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NPD (sorta)
« on: June 05, 2018, 01:31:24 AM »
Just acquired this and I'm in guitar heaven....
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Re: NPD (sorta)
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2018, 02:17:35 AM »
Holy shitsnacks...Christmas came early?

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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2018, 04:06:17 AM »
got a inside track with Santa
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2018, 04:35:59 AM »
Wtf is it exactly.  Looks like a preamp / switcher to me. Itís cool lookin.


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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2018, 05:17:35 AM »
here's my experience with them ... local guy starts selling everything he can spare to get it ... gets it ... 6 months later its up for sale because they're young and stupid with jobs/money and he's carefully re-wrapped it up in its packaging like he never used it

they must be good because those guys practically sell their children to get em
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Re: NPD (sorta)
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2018, 07:43:11 AM »
Wtf is it exactly.

Basically it replaces all your effects AND your amp(s). You can just go direct to PA and get amazing tone.

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Re: NPD (sorta)
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2018, 10:06:19 AM »
here’s a video that shows a little of what it can do.

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Re: NPD (sorta)
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2018, 10:56:28 AM »
Jimi, it's a singing, dancing, digital modelling rig. But it's the modern kind of digital modelling, not the 90s kind.
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Re: NPD (sorta)
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2018, 12:36:43 PM »
hereís a video that shows what it can do.


Honestly, one of them sound better, but I donít know which one it is, there should be labels for when the rig is off and when it is on.


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« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2018, 02:08:38 PM »
(I have no affiliation with Fractal Audio Systems)

From my use, which is very limited, It has rendered my little tube amp pretty useless. Although it wasn't a bad sounding amp, it made all my guitars sound pretty much the same. Now I have re-discovered my guitars and the ability to choose amps that make them really sound wonderful. My Gretsch, which I was thinking about selling, really sounds incredible through the Divided by 13 low channel. Throw in a studio quality 4 channel chorus, a multi delay, glorious reverb and a parametric EQ to eliminate a bass bump, 1 of 4 available per patch, and it is stunning. Default the unit is pretty much a blank slate and doesn't have much in the way of finished patches which means you have to work at getting your sound and dialing in the amp models, but the tools are all there. Each block has every conceivable control down to the type of amp, preamp, tubes, bias settings, transformers, speaker types and resonance etc. I can't say enough good things about this black box and can only wonder where the new version (AXE FX-lll) will go as they start pushing the more than double the processing power over the years to come.  I tend to buy technology on the downward curve to save money so this was less than a good high end amp and speakers would have cost me. Also with USB computer interfacing for direct 4 channel digital recording (stereo processed and dry) and re-amping I don't think there is anything better for me. Thanks to fellow madbeaner woolie for selling me this one at a very reasonable price.  I'm directing my heirs to mount it in the lid of my coffin so I can keep jamming in the afterlife. hehe... now to figure out how I'm going to pay for food this month....
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« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2018, 02:29:51 PM »
here's my experience with them ... local guy starts selling everything he can spare to get it ... gets it ... 6 months later its up for sale because they're young and stupid with jobs/money and he's carefully re-wrapped it up in its packaging like he never used it

they must be good because those guys practically sell their children to get em

I think the learning curve puts off a lot of people. It's a tweakers delight (not the druggy kind)
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« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2018, 02:47:55 PM »
I bought a Kemper a year ago, and I love it. Every amp you could possibly want, plus great effects. I run a pedalboard in front and it is awesome, totally consistent, amazing at home and thru the PA.

Not an AXE FX but in the same vein.
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Re: NPD (sorta)
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2018, 04:27:13 PM »
Basically, you can't go more pro than this...if the price comes down a bit more (not sure though that's gonna happen) but then it's a real threat I think to 'conventional' guitar products. You can spend what...3k on a John Petrucci signature Mesa or just buy this thing for about half price and have EVERYTHING...I'm thinking digital modelling needs maybe just one more tiny step and then it has surpassed anything we ever built...except that it's still modelled on everything we've ever built.

I put together a 19" rack unit with used gear (dump prices on the market these days) with a Triaxis and a G Major and that is already loads of fun. But this probably, once you get the hang of the user interface, takes that flexibility to stupendous levels. But it's not perfect yet ;) I remember a Metallica rig rundown video where the roadies discuss that Kirk and Hetfield use a dual Fractal setup and the units are switched MANUALLY by the roadies during songs, because response over those distances is too slow.

On the other hand: it's total overkill haha.

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Re: NPD (sorta)
« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2018, 04:51:43 PM »
So no more soldering pokey little pcbs then for you...?
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Re: NPD (sorta)
« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2018, 06:57:34 PM »
So no more soldering pokey little pcbs then for you...?

Well....

itís all about motivation I guess.
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