Pretty spot on post. I have 3 tube amps and an Axe III. I use the Axe for almost everything- practice, rehearsal, shows, laying down scratch tracks, and also for all my effects (sold off the board)"CONVENIENT" Agreed
just as GOOD? I think not just yet.
food for thought:
in the 80s Digital gear got 93% as good
in the 90s Digital gear got 96% as good
in the 2000s Digital gear got 96.5% as good
in the 2010s Digital gear got 97% as good
in 2020 Digital gear got 97.25% as good
Is 3% close good enough? YES for meat and potato sessions, NO for your next personal Album.
How important are JUST 3%? : well those little pesky 3% are where the magic lives....
be well, and be safe
So many reasons.If modeling is “just as good as the real thing” why not play the real thing?
Most of us don't need 50 amps and cab simulators. I'm happy with a good old fender amp so I stick with it. Also, I feel better playing through the real thing and that is what it is about. At home, I'm happy with a digital practice amp.
One or two generations meaning, what....50-60 years from now!?Because boomers exist. Because people who fetishize gear exist. Because people who can afford a Lamborghini need to feel above other people. Just give it 1 or 2 generations and real amps will be in the same place analog mixing/recording gear is now.
Destroying digital stuff can be very satisfying!I've played convincing modeling amps, wouldn't be apposed to using them in the studio or for practice but i already have analog stuff so i won't be switching over any time soon. My personal preference for analog is honestly ridiculous....I like The Who and i think Jimi Hendrix's feedback noises and gear smashing were more interesting than his blues licks, kicking over a modeling amp just doesn't have the same feeling as totally destroying an analog amp.
The great analog synths are so fat like Moog, Oberheim etc even on YouTube. Sampling and modelling is not the same. Hence, the great renaissance in analog synths.Not sure about pedals, but I will never use a modeling synthesizer. It’s just not the same. It’ll never be the same. I own a Juno 106 and Juno 60, the plugin which everyone claims is a “faithful representation” is ass water compared. My actual physical Korg Polysix can’t even emulate the Juno 60
The real beauty of the Helix ( Stomp in my case) is the possibilities it opens.This shouldn't be a either/or conversation to be honest. I use a Helix IN CONJUNCTION with my tube amps, live, in the studio, on Guitar and bass. It's a fantastic control center that handles all of my routing needs with excellent effects and I can add a very different channel to my tube amps when needed. For instance my Engl is a bad ass fire breathing 4 channel monster, but there are tones it also doesn't do that the Helix preamp can cover. Or if I'm playing my Marshall but want an extra high gain metal tone that it wont do, I have access to it. And I still get the feel of a tube power section because I'm playing through a tube power section.
There is no need to limit yourself. Its 2020. You can have it all.