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Amp Simulators, DIs, and Pre-amps

Can I get by recording with just an amp simulator? (Such as the Zoom g3x?) or will I also need a preamp/di box?

Right now I'm just direct recording from my pedals to my mixer, and I know that it's not going to sound good that way, but I don't know what I need to sound good, bare minimum.
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Your pedal puts out a signal that thinks it's going to arrive in an amp input. It wants to 'see' something like 1 megaohm. If you plug it into the mixer it will 'see' 1 kiloohm = Electrical stuff! ... the D.I. (which will need a mic preamp input to plug into) will do the job of translating between the 1 megOhms/1kiloOhms thing.

Maybe the Zoom will work, if your mixer has a "line input" (this is not a mic input) as well. Then you could go "guitar-pedals-Zoom-line input on mixer".
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Thanks for the reply!

The mixer does in fact have line level inputs. The zoom unit has 1/4, XLR, and USB output.

Which option do you think would get me a sound most similar to what I hear directly from my amp?

edit* other than micing my amp!
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Amp simulators have never sounded like something coming from an amp to me, so I'd say just use the USB out. Wont that be easier to integrate?

No mixer required.
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yea, i would go USB from the zoom and use amp sim software. Currently I'm most impressed by

Using RedWirez IR's to simulate the cabinet. They really did a great job and you can get a feel for how it all works by downloading their free Marshall impulse responses at that link. Load up Space Designer or LAConvolve and go to town!

I've gotten a pretty decent rock/metal sound using the LePou LE456 in conjunction with RedWirez Marshall IR's.

My .02$ hope it helps!
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