As I had time, I made a little experiment. I wanted to test a direct recording device that I use for recording guitar since I bought it some months ago against recording with a mic that I had used before. So the direct recording device that is inserted between amp and cab was recorded on one track, the mic simultaniously on another track. The mic was a MXL 860 ribbon mic that went through a Golden Age preamp and compressor into a Steinberg UR28M audio interface and from there into Cubase. The device went directly into the Steinberg. The Microphone track was left completely untreated. The device track went through a VST graphic EQ, because the device imitates a Vintage 30 speaker whereas I use a Cannabis Rex, so I had to try to make them sound similar. Then the signal went into a compressor VST with the same settings as the real one. I then noodled along a backing track, recorded both and automated Cubase in such a way that the guitar sound source changes rhythmically between device and mic. If you listen, please don´t concentrate on my poor noodling that is full of mistakes. I would like to know if can find out when you hear the mic and when the device. As for me, I am pretty satisfied with the outcome. Of course I do not say that the device is as good as mics can be, but I think it is as good as my possibilities to record via mic.