Glad to be on the forums once again to discuss another subject. Home recording.
I have recorded tracks before using free VSTs from the Internet. While that stuff is great and all I would like to get some better tones.
This is all hypothetical conjecture since I do not plan to buy any of this stuff in the near future due to my current project of building my own guitar (more on that later).
However, it is my thoughts that have driven me to digitally rendered guitar tones. There have been billions of videos comparing them to tube amps, and while they are absolutely not the same I find that each have their pros and cons for each player.
Personally, the digital rackmount workstation had more pros. I'm a home recorder, the only shows I will do in the foreseeable future are as a vocalist, so I needn't worry about buying a tube amp. The digital option also comes with more tweaking ability than the stock tube amp as most have a built in effects loop.
And when it truly comes down to tone, there really isn't any way I can justify keeping a tube amp the size of an entire cabinet of rackmounted gizmos when in most cases they cost the same, and one is in a more compact profile. The tone is (elitists beware) just as good if not better than a tube amp.
Since I'm on the MetalGuitarist forums I imagine the genre I would play is self explanatory.
Now to explain the options I have looked at.
The Eleven Rack by DigiDesign: It's relatively cheap at 300 ish dollars used so it's not too bad. The only problem I find with it is that I have listened to many playthroughs of it and found maybe 2 that sounded good to me, so I'm a little apprehensive to looking further into it. What's your opinion?
The Line 6 Pod HD500X: Now I know what you're thinking. Connor, that's not a rackmount. Maybe you weren't thinking that though so fucking good for you! I haven't really done much research on this one but I find it popping up a lot when I research the next one...
The Line 6 Pod HD Pro: It's a rackmount, it sounds good in comparison to the more expensive cousin we will talk about later and has plenty of options for doing shit that you need to do in order to get shit done. It has been a contender in my lineup so far, however...
The Line 6 Pod HD Pro X: What makes this different? Why is the X 100 or so bucks more?
Leading us into...
The Fractal Audio Axe FX Standard: Although I can't find any used ones below 1000 dollars, it would be nice to get one for even 7-800 but that is highly unlikely. In a tone comparison I found between this and the Pod HD Pro, I found it lacking the beef it needed in the mix but it was very clean in the guitar only track.
In conclusion, I am building a badass guitar and I want to strive for a bad ass home studio.
Thank you for any input!
So, basically, should you buy an 11R, a Pod HD rack or floor unit, or an AFX Standard? I'd say HD floor.