Originally Posted by theronaldchase
On Native Instruments website you can download Guitar Rig Player for free. Only problem with Guitar Rig is that its pretty touchy and you have to work with it a lot to dial in the right tone, but if you have the time to mess with it, it works pretty well.
agreed. GR, like a pod, can sound great but by default has far too much compression going on and sucks the dynamics out. it doesn't HAVE to, but the presets do that, just like with a pod.
if you're willing to work harder to get your sound than you would with a real amp, then affordable sims can be your friends.
if you pay $1000 (avid eleven rack) or $2000+ (axe fx) then you can get an amp sim that is so good you just plug in, plug the output into a pay or keyboard amp or your powered monitors, turn it up loud, and enjoy instant bliss (eleven rack) or download some amazing presets and enjoy near instant bliss (axe fx).
yea, same can be said for the others, but they always seem to take more tweaking than htat, even if you download great user presets, at least the older versions of the other products (I'm a little out of date I'll admit with soft ampsims although have used all of them in 2 year old versions so know pretty much where they were at then...). And pods etc will never get you as good sound as 11r, axe fx, or the very best plugin amp sims.