I am looking to see if any of the existing Neural plugin options can get very close to the tone of the lead channel on a Mesa Mark IV. Also, the Wizard MCII is the other tone I am chasing.
I am planning on getting a Quad Cortex once available, but the Mark IV is missing from the amp model list and this has been my go to tone forever. The Mark IIC+ is on the list for the QC, but I have found a fairly noticeable preference for the Mark IV over it in the models in my Axe FX III & II. On the other hand, the Wizard MCII is something else that has really jumped out to me in the demos that I have seen.
I am basically looking for that aggressive, punchy, tight, mid focused tone with a good amount of crunch/bite/bark/growl (whatever you want to call it) that you get out of the Mark IV (Pete Loeffler’s tone from Chevelle has had a big influence on the vibe I go for a lot of the time, even when I turn the gain down for more post grunge and classic rock kinds of stuff). The Wizard MCII seems to check a lot of these same boxes with a little more low end that is just as tight but a touch smoother and is more versatile.
I could probably find a way to live with the Mark IIC+, or eventually get a real Mark IV to create my own captures/profiles with. But I am really curious to see if there might be an even better solution in any of the existing Neural plugin options.