Hello! My name is Grant, and I'm (obviously) a noob to recording. I play the electric guitar as a hobby, and I want to record covers and the like, and perhaps original music later on. I have a Scarlett 2i2 interface and a sufficient laptop for recording, and was initially convinced that I could use effects pedals while recording electric guitar directly and still achieve a good sound. Boy was I wrong! I really want to use my analog effects pedals that I have already invested in to record, and I have a competent tube amp (Fender Deluxe Reverb Reissue; though I can't exactly crank it), but the only room I have available to record in is my bedroom. On top of that, acoustic treatment more than likely isn't possible for me.
Here is my question: Am I better of simply using amp modeling software and recording a dry signal, or should I pull the trigger on an SM57 and mike my amp in order to use my pedals and amp as desired? Being a novice and all, plugins, EQ, and modeling software are fairly new to me, and I am much more familiar with my physical gear and the tone I can achieve with it. And while I realize the sound I will get from miking an amp in an untreated room is not optimal, will this be enough for what I am trying to accomplish? (covers, etc). If DI is a better option, can anyone recomend decent amp modeling software that isn't overly expensive? On another note, can anyone suggest any reading on recording in general and how to use DAWs as well as EQ, compression, effects, etc.?
Thanks in advance!