Interesting. Doesn't seem like it would work as an all-in-one modelling solution. But it seems like it could be good with something like the Amplifire. Instead of getting an Eventide H9, you could use this. My main concerns are:
1) Are the plugins that are available any good sound-quality-wise?
2) Are there going to be any other plugins created and if-so, how much will they cost?
Seems like it might be nice to get a year or two down the road, but if everyone has that attitude, it will never get off the ground in the first place
I've seen various plug-in boxes over the years. It's an exciting idea, but I've never seen long-term success.
I think part of the problem is that demos for this kind of product often talk about what should be possible, instead of just saying, here's one combination (playing demo), here's a second combination (playing demo), and so on.
The videos for this device don't do much beyond showing me that a few of the knobs work. Don't tell me about its potential, show me that potential. Give me something along the lines of a PGS demo, where I can see the thing in action.
I find it interesting that convolvers have become standard for some high-end guitar gear, and that the Logidy Epsi can do reverbs as well as amps/cabs. One big reason I think convolvers have more of a successful track record than plug-in boxes is that an IR (Impulse Response) is not proprietary. The programming is all about how to apply an existing IR to the input sound. Anyone can load an IR.
Plug-in hardware relies on either knowing how to program the sound you want, or finding a plug-in from someone who does.
The clips are limited, but out there:
Its an open source plugin base, I don't know if they're any good, and have no association with MOD, but I wish them luck. I'll stick with my Source Audio gear for now. The PC/Mac interface UX looks amazing.
When someone makes a little box smaller and cheaper than a Mac Book Pro that can host something as powerful as Spectrasonics Omnisphere II then I'm interested.
As for guitar effects and modeling I already have excellent choices...Helix, AmpliFIRE, Fractal AX8.....
I don't think that device is bringing anything new or better than those I already have, at least based on the demos I see so far.