Warning wall of text incoming... Hello TGPers! This forum has been a valuable tool for me in the past when researching purchases, so I am hoping to get a little insight on my next major purchase: a fully digital modeling rig. It's not often I can invest in something like this, so I want something that will last and has the capability to expand after the initial purchase. A little about me: I have been playing guitar on and off since high school, but really only picked it up seriously over the last two years. I tend to jump all over the place in terms of what I like to play, from jazz to metal, so I guess I have yet to really define my own style. Gigging isn't something I am really interested in, but I would like to start recording my own material. I would like a stereo, rack based rig with an FRFR setup and a foot controller. I am settled on a Matrix power amp and a Mission Engineering Gemini 2P, (mainly because I prefer the traditional guitar cabinet aesthetic). I understand that a 2x12 cabinet is not ideal for stereo, but in my research purchasing two guitar cab styled FRFR speakers puts things over where I would like to be budget wise. Speaking of budget, granted the Matrix/Mission combo I have budget for any of the big three modelers out today. So now the million dollar question: Kemper, Fractal, or Helix. All three come in rack format, have foot controllers, and stereo outs. I have listened to tons of clips from all three and they all CAN sound amazing, so I'm not really looking for a X is superior to Y tone wise discussion. Initially I was pretty sold on Kemper, but with the with all the recent discussion around the Helix (as well as some wonderful sounding clips) it has me reconsidering things. Here's what I like and dislike about each: AxeFX Like: ultimate tweakibility, doubles as an audio interface, highest quality effects of all three units, tons of amp models available Dislike: foot controller is too expensive (have to go 3rd party), front panel isn't as intuitive and most tweaks will require working from a computer Kemper Like: so much variety with commercial and free profiles, hardware interface is the amp-like Dislike: no audio interface, weaker effects Helix Like: dead simple UI for adjustments, audio interface, price Strong Dislike: limited amp models Given my ADHD nature, the number of amp profiles is a big deal to me. The thought of having quality models for things like a Jim Kelly, D-style, and Mark IIc+in one box is what initials drew me to the modeling world. That said, I don't want to spend all of my time tweaking patches as opposed to playing (I'll leave that to the pros and don't mind paying). I'm sure I am missing other key elements of owning these devices, so I was hoping some owners could help me out.