I use Guitar Rig 5 demo for practicing. Works ok. For recording I use an amp. sims are ok, I even use them sometimes for recording, but usually not. I've tried a bunch, the S-Gear was pretty decent. I have a power station, run the line out into the daw. I have the Own Hammer IRs, they are really pretty good. I then use the nebula Own Hammer for mix down (the nebula ones sound better to me than the wav IR ones). Or get the torpedo demo, it comes with a couple cabs and extra ones are cheap. The trick is getting the line level signal into the amp without the speaker. The PS, Suhr, torpedo, tons of stuff out there you can use for that.Yea a few bucks, but it really is the best way for me, using a real amp.