I saw some requests on the Trilogy thread wishing Eric would take on electric guitar. Rather than thread hijacking, I thought I\'d step in way over my head and give my two cents here on what I believe it would take to make a killer electric guitar plug-in.
Answer: Great samples + great effects optimized to work together.
My premise is basically that the latest Yamaha, Korg and Roland synths all have a few killer guitar sounds (I love the Match Drive patch on my XV-5080), but they lack the breadth of articulations (and velocity layers, etc) to really do a full guitar emulation. Nevertheless, despite a puny amount of samples (by Giga standards) they can sound amazingly good in moderation, because they have great effects carefully tuned to the samples they do have.
The other half of this argument is that samples alone won\'t do it. For one, playing two notes at the same time with samples misses the kick of the real thing because it lacks (among other things) the intermodulation distortion you get when you do this on a real guitar/amp rig. On the other hand my Match Drive patch, with the XV effects, kicks like the real thing when I play two notes together.
Now it\'s entirely possible that Quantum Leap Strat (or VintAudio Clean Electric Guitars) plus Amplitude plus the right amount of tweaking would give me what I want, but I\'m reluctant to drop that much change on an experiment. Also I doubt I could do as good a job of matching up the samples to the effects as a real sonic developer could do.
For what its worth...