Why would they do this when the III already has encoders built in and seemingly will have an update for an assignable performance mode ?
Not to knock Al’s fine product in any way, but he built that exact thing, it sold well enough to a limited number of customers, and now it’s gone kind of obsolete.
Why would FAS want to put the time and effort into duplicating something that already exist, and which in itself had a limited market and largely has been negated obsolete by the latest modeler?
If they would of done it, the time to have done it was a few years ago, when the II’s were still new technology and there was a small, but decent market for such a product.
Well, as of right now I can't be on stage, realize I need to tweak something, then go turn a knob that's sitting right there. Instead I have to navigate menus first, which is tough to do when you're on stage or even just in front of a few people. It's pretty much the single remaining advantage real amps have over an Axe-Fx.
It would be incredibly useful to have an immediately accessible row of full sized knobs that feel like actual amp controls. Even with customized pages like "Page 1 = Amp 1 basics, Page 2 = Amp 1 GEQ, Page 3 = Drive 1, Page 4 = Delay, etc." all accessible with page up/down buttons, it would still feel more immediate and intuitive than menu navigation.
If the price was right and had Fractal's design, build quality, and support, I could see them selling pretty easily.