funkyou86 Posted January 11, 2018 Share Posted January 11, 2018 Converting from a brand isnâ€™t an easy choice, but do you have the balls to downgrade your gear? For many years my rig was based on a Diezel amp, Mesa 412 cabinet, Strymon Big Sky and a POD500X used via four cable method. After a serious back injury I decided to sell my heavy, 95kg rig and swich for a rack unit, which is easyer to handle and it is also much more versitale. I went with the Axe FX II + FCB 1010 and it was awesome, than came the struggle. I was not new to programming presets so I jumped right into it. After almost one year my patches were still not finished and I felt like I am unable to dial my old tone back. Sure, this wasnâ€™t axe fxâ€™s fault, but I felt like the too many options are holding me back. I was used to "PODs logicâ€, now the axe gave me too much choices. I have played few gigs with it and it just not sounded how I wanted to. I decided to sell my Axe unit and go back to my roots with Helix. I invested the extra money to a new guitar and a full range RCF speaker. Before the purchase I have read hundreds of reviews, watched all videos on youtube, and here are my toughts on the topic. #1: Organic tone, really?! Axe users argue that Fractal have much more organic tone than the helix, specially with the high gain amps (which is true in most of the cases). But let me ask you, do you really need an â€œorganicâ€ tone for your distorted sounds? Because I found out that I donâ€™t. So I donâ€™t care that Helix "isnâ€™t that good enough". #2: Usability is everything Line6 step up in this topic to another level with Helix. With Behringerâ€™s FCB 1010 I had to program everything on the foot controller with (complicated) midi messaging, had a small screen, i could not use the tuner because it is not communicating via MIDI, asigning an exp pedal to a stomp was a pain in the lollipop. I donâ€™t have to explain how Helix fits my needs in this point. #3 Editing SW I wasnâ€™t really satisfied with axe edit, it was pretty slow IMO. HX edit offers me better speed with better UX. The routing was much more advanced in the Axe, I miss that from Helix. Please do not get me wrong. I am not bashing Fractal. I think that they have made a great product. It just not worked out for me. Thanks to Helixes simplicity Iâ€™m on fire again and dialing in new sounds. With a better guitar and better FR speaker my tone has improoved a lot and I canâ€™t wait to play live again. If you're interested, check us out here: Track#6 (cleans via POD500X & Big Sky), Track#1 (all guitars recorded via POD500). Cheers! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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