+1. And to think out loud: it reminds me that analog dry thru is not rare, nor necessarily expensive. A Nux Tape Core Deluxe has it, for 60 bucks. To conclude my humble and general attempt to help, I'll just add this: when I plug a MFX in 4CM, I've at disposal hardware loopers allowing to get it out of my signal path. On stage, practically, I never use this feature: the sonic difference is too minimal to my ears to justify a stomping dance while we're playing. And regarding MFX's in general, some things are their own comments. Google "Neal Schon Boss GT6" and see the picture 7 in the slide show below: https://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/rig-tour-extremes-nuno-bettencourt-609306 If it's good enough for Schon or Bettencourt, it's good enough for me. Again, YMMV. Good luck in your quest anyway.