When we talk about the concept of gain structure some of us would go back to a different age form the past. Where each separate box was a link in the audio chain. But in today’s all-digital and all in the box world things might have gotten a little more complicated. Although the evolution of the DAW has made a great impact in recordings today unconventional signal paths and distortions can be sneaky and can be easily overlooked with the DAW’s user-friendly image. This is where the help of plugins come in, as the signal chai travels through stages or devices.