Well as much as I like my new head it is loud. Playing it through a PC so that I can use headphones or monitors would not be the worst thing in the world.
Okay I have some sort of cheap 16 bit Yamaha DI that I bought a long time ago mainly for connecting turntables to the PC. It was $100 and came with a lite version of Cubase.
Good thing I did some reading because I'm pretty sure I would have fried my computer and DI.
1) Does the Mesa Cabclone allow you to go head -> Cabclone -> PC?
2) What about something like the Focusrite Scarlett 2i4?
If something exists that I can plug the head into AND down the road have the option of plugging a mic and recording my actual cab that would be a bonus.
I notice some people are saying that PC based cab sims can be a bit laggy can that be mitigated with a powerful computer? It's not a beast but I have last generations i5 (second fastest one), 8 gb ram.
If there is a sticky that covers this please point me in that direction. I scanned the titles but didn't think any of them suited this question.
You need a loadbox between your amp head and your interface, or you'll damage your amp and probably whatever you plug it into.
That Mesa thing will do the job nicely, as will a Weber Mass or a Palmer. They can then safely send your amp's output to a recording interface, like that Scarlett or similar. You can then apply a cab impulse to simulate a cab in Cubase.
Latency won't be a problem unless you start working on very big recording projects.