Turn down the $#@#% volume. Why? a) Hearing Loss b) Gain Staging The first is obvious but it helps to get a dB meter and check out your loudness (headphones, monitors, amps, etc.) Most of my hearing damage (not related to age) came from headphones. Gain Staging is important especially for effects. Either on-board, or in a DAW's plugin. They won't sound optimal if the input is too hot. Some may be blaming an FX for sounding bad when it's really due to running a signal too loud into it. Especially in DAW's plugins. It may help drastically to low the signal from one plugin -> plugin and only make it louder at the end. I read a definite number of folks not initially liking their modeler from just going out too hot. On my modeler, going out -12dB to an Audio Interface seems optimal most times. You gotta play with these things to learn what's optimal, but in a DAW you can use a visual meter plugin to see what's going on if the plugin doesn't have one built-in. Staying below -10dB seems to work well going into any FX so that the output sounds like the FX is meant to.