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

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  1. guitarjon

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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):

    Axe FX/AX8
    Kemper Profiler
    Helix (Native/LT)
    Amplitube 4 (Mesa pack)
    Thermionik
    S-gear

    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.
    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.
    Plus, it's always a fun challenge to show people that S-Gear can do high gain without hassle at all! :)

    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 think the Kemper can definitely do better but in different circumstances....
    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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    for me it's the AXE FX and THERMIONIK again, best note definition and that "jumpy feel" on the low open string!
     
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    by the way, the drums sound great again, is it still SSD4+expansions?
     
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    Thanks!
    Yeah it's SSD4 deluxe with classic samples blended in for the kick and snare.
     
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    Axe-Fx, Thermionik and Helix are all tied for 1st place.
    Amplitube sounds good, but the lows seem to be shifted more towards low-mids. Doesn't sound as meaty. 2nd place.
    Kemper has a scooped sound to it, but still sounds good. 3rd place.
    S-Gear is just outclassed here. Definitely at the bottom of this list. 4th place.
     
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