I kind of lost my trust in the stock market back when it crashed and looking at the world right now seems like one particular person tweeting something strange is enough to make the world go crazy. The music gear will hold its value! I already have my dream job making these Cab Packs for you guys to enjoy.Might be too early considering your age, but here's a cure for GAS: take a look at the stock market over the past 20 years, and see what kind of compound gain you'd get if you invested $2-3K/mo into S&P500, like clockwork. Then consider that if you stopped burning cash on shit you don't need you could retire 10-15 years earlier, or have money to start your own business, or just be able to tell your boss to fuck himself and walk out without fearing for your family's bread and shelter. Financial independence is a great feeling. I mean, GAS is fun, but it's not as much fun as not having to work when you don't feel like it, especially if you can already achieve every conceivable tone out of the gear you already have.
I was maybe slightly under the affluence of incahol at the time I posted ...... and I think one of the other contributors was perhaps post coital .... but other than that it's just harmless chewing the fatWhat is this thread ? A midlife crisis or an introduction to your next book of philosophy ?
Oh yeah!Sometimes I feel like I want to roll back to a super old firmware just to compare when the Axe-Fx sounded bad because I don't think it ever did.
I definitely agree with you an all this. Playing the Kemper I notice myself going for the tweak and once I try a few of the settings I always feel like "it was better when I didn't mess with it" so in a way you're stuck with whatever the profile is.I have yet to play anything that compares to Fractal, and not because I'm a fanboy. If something was better, I'd switch...and I'm open to the possibility every time I plug in.
It's not just the tones, it's the feel, the response. Yes, you can make a Helix or KPA sound good to very good...but it never feels right.
As for the KPA, I hate how little control/interaction you have. Even with the commercial profiles, you have to deal with whatever cab they are using. I tried the MBritt stuff, and some of it sounded pretty good...but he used the same cab and speakers for most of the profiles. No matter how good a cab is, I don't want the same cab/speaker with a Matchless and a Plexi. Don't even get me started on the interface and lack of an editor.
I also don't think it's easier to dial in...By the time I audition tons of profiles, I could have spent 5 minutes and dialed in a tone that's just as good or better, feels better, and actually responds to the controls the way the real amp does.
Still saving up for an AXE III, I miss my AX8. Almost traded for a Kemper, kinda glad I didn’t.I love real tube amps. I always have and there's no way around it. There's never been a point in my life where I didn't have a couple of tube amps around and right now I think I have found some of the best tube amps ever created. 1) Mesa Mark V and 2) Marshall DSL. The Mark V can nail all of my favorite Mesa sounds while the DSL is kind of like "the original Friedman HBE" or something like that. It can do the JCM800 thing but also the higher gain Recto type stuff if you want it to but obviously it's not as tight or pointy as the Mark V.