Its not a matter of “need”…offcourse with the right amp…nothing wrong with the front.But why wouldn't I just use the amp by itself. Why would I need the iridium in the effects loop.
Reason why I use modeling/preamp on a board into returns of amps:
(a small one, a medium size, and the 2 of them for stereo)
- It reduces requirements to an amp…basically it needs a loop, good power section and a good speaker...in a size to your liking. With preamp/other requirements out of scope…your list of options and price ranges is a lot wider..so it’s cost saving/ more quality for the buck.
- My sounds are in 1 box / board. No matter what size amp I use, also If I go direct…I have the same setup. So I have the same board at my feet, one set of sounds to “manage/maintain”…makes life easier. In the past, using different setups always came with unpleasant surprises at the gig where something didn’t sound as expected…simply cause I didnt use a particular setup frequently enoug.
- You have the benifits of modeling available. Versatile, foh signal, global eqs, preset. Offcourse the million dollar question “does it sound as good as the real thing” floats to the surface. To my ears…the whole preamp side of the game is covered by digital perfectly fine, no compromise. It’s powersection and speaker that make the difference.