Ok so in the tone matching thread that Clark Kent started someone posted a tone that was awesome. Now the tone itself wasnt what is awesome IMO but the dynamics of the tone. The forum member was using POD Farm. Here is the tone... https://dl.dropbox.com/u/22950750/Tone test 2.mp3 After hearing this I contacted the member and asked what he did to get it. He sent me the pod patch and told me he used logic pros match eq for the curve. I tried recreating the tone with ozone and my results, while close, were severly lacking in dynamics... https://dl.dropbox.com/u/22950750/My Idols tone.mp3 If you compare the two you will hear how his playing pumps and pushes as if it were a real amp. After realizing I was failing at getting this sound I asked for him to send me a DI so I could hear the difference between our two. It was worlds apart. Heres his followed by mine HIS https://dl.dropbox.com/u/22950750/Idols DI.mp3 MINE https://dl.dropbox.com/u/22950750/My Idols di.mp3 Im SLAMMING my strings in this recording but thats what I get. The biggest differences are a higher range of frequency on his, and much more note velocity. But no matter how hard I slam my strings it sounds the same. Then come to find he is using the EXACT same gear as me. ESP MH-1000 EMG 81 through a pod. So I have been trying to figure out why my di's are so lackluster compared to his. Before you say its my playing, I have tried every which way of playing style and I cant recreate the dynamics in his di's. Here is a waveform comparison: You can see where he peaks out and mine falls short despite how hard Im slamming the strings. Heres the DI waveforms: Now in my opinion it almost sounds like his tracks have an expander on it. I have tried using a gate/expander to recreate this but no luck. DOES ANYONE HAVE A CLUE AS TO WHAT THE PROBLEM IS.