Due to the pressing need to reduce the weight and size of gear I need to fit in my car I've decided to try going digital again. My Katana tribulations are well documented on here so I've stepped up in quality amp-sim wise to an Atomic pedal.
Verdict? Well it seems sort of ok. It's hard to tell until my neighbours go out and needless to say it sounded like arse straight out of the box, but I've managed to get a fair approximation side-by-side with my real amps.
I do need a chance to turn it up to gig volume (through a pair of JBL Eon Ones) to fine tune it properly, but it sounds amp-like enough for gigging I think.
It still has that weird kind of digital "hollowness" when you back off the guitar volume though - something I've had with every digital simulator I've ever tried and have never heard in any analogue bit of kit ever.
These Atomic sims are widely held to be right up there with the best so I'm glad I didn't spend big money. Ultimately, though we have moved on a bit it's still a box of fizzy fuzzes with optimistic vintage amp labels, just like these things always have been.
It works, but only after detailed computer editing and possibly some extra IR downloads, and has the inevitable TINY sweet spot on the EQ controls.
Watch his space. I'll give it a good go for a few gigs and will doubtless either fall in love with its portability and passable sound, or flog it off cheap and buy a bigger car.