Even amplitube is catching up with HD and it can actually be made to sound better much quicker.
If the modeling isn't improved when double the processing power is available, clearly line 6 is not serious about modeling. Watch out when the new revalver comes out this year. HD modeling will sound like a toy in comparison even though HD modeling is quite good and mite be good enough to fool most listeners, but POD farm and Pod 2.0 can fool most listener also!
I dont have a problem to dial in good sounds quickly on my HD (desktop version)
But i use it only for recording and use the edit software i have never ever tried to dial in a sound using the units knobs..
So i guess you mean dial in sounds using the units knobs and button?
When it comes to good sound it also depends on what type of music you are playing i play everything from Jazz (not much but i play it sometimes) to Dire Straits clean to some bluesrock ala SRV to AC/DC hard rock to Iron Maiden metal to Dream Theater prog rock and i use many different guitars also...
I have read that many young metal players are not happy with the HD modeling
Well i am not playing that downtuned music so i dont know..
For me all highgain ampmodels has more gain than i ever gonna need.
Well there is another problem many people facing when dial in sounds they use way to much gain and whay to many effects and they dont seems to know how to blend the pure guitar sound with the effects
Hey they probably also cant play the guitar if it has a lower gain setting and no effects as it will not cover every mistake they make when they play as the high gain settings do..
I am not saying i am totally pleased with EVERY sound i dial in on the HD but on the other hand i dont spend so much time trying to finetune it..
To my ears where all modeling seems to fail is with that "broken up" sound that you get from a real tube amp..
Well to my ears amplitube is not as good sounding as the HD that goes for many other computer software aswell ( i have tried almost every one some of them only in demo mode like Eleven so i dont know how it sounds in full version but if i where to release something in demo mode i would have "unlocked" the best one and said you can have more instead of unlock a bad one and said hey it is better versions if you purchase the full version..
Reavlver? yeah the Peavey amps they are very good but defenitly not the Marshall and Vox ones but then there is NO peavey model in the HD version..
But i like the fact that you can construct your own litlle tube amp in Revalver and it is gonna be interresting to hear the new version but as i dont know anyone who is beta testing it i would NOT go for the hype..
I am to old for that..
As for Eleven it dont sound as good as you say on thoose promo vids i have heard and where i live there is no music store that is selling them..
Some people i know was using them in the past most of them switch to real amps soon after well that goes for any Lin6 product aswell..
As for KPA and AXE FX II it starts to pop up used ones now so i guess people is not happy with them either..
But i would not pay so much for a modeling unit no way i rether buy a real 4 channel amp and an effect unit as it will cover all my basic tones anyway..
But then i still have to carry that heavy and BIG thing around when playing live..
It would be nice to have a small unit i have seen pictures of heavy metal bands that have a 1 watt blackstar amp in a box and miced them out when they play live so why not?