Hey guys, a little late in the discussion, just kinda wanted to throw my 2 cents in. Amplitube, Guitar Rig, and SVX are all pretty good. I mean, I would personally say that all three would get the job done...in a crunch. Don't get me started with the Line 6 system, as the drivers are wack and the DI unit that comes with it is really just not up to par (which is why we sell it in Accessories instead of Pro Audio over here at Guitar Center).
There are a couple of things that really stick out for me when it comes to Waves GTR. One of those things is first and foremost, the sounds its capable of creating, and the quality of the PRS DI and even the Ground controller. Everything is of a strong build w/good drivers and is very easy to use (as long as you're not a complete moron). Also, I am very fond of the layout, and its really fantastic that Waves now has signed artists who use GTR in the field that build presets for the software just like the rest of their plugins.
The part about GTR that really gets me going is plain and simple - the routing options. Now, what prompts me to say this is that my band was recently working on our album, had all the guitars tracked in DI form in ProTools 7.4, and we set up the GTR amps and everything sounded pretty good. But it wasn't quite enough. So, we tried just a standard reamp situation, which was ok, but still, it didnt quite give me the true fullness we needed for the album. So heres what we did -
we used the full GTR3 processing, while simultaneously sending the DI out of my interface into one of the amps (which happened to be a Roland Jazz Chorus JC120
) through two separate channels. We set up a 6 stomp processor on one of the output DI channels, and left the other one clean (we did this to automate distortion etc). That amp is in stereo, so one input gave me the GTR effect pedals, and the other input took the analog pedals that we normally use. Here is where the setup gets cool - it then came to mind that, hey, we should beef up the guitar just a little bit before we record it - SSL Channel on the Effect Loop insert on the JC120
(yes, levels were adjusted as to not blow up the amp, and yes, the channels were completely independent of one another). So, now we have three tones, an analog, and a digital, both being processed by an SSL through the amp... and dont forget the instance of GTR3 running at the same time. So here go four mics (sm57/md421 per stereo channel on the cabinet), and also we took the stereo Direct Line Outs from the JC120
(which is post guitar preamp), recorded that back into ProTools and on each of those channels we set up a separate Cabinet model insert, which gives us...8 fantastic sounding guitar tones to blend together to get something amazing.
Now tell me that you can do that with any of the other software amp modelers. fuuck
Yes, personal experience and opinon, I just haven't given enough props to Waves yet for giving us such an awesome product that can be simple enough to run live at concerts, but complex and editable enough to use in a studio to create upwards of 8 different (performance identical) recordings while doing a single pass-through the song. Me Gusta.