Listing in mono, you may as well plug up one of your ears, That's what's so good about Stereo you get to use both of your ears and fill that space between them with glorious sound!
IMO, it works even better in smaller venues, where nobody is a mile away from another channel.You'd be surprised at the number of big artists I work with who play stereo in large venues. It works if the effects are dramatic and intentional such as sweeping pans, hard pingpong, or wide harmonies.
I was looking at these the other day, also looking at the JC-20, are you happy with yours and how it sounds with your AX8?I have been using the Roland JC-40, plug direct into the effect loop. Sounds great to me. I do not use the effects or distortion on the amp, I bring all that in via the AX8. Plenty loud for me, in fact, in my studio I have to have the AX8 output turned WAY down. It is light enough for an old man to haul around with little trouble. I love the stereo, I can pan stereo cabs left and right, and/or process a wet/dry/wet signal. It may not be as pure as the purists, but I can get many wonderful clean and dirty tones.
Pink Floyd for the Division Bell tour used tons of stereo and quadraphonic efx. Sounded amazing in an outdoor american college football stadium (Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama).You'd be surprised at the number of big artists I work with who play stereo in large venues. It works if the effects are dramatic and intentional such as sweeping pans, hard pingpong, or wide harmonies.
I use a small $99 two channel Mackie mixer. From the headphone jack of my computer, I use a cable that goes from 1/8" plug to two RCA plugs. I plug the Axe (either stereo or actually mono is better for copying stuff) into the mixer inputs. Mixer, of course, lets you adjust relative volume of each. Works great and in the beginning I was surprised how much more clearly I could hear what I was trying to copy.How do you hook up monitors so you can run the axe and listen to music from your computer?
Is it that much cooler? Waaaay cooler! Its the same difference as if you were in your basement listening to your favorite music.....would you rather hear it in stereo or mono? If you want to take it one step further and have "the whole enchilada" so to speak, then get a third monitor or a small cab and power amp and set it up for w/d/w, and you will have sonic bliss, at any volume! Well worth the effort, especialy if playing at home where it remains set up all the time.Still haven't pulled the trigger in monitors. Where I'm stuck is if I should buy one or two for my basement? I don't crank it too loud so would having it be in stereo be that much cooler? Where a normal guitar cab isn't in stereo, what it makes stereo so great?