I have mates with all kinds of different setups,so if they get a great sound on something i ask them to run for instance,

a guitar part through their setup amplitube whatever,and email it to me,then just using PG and free plug ins i try and duplicate the sound

i.e. i've tried using 2-3-4 small increments of compression on a track as opposed to one compressor or distortion,

also abuse you're plug ins, you can use compressors to add sustain and see what happens, might end up with your own signature sound ass a preset, or as Bob would say "make your sound your own", great thing about PG Plug Ins is they always return to default when preset is chosen, beware some dont......................

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