This topic kind of began in a thread I started in the podHD section yesterday discussing fully digital tone vs tube tone from the DT25 + podHD500x combination. That thread is here: http://line6.com/sup...ull-power-mode/
I thought it was worth bringing this more philosophical part of the discussion into a separate thread.
The gist of it is as below (please forgive the gaming analogy but it seems appropriate):
"Philosophically, I've stopped playing computer games as I feel the time invested in acquisition of guitar skill is much better spent. It's cross transferable and will last forever. Skill on a computer game is often only useful until you start playing a new game or the next console comes out. I'm starting to think that the "dream rig" is similar to computer games. I'm spending hours tweaking and getting to know it and ultimately for what? The technology is sure to be updated in the near future and that time in "skill acquisition" will probably be wasted, particularly if I move away from Line 6. At least time spent getting to know traditional tube amp is transferable to similar analogue units...and that will always be the case as classic amps will never go out of fashion."
When I talk about the dream rig I mean podHD + DT amp minus Variax guitar as I've stayed clear of them so far. Basically, what I'm finding with this rig is that it can be quite glitchy in terms of volume and patch settings, particularly when moving from a "full" patch to a "pre" patch in full power mode with tubes engaged. I've spent obscene amounts of time tweaking and setting up the modelling software parameters. Its was a kick in the teeth when I did this for home/ low volume use and then found a whole new set of patches would be required in full power mode, essentially equivalent to a seperate and loosely related rig.
I've even attempted at one point to simplify the situation by setting up one set of patches in pre amp mode with a power attenuator and thhe DT25 always in full power mode (in theory allowing the only "tweak" to be reduced attenuation via the THD hotplate as I move from home to stage). The result? Still too loud for home use at levels of attenuation that maintain the amps tone quality.At -12db attenuation and beyond I may as well be using a Spider amp or similar small modelling combo.
The idea that there would be a seamless transition from home to studio to jam session to live tone with this rig (my perception in the beginning) has gone right out of the window. I am faced with layers and layers of complexity in each situation.
The result? Less time actually playing and enjoying my guitars. More time acheiving a stiff neck stooping forward over my laptop tweaking software parameters.
And as per my quote above....what am I gaining in terms of skill aquisition? The ability to tweak software which will be dated in a couple of years. As per my thread above, there doesnt even seem to be any great advantage in tone.
I'm starting to hanker after a situation where I can sit, laptop switched off, playing guitar at home with a quality low wattage tube amp. Clean to crunch to high gain with the sweep of an analogue knob on the amps control panel. Volume adjusted within the remit of the amp (+/- in built power atenuation as the DT25 should have had). Gaining lasting, transferable skill with an analogue tube amp that won't ever be technologically "out of date" or go out of fashion....will last a lifetime. And actually concentrating on playing the guitar....
As I say in that previous thread, I fear the DT25 will ultimately be seen as an early prototype amp in terms of a tube amp/ digital interface that works in every situation. The versatility and accuracy of the patch system is the big selling point here....but that veratility just isn't there when taking the amp from one situation to the next. The investment of time and aquisition of tecnological knowledge that will soon be outdated detracts from enjoying my instruments.