I'm a neophyte when it comes to direct tracking. Is the Palmer the same thing as a Hot Plate? Can / do you use both? I understand the Hot Plate concept (thanks to Orren's excellent article) but I'm looking into quality speaker simulation only that's ProTools compatible. The RTAS plugs mentioned in the article either got low marks on speaker simulation or didn't offer speaker-only option. I'd prefer a RTAS plug as I'm not into the VST wrapper yet. I'm concerned that it will eat processer power and have latency that'll make me want to kill someone, like Direct Connect. Any suggestions appreciated.