- Nov 26, 2008
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- Dutchess County NY
I couldn't agree more with Derek on this. It's all just tools in your tool box.I'm in this happy/content place too. Don't get me wrong, debating is fun, gear talk is why I'm here lol, etc, but I've always maintained it still comes down to what you do with your gear that speaks the loudest to me, let your material do the talking, etc (not talking about skill here, just sharing whatever music comes out of you using whatever tools you prefer, because yes, it's a form of personal expression for many). I'm proud of the content I've created with all my toys, tube amps, rack preamps, pedals and a modeler alike and I'm sure as I age even more and look back I won't care about details, only that the final piece of music was the best I could do and the tones were cool...and so far, so good.
I got my FM3 to use for inspiration and recording. I don't play out anymore and haven't even attempted to use it at band volume with a power amp yet but I'll try it eventually. My job eats up a lot of my time so the only time I have to play is very early in the morning from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. and I really can't mic a cranked tube amp at that time of the morning. I don't even want to when I can because it's a pain in the ass. I've been loading down my tube amps with an attenuator so I can get a line level signal to run through my interface and use IR's. I add effects with rack effects, plugins and sometimes pedals. This already sounds radically different than my amp in a room tone. Not necessarily bad but nothing like the amp does run through a cab. Since it's easier to dial in a cool tone using my rack preamps instead of an amp and an attenuator I did that most of the time. The Fractal has added a ton of legit amp tones to my arsenal. It's just fun to play through which is why I play in the first place.