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  • Recommend a good modeling pedal?

    My Roland KC150 amp is great for cleans but brings out the worst in OD/distortion pedals. Will Chen calls it a "mini PA with a full range response", and suggested getting a modeling device for decent dirt. I'm exploring that.

    Haven't much experience with modeling pedals, so not sure where to start. Had a GT3 for years, got useable dirt but only after tons of tweaking, and sold it mainly because it was painful to tweak. Considering an updated version (eg, GT6), knobs would help a lot.

    Haven't been impressed with the Line6 stuff, but haven't spent a lot of time with it either. Same goes for MagicStomp and DigiTech RP series.

    Lots of other options out there, no direct experience with them.

    Please point me in the right direction. Thanks!
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    tech 21 character series

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    • #3
      The late line 6 stuff is excellent once youve dialed them in however the process can suck the fun out for some.
      The GT 8 and 10 were really good however they still felt a bit too digital at times.
      The Tonelabs can get a few very convincing flavors going as well but lack the options that the Boss GT's,Line6 XT/X3 and upper RP,s,etc.. have.
      The X3 Live Ive seen in action direct in as well as Keyboard amped and if you closed your eyes youd have thought that real tubes were going on at times.
      Again there may be much tweaking required though.
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      • #4
        my suggestion: go back and look at line6 again.

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        • #5
          hard to beat a Tonelab SE/LE
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          • #6
            I hate to disagree with TLBonehead - cause I respect his opinion. But I tired the latest tonelab (the black/gold one) - I was disappointed. I have a couple in the RP line that I really like. I have an older RP150, and also the newer RP55. On the RP series you can modify like 50 settings to your taste, and still have the factory 50 presets. My recommendation is to spend a little more money and get one with a Alpha display. Also try to get one that has a looper. The RP55 has a looper and it has really help me develop my lead playing. I had been working on a couple original licks which sounded to me - really cool - but from working with the looper I realize some of the notes were actually out of key. The looper has help me a lot in that area.

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            • #7
              The problem is most amp modeling companies are resting on their laurels and not producing a next generation product. So, must of these sound nearly the same as their predecessors did ten years ago. That is exactly the case with Line 6 who has rolled out a new amp modeling software in a decade and has no plans to in the future (the X3 uses the exact same model software as the XT and just adds new features).

              The Axe-Fx and the Eleven rack are the new next generation products, but are $$$$.

              So, I would fall back on the Vox, which seems to easily win taste tests against Line 6 time and time again.

              I have a Pod XT that a forumite gave me for free that I use to scratch pad. But the amps are very processed and over-produced sounding, great for recording, poor for using live. Anyway, running the amps on my Mac, it's real easy to hear Amplitube totally surpass them these days, too bad that's not available in a stand-alone product.

              Ultimately, you should be able to dial in a few good sounds regardless of what you buy.

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              • #8
                I hate to disagree with TLBonehead - cause I respect his opinion. But I tired the latest tonelab (the black/gold one) - I was disappointed. I have a couple in the RP line that I really like. I have an older RP150, and also the newer RP55. On the RP series you can modify like 50 settings to your taste, and still have the factory 50 presets. My recommendation is to spend a little more money and get one with a Alpha display. Also try to get one that has a looper. The RP55 has a looper and it has really help me develop my lead playing. I had been working on a couple original licks which sounded to me - really cool - but from working with the looper I realize some of the notes were actually out of key. The looper has help me a lot in that area.

                Have fun.


                I've never tried the cheap model Tonelab.
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                - Hughes Kettner Edition Tube 20 (the early Voxy sounding one) Sounds & looks good. $250 + shipping. SOLD
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                • #9
                  tech 21 character series

                  If you only need one tone at a time, yes. The older Tech 21 stuff is pretty cool too.
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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the quick and thoughtful responses.

                    Tech21 is an attractive option. I've got a Double Overdrive 3X that I love. Actually bought it for the KC150. Doesn't play well with it, but it's not a modeler. So I have high hopes for a Tech21 modeler, though no experience with one.

                    Forgot about Tonelab, sounds like I should pick through their versions carefully. Same approach to Line6 and RP series, I guess.

                    Didn't consider modeling software - maybe I should look into that as well? I've got a Mac that could be used to run it; been thinking about using it for recording, maybe combine those efforts? I'd need a physical interface of some sort though, right?

                    Thanks again, and please keep the suggestions coming!
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                    • #11
                      Bump for the night shift.
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                      • #12
                        Thanks for the quick and thoughtful responses.

                        Tech21 is an attractive option. I've got a Double Overdrive 3X that I love. Actually bought it for the KC150. Doesn't play well with it, but it's not a modeler. So I have high hopes for a Tech21 modeler, though no experience with one.

                        Forgot about Tonelab, sounds like I should pick through their versions carefully. Same approach to Line6 and RP series, I guess.

                        Didn't consider modeling software - maybe I should look into that as well? I've got a Mac that could be used to run it; been thinking about using it for recording, maybe combine those efforts? I'd need a physical interface of some sort though, right?

                        Thanks again, and please keep the suggestions coming!


                        The nice things about the Tech 21 stuff is they aren't digital. They are the amp circuit shrunk done and transistorized. Other options for amp-based pedals are Menatone and OLC.

                        But the Tech 21 Blonde is becoming super popular.

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                        • #13
                          I hate to disagree with TLBonehead - cause I respect his opinion. But I tired the latest tonelab (the black/gold one) - I was disappointed.


                          I really hate to hear that. I don't see why it would be vastly different.

                          incidentally, that's the Tonelab ST, not one of the ones TLBonehead is suggesting.
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                          • #14
                            I own a bunch of modelers:

                            Pod 1.0
                            Pod 2.0
                            Pod XT Bass
                            Pocket Pod
                            Pandora 2, 4, & 5
                            Johnson J-Station (gave it to a friend)
                            Digitech RP50
                            Vox Tonelab
                            Brian May Pedal
                            I'm sure that I'm forgetting some.

                            The only one that has caught and held my attention is the Tonelab. It lacks some of the features of others, but it excels in the tone department. It's also very quiet and the effects are usable.

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                            • #15
                              The nice things about the Tech 21 stuff is they aren't digital. They are the amp circuit shrunk done and transistorized. Other options for amp-based pedals are Menatone and OLC.

                              But the Tech 21 Blonde is becoming super popular.


                              I gotta sorta go with Wyatt here. Modelling footstomps? Line6 M13 or M9 for sure - but as the effects guys say you would probably still want to go analog for dirt. While some guys say they like the onboard dirts, the majority (yes, likely including many tone snobs) use the M13/ M9 along with their favorite tube or analog OD/ Distortion.

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