Slightly related question -
Can you recommend any good youtube videos or reading (or your own wisdom) about what is considered a "good distortion tone" especially in the context of guitars, pedals, and high gain amps? I mean of course I can use my own ears and mix referencing, but sometimes I feel surprised when guitarists say "that tone is crap" when I thought it's OK, and I can't really discern what's not likeable about it.
here's a great HARDWARE rundown - should give you an idea for heavy toAnZ
all achievable in software