Sgear + Ownhammer cab programms is the best (so far) sounding possible. I tried all of the ampsim vst on his planet. Another (best) solution is to take a kemper profiling amp. I just pre ordered mine (rack version).
Formbank wrote:If it were possible to capture distortion devices, that would be great, but I understand that Nebula isn't able to do that as such.
Another vote for the Ownhammer cabs, but pretty much every distortion / amp head sim I've tried sounds unrealistic, to date.
As djayart and myself have both said, S-Gear (http://www.scuffhamamps.com/)for the win if you need to use an amp-sim. Free 15 day uncrippled trial, by the way. I have even gotten great HEAVY sounds with it when placing a good overdrive plugin in front of it and ALWAYS with an OwnHammer cab instead of the S-Gear cabs. TAKE NOTE to do your tracking with the S-Gear cab and swap out the cab when mixing (huge latency with Nebula cabs).
I also own TH-2, Revalver, Guitar Rig and some Amplitube stuff. They are good, but S-Gear is number one for me.
Now, I must to try this Ownhammer cab impulses
I recently uninstalled Amplitube, Guitar Rig, even Headcase (which is actually cool for high gain and making your own), and have kept Revalver probably because I paid decent money for it a few years ago. But the only amp-sim that gets any use ever is S-Gear with OwnHammer. I DO need to interject that I still use the various Nebula clean amp presets quite a bit, sometimes even when I could mic up a cab. There are many great and "juicy" clean and sparkly tones from the presets by CDSM, Henry, and a really amazing and simple one from Rhythminmind.
vicnestE wrote:For low, mid and clearer/tighter high gain, S-Gear is really good. I bought it too. But some free amp sims are pretty decent for heavy metal high gain.
I have not liked any of the free stuff, for some reason. The high gain sounds ok at first, but every time I THINK it sounds good, I go back to it and it sounds flat and lifeless. The best high gain ITB I have gotten (for my tastes) is still with S-Gear, but I use some kind of Tube Screamer style plugin (not distortion, just a boost) in front of it. S-Gear can get pretty thick and heavy then, especially with one of the awesome OwnHammer Bogner Pro cabs.... HeadCase is great too for super heavy, but it is not free (VERY inexpensive, just not free).