#1
I'm looking for a good affordable modeling system to interface with a pc for recording. The Zoom ZFX looks good but can I get anything good for $150 or so?
#2
For $200 you can get the vox tonelab st. I have it, and I love it.
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#3
IMHO, the best audio interfaces are from M-Audio or PreSonus.
Something like this: M-Audio Fast Track MKII

Then, i suggest using REAPER to record, with the amplifier simulators on the Peavey ReValver Mk III or free plugins like the ones by AcmeBarGig or LePou.


If you're looking for a good but cheap multi-FX unit with USB support, there's the Boss ME-25.
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IMHO, the best audio interfaces are from M-Audio or PreSonus.
Something like this: M-Audio Fast Track MKII

Then, i suggest using REAPER to record, with the amplifier simulators on the Peavey ReValver Mk III or free plugins like the ones by AcmeBarGig or LePou.


If you're looking for a good but cheap multi-FX unit with USB support, there's the Boss ME-25.


The MKII would be nice and I can record vocals with it as well.

I assume some of the free plugins give good metal tone, i.e. Engl, Peavey, etc?
#5
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The MKII would be nice and I can record vocals with it as well.

I assume some of the free plugins give good metal tone, i.e. Engl, Peavey, etc?

Yes. Pretty close to the original, if you ask me.

The Peavey ReValver is a suite made by Peavey, and it's awesome what you can get from it. You can even mod the amps yourself (i.e., swap tubes on a Peavey 6505+).
Needless to say, the Peavey simulators in it are awesome.
The Peavey ReValver also has a couple of Marshall, VOX and Fender sims.

For other brands, like ENGL, you have LePou and AcmeBarGig's plugins.

Here, this thread was really helpful, i learned A LOT from it (how to set-up the plugins, etc.): UG's Official Guide to VST amp simulation


EDIT: feel free to ask me more stuff about this, i don't know much, but i'll gladly help to the extent of my knowledge.
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#7
I never was able to buy anything but with Christmas coming up...

I was looking over the M-Audio Fast Track again and it seems like it would be nice but now I see the M-Audio MobilePre mk II for $30 more. Looks like the big differences are the MobilePre is updated for Win7 support and another knob for i/o levels. I believe the ProTools SE software is an upgrade over the Pro Tools M-Powered Essential software with the Fast Track. Looks like a no-brainer for $30 more.

It's so new I can't find many reviews on it. Has anybody had experience with the new MobilePre or know if the specs/software are that much better?
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#8
The Zoom looks cool, but I haven't heard of anyone that has it. Pod Studio is always a good performer and the software is top notch. I have the Boss ME-25 that others have suggested and it's a very nice multifx. I haven't tried the USB recording yet. I've been using a BackTrack recorder on the analog output.
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The Zoom looks cool, but I haven't heard of anyone that has it. Pod Studio is always a good performer and the software is top notch. I have the Boss ME-25 that others have suggested and it's a very nice multifx. I haven't tried the USB recording yet. I've been using a BackTrack recorder on the analog output.

Those may be cool but I haven't really looked into them.

I probably need to start a new thread since I'm now aimed at USB/laptop modeling instead of those type units.
#10
I think the thread is fine. You indicated in your initial post that you were looking for a recording interface and the Zoom you gave as an example suggested you didn't want a standard floor multifx. That's why I suggested the Pod Studio. I have the TonePort KB37 keyboard, which is basically a Pod Studio.
#11
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I think the thread is fine. You indicated in your initial post that you were looking for a recording interface and the Zoom you gave as an example suggested you didn't want a standard floor multifx. That's why I suggested the Pod Studio. I have the TonePort KB37 keyboard, which is basically a Pod Studio.


Got it. I'm a little skeptical of Line6 after the awful GuitarPort I bought several years ago. The Pod Studio looks like it may be as nice as the M-Audio and it will work with all the same plugins. The specs on it give USB 1.0 or 2.0 but the M-Audio doesn't mention whether it supports USB 2.0 or not.

UX1 or UX2? A few more i/o ports on the UX2 which I may not need...