This is used on nearly every session I do. That says something. I've got no interest in comparisons to its hardware, however I have to admit in fairness this is one of the modeled "heritage" items I've never actually used the hardware version. So I can't offer a comparison plugin vs hardware. I just know this fuckin plugin kicks universal ass for me. That's just me. Try it out, maybe you'll dig it. I think you will...but it's all subjective so why even write a review? Yeah, I'm not sure either.