GTR3 makes Waves
A good way for me to review GTR3 is to compare it and Amplitube3. IKM (Amplitube) pride themselves, and rightfully so, on their realistic modelling of legendary industry hardware and delivering it up in a software package that is truly versatile and amazing. Waves (GTR3), on the other hand, takes a slightly different approach; they also model legendary industry hardware but without the hums, buzzes, clicks and other noise that is part of the hardware's "character". GTR3 captures the musical sound qualities of the hardware very well too but presents it in a cleaner, crisper and clearer ambience; probably just as the original makers would have preferred to do had the technology been available. I find myself using Amplitube3 for live performance and noodling but when it comes time to lay down tracks in my DAW I prefer the crystal clear background afforded by GTR3. The assortment of amps, cabinets, mikes and effects is ample and versatile enough to create any guitar sound in the book. The plug-in version works with Reaper and ProTools (so it will likely work for any other DAW as well) and doesn't soak up a lot of resources. I really like their graphic user interface, it's clean and intuitive. If you are looking for a high quality, realistic guitar rig modeler with a cleaned up sound then look no further, GRT3 is it. The copy protection scheme is easy to use and gives you some options on moving the program around amongst your studio equipment and road-ware. The only knock I have is the manual; it's a bit hazy and tends to over complicate some of the information; but, while a rewrite is in order, you can still figure things out.