I remember when the POD first came out and I was blown away!
Sounded great in the studio/ Never could get exactly what I needed from it live.
I have been following the Fractal Audio Axe FX for years. About a month ago I finally said WTF, and bought one. I spent days on that sucker, and I want to say it is one of the most complex pieces of gear I have err worked with.
Out of the box I did not love the sounds. I spent hours tweaking my own and was able to get some pretty good stuff going. However, I did not like he feel of it. Studio was fine, but live application the string response characteristics just did not work for me. So I sent it back.
At that point I realized I am a tube amp guy and nothing will ever change that.
Wrong. A buddy of mine begged me to get The Kemper Profiling Amp and give it a try. I bought it from Sweetwater. They gave me a pretty good deal on it. In any case, I took this Frankenstein looking thing and of the box and turned it on. I must say I was very impressed right away!! This thing sounds like a real amp. It also feels that way when your playing. This German rocket scientist has come up with algorithms and programs that actually sound like real tube amps!! I love the Kemper and I love the was of use. It took me less then an hour to figure out how to use most of it. You can dig deeper, but in most cases there is no reason too. The other thing that blows me away is the fact that I can profile any amp I want!!! Its nuts!!
So here is my final analogy:
The Axe FX is very good. But it is also very complicated and is more for people who love to tweak, tweak , tweak.
The Kemper is (in my opinion) is much more realistic in the way it sounds. Very easy to use and comes with a ton of very useable profiles.
The only negative is, there is no foot pedal. But they are making one soon.
You can use any Midi pedal to control it.
Where you using the axe fx standard or II