Not quite the answer I was hoping for, but it is what it is. So basically, you're saying I have to figure it out for myself. I don't know. Apple is asking for a lot of self-sufficiency here. I bet Mrs. Reginald Maudling doesn't have to go through the drudgery of figuring out just by listening what plug-ins are auxed into her green apple loops. No, it would all be done for her. (And if you're not a python-phile, that whole last bit is probably lost on you).
But seriously, this seems like kind of a big flaw in the system. I hope it's something coming in the next upgrade that when you add a green loop, you can get the same sound as in the preview, and it brings in all the necessary aux tracks and plugins as well. Maybe at the very least they could put out a database that lists if not the settings, at least the plugins used.
Just an aside, do you know why some of the plugins are bypassed? I've tried turning them back on, and it still doesn't get the loop sounding the same as its blue counterpart, but perhaps it's a part of the answer?
You know what would be cool? A tutorial on matching green loops to their preview state. Although the challenge of figuring it out on my own is, I admit, intriguing, it would be great to see an expert such as yourself or Steve H do a few, just so I (we?) could get a feel as to what to listen for, if there's any "go to" plugins that seem to be commonly used, etc.
Or maybe I should just man up and go back and experiment until I figure it out on my own. I don't know. In any case, as always, your help is greatly appreciated. It's nice to have this resource.