I think eventually I will end up doing both, to be honest. But for now I think I'll START with just a single Alto TS115a, eventually getting a cab and power amp too. I'll set up the rig at home and experiment with what I dig.
I'm not sure you understand my setup. The HT-20 is a head that is for jamming at home, doing pedal demos, and just a good backup rig. If I run the AxeFX II into a cab it goes through a power amp, a separate power amp, not the one in the HT-20. I'm talking about running an AxeFX II into an FRFR monitor AND into a power amp and cab. Also the tone is not the same... the AxeFX will not get that "cranked amp" sound by turning up the master output, and of course it won't sound "worse" or "different" when you turn the master output down, like with an amp. BUT the physics still apply, and FRFR will not be the same sound at low volumes as it will cranked, as although there won't be tone coloring like with an amp, more volume = more treble. That's just the way sound works.
Could you explain a bit more? I get how you pan two different signals in the AxeFX II, but where does the DI box come in, define front? And I usually just plug the XLR's into the snake, should I be using a DI instead?
When you say you use a PEQ to make it sound good when it's mic'd up, are you saying that you mic up the cab yourself at shows (in the same spot every time) and then PEQ the mic'd up sound, or do you just PEQ it without a mic so that it sounds awesome on stage and/or close to the FRFR signal you're getting and THEN mic it up and let the sound guy do whatever?
Why would you want the cab on the other side of the stage if you said you want to hear what's going out to the stage? If they mic your cab instead, then you won't hear what the audience is hearing. Unless you mean you just want to be aware
of the FOH sound if they mic you up, knowing that you've still got a sound you like up front even if you don't get to hear it while you're playing?
Yeah I get why people do it, but I'm not sure I want to do JUST a cab. It's either the FRFR or both. Thanks for your input!
When do these new ones come out? I was just gonna buy an Alto TS115a as the HD1221's sound great, but some people have had them just crap out, seems like issues with quality control. Plus it's heavy and expensive.