It always kills me when people say that modeling "isn't there yet". I'm assuming it's because it doesn't exactly, down to the last air molecule and electron, move air (simulate) the way an amp does in the way they think it should sound. Who cares? The sims are just a starting point. To me, these are the same guys who would tell Jimi to turn it down because amps aren't supposed to distort. If it sounds good to you then it is good. No matter how it's gotten. I'm also going to assume that the people who say using a real amp sounds better, weren't at the venue to hear what it sounded like. If I have to record my acoustic guitar on a old cassette recorder at a level that it distorts on the tape and then play it back out of the recorder into a small speaker and mic that, then so be it.
This was used on several classic rock songs and are considered classic rock tones. Read this.
So don't listen to all those "it ain't there yet" guys. Fine they don't have to use one. But don't take their opinion as gospel. Make up your own mind. I personally like many of the sounds I get out of a stereo PA as much as a Marshal stack pointed at my face. Does it sound like that Marshall? No. Is one better than the other? To me, no. Does it sound cool. YES! Overall we're just talking about another way of getting the vibrations a guitar string makes out to a persons ear. If we're going to get down to what is the most pure tone, well that would be a string stretched between two nails. Everything else is an alteration of that. And even then people would argue about what string is the most pure sounding string.
I feel vaguely offended by this post. Meh, I'm over it.
Point 1: If guitar amp and effect modelling was totally "there", wouldn't everyone be using it everywhere? Apparently the burgeoning boutique amp, pedal and guitar market didn't get the memo.
Point 2: You're just as bad as anyone saying "it isn't there" by insulting someone for their opinion. And Jimi could play as loud as he wanted because, well, he was Jimi.
Point3: If modelling was totally there, why do companies continue to innovate in this area and "up the ante" as it were. Like our very own favorite modelling company Line6 for example who brought us the end all, be all of the PODXT line only to dump it for the HD line? Just saying man. Something that is truly THERE stands the test of time. Like Leo Fender's original designs. And Les Paul's. And Jim Marshall's. And etc...So, when modelling is truly there, it'll stay there.
All that said, it works fine for many people and in most cases, and audience couldn't tell the difference if you held an Uzi to their heads anyway. Personally, I have both analog and digital gear and I like them both. But since I have original spec Fender amps and Line6's HD models of same, I'm here to tell you it isn't the same thing and I would be willing to take a blindfold test if one could be arranged. It'd be OK if I was wrong too, but that's how I see it right now.
Peace. Music. Choice. It's all good.
Edited to add that this is nothing personal about the quoted poster here, just my thoughts on the content. Heck, we pretty much agree in principal anyway lol...
Edited by smrybacki, 11 April 2014 - 07:39 AM.