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Fractal Audio just dropped a Reactive Load Box!!

PaisleyWookie

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I just think FAS is missing a pretty big opportunity here, namely a reactive load that's also got IR loading and effects. A Torpedo Live/Studio/OX competitor. I'm sure it's a swell device, but the LB2 doesn't really make much more sense than the Suhr RL does for the same price.
 

JiveTurkey

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I just think FAS is missing a pretty big opportunity here, namely a reactive load that's also got IR loading and effects. A Torpedo Live/Studio/OX competitor. I'm sure it's a swell device, but the LB2 doesn't really make much more sense than the Suhr RL does for the same price.
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In my never ending quest for product innovation; I submit they release a verb/delay combo pedal loaded with their algos. Sell like hotcakes and all that.
 
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Fractal Audio

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I just think FAS is missing a pretty big opportunity here, namely a reactive load that's also got IR loading and effects. A Torpedo Live/Studio/OX competitor. I'm sure it's a swell device, but the LB2 doesn't really make much more sense than the Suhr RL does for the same price.
As I stated in post #40:
"The LB-2 is just the first of these products. The LB-1 will be a load box with integrated IR player."
 

nicolasrivera

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I just think FAS is missing a pretty big opportunity here, namely a reactive load that's also got IR loading and effects. A Torpedo Live/Studio/OX competitor. I'm sure it's a swell device, but the LB2 doesn't really make much more sense than the Suhr RL does for the same price.
This is 1 product of 2, the next one is the X-Load with IRs.;)
 

PaisleyWookie

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I hadn't read the first one, because I was driving whilst it was posted, listening to Big Wreck at near harmful levels, drinking coffee just shy of heart attack levels of caffeine. :D

Seriously though; I can't believe an integrated, high quality reactive load/IR player that competes with the Torpedo (which is okay, but the load's average, and I don't like the TW cabs) has taken this long.
 

PaisleyWookie

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I'll admit, I dig modelers (software and hardware), and enjoy faffing about with them. But when it comes down to it, I'd much rather have a really good reactive load and a dozen IR's in one box, with a good set of I/O. Because when the rubber meets the road, I enjoy playing my tube amps and pedal board way more than any digital product.
 

Lord N

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I'm not a Fractal guy ..thus far .. It just hasn't happened.. never been in the same room with anything Fractal.. But everyone has to admit .. FAS, Kemper, Suhr .. a few others .. that small handful of companies where one person has basically pushed a kind of immovable creative community/marketplace forward on his own back .. it's pretty f'n impressive .. If small, seemingly (to some) besides-the-point products help sustain their larger, overall missions .. that's great .. But here's the thing .. No one that I know who still has the option—in the studio, with a great amp collection within arms reach, or on the road, with a crew that can afford to cart their traditional rigs—is publicly expressing a preference for Kemper/Axe/Helix .. Sorry..I mean I love the Kemper but I'm just me. With some of these established people, it's as simple as old habits, if it ain't broke, why change, or even just a psychological preference .. but it's still a real thing, tube amps are still in full effect .. So these boxes, that exist on the borderline between analog and digital .. are more of a thing than many full-on digital converts around here may be able to appreciate.
Well said, i 100% agree.
To me Fractal, Kemper and Suhr are standing for absolute quality.
 

dapeegoo

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It is just a load box. You must use some sort of cabinet emulator (IR player) with it. To use Ultra-Res IRs you would use our Cab-Lab software or any of our Axe-Fx or AX-8 products.

The LB-2 is just the first of these products. The LB-1 will be a load box with integrated IR player.
When will the LB-1 come out? Hopefully sometime this year?
 

Watt McCo

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I'll admit, I dig modelers (software and hardware), and enjoy faffing about with them. But when it comes down to it, I'd much rather have a really good reactive load and a dozen IR's in one box, with a good set of I/O. Because when the rubber meets the road, I enjoy playing my tube amps and pedal board way more than any digital product.
Kemper or amps + Fryette power station (both into real cabs)? This is the question I'm wrestling with at the moment.
 

paulvcarter

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^^ I might if I don't like the Messa, I got a great deal on it so it won't bother me to buy a $99 solution.
 




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