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Sometimes you forget it is a sim.
When I first tried Amplitube (version 2) I walked away unimpressed when comparing it to Peavey's Revalver (3) software. All of the good faith Peavey had built was dashed with Revalver IV, as the ability to pair preamps with different power amps was removed. I began to search for something else to get me where I wanted, and noticed Amplitube had moved to an À la carte format. I loaded it up locked in a tone, and deleted Revalver after about an hour. Solid heavy tones, shimmering cleans, and the added bonus of the Fender, Hendrix and Slash (and others) licenses on top of the ability to test any À la carte offering for three days before buying makes this my primary way to practice at home, where the 2x12 would lead to some angry neighbors.
Best at what it does, I'd say
We used amplitube almost exclusively on the first Foxes Have Holes record, and quite a bit on the second one. I really like the fender models, though they take a bit of EQ'ing to get the brittleness tamed. I think where software emulation really shines is as a slight lift under a less than ideal live amp sound
Analog vs Digital
Extremely versatile! Sounds good, but different than recording a tube amp, which gives a more open sound.
Great for trying out what real amps you might like and all the endless options. I tried the next version of this with Mesa Boogie's Mark III and it sounded amazing. By the time Amplitube 5 comes out, it might be better than the real thing, who knows?
Amplitube should maybe get more credit for being close to as good as a $30,000 recording studio for $300. But at the same time, professional musicians shouldn't substitute it for a real studio anytime soon.