I’m a QC newbie and as such have some questions and some thoughts.
Before I say anything else I want to say that I’m really happy with the sound of the QC.
I have played Kemper, Helix even tried the FM3. But I personally have not been able to
get this kind of sound quality out of any of the other devices.
Which may of course have been user error. But to me at least the results speak for themselves.
I’ve been able to dial in a really great and flexible sound within the first hour of playing. And
from now on it can only get better. With the other devices I was never able to get to that point at all.
So I am glad, that my curiosity got the better of me. Because after the FM3 I was contemplating if I even wanted to use a modeller
at all. But now I’m there, and that is great.
Which makes the things I dislike about the QC even more frustrating. To be brutaly honest I REALLY wish that I would have gotten there
with the FM3.
The QC without a doubt has some features that I absolutely love and I will get to that but overall I liked the FM3 better as a device.
Things like the ridiculous flexibility of the 3 Footswitches and the many settings for all the different parameters.
When I think about rugged live stage performance I would much rather put the FM3 at the front of the stage than the QC.
Which starts with the atrocious wall plug. I know I’m not the first to criticize it. But really I cannot begin to understand how such a
fine crafted and engineered product like the QC, that delivers in so many points, is lacking at such a crucial essential point.
I find it ironic that when you look at the promotion pictures on the Neuraldsp website the cable actually looks more sturdy than the
fizzly thing I received with my QC.
That and the lack of a proper powerswitch are things I will never not dislike about the QC.
A lot of what I’m missing in the QC are things that can be “healed” over time and probably will be.
proper desktop editor
Configure Footswitches into “top row 4 stomps, bottom row 4 scenes” etc. (I really don’t understand why that isn’t possible already??)
even better would be the possibility to design the FS layout free, like Helix or Fractal.
on the same note, more MIDI possibilities, if I understand correctly I can only access 8 effects per preset via MIDI. WHY? This thing has enough power to be
one hell of a FX unit but I can only access 1/4 of its possible blocks?
global eq options
save and restore presets on pc without any cloud
This forum also leaves a lot to be desired in terms of clearness and the arrangement of topics. I mean you might say that classic forums, like Line6s, Kempers, Fractals, Gearpage etc etc etc may look a bit outdated. But still they are easy to navigate. This here works kinda when there’s not a lot of topics. But given that the QC will only gain in popularity it will be impossible to find specific content. I can imagine that long time users would invest time into doing all sorts of guides for different topics. But why bother when that then gets burried in the depths of this forum?
Now I know this may sound really harsh and I would agree and it is kinda intended. Because as I said in the beginning, the QC is the first unit to deliver for me
at the most important aspect: SOUND.
What good are super flexible footswitches and 10 million effects if the core sound does not do it for me?
For these last few days I expected to get to a point where I would think “Ah there it is again, I still don’t like modelling”. But I’ve played so many hourse since I’ve gotten the QC and there’s no ear fatigue, no fizzly highs, no latency that I could feel and I honestly dig my headrush 108 now. A thing that I also didn’t think would happen. That combo is loud, clear, and overall amazing.
So now I’m starting to map out how I want to use the QC in my live setup.
Until now I’ve played a tube rig with a voodoo lab GCX and effect pedals in the loops. As I’ve said I don’t really want to put the QC in the trenches, so maybe I’ll combine the two things into one.
The QC is serious power house. It has the tone, for me it has all the effects I need. It is really easy to use (although I would agree with some reviewers that Helix still has an edge in that regard).
It really needs a FC6/FC12 kind of Footswitch to get out its full potential.
I’m also curious as to the possibility of integrating Neural DSP plugins.
A few questions:
If I were to use my voodoo lab ground control, could I tell the QC to ignore programm changes? I want to stay within one preset if able.
Is there an easy to use MIDI FS alternative? Something like the FC12 or the Helix control? I think either FS is exclusive to their specific unit?
Can the EXP pedals only be used for that, expression pedals? Or can you connect Footswitches to these ports as well?
A bit of speculation, is there any word on a possible rackmount version of the QC in the future?
I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts.