I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who responded its certainly given me the much needed confidence that switching to a full FRFR setup is going to be a viable option. The knowledge you guys have is just great and super helpful.
I have some follow up questions if I may...I apologise if these change the topic slightly or sound stupid but you have all been so helpful I am gonna grab you guys while I can.
I also think its worth noting that my band aren't all that fussed about the sound as I am so some things to note about them are
They don't like drastic changes on set it throws them off their game
They don't really care about the overall tone but they do care about the volume
The Drummer is the only one who really needs to hear me (i know, my band are weird)
I like the idea of having 2 FRFR's and running them in stereo and having some blended amp tones, these speakers will be pretty much next to one another on stage the reason being we play some pretty cramped venues on occasion and the crowds can get a little bit rowdy so we tend to become more compact on stage. Will I lose a lot if I have them next to each other but running in stereo? Will I need the distance to get that nice blended tone? Is it even worth getting 2 to have them in stereo if this happens say 50% of the time?
Vocals - our singer has a vocal effects pedal and I only sing backing vocals with a couple of lead moments in songs. Our PA does not have any vocal effects so i always end up sounding dry. One of the benefits that sold me on the helix was the ability to process the vocals with reverb, delay etc. Do any of you guys set your patches up like this and route the vocal signal out? Have you guys met any limitations doing this?
My Amp normally sits to the right of our drummer and in ost situations its normally in line with him and his seat so he can hear it, if I switch to the FRFR will he lose some of that sound due to the nature of the speakers?
Those with the Headrush that have it on the floor horizontally behind you angled up, what were the main differences you notice going from a normal amp to this? Could you still hear it as well as a normal amp or (as lots of people have mentioned) does it need to be at a certain angle and direction for you or the rest of the band to hear or project certain tones?
What I do not want to happen is when i plug in at a gig and then have to spend a considerable amount of time tweaking for every gig and venue - I get that proper tone and live performance needs to be tailored for the venue but we aren't that professional and outside of the occasional EQ on vocal PA and me taking out some bass on my amp in order to cut through the mix, we turn up, we setup we play - I want to make sure this continues if its possible. I think I may be asking for the world though :P
I am sorry for the many (possibly seemingly stupid) questions, I normally just rock up to a gig and plug in my head, 2x12 and pedal and play i aint no sound engineer but i do really appreciate your responses.
You guys rock