Sold my JVM & got an Axe-Fx

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Re: Sold my JVM & got an Axe-Fx

Post by erpece » Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:35 pm

For while I was tempted to go for the Kemper powerrack. I would mainly use it for live situations where I could run it through my guitar cab, because I don't think using a FR monitor of some sort is my thing.

Here's what eventually changed my mind about the Kemper:
1. The main thing for me is that it's not a good idea to have 2 guitar cabs in your chain. So when a Kemper preset has been modeled with a guitar cab, you need to be able to turn it off if you play the Kemper through a guitar cab. Some presets have the modeled cab as a seperate block you can disable, but many do not. This means you're stuck with having 2 cabs in your chain.

2. The internal Kemper FX are just OK, especially when compared to other units that have multi-fx on board. So in reality you will still need external fx and/or stomp boxes, while I wanted to slim down my pedal board with the Kemper.

So for now, I am still 'stuck' with my HJS, running it into a 1960B and a Torpedo Live (to the mixer) and my trusty G-System. The G-System has been part of my rig since 2007 and I am thinking of replacing it with a Line 6 Helix. The Helix has more FX and additionally it could be set up as a backup for my HJS. We have IEM, so I could do without a cab on stage if needed.

Or maybe try a BluGuitar Amp-1... we'll see... smilie=icon_lol.gif
Amp: Marshall JVM410HJS (nov 2012 - present), JVM410H (apr 2007 - dec 2012)
Cab: 1960B with 2 Heritage G12M's and 2 G12T75's, Two Notes Torpedo Live (with home-made IR of my cab)
FX: TC Electronic G-System, Friedman BE-OD, ZVEX Fuzz Factory, Keeley SD1, Morley Bad Horsie, Rocktron Banshee
Guitars: Warmoth Explorer (Bareknuckle Black Dog), Gibson Les Paul Classic (BK Black Dog), Ibanez 1979 Iceman (BK Rebel Yells), EBMM Axis (BK Rebel Yells), Custom PRS (BK Black Dog) and a few more

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Re: Sold my JVM & got an Axe-Fx

Post by okgb » Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:06 pm

I believe the kemper " decides " which sound components are the cab , so you can turn it off, although that maybe one of the lesser ways of using it,
maybe cause its not effective or reveals limitations [ I own a kemper, I don't think it's the end all or be all of anything! but does some things very well ]

I wanted to like the Helix , but last demo I heard was not impressive , I'll save money buy the software first and see !
they all do something better than the other

Kemper , you can profile your own setups , buy pro setups ,
Helix Good live routing and effects , good integration with real amps
Axe Fx good fx & comprehensive signal routing
Amps JVM 410H [too many mods to mention ] '73 50w lead, 70's vibrochamp , mesa mkIII U.S. Vox pacemaker
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Gtr's Musicanman " Luke " wolfgang [ carved top w pearly gates ] Hondo lazer , Warmoth strat
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Re: Sold my JVM & got an Axe-Fx

Post by mohi » Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:21 am

I am on the waiting list for the Axe FX III here in Europe, and even if I finally buy it, I don´t think would sell my Marshalls, I´m probably too sentimental .... or I just don´t need the money for now.

As a bedroom player, really appreciate the convenience of the new Digital era. Most of my time play with Mercuriall or S-Gear plugins, that sound just amazing, but still hear those Fractal demos that are simply incredible. Nothing can beat the roar of a 4x12 and the singing tone of the tubes but at home, I cannot get the most of the real thing, so emulations sound really better to my ears.
Marshall JVM410C: TAD HPS V1, TAD PS V2, TAD Std V3, EH V4, Mods: Plexi Cap, Choke, K77
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Re: Sold my JVM & got an Axe-Fx

Post by erpece » Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:01 pm

mohi wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:21 am
I am on the waiting list for the Axe FX III here in Europe, and even if I finally buy it, I don´t think would sell my Marshalls, I´m probably too sentimental .... or I just don´t need the money for now.

As a bedroom player, really appreciate the convenience of the new Digital era. Most of my time play with Mercuriall or S-Gear plugins, that sound just amazing, but still hear those Fractal demos that are simply incredible. Nothing can beat the roar of a 4x12 and the singing tone of the tubes but at home, I cannot get the most of the real thing, so emulations sound really better to my ears.
The Axe FX units are great. Kemper, Axe FX or AX8, Helix, Amplifire etc are all great gear. They all have pros and cons and depending on your personal needs you can't really go wrong with any of them.

I sold my 1982 JCM800 2203 anniversary edition (white tolex) back in 1990 and that was a mistake I will never make again...
Amp: Marshall JVM410HJS (nov 2012 - present), JVM410H (apr 2007 - dec 2012)
Cab: 1960B with 2 Heritage G12M's and 2 G12T75's, Two Notes Torpedo Live (with home-made IR of my cab)
FX: TC Electronic G-System, Friedman BE-OD, ZVEX Fuzz Factory, Keeley SD1, Morley Bad Horsie, Rocktron Banshee
Guitars: Warmoth Explorer (Bareknuckle Black Dog), Gibson Les Paul Classic (BK Black Dog), Ibanez 1979 Iceman (BK Rebel Yells), EBMM Axis (BK Rebel Yells), Custom PRS (BK Black Dog) and a few more

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Re: Sold my JVM & got an Axe-Fx

Post by mohi » Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:53 pm

Well, just ordered the Axe Fx III. All demos so far are just stunning, and I want to give it a try, have 30 days to return it, or always can sell it afterwards. I play 99% percent of the time alone, and never have a chance to record because never like my tone, I do when playing with amps, not recording. VST, reactive load ... have tried many things, and could not (my fault, surely) fall in love with any of them.

Time will tell if I keep my amps, at this moment I don´t have an space problem, neither cannot say feel sad by turning them on more than twice a month, but....
Marshall JVM410C: TAD HPS V1, TAD PS V2, TAD Std V3, EH V4, Mods: Plexi Cap, Choke, K77
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Re: Sold my JVM & got an Axe-Fx

Post by erpece » Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:34 am

mohi wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:53 pm
Well, just ordered the Axe Fx III. All demos so far are just stunning, and I want to give it a try, have 30 days to return it, or always can sell it afterwards. I play 99% percent of the time alone, and never have a chance to record because never like my tone, I do when playing with amps, not recording. VST, reactive load ... have tried many things, and could not (my fault, surely) fall in love with any of them.

Time will tell if I keep my amps, at this moment I don´t have an space problem, neither cannot say feel sad by turning them on more than twice a month, but....
Congrats and keep us updated! My new Helix will arrive today... [smilie-rock]
Amp: Marshall JVM410HJS (nov 2012 - present), JVM410H (apr 2007 - dec 2012)
Cab: 1960B with 2 Heritage G12M's and 2 G12T75's, Two Notes Torpedo Live (with home-made IR of my cab)
FX: TC Electronic G-System, Friedman BE-OD, ZVEX Fuzz Factory, Keeley SD1, Morley Bad Horsie, Rocktron Banshee
Guitars: Warmoth Explorer (Bareknuckle Black Dog), Gibson Les Paul Classic (BK Black Dog), Ibanez 1979 Iceman (BK Rebel Yells), EBMM Axis (BK Rebel Yells), Custom PRS (BK Black Dog) and a few more

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Re: Sold my JVM & got an Axe-Fx

Post by mohi » Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:26 pm

erpece wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:34 am
Congrats and keep us updated! My new Helix will arrive today... [smilie-rock]
Thanks! I was not too lucky and after six months on wait list I got the notification of shipment for the very same day I leave on vacation .... so have two wait almost three weeks to enjoy it :(

Hope you dig your Helix too!
Marshall JVM410C: TAD HPS V1, TAD PS V2, TAD Std V3, EH V4, Mods: Plexi Cap, Choke, K77
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Re: Sold my JVM & got an Axe-Fx

Post by mohi » Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:02 pm

Got it! I haven't had any other of the previous iterations of the machine but this III is unbeliavable. My fear was that, not being a great tone dialer, it would cost me lots of time to get nice sounds .... far from reality, it is really easy.

Yet no plans to sell my Marshall heads, but being mostly a bedroom player now, hard to turn them on having the Axe Fx.
Marshall JVM410C: TAD HPS V1, TAD PS V2, TAD Std V3, EH V4, Mods: Plexi Cap, Choke, K77
Marshall YJM100
Marshall JCM800 1981

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