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Tech 21 Hot-Rod Plexi Review

Stack Attack Although most amp modeling is digital, Tech 21 has always created its amp emulations using analog circuitry. The Hot-Rod Plexi pedal ($179) is the latest example. It’s an effects processor that’s designed to be used with an amp, so unlike the SansAmp processors, it has no speaker emulation built in. read more…

Line 6 POD HD500X Review

Are you POD-to-date? The final exam of the music course I took at the Audiofanzine academy, read as follows: "With a theorem-article of at least 10,000 characters, resolve the equation LINE 6 POD HD500X where X = (new footswitches + powerful DSP)". read more…

Line 6 POD HD 500 Review

Pod HD: Is It For You? The new Pod has arrived, after three long years of waiting — ever since the launch of the Pod X3, which provided the same models as its big brother, the Pod XT, and thus disappointed most guitar players. This time, Line 6 engineers have been really busy developing new models to be hosted in three new pedalboards. We tested the flagship of the range: the Pod HD 500. read more…

User reviews on Guitar Amp Simulation Pedal products

American Sound Pedal (Joyo - JF-14 American Sound)

By wrgkmc, 21/08/2017
This is a preamp/DI pedal, not your typical overdrive pedal. Its designed to be a substitute for the front end of a guitar amp or used as a DI box. It can be used live through a guitar amp or through a PA or for direct recording.

The key to making it work well involves gain staging. If your guitar amp has an effects loop, that's the best place for it with any reverb or echo after.
If your amp doesn't have an effects loop and you need to run it before the amp then running the amp clean and having the pedal last in your effect chain (or before your reverb/echo pedals) is best.

If you use switchable channels and channel gain, this pedal probably wont work well. This pedals takes the place of a clean or gain channel (or adds that gain channel.

For recording direct it can do OK. It has speaker emulation which sounds pretty good but it can sound allot better if you have some time based effects like echo or reverb after and an additional gain before. Again, this pedal acts like the front end of an amp without a power amp. If you place reverb/echo after you can create the sounds of the amp playing in a room and it wont sound so dry. you can dial up a tight sound you'd expect to get playing directly into an amp then use any of your favorite drive/compression pedals before it.

This pedal does a fair job overall. I own many others that do similar jobs including many rack preamps and various gear for recording direct. Recording is about having a variety or sounds/tones. If this was the only box I had - I could do some things well and not so well for others. I can dial up a few good Fender tones which is all I expect to get from it.

If I need other tones I use other boxes for that purpose. What this box does it does well but its not a solution to all needs, (no one unit ever is) It works well with the other AC tone I have. I may eventually complete the suite with the California and British but I already have those sounds well covered, including the actual amps. In fact I do own a couple of vintage fender tube amps so my main purpose wasn't to clone those sounds, just make it easier to capture those tones recording or make it easier to get a Fender sound from a Marshall, Sunn, Ampeg etc.
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Very good, professional-sounding, and practical !! (Fractal Audio Systems - AX8)

By stadelmann, 25/08/2017
I use it for playing Rock, Blues, Hard.
At home, I plug it straight to my 8" KRK monitors.
In rehearsal, it gets into an Engl E810 poweramp/20 stereo ins outs and to an Orange PPC212C modified cab in Stereo.
Simulations are very, very realistic. The settings are clearly extreme.
The delays, flangers, drive, whammy, rotary (and so on) are exceptional (much better than a Kemper – according to me, of course). The practical aspect of having the preamps, sims and so on directly on your pedalboard makes for a real pleasure: no need for an additional amp or pedalboard on the road. A real professional conception.
For the record, I’ve owned the Kemper 6 for 3 years, the FX8 for 6 months and I recently got the AX8.
The French importer is very nice and reactive!
A great product that sounds great, editing is very easy and intuitive but you can easily get into deep settings if you have spare time :-) . I’m very happy with it so far, and I’m now planning to sell my great FX8 while keeping my Kemper, although it sort of acts as a duplicate now – I still haven’t managed or taken the time to reach the same dynamics or organic grain that I have on my Kemper.
A cons: still no patch exchange platform for AX8 and FX8.
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Low review for great hardware and poor user interface and manual (Line 6 - POD XT Live)

By rhnelson, 25/12/2018
Subject says it all. The stomp pedals are simple to understand but things you can do in EDIT and in non-EDIT mode are confusing. Have to drag out the manual to make a simple change to REVERB. This is why some people like individual pedals. They are easy to "see" what you have. Also they do not cheap out using one "button" to handle multiple functions.
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News Guitar Amp Simulation Pedal

[MUSIKMESSE] Radial JDX Direct-Drive amp simulator

Published on 04/07/16
Radial Engineering announces the JDX Direct-Drive, a guitar amplifier simulator that also acts as a direct box.

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