Mods: ( @big mike ) please move this if it's in the wrong place - not sure if it belongs in effects, amps, or modelling! I've been pondering this for a while. Here's what I need: Clean (and I mean real, actual clean), Drive (typical light OD - classic rock rhythm), More Drive (saturated, lead tone, sustain, etc.). And something to make all 3 of those louder. I want to plug my guitar into something that does that, and then that goes on to FOH (preferably via XLR). I'm using in-ears, rarely, a floor wedge - but FOH can handle getting those signals back to me. I can't buy a $1,500 Helix or whatever. I can't really even dump $500 into this. Seems like I need something that models the Pre-Amp and Power Amp sections of an Amp, and then the Cabinet as well, in order to get a decent, non-hi-fi guitar sound through the system. I would be OK with running a couple of pedals into a box of some sort that would do this. What I'm essentially looking for is an Amp, that has a D.I. out, that sounds like the amp does when it's mic'd up. But in a box instead of an actual amp. One little box that replaces the the amp and that whole signal chain in one unit. I'm getting the feeling that pedals into a cab sim isn't enough. Pedals into an amp sim without cab sim isn't enough. You need the whole chain - pre/post/cab/mic emulated (which makes sense of course). I could pick pre-amp gain, or pedal gain via models, and that would be OK (so like a small Boss multi-effects) or I'd want to just run my existing pedalboard into a box that does all this. Ideally, I'm thinking it could be something I could use my teeny pedal board with, or my bigger pedal board, and use as a recording unit as well (just XLR out is fine for that as well). Looks like something like the Hotone Binary Amp and Cab sims might work - but you'd need both - I only want one box. Do I need the Ampli-Firebox? $300 is pushing it but it seems like it would do everything I want (and be able to use pedals in front if necessary). Or is there something a little simpler that works just as well (like I just need one clean amp model to put my pedals into really) for a bit less coin?