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Dave Sterling
post May 19 2011, 07:28 AM
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I'm considering getting the new AXE-FX II that is to be released this month, I had ordered the new POD HD500 Bean, but canceled the order to wait on the FX II, I'm wondering what people here at GMC think of the devices.

I'm wondering if its worth spending the extra for the AXE-FX II as compared to the POD HD500, the price for the AXE II is more then 4 times that of the POD HD500 Bean?

I've only been playing for a few months and I'm not anywhere near a professional, but I used to have the POD X3 and I enjoyed messing around with all the settings and decided to sell it knowing that the POD HD500 Bean is coming out in a couple of days. I've seen a lot of good comments online about the AXE-FX and I'm seriously considering getting one.

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post May 19 2011, 08:06 AM
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AXE FX II ALL THE WAY!!!! No digital processors can really compete in front of it. I am planning to get one too in August. smile.gif I have been waiting for it so long. Its expensive but well worth the investment. I have been fed up of digital sounds since last 1.5 years and don't use one but this thing is all I need now. Too much cables on my tubey setup right now. sad.gif

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post May 19 2011, 10:43 AM
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Many believe that AxeFX is revolutionary device. It turned lots of pros towards digital modelling.

AxeFX II is simply upgraded device from AxeFX, it has USB option, it's more suitable for home and studio, convolution samples are twice the size on the cabinets, and it has double processing power. Doubling the processing power means device will behave more quickly. There are some new parameters integrated on some of the effects too. However, I don't think the difference between AxeFX II Ultra and AxeFX Ultra are that great, so any of these would do the job for you.

Be aware that you will need MIDI foot controller if you want to use it live. For home use, you can get rack only. If you have a budget, I would definitely suggest AxeFX II Ultra, or even AxeFX Ultra.

If you have the money for the AxeFX II device, then get it. There is no point in getting HD500, when AxeFX is available for you. If you are concerned about the money spent, there are lots of low cost options that will do fine work for you in the next year or so.


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post May 19 2011, 11:22 AM
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I would say - if you can afford it : DO IT! smile.gif

AxeFX II and even original one are amazing devices! They just can't compare to any other similar device especially ones from Line6.
I always thought that it doesn't matter if you are beginner or pro in terms of getting the quality and expensive gear. Quality gear can only make your sound better and it will be much more satisfying to practice the instrument.


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post May 20 2011, 03:23 PM
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I was actually going to post the same question. It seems the Axe FX is quite good. I hope I can get my hands on one soon.


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post May 20 2011, 06:01 PM
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first of all , I want the axe fx, but i've been playing a long time, as the others who have expressed their desire as well.
That being said, I think you should wait till you know that you will be continuing with the guitar.
unless you just have money to burn , in which case, you can just send me the Axe Fx laugh.gif
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post May 22 2011, 01:09 AM
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QUOTE (jstcrsn @ May 20 2011, 06:01 PM) *
first of all , I want the axe fx, but i've been playing a long time, as the others who have expressed their desire as well.
That being said, I think you should wait till you know that you will be continuing with the guitar.
unless you just have money to burn , in which case, you can just send me the Axe Fx laugh.gif

I canceled my order for the POD HD Bean, I think I would like it, but I would wish that I have waited for the AXE-FX II, so that is what I'm going to do. I don't have money to burn, but I do OK and even though I haven't been playing long, I love to play. Taking lessons here at GMC, every lesson is like learning a video game, I have a great time and with the AXE-FX II I'll enjoy all the settings.

Still not 100% sure about the AXE-FX II, but almost. If I heard more good things about the POD HD in comparison with the AXE-FX I may change my mind, but even when I listen to the youtube examples the AXE-FX sounds better.

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post May 22 2011, 02:33 AM
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hehe.. Axe Fx is much much better. Even tubers have left the tube world for axe fx. PODs can't really be compared. smile.gif


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post May 22 2011, 03:29 AM
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Check out this thread from the Petrucci forum...

Link.

It's got a youtube link with an apples comparison between the two. You might be surprised.


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post May 22 2011, 09:36 AM
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Don't worry Dave, if you have the money, get AxeFX, it's the best device you can get. POD HD won't match, specially for overdriven tones and reverbs.

It's true that experienced player can get the most out of any piece of gear, and in the end it's about what you play and how you play it, not so much through what you play it.

However, most experienced players would choose AxeFX over POD HD biggrin.gif

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post May 31 2011, 04:32 AM
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I'm almost 85% certain about getting the AXE-FX II, but it seems there is another delay in shipping and it may be another 2 months or more till they ship (maybe earlier) so for now I'm going with the POD HD Bean (desktop) which is expected to be delivered tomorrow. I will likely get rid of it when the AXE-FX II starts shipping, but if I find I really like the POD HD then I'll keep it.
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post May 31 2011, 02:54 PM
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Let us know how you like the pod bean wink.gif


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post May 31 2011, 10:11 PM
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Let us know how the POD sounds and behaves! smile.gif


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post Jun 2 2011, 06:15 AM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ May 31 2011, 10:11 PM) *
Let us know how the POD sounds and behaves! smile.gif

Just received the POD HD Desktop yesterday and I'm checking it out to see if I'll keep it. Preorders for the AXE-FX II are being taken now, but I'll hold off until I get better with the POD. I also found out about another device called a Kemper Profiling Amplifier, I googled it and it may compete with the AXE-FX II, its a different type of modeling device. The Kemper is supposed to be released the middle of this year.
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post Jun 2 2011, 09:41 AM
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Also maybe the H&K ZenTera here not easy to find but worth a look if you can Dave.

If I remember rightly Allan Holdsworth has/had one and used it quite a bit a while back - given how much he´s in to tone any use by him seems like a major endorsement.

That´s all assuming you want some sort of amp modelling/emulation. If it´s digital effects etc rather than modelling then the pro end rack effects from Eventide, Lexicon and Yamaha are also worth looking at.


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QUOTE (Dave Sterling @ Jun 2 2011, 07:15 AM) *
Just received the POD HD Desktop yesterday and I'm checking it out to see if I'll keep it. Preorders for the AXE-FX II are being taken now, but I'll hold off until I get better with the POD. I also found out about another device called a Kemper Profiling Amplifier, I googled it and it may compete with the AXE-FX II, its a different type of modeling device. The Kemper is supposed to be released the middle of this year.


Kemper Profiling Amp is one of the new cool concepts, but I wouldn't invest in it, it's still a concept. Axe-FX is being used by pros already, and it's certified. Kemper one is a bit complicated, interface is not friendly, there is lag, there are no save/load options for profiles etc..


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post Jun 22 2011, 08:47 AM
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Thanks for all the comments, they were very helpful and appreciated. GMC is by far my favorite place for all things guitar.

I returned the POD HD, its a nice device and I can see why so many people like it and to each their own opinion. I thought (with my limited trained ear) that it sounded somewhat digital and just not there for me, if that makes sense.

Great news! I was able to order a AXE-FX II today and can't wait till it arrives, hopefully late this week. It's expensive so I plan to sell my motorcycle to pay for it, I didn't use it much anyway. I'll miss it, but guitar is more fun.

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Wow, you played for a few months and already aim at pro grear.
The sounds I've dialed in on my POD X3 doesn't sound digital. Not full out tube, sure, but digital?

Have you considered that you need professional headphones and professional sound monitors to make the AxeFx2 justice? Even a high quality guitar cord so you won't ruin the signal to get the most out of it. I guess the motorbike will cover for it. Chosing between a MC and guitar gear is a no brainer, though amps can kill a person one has to admit MC's are way more deadly.


All the luck with the AxeFx2 smile.gif

P.S can't recall his nick but some guy on youtube made some serious recordings with the Axe


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post Jun 22 2011, 02:58 PM
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Yes, Micke is right my friend, you should invest in decent monitors (if you haven't already) to do AxeFX justice, my recommendation as well.


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post Jun 22 2011, 03:51 PM
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I have the Eleven Rack. I run it through a JBL 400 watt P.A. and also through a set of M-Audio Desk Monitors. I have had many tube amps and I like the Eleven Rack just as much especially with the new presets they just came out with and the Speaker break up function. The thing that really makes the Eleven Rack nice is the built in Pro Tools that is designed for a guitar player. You can loop a section of a track and then record your solo and every time it loops back again it records a whole new track. So you can sit and play over your rhythm track 20 times creating a new track every time it loops without ever having to stop and hit record again. So when you are done you have 20 tracks to choose from. Also the eleven rack has true Z at the input. So it is like a real amp when you turn down the volume on your guitar the sound will clean up like a real amp does. Anyway thats just a couple of the great things about the Eleven Rack. The Axe FX is a great rig and is probably better in some ways but for $850.00 plus pro tools and all the great features designed into it for a guitar player I had to go with the Eleven Rack.

Oh ya I did not even mention the incredible re amp feature. It will always record a dry track for you and then you can re amp it in pro tools with the touch of a button. So you can go back through every preset. Amp Cabinet, Mic setup whatever and just keep re playing it and without re recording. The list goes on and on. Anyway you might want to check it out.


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