It's got to start with a good straight tone, the rest is just icing. After reading through alot more posts, we all know how infatuated you are with the XT, but it's not right for everyone, yet it seems to be a religious experience for you. I'm glad you've found your "way", but "tone" it down a little for everyone else's sake. I see posts in other threads when someone asks advice and you post, "Just get an XT and it will solve all your problems", sorry, but, no, it won't. I didn't think your first clip (in this thread) was that bad, not my kind of music, but if it turns you on, then it is good, it's all subjective.
I'm using digital (Rocktron, never was a POD fan) too, for the same reason, it's easy to get a good (not great) sound to disk, but unless you've experienced a cranked tube amp and/or recorded through good speakers and mic to tape, I have to say you are missing something.
Oh, he!!, maybe I'm just old... These kids today, they think McDonalds is fine dining