Even though I use a modeler, I have been thinking "why doesn't someone make a DAW-oriented tube amp", and I guess they do! Crawling out from under my rock, I just have become aware of these amps: Revv D20: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/RevvD20--revv-d20-20-4-watt-tube-head Mesa Boogie Mark V:25 https://www.mesaboogie.com/amplifiers/electric/mark-series/mark-five-25/1x10-combo.html Friedman Runt 20: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Runt20Head--friedman-runt-20-20-watt-tube-head These look like they could be pretty crazy for real tube and XLR->DAW use. And even listening to through a guitar cab! Cab sims The Rev D20 includes DSP for both IRs and room reverbs, and as far as I can tell, they also offer the ability to model different power amp tubes if you are using the direct out. Front panel knob selects 1 of 6 preset IRs and MIDI can select even more (which seems really unnecessary to me, but whatever). Mesa and Friedman are both analog cab simulation IIRC Mesa has closed back/mic angle switches. Friedman has a mic position switch. Channels Revv appears to have two programmable channels available. Mesa has two different foot switchable channels with different preamps. Friedman appears to just have one channel. Sounds The Revv D20 seems more geared to clean/crunch sounds The Boogie looks really cool too! Like the sounds on that one. A bit on the complicated side. Friedman is OK clean, seems tilted towards high gain. Programming: Revv includes Two Notes Torpedo load/IR processing, PC/Mac apps, etc. Seems pretty flexible, and the expense of being more complicated. I'm not always hot on having a PC to mess with the guitar box. Supports MIDI, presets, etc. I'm not sure if the voices are fully programmable or not. Mesa has a dedicated second preamp channel. Using something like these would be an interesting change, mostly because these are not "modeling" anything, they are just "being" something, and they don't have integrated effects and an easy (built-in) way to manage a ton of presets. So, whatever guitar I grab, I dial in the sound then and there, hope for the best when recording it, then add FX in the DAW (although they all have mono FX loops). On all of these I am leaning towards the Revv. It's more oriented to clean/crunch which I think is great. I don't know what to do with a lot of gain most of the time.