So, what's the verdict on these things? I'm starting to get into recording now, plus I do both guitar & bass gigs. I'm thinking of using one of these as an all-in-one solution. I've come across several review from recording engineers & tube purists who really seem to love this thing.
So let's hear your thoughts.
Is there any difference sound-modeling-wise between the rackmount Pro and the kidney beans? I've never played a Pro.
The X3 Live/kidney bean is a good unit, but it just didn't sound all that different from the xt Live/kidney bean in terms of sounds, beyond the ability to add a second signal chain and handle an XLR input.
I mean, the Axe-FX isn't perfect, but it does a better job sound-wise and effects-wise than the X3 kidney bean... and it's got an SVT sim if you want to run guitar and bass through the same rig. It lacks the XLR input and vocal processing stuff that the X3 series got from the TonePorts, so that is a strike in the POD's favor... well, that and the price since the Axe-FX is well over 2 grand.
Honestly though, two of the best bass sounds I've ever gotten were from modeling setups, so I can't really complain. The Line 6 Low Down series SVT sound DI'ed into the board with my P-bass was fantastically gritty and Ampeg-ish, and I've gotten excellent results with the Tech 21 Sansamp VT Bass pedal DI into the board as well.