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Old 03-10-2011, 06:36 PM   #86
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Originally Posted by Lokasenna View Post
Because they aren't reacting to the chained distortion the same way a real amp would.
Precisely. And the same holds true with most software compressors as well

There are certain guitar sounds you just arent going to get with one stage of distortion, some require both a "generic transistor distortion" character as well as a "generic tube distortion" character in order to achieve. Some require different flavors of other stuff.

Here's another great example of divorce from the real world, which may or may not be related: feedback

Stick two unrelated distortions in a row at high gain, but even LOW volume (sometimes even headphones, I shit you not) and you will get feedback from your guitar. Getting feedback from vst plugins requires a much different technique and often tons of actual SPL
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