May as well start a thread, since the other is pretty derailed. (Though I reckon this will be as well, since that's kinda what we do here. )
Got it all hooked up. Here are some crappy iPhone pics.
Not much to say that I haven't posted about a dozen times. It's just like my old HD500, except it bolts into my desk. It's great, for the price. It took me all of 10 minutes to dial in a pretty solid rhythm tone that I doubletracked in Reaper over a basic beat and was almost dead-on for the tracks that I recorded with my Axe-II.
I'm not saying it's as good as the II, because it's not. It has a few really good models, and quite a few lousy ones that sound like the Pods of Yesteryear. In typical L6 fashion, almost every one of the distorted presets is awful - whoever they have creating the stock presets really needs a new line of work.
- Uber-low Price ($700)
- Sounds great direct with the right models
- Dedicated dry out for DI
- Editing software is excellent
- Freakin' great clean tones/effects
- Front panel knobs are awesome (bass/mid/treb/drive/presence)
- Lots of not-so-good dirty amp models (aah, the fizz)
- Cab models are so/so, but easily rectified with impulses in a DAW
- The tuner blows
- Front panel editing interface sucks
- LCD Display on the FBV is not-so-good
All in all, if you can afford an Axe-Fx, go that route because I haven't come across an amp model on the Fractal stuff that I don't like. The Axe kills it in terms of models, the actual usability of it (the Fractal unit's front panel is fantastic, it's so well laid/thought out that it's extremely easy to use out of the box), and (just because it's front and center) the tuner. The Fractal's tuner is fantastic, this one really sucks.
However, if you're looking at one of these and thinking that for $700 (or less for the floor model) it has to sound like the old fizzy pods - it doesn't, if you take the time to set it up correctly and build patches that aren't the stock crap that ships with it. I can see why people trying out one of these in a store are turned off by it - the presets really don't do it justice. It's definitely well worth it and a fantastic buy considering the price.
Are the patches compatible with the HD500?