It’s been a long journey for my search in what really matters. I won’t bore you with the details, but I used to love my tube amp heads + massive pedalboard, until I got the Fractal AX8 then realized I probably don’t really them anymore. The cost/benefit vs portability wasn’t even enough to keep them all. When I wanted to have a dual amp combo sound but couldn’t do that with my AX8, I sold it and go a Helix.
Now, after trying the Nolly and Plini VSTs, I sold my Helix and put in the pre-order for the Quad Cortex. I’m looking really forward to potentially getting one, but am wondering (maybe for me, now that I’m not playing out as much), what’s maybe the point?
This is more of a curiosity/discussion/wish list kind of post, but I wanted to maybe post about it. The VSTs are great for playing in and recording (I have the output of my recording interface direct to my FRFR which is sounding great), but the appeal of live playing needs something more. I know everyones wants MORE of everything (from the wish list thread)…MORE amps, MORE cabs, MORE preset slots. I honestly, don’t. When I had either of my setups, I had a maximum of maybe 5-6 amps that i used (2-3 for each clean and crunch), and maybe 2-3 cabs total (that I just liked the sound).
What I really liked about my live setup was the flexibility and dynamics of sound fo everything. Meaning, I had to possibility to go sonically as crazy or as wild as I waned to while being able to go back to my base tone pretty easily. I don’t know how the Neural DSP community will take to this, but I just wanted to say in my own opinion: I think the list of amps and cabs looks already great. I saw ideas about a looper and drummer built into and I think that would be great. My only pedal I have kept now (besides the Digitech Trio and Boss RC-3 looper)is the Adrenalinn III because of the drum machine and the sounds you can get out of it.
What I would like is a way to create a loop with sounds that don’t even sound like a guitar, then use my guitar tone over it to solo. This is how I practiced and got the most out of my journey. What I mean by that, is like the arpeggiator, step sequencers, filters, and all other kinds of things that are in the Adrenalinn III which allow great sonic variety. That’s just what I would like to have, even if it’s like 5-10 at most of them, because it would give me a whole amusement park to play with on top of the incredible sounds of what I got out of the VSTs already.
Thanks for listening!