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1x12 modeler vs tubed head 4x12 cab

Discussion in 'F.O.H.' started by scorpio01169, Jun 10, 2015.

  1. scorpio01169

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    I know people say that the line 6 pod is crap compared to a peavey 5150 into a 4x12 cab and I agree, but has anyone ever done a comparison between say a line 6 spider 1x12 combo mic'ed vs a tubed amp head into a 4x12 cab mic'ed? There's a video out with Jeff Loomis playing a spider IV 75 And yeah he makes almost anything sound great but, I don't have access to a tube amp right now to do the test myself but have any of you guys done it? And what was your opinion?
     
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    A guitar player buddy of mine had one that he'd use at gigs mic'd and I thought it lacked balls. Especially the cleans.
     
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    I have never micd it up, but I had the unfortunate displeasure of playing one.

    Honestly, the hate is justified. They don't sound awful for playing by yourself, but they have tons (too much gain) on the high-gain channels and then too little gain on mid-gain channels to get a nice, defined, modern metal guitar tone.

    Also, absolutely no mids, tons of bass, basically they are made to appeal to the beginner who doesn't know any better about guitar tone. Obviously, scooped mids and tons of bass may sound good in a room by yourself (to untrained ears) but in a mix it will all fall apart.

    Ultimately, you can honestly use anything these days and get good tones, but the Spider does not make it easier to get good guitar tones at all when compared to a 5150 + TS with Mesa 4x12...and ease of use and ability to get to a final product ASAP is all that matters today. For recording, expect heavy EQ if you want a tone that doesn't sound mediocre.
     
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    good for songwriting and practice and thats about it. gets no use whatsoever since i got my kemper.
     
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    I had the spider 1x12 and miced it up once. It sucked ass
     

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