Leon answers the amp modeling question of our age; AX8, Helix, or Kemper?

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  1. mdubya

    mdubya Senior Member

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    Leon is a great demo-er and answers this question perfectly and straightforwardly.

     
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    cybermgk Singin' the body lectric Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    What about Axe FX II?
     
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    I think it would be fair to say you can substitute the Axe FX for the AX8. The features may differ, but the sounds are the same.
     
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    "Suck less" was the best advice given.
     
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    Indeed. My favorite part. :yesway:
     
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    agreed, suck less is the best part! Also, the "pick which one you think is best and roll with it" idea is pretty wise. Really, all 3 units put the tone back into your fingers... work your magic hands sexy :laugh2:
     
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    Yep, whichever one makes you play more is the right one for you. :thumb:
     
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    you should checkout his band too, they fuckin rock!
     
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    I know I made the right choice, but that very short review reinforces my belief in spades. AND! I actually played guitar tonight after a very long and drawn out relocation. Had 2 nice tube amps at hand, but the first thing I turned on was my Axe FX II (with a Strat, I am semi-ashamed to admit). Modelling is definitely winning the battle with me.

    Liam
     
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    but how do I 'suck less', oh wise sage?
     
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    cybermgk Singin' the body lectric Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    If I could remotely justify it, I'd add a Helix to my Kemper and Axe.
     
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    you CAN justify it......the UI is the best ;)
     
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    you can, and you should... it could add the final chapter in your "which one to choose" opus
     
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    LMAO we are musicians, we can always find a way to justify it.
     
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    The quest for the perfect tube amp may be turning into the quest for the perfect modeler.
     
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    It could very well be. I found my "perfect" tube amp tone when I got my Rivera in 1990. Nothing EVER compared after. It was a mountain moving experience when the Helix was able to provide me with that tone - not an "eh, close enough" but an actual "HOLY SH*T!!! THIS THING SOUNDS, FEELS, AND RESPONDS THE SAME WAY!!!!"

    At this point the ONLY way a modeler could be "better" for me would be if somebody actually modeled an original Rivera M/S that had the carpet covering with the steel mesh grille made in Sun Valley by Paul Rivera in his small workshop (essentially MY Rivera, lol). I have SERIOUSLY thought about getting a Kemper JUST for this reason. The only thing holding me back is I NEED to upgrade my studio within the next year. ALL my gear funds are going to a new MEGA computer and newer software and plug-ins. It stinks, but my current system is starting to present issues and AVID/Digidesign no longer support my system :(
     
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    is it wrong that I want the patch you made that is like your Rivera?
     
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    HAHAHAA, no - not at all. Give me your email and I can send it to you. We have Irma coming, but schools are closed the next couple of days. I can load it up and send it over by the end of the weekend.
     
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    The last thing he said was by far the most important tip........spend more time playing.

    Thanks for the Vid.

    :cheers2:
     
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