs new school.
Note - I can't create my files until the new year when I'm back home in front of my equipment but I'm very curious to see what I can achieve. Anyone interested in this silly experiment?