Hi there. Choice, I guess, would be my take on it. A few points: You don't have to use all the sections of the Fat Channel (FT) together; you can turn them on or off independently. The devices in the FT, as far as I am aware, are only available in the FT and not separately or independently. So, for example, if you only wanted to use the RC500 compressor on something, in whatever situation, you would insert an FT and just turn the compressor section on and pick that compressor. The other option would be to use other bought and stand-alone plug-ins. Hope this makes some sense. Cheers.