Cory wong - more gain/drive in DAW with all presets vs standalone

My presets, whether factor or self created, play back in my DAW (Reaper) with a lot more gain/drive. than the standalone. So if I set up a nice ‘barely on the edge of break up sound’ in the standalone and open it on a track in Reaper, it has way to much gain and I have to lower the input on the plugin to achieve the same sound. This works in reverse - set up a sound I a happy with in the plugin and I have to raise the input in the standalone to achieve the same sound. This is annoying as basically it renders the standalone unusable for me.

I am trying this out on a clean track in Reaper, no sends or receives or any other fx added.

*DAW track and master are both at 0db
*DAW is playing back the effect in stereo on the track as it should (default in Reaper)
*Same audio device settings used (sample rate is 44100, buffer size 160)
*Input and output VU meters in the archetype in both instances are the same

Any other suggestions?