[quote=Jamie M;110956]I use the Amplifi FX 100 at home and it works great, all controlled from ipad makes things very simple. However call me a old fashioned bloke, playing live I would always use a tube amp and pedals.
Don't get me wrong software amps are great for studio use:
In my studio I mic my amp and I DI the guitar and sometimes I line out my Boss GT100 all in parallel & on separate tracks.
This way I get the performance from my playing with the amp (feedback, sustain etc) and the option to mix the sounds or retrospectively change the sound to thicken it up or give it a different feel or to tweak the sound to lay better with the other instruments..
The DI I then play through VST plugins
[list][/list]Amplitube 3 + orange + fender collections.
[list][/list]Le Pou with IR (Impulse responses).
Live I use the Boss GT100 as I can create a patch to emulate my finished sound I ended up with in the studio
My guitar has the Roland synth pickup and GR55 so I can either take the MIDI or one of the many Synth patches of my performance.
and change a guitar solo to a "Tenner sax solo" or something, (works great with blues style lead but crap on a metal style lead).
Yeah I use the Roland GR55 Synth with the guitar "Straight through output" going into the Boss GT100 live.
one click and I go from strings or piano to howling lead with harmonizer and the harmony can be guitar or say... sax.
and all on the guitar, yes you need to think like the instrument you are emulating, whether its a guitar sound or synth sound (you would not strum a piano, you pick).
We (my band) got asked to to the old classic "Get it on" by T.Rex (I know...)
I played the Guitar stabs, the Tenner Sax solo and the guitar lead,
all with just one button click each sound.
it gave the song an authentic sound, even if it was not musically challenging, it was fun.