You can access all of these elements from the main plug-in window, which is split into four horizontal areas. It's down to personal preference I think at this stage of the game. Variety is the spice of life. It just may be that certain types of pick-ups are more preferable to a certain amp sim than others. You can get it as a stand-alone, but the best deal for someone who is interested in recording would be to sign up for the Steven Slate Everything bundle.
Your preference is your preference, are you missing out, I'd say no, if so. The result is a new playing experience, with increased touch responsiveness and dynamics. For me, it comes down to ease of use, sound quality and support. The topmost strip provides access to the preset system and settings menu. Blues is all about gooey clean to mid-gain amps, and Bass brings amps and speaker cabs just for bass guitars. Though, i have no idea why anyone would downvote your efforts. I had to run the Cubasis mixdown through Garageband on my MacBook so that I could use the Slate Virtual Bus Compressors to boost the relatively low output levels on some modellers.
In this particular study, it came down to the Bosch. In a commercial mix youd be able to tell. Matching a real amp is perhaps a more realistic proposition — but that does imply that you might have some amp sounds that are better than the presets built into the software and worth capturing in the first place! Which is a shame, because as noted some of the clean Fender sounds are really nice. I won't guess as I only have experience with Amplitube out of those, but 3 and 4 in clean sound absolutely horrendous - you've also got these ones way louder than the others. JamUp has a free version I believe with about 4 amps and some basic effects like a TubeScreamer. You either know how to use the gear, or you don't.
As observed, a much more compressed signal than the other modellers. In principle at least, the Amp Matching may well appeal to the same crowd. Download artists' signature amps, or try out the latest and most popular matched amp models created by your fellow guitarists. For many home, personal or project studios where cranking up an amp is not an option, they are a necessary convenience. Main reason being that it's output volume is much higher than any mentioned above apart from haggis which I don't have.
Cleans are great and warm and they accept dirt pedals real or digital extremely well, but amp distortions in jamup too are cold, edgy, trebly, fizzy, metallic. I also prefer the simplicity of Mike's design. I currently switch between Amplitube, Jamup Pro and AmpKit+. I sold it a while ago. We all agreed we wanted both. It is a world class audio amplifier design. I would just like to know what it is that I am missing.
Set all controls the same? There are many thousands of custom components available at your fingertips. There are thousands of custom amps on the ToneCloud®, uploaded by artists, recording studios and guitarists just like you. It's possible, but to get good clean tones without bizarre volume and gain settings that don't seem to correspond to real life is a bit of a challenge. However, that 'off in the distance' thing that 2 had going on might be useful if that's what you wanted, like a guitar playing on a small radio in the other room or something. Second, you need to make sure that your guitar input signal is as free as possible from hum and noise. I actually went the other way, had Jam up then got Amplitube some time after. I just feel as if I'm missing something in Amplitube, where I am the cause of the problem and just don't realize it.
Italicized because I am aware of YouTube demos and others who, well, are able to make it go away. Probably my second favourite modeller at the moment, although in my opinion the interface could do with some freshening up to match some of the other apps. I had Bias for a bit on my phone. I recorded the initial stem in Amplitube on the iPad actually. This one is for no-frills instant awesome tone with minimal tweaking.
I know lithsp thinks it crap, but to me it sounded the most like an actual, small tube amp with no master volume circuit turned up a bit to just passed clean. Personally, I'm hoping that the Helix plugin sounds as great as the hardware version. Blues is a bass sound for bass guitars. At least if I have the same issues, I'll learn something. I got to try some really neat new stuff this year. There is a series of cabinet models spanning the usual suspects from 1x12 up to 8x10, with plenty of stops in between.
The only issue I have with it is that I'm not a metal player and many of the amps and add-on packs are very metal-focused. I'd wait it out for a bit longer if you can. Each colours the sound in its own distinctive fashion. For example, select the preamp and a whole host of components and settings can be adjusted. I have no iPad but got the flying haggis demo on Mac and must say it seemed to not impress. The Helix Native takes this heritage bang up to date and is essentially the software heart of the Helix floor pedal system loaded up on your computer.