Two of my favorite lead tones of all time are those of Yngwie Malmsteen and John Petrucci. I'm working on a bunch of musical ideas for instrumentals and i'm aiming to replicate Petrucci's tone as close as possible given the gear and software i have at my disposal. Some of my reference tones are the solo tones to "As I Am", "The Shattered Fortress", and the songs on the new LTE album. I'm a big fan of that compressed, fat yet articulate tone with very emphasized pick attack. I'm using Helix Native but i'm an absolute n00b when it comes to direct recording with plugins, so i'm also dealing with the learning curve there. I feel i can get a similar (for some values of "similar") tone in the room using my Roland Cube 40XL, which is the only amp i have at the moment. The Cube has a cab simulated line out for direct recording but i'm struggling to get a good tone -- my normal room settings are waaay off. I would like to try miking the Cube but i simply don't have the resources to do that, so i'm going to try and get something going with Helix Native first.