When I started recording ideas, I started with VSTs like Guitar Rig and ReValver... but now that I have a real guitar rig, I record it with a mic and spend my efforts trying to get it to sound as good as possible. I've worked on demos to some extent for 3 bands' projects, and the common thing is they all would rather use VST than real instruments. A thrash band, I was thinking about new heads for the drummer and get them all tuned up and mic them, and what interface I should use for all the drum mics... but he wanted to program EZDrummer midi samples and give me the tracks. I was blown away by that. And the guitarist/band leader in the project wanted me to record all the rhythm parts, but they were all 100% his old songs from christmas past, and he didn't want to write any new material or record any of my shit. I got the fake drum tracks, wasn't feelin it, and quit. Another drummer we recorded his kit with 2 mics and then tracked everything else, but at the end he wanted to re-track with his electric kit which could only output it's onboard samples that sounded old af. The timing was off in places because the entire band tracked to his original drum track. There was a blast beat section that sounded horrendous on his e-kit and I had to manually program a midi replacement with Addictive Drums kit and try to mix it in. The garage demo 2 mic drum tracks sounded cooler anyway IMO, and this was literally a garage demo. Now talking to a new guitarist dude, insists on using plugins instead of real amp. It's a little ironic to insist on using a digital model of an amp instead of the actual amp. But I get it, some people just like the workflow and "ergonomics" of using guitar VST, and probably even prefer the way they respond and play compared to real amps. Also it's easier to mess with settings instead of committing to a sound, but you can always re-amp a DI with the real amp... at least for a finished product. But these dudes prefer samples and VSTs for the finished project. Like I told him when I record my tracks at home I like to mic my amp, and he kept asking me if I've heard x, y, and z VSTs and how great and realistic they sound. The thing that gets me is who cares how realistic it sounds, if you have the real gear and it sounds great. Unless you just like the workflow like I said. I get the utility of them, and I might use a VST for a clean or ambient part that I don't have a real amp for, or for a different tone on the 2nd rhythm track or what have you. I'm not going to insist on using the green channel of a 6505 for a clean tone, when you have a VST that delivers a rich full clean shimmering tone. I use drum samples on my idea recordings because I have to, otherwise there wouldn't be drums. But I just don't get all these dudes that don't like real amps and drums, to me that seems opposite. I guess at this point the digital workflow is just so damn good now, it's really a preference how you want to record and both are equally legit in extreme metal. Almost seems mic'ing a real amp and pedals is the old timey granddad's way... going to CVS to buy a new 9v battery for that dusty old TS9 sitting next to the reel-to-reel tape. I'm not looking to start a flame war on which sounds better, and don't want to listen to a bunch of youtube comparison blind tests to prove some point. I'm just rambling on this trend in my local scene. Actually one thing I don't like about recording a real amp is it sounds different in the room than it does when tracked. And it takes some work to get the right mic(s), and placement to get a good sound. Compared to a great VST from Neural DSP or Bias or something. And for what payoff, when they sound the same? Now by the end of my post I'm starting to think I'm doing it the hard way for no real reason. Either way, I have a real amp so I can play in a band, and being able to use both for recording is great, I just don't get being against a real amp or drum kit.