I'm pretty sure that Clapton has just as much input from Harrison on what to play as Prince did-which would be none for either of them. Clapton came in and did his thing, and so did Prince.
Whether I like Prince or not is pretty irrelevant to the discussion, really. Compared to other things...
"Modeling" as we know it today didn't even exist when I starting working full time in a cover band. A few digital units had "amp simulators" in them, but they were all slightly worse than horrible. I got by just fine with a three channel amp (clean, crunch, dirty) with a delay in the loop that...
Perhaps the latest firmware is so advanced, so much "realer" than everything before it, that FM3 has achieved self awareness and has come to the conclusion that even though it is a Fractal product it is more comfortable identifying as a Helix.
My dad is a keyboardist, and when I was a wee little munchkin he had a very large Guilbransen organ (three keyboards and a full pedalboard). I used to fall asleep every night to the sounds of that beast shaking the house.
I've got two CU24s and a 2019 CE24. Aside from the bolt-on maple neck (and the tonal differences it brings), the other main difference is that current model CEs have PRS USA pickups in them, but the rest of the hardware and electronics are imported. The fit and finish is on par with the Core...
A general rule of thumb is that a few offending posts will generally result in those posts being removed, but if the subject matter is such that things are bound to continue going sideways then the thread will usually be either locked or deleted.
Use the graphic EQ for channel three, it makes all the difference in the world. Most of the modes in channels one and two don't really need it, though Mark 1 mode benefits from it if you're pushing the gain up.
One of the scribble strip screens on my Helix has been screwy for a few years now. It's fine on initial startup, but after a short period of time starts flickering and then blanks out entirely. Sometimes it turns solid yellow, but usually it just goes dark.
I wouldn't say one is better or worse than the other, but they're definitely different. Much in the same way that a Marshall is different from a Boogie is different from a Vox is different from a Twin Reverb.