Yeah, I've been varying between setting 2 and 3 on the pre-amp. And then for recording, just been focusing on mic'ing with a SM57 which I like better than my Sennheiser e608. And then there's always blending in the xlr out signal to which I add a cab sim on that channel with a reveb impulse loaded for a bit of space. This celestion speaker is so well worn in .... I must keep this amp!
I just read that the original Strymon pre-amp came with electro-harmonix 12AX7s and my is a MESA-BOOGIE .. so I may mess around with that from time to time and invest in different brands of 12AX7s for the preamp ...
Also, there are pedal kits you can build that use a 12Ax7 also .... so that would add even more more tube warmth .. the way that peavey 5150s have something like 5 12ax7s !
So much fun to play with and after 3 years I still haven't been through all the presets .. especially the cleans which I am trying to get into my music instead of having everything high gain all the time.
This amp produces WAAAAY more gain than is useful on any recording .. I find that I have to find presets I like to jam with but then halve the gain come recording time.