Hey all, I've done a ton of research into making a heavy modern metal tone out of VSTs and have copied the settings and equipment used by the majority of generic "djent tone with free VST!" videos, etc. For some reason, my tone is still poor and scratchy, lacking clarity and depth. I want a huge, fat, smooth tone, something like my current favorite band Arkive, or the majority of popular extended-range guitarists. Current setup: Ableton Live 10 full edition Ibanez RG8 with brand new Dimarzio D-Activator bridge and Ionizer neck pickups, new strings and new cable. (I did a sloppy job soldering and there is a ground issue in my current recordings that has since been fixed. The tone issues are the same before and after unfortunately) Scarlett 2i2 Signal Chain: DI>Compressor>Tube Screamer>Noise Gate>EQ>Amp(usually a LePeu with recommended settings, though I've explored other recommendations)>NadIR(usually with Brohymn Mesas, as recommended, though I've tried many IRs)>Noise gate>EQ>hi pass lo pass I've scoured the internet looking for tips and alternative settings to try to remedy my tone issues, but no matter the changes to signal chain, amp settings, amp VST, Impulse Response....it always comes out sounding like amateur hour. I'd love to get some feedback to get my plug-and-play on and finally nail down a decent tone. I'm not terribly picky about what band exactly I sound like because I know it all comes down to taste, and I'm good at fiddling with settings to adjust sound to taste.