so i've concluded with my actual live rig i'm pretty much "there" in terms of tone. 6505+ (mod'd to original 6505/5150 lead channel specs), Schecter Loomis NT with stock 707's, running into TS7ovChaos, with Peavey 412MS with Celestion G12K-85's. Pure sonic metal bliss. Problem is getting that tone to translate to recordings.
I've got redwirez and recabinet for impulses, yes most of those are vintage 30's not g12k-85's but I can deal. I can still run my Loomis and TS7ovChaos into my focusrite interface to preserve that part of the tone, the problem is finding a way to recreate my amp as closely as possible while keeping it simple, portable, and affordable.
I would normally use a free amp VST, but only one of Lepou's plugins works on mac right now (lecto) and the nick crow 5150 sims are windows only. I was looking into revalver or something like that, especially because MF has it on sale right now for $99. I've heard problems with reliability and crashing though.
Like I said, I'm trying to keep the recording rig as portable, simple, and affordable as possible. The less I have to mess with my macbook pro the better. I'm open to any suggestions from the recording folks here, my primary concern is not to get EXACTLY like my live rig tone, just to come as close to that tone in essence as possible.
If you can get ReValver to work on your machine, it sounds pretty awesome. I had to get creative to get the most recent update to work on my Macbook, but that's just the demo. Perhaps the real software is better?