This my first interface, so I have nothing to compare it too. I am using GarageBand, on an Apple laptop. The recorded track sounds great, and when I email it to a friend, they get good quality sound, unlike an iPhone recording, which tends to buzz on the bottom strings. But, that just may be my friend's computer/speakers, as it sounds fine on my end. I plug the guitar straight into the interface, and use a set of headphones to hear myself, when I am recording. I find it a bit of a hassle, keeping the wires untangled. I probably am going to buy a mike, and mike the amp.