It is my plan to pick up an AFX Ultra as soon as I can afford it. I am considering the differences between using power amp sim, or just buying a nice tube power amp. The downside to the tube answer is that it costs a LOT more. Is it worth the extra 1k? (I don't buy crap, I would probably grab a Mesa 2:90 or if I don't need the volume, a 2020).
Also, how easy is it to get the AFX to work like a normal rig with a midi controller? As in, have buttons for your drive, chorus, delay, etc, that you can turn on and off.
In an ideal world, I would have a couple sims that I could switch through, and then each setting I would be able to turn on and off effects with the footswitch easily.
I dont own an axe fx but i hope this helps. Id personally get a solid state power amp because a tubePA heats up fast and if you are playing a live show it can get ruined, there is also more maintenance in a tubePA. But if its just your house in a nice environment then it should be worth it.