aberry9475 wrote: ↑
Thu May 16, 2019 2:21 am
I see no reason to hate on the Axe-Fx. If it sounds good, then it is good. Don't even second guess it.
I'm just a traditionalist. I like tubes. I like seeing them in the back of the box, cooking away. Hearing the different sounds and feel they impart when the master volume is turned up. Experimenting with different ones.
I liken it to cars. Tesla P100D or '69 Camaro? I'd gladly take either, but admittedly, I'd do the Camaro first. Or, for that matter, a nice short bed 454 C10 pickup.
Also like cars, I could build my C10 the way I do my pedals and occasional amps. The Tesla, it just comes to you, and there ain't nothing wrong with that. Just different.
Glad you like it! Any experience on the Axe-Fx vs. Kemper?
Not hating on the Axe FX, I own one and love it. I also own a JVM 410HJS and also love it. So I brought them both together and now I really love them.
As far as Kemper and Axe, I have some recent experience with Kemper. I will start by saying KPA is another great piece of equipment, but it is very different than the Axe FX. They are two different technologies. Axe FX is a modeler whereas KPA is a profiler. Modelers seek to model the components of an amplifier, profilers capture and store a specific tone.
I don’t see it as KPA versus Axe FX as a lot of people want to. They are too dissimilar. The way I see it, KPA is an outstanding solution for a guy that has multiple amps and wants to easily capture and repeatedly replicate specific tones he has dialed in on his amps so he can tote around one amp instead of many. This could tremendously simplify a stage setup. With the KPA you are profiling a specific tone then storing it. You can add effects. But it is not an amp model and does not behave like one when you tweak the sound.
The Axe FX is more for the guy that wants a bunch of rigs too, but does not want to be limited to only profiled sounds. You want a browned out 1959 Super Lead? Drop the amp model on your preset and dial in the brown sound. With the Axe FX you are dialing in sounds the same way you would on a real amp: setting gain, MV, tone stack and the amp model respond faithfully to the way the corresponding real amp would.
I think that they are two great products that provide two completely different sets of features. Sure in the end it all ends up driving a guitar tone. The difference is in how they go about doing that.
TL;DR If you want a perfectly tweaked tone right out of the gate and don't like twisting a lot of knobs; Kemper. If you like building rigs from scratch and love tweaking / having control over every parameter; Axe-FX.