#1
This is my first post on the Ultimate Guitar forums, and I am not sure if this is quite the right place to post this.. but anyway

I will be heading off to college in the fall, and obviously I will not be able to (easily) take a 100 pound 4x12 tube amp into my dorm room. I was thinking of something that is very portable. Either a Vox-20, or a software like Bias. I played around with the Vox for a little bit, and I enjoyed how you could get lots of different tones out of it. I have also been playing around with the Bias desktop demo and I am also enjoying that. I also like the fact that I have almost every single tone imaginable at my finger tips.

I just wanted to get the perspective of some people that have actually spent many hours playing with either or, and why one may be better than the other.
#3
It really depends on what you want. Amp sims have come a long way. You can get by with a cheap instrument to USB cable into your laptop. There is probably some value to a quality interface at around $100 - $150. Don't cheap out on the headphones either if you want this to be silent. To play with others you will need to hook your laptop up to a PA system or a powered speaker (like an active monitor wedge).

If you want an amp there are a few low wattage options out there with tons of DI / Speaker Emulation / USB / Headphone ports. Check out Peavey's Mini Head line up and the Laney IRT-Studio. The plus here is you just plug into a normal cab or you can take the DI directly to a mixer.

My favorite quiet setup is a combination of the Laney IRT-Studio with Peavey ReValver cabinet impulses (and sometimes the naked guitar run through a Dual Rec sim with some panning) through some Audio Technica ATH-M50X headphones.

I'm still in the honeymoon phase with the Laney but so far so good.
Guitars:
Jackson Kelly KE3 - MIJ (Distortion/Jazz)
Jackson DKMGT Dinky (EMG 81/85)
ESP E-II Eclipse Custom (JB/'59)
ESP LTD EC-1001FR (EMG 81/60)
Fender MIM Strat

Amps:
Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier Roadster 212
Laney IronHeart IRT-Studio
Peavey Vypyr 30
Peavey ReValver Amp Sims
TOOOO many T.C. Electronic Pedals. . .
#4
Computer sims are good *except* that you have to have the computer there as well. I went with standalone modelers like the Korg Pandora and the Line 6 Pod (bean size) for quiet practice. No computer to haul around, and used Pods, etc. run about the same as a good interface. Headphone use is a no-brainer, and you can always feed them into a power amp or powered speakers if you need others to hear what you're doing.
#5
Yeah I think the question should be used modeller like a POD or similar vs. BIAS.

I personally loves BIAS for practice, but I have it on my iPad, and therefore its a bit easier to pull out on a whim, I only need my iRig HD, headphones, iPad, guitar and cable. With a computer, you the cumbersomeness of a laptop or desktop, the interface (if you don't want bad latency), the guitar, a USB cord, a guitar cable, and headphones.

In terms of sound quality, I think BIAS on the the PC probably is the best bang for your buck, but a used POD HD (the desktop bean one) would also offer really good sounds at an affordable price.
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