Did you put non-linearity same as in Optimod8000 to atleast mimic that nonlinearanalog path? No, and that means alot as you know ST is fully phase-linear at defaults. So how this can't sound anything like any optimod, and it never will because many other things.
well, this preset is made to replicate it to an extent, not fully. What you are saying is indeed true. the 8000 is compleately analog and it uses transistors, diodes, amplifiers as part of many components and they have their own nonlinearity and are impossible to replicate in S.T. the filters are probaly the only thing i can change to adjust nonlinearity. i dont own a 8000 so i am only relying on videos, FM stations i know use this box and the manual.