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Helix vs Axe FX vs Amplitube vs Kemper vs Thermionik vs Helix vs S-Gear: Mesa Boogie MKIV


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Time for another gear emulation comparison!


This video is all about comparing the Mesa Boogie MKIV emulations in the following platforms (in no particular order):


Helix (Native, Floor, Rack or LT)

Axe FX

Kemper Profiler

Amplitube 4 (Mesa pack)




Those were all the platforms of which I am aware that they emulate the MKIV amp.

Most of them did a very good job but I have a few favorites.

The Helix tones did come out very good in the end in my honest opinion!

So congrats to Line 6 for not only making such a brilliant emulation of this amp, but also for being such a good competitor to brands like Kemper and Fractal.


Of course I'd love to know which one you though was best so let me know!



A couple of notes:


I know that the S-Gear Wayfarer amp isn't exactly based on a Mesa MKIV or any other amp for that matter, but I do think it's very much inspired by those types of amps and it can be tweaked to sound quite close.

That's why I included it anyway.


About the Kemper clip: I recognize that the Kemper example perhaps doesn't sound as good as some of the others.

Unfortunately I didn't have a MKIV here to profile so I had to rely on existing (commercial) profiles.

To keep things as accurate as I could, I chose a direct MKIV profile from a commercial vendor to be able to use the same IR as with the rest.

I had to tweak from there.

This was honestly the best profile I could find for this test.

I guess that's just a drawback of this platform sometimes since you can't ever start a 'preset' from scratch.


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