- Jul 28, 2008
- Reaction score
- San Francisco, California
But what's he record with?
Does it really matter at this point in time? We already know most pro digital rig players also have a Tube amp equivalent of their favorite "tone palette". I was just trying to say that modeling isn't that really bad and the tones are very serviceable and the feel is at least there to be good enough to tour with. I mean, it is not as sterile and lifeless as discussed.
To be fair, James does have a 4x12 on stage for those times he needs some feedback or whatever feel he needs. Old rig rundown covered this. And if I were a mega popular touring band like his, I'd probably do the same - easier for his crew (no tubes to maintain, swap out, etc), consistent sound night to night, you're hearing it mainly through a million watt PA, and the ability for things to get switched back stage, using effects, integration with FOH/soundboard... Probably all just MUCH easier. So yes, they have their place.
But as a personal player, I like my amp. But I realize that is just me, my opinion. Clearly some like their modeling setup. Sorry if I came across as saying modeling sucks or is no good. Not what I meant.
I agree here. I can't live without an onstage cab and I hate the sound of FRFR speakers. But the Line 6 Powercab 212 I tried for two gigs sounded huge and got some air and thump going.
But to a point, one can do a smaller Hetfield rig with just a power amp, modeler, cab, and a PA feed with IR. Best of both worlds, I guess. Just like their secret show here in a small bar. I don't even remember if he had a stage cab.
The FM9 was just too complicated for me. Got an FM3 but I'm spending more time with the Pod Go. Soooo much simpler to dial in.