I'm new to virtual amp simulations and I was wondering how do you switch between a dirty and clean tone midway into recording a song as you don't have a footswitch or a pedal unlike through a normal amp.

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    Is the virtual amp a software program running on a computer or a mobile device like a smartphone, or is it a dedicated hardware effects device? Commented Dec 22, 2019 at 7:03
  • Look for a Bypass button. Read the manual of the plugin. Read about automation in the manual of your DAW/sequencer.
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You typically will have a virtual footswitch - most of the virtual amps I use do allow switching from dirty to clean, or switching distortion on and off.

Many will also allow a real footswitch to be used.

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