Gab_Azz What do you mean, bars dont have monitors. I have yet to play any sort of venue without monitors, including bars and truck trailers. Maybe the situation is different in the US, but here literally every bar, pub, restaurat, or any sort of venue, has at least one monitor on stage if they have live music. Even the mexican restaurant that has one random guy playing some spanish guitar has a monitor setup for him. 
I was gonna praise the Helix as well, but dspellman really hit the nail on the head. I came to it from the Kemper, and its just a massive massive improvement in user experience and flexibility. And with some nice impulse responses you can make it sound amazing. The stock cabs are not bad as well, but they do require more tweaking. AND its also an amazing multifx unit, that you can use with the 4cm with any amp. 
Dunno about the Variax, but i have the Helix and its great!
Gab_Azz I understand that. But if you cant hear yourself trough the monitors, just have the sound guy turn it up. I have never had an issue with this since i switched to modelers. Turns out that if you dont have loud amps on stage, the monitors can actually do their job because they dont have to fight the backline. 

And if you are playing a bar gig where you arent miced up, well, you still have some sort of PA for the vocals right? Just patch the modeler into the pa and there you go. Its really that easy.
Gab_Azz In my last 10 years of giging, i have only played one gig where i wasnt miced up, and that one wasa private kind of party for some friends.. Thats it. 

Ive also been using modelers for live playing for the last 2 years, first a kemper, and now i switched to the Helix, and let me tell you, its goddamn awesome. A bad soundguy will fuck up your tone no matter what kind of fancy amp you have, and a good soundguy will love that you dont have unnecesary stage volume, while still giving him good tone. 
Bebras Thats not an eq pedal. Its a distortion pedal.

You need something like an mxr 6 or 10 band eq. Put it in the fx loop to boost the mids. Id also get a delay pedal for leads and reverb for clean tones, but i guess you can make do with one or the other for both cases.

EDIT: i just saw that the ironball actually has reverb built in. You can just get a footswitch and toggle the reverb on and off with it. 
Dude, why are you trolling this sub from two different accounts?
Id say no for the elevenrack, since its outdated and unsuported tech that wasnt very good to begin with. I havent played the headrush, but judging from all the stuff i read about it id take the Helix over it any day of the week.

And i have. I have a helix. Its great. I suggest the LT if the floor model is to pricey.
Well i think that the answers here are confusing as hell, so ill try to explain a bit better. 

You pretty much have 2 options. You can go the traditional Amp way, or you can go the modeling way. Lets discuss amps first.

First of you need an amp head. Once you have that, you plug that amp head into a guitar cabinet, set a microphone in front of the cab, and run the microphone into the mixer. Thats pretty much how it was done since the invention of the electric guitar, and its still the most used setup anywhere. For this type of setup, you can also get a combo amp, that is a head and cab the same box, so you dont have 2 pieces of gear to lug around.

Now if you dont want the amp to make any sound, you can plug the amp head into a loadbox. Its basicly a DI box that emulates the load the speaker puts on the head. You can then go from the loadbox directly into the mixer. But since the speaker and cabinet have a very big impact on sound, you also need some sort of speaker emulation. Some loadboxes have those integrated in them, and some dont. If you have a loadbox that doesnt have integrated speaker emulation, you need to get some sort of speaker/cab emulator, like Mooer Radar for example, and then put that between the loadbox and the mixer.

If the amp head has a line out or a headphone output, then you can run that directly into the mixer as well. Again, if those two outputs have an integrated speaker emulation, thats cool, but if they dont you need a speaker emulator of some sort as well. But, depending on the amp, you might still need to have a loadbox or cab pluged into the speaker outputs. If you run tube amps without a proper load, they can selfdestruct.


Ok, now lets talk modelers. Modelers do what the name implies, they model amplifiers, speakers, effects, you name it. You can take basicly any modeler, set up a patch, and plug it directly into the mixer. They have cab simulations already built in, so you dont need any aditional piece of gear to run those. The signal basicly goes guitar - modeler - mixer, and thats it. You just got to set it up, but the actually way that you use it is different from modeler to modeler, since they all have different features.

All of these options have their good and bad sides, so you pretty much have to decide for yourself what you want to do.

Oh, and if you start researching cab simulations, you are sure to stumble across the term IMPULSE RESPONSE. An impulse response is a small file that you can load into an impulse response loader. Those then simulate a cab. So an impulse loader is basicly a cab simulator.
a few weeks ago everyone suggested the Way Huge Green Rhino to me as the best TS type pedal.

Naturally i ignored everyone and got a EHX East River pedal. Works great!
I actually never use a compressor, so no, i dont know what you mean

But yeah, compressors work by lowering the signal level  once it goes over the threshold. The ratio setting tells you how much it lowers the signal, for example, a 1:2 ratio means that if the signal goes 2db over the threshold, it only increases by 1dB. A 1:4 ratio means a signal that goes 4dB over the threshold, it only increases the output by 1dB. So the higher the ratio, the more compressed the signal is.

This way you can increase the overall level of the signal, since the compressor basicly takes away the peaks and levels everything out. You can just increase the overall output of the compressor by increasing the volume, and you should get your overdrive back. But honestly, id recomend turning it of, since overdrive already acts as compression anyway.
Well the compressor lowers the overall level of the guitar signal when it goes over the threshold. So yes, it makes sense. What are you trying to achieve with a compressor in front of an overdriven amp anyway? Its not really a common setup. 
Well you can also buy 20 Roland Cube 10's for that kind of money.

Bugeras are good amps. They actually sound great for the price. I have heard plenty of bugeras, and while most of them sounded like shit, its probably because of user error, because i heard a few that sounded amazing. That being said, i also recently went to a gig where a death metal band had a really great sound. After a while i noticed they just miced up a Peavey Vyper.

So yeah, you can get a bugera for cheap, and call it a day. If it breaks, you have a warranty (altough its always a pain in the ass to use those). But its not gonna be "the best amp under 2000€".
Well that depends. Your straplock solution is ok, but what if i want to change my strap between guitars? I actually have all my guitars equiped with the same type of straplock, and i only have 2 straps that i change between them. For me, that makes the straplock worth the money, since its very secure and its actually easier to change straps than on regular strap buttons.

Im gonna go ahead and agree about the pedalboards. I have no idea why those pieces of wood/metal cost upwards of 200€. Its just insane, and its why i built my own when i still needed one. 

But honestly, this is such a broad subject. For example i think that the Kemper is not worth as much as they are charging for it, but it was worth it back in 2012. It just really depends on the piece of gear in question and your specific needs.
CorduroyEW Nobody here is saying you need a distorted poweramp for metal... Actually most, if not all hi gain amps nowdays get all the gain from the preamp stage. Even with overdrive pedals, all you do is pushing the preamp harder, making it more tight. No distortion actually comes from the power stage. 
CorduroyEW But clean power amps is not the same as a clean guitar amp in general. In that case i can say that im playing a crystal clean power amp, when im playing trough a 5150 at medium volumes...

So my band is recording and album, and I am currently tracking guitars. Im only recording the DI signal, because later on i want to reamp the guitars trough my actual amp. I cant really record the amp at the volume i want at home, because of obvious reasons, so reamping seems like the way to go. I got a Palmer reamp box yesterday, and i tested it out, and it works great! But it has a trimpot that sets the level of the signal going out of it. How do I know if that signal is at the same level as my guitar signal was from the start? Is there any way to test it? Would it work if i loop back from the reamp box into the interface and just compare the original signal levels with the reamp box signal? In my mind that should work, but i suspect its not as simple as that.

You need an audio interface, for example, a Scarlett Solo. And thats pretty much it, if you have standalone software like Amplitube. If you have something that only works as a plugin, then you also need a DAW, basicly a music recording program. Id recomend Reaper. Its cheap (i think it has a free trial that never ends), use friendly, and has tons of tutorials online. 
So far i have owned a Kemper and a Helix. The kemper, while sounding excelent once you set it up and browse trough thousands of profiles to find one that you like, is a bitch to use because of its dated and clunky user interface. I had the powered version, and it pretty much acted like a normal amp head. At practice i ran it trough a cab, and at gigs i ran it straight into FOH, and it all worked like a charm. But the interface really pushed me over the edge, and i ended up selling it. I got a Line6 Helix instead. 

Now the Helix is, in my opinion, a better machine than the Kemper in every way. It can sound just as good, especially if you use impulse responses, but it takes more dialing in. But with the kemper you have to search for profiles, so the end time pretty much evens out. It is however a breeze to use. The PC editor is great, and works flawlessly, and the big color screen an joystick interface on the unit itself is fast and great. The different routing options and footswitch configurations make it so much more flexible than the kemper, that its not even funny anymore. And, at least the floor version, its built like a tank. I used it at band practice with a powered monitor, and it works like a charm. I also used it with a real amp in the 4 cable method, and it works great. I have yet to try it with a poweramp and a cab tho, but a lot of people use a Seymour Duncan powerstage 170 and a cab with it. At home, i have it setup trough my studio monitors, and guess what, it sounds and plays great. I play trough it like 99% of the time. 

So yeah, if i were you, id go with a Helix and either with some sort of active monitor, or poweramp+cab. Seeing how flexible the helix is, you dont really need much else. The kemper is just way to expensive for what it is nowdays, and the sad reality is that all of the top end modelers nowdays are better than it. You COULD go with the AX8 or even axefxII, but since AxeFx3 came out, i doubt those are gonna get any more updates, while the helix has a few years lifespan left, and its updated pretty often. You can get the axefx 3, but its crazy expensive. If you have the money tough, maybe its worth cheking out. 
Like a lot of people said, an amp with not to complex switching system, and a multifx pedal that also supports amp switching. I have a 5150 and a line6 helix, and i have it set up with the 4 cable method, as well as with a cable for amp switching. Then i have my presets setup in a way where just one tap of a switch selects either clean, rhythm or lead preset. It switches to an apropriate channel, and changes up the effects that i have on it. Its actually great, and ive been wanting a setup like that for years.

The other option is to just get a modeling unit and setup some presets that you like and switch between them.

Or you can setup the pedals, so that you can stomp on more than one of them with  one foot. I did that before i had the helix, but it wasnt really reliable.
If you are screaming and cant hear yourself without a microphone, you are seriously doing something very very wrong. 
Metallica doesnt switch their own tones, they have someone else switch the amp for them. But he probably changes pickups because the neck sounds better on cleans and the brige better on hi gain tones. 
I had a JCA50H head, and i liked it. There wasnt really a clean channel, just a crunch one, so if you want any sort of passable cleans, stay away from this one. It sounded good, especially for the price, and besides one of the tubes going bad, i never had issues with it in the 3 years or so that i had it. The fx loop is kinda wonky tho, it sends out a line level signal instead of instrument, and some pedals cant take that. There should be a list of effects somewhere online that work fine in the loop, and i never actually had issues with it, but i wasnt really big into pedals at that point yet. 
What you need is a new amp. 

No but seriously, what kind of an amp do you have? Maybe you can pull a crunchy tone out of it alone. 
Goddamnit guys, i was ready to pull the trigger on the east river drive, but now i keep looking at the green rhino, and im just going back and forth between them
I narrowed it down to 5 steps:

1. Have a good guitar
2. Have a good amp
3. Have a good cab
4. Have good effects
5. Be a good player
Perverockstar69 Yeah, not here. They are about 140€ new, so twice the money of the east river drive. 

Gab_Azz You know, thats the only thing thats keeping me back from pulling the trigger on the ehx. But at this point i already invested so much money in studio gear, its getting to be insane. 
Well after some research and your helpful replies, i figure i need some sort of tubescreamer clone. Im thinking of getting the EHX east river drive, since its suposed to be a 1:1 copy of an 808, and it doesnt break the bank, and ive had nothing but great experience with ech pedals so far. It also looks nice. 
The 6505+ actually has a much more usable clean channel than the normal 6505, thanks to the separate eq for the clean channel. Its not the best clean channel ever, but it gets the job done. If you play a lot of hi gain stuff and less lower gain, then id say go for the 6505, but if you dont play a lot of hi gain, then go for the VK and get some pedals for the hi gain stuff. 
Hi guys, 

So im recording an album, and the plan is to reamp all the guitar trough an... well amp. Its gonna be either my 5150II or my friends 6505, we have yet to decide. They sound very similar anyway. BUT, i need an overdrive pedal to put in front of it, and the only one i have ever owned was a BadMonkey, that i sold about a year ago. Currently i run my line6 Helix with my amp in the 4 cable method, and use that for drives, but for recording i want an actual pedal.

The thing is, there are hundreds of those pedals around. I know that people like the Tubescreamer and the Maxon 808, but s there anything better in the price range? Id be willing to go up to around 200€ for one, since i think it would be a pretty good investment, but im just lost in all of the options.

Oh yeah, its gonna be used for metal. If that makes any difference. 

cs_walle Actually 99,99% of the time people only use the bridge pickup for rhythm tones. Actually i have never heard of anyone using anything else but the bridge pickup for rhythm in metal. The neck pickup is great for solos, at least in my opinion, and the 60 is way better than the 85 that people usually get. It sounds much more full and liquidy when you play leads on the neck pickup, the bridge sounds hars and thin. As far as the middle position goes, i only use it for clean. 
Im not really sure what your problem is exactly, since you say that the lowest you can go is E2 and the highest is G#3. All of that falls right between the E2 and E4 like you want.

Anyway, get a teacher. Im just gonna paste one of my responses from the other threads, because im kinda tired of typing out pretty much the same thing almost every month

"Start taking vocal lessons. Seriously. I was stuck in pretty much the  same place vocaly for years before i started taking lessons, and lo and  behold, i improved more in 6 months than i did in 6 year prior. Sure,  you can just go and belt it out and push and yell so it sounds somewhat  good, but thats the express flight to fucking up your vocal cords  forever. I know some singers can just do it naturally, like Dio and  Steven Tyler, but those guys are legends for a reason. Us mere mortals  have to practice our ass of to be able to to it.

Anyway, your  best shot is getting a teacher. He/she will teach you all about correct  vocal placement, breath support, inounciation, vocal projection and so  on. After you have that somewhat down, you can work with adding grit to  your vocals. And getting a teacher is in my opinion the only way to  really advance with singing, because its not like playing guitar. You  cant learn how to manipulate the inside of your body if you just watch  youtube videos. A good teacher will tailor their aproach to you  specificly, and will work with you in a way that makes sense, and  improves your biggest mistakes.

Ive been taking vocals lessons  for the last 4-5 years i think. And its been one of the most rewarding  things ever. I went from barely getting trough a metallica song to being  able to power trough Show must go on. So yeah, there is hope."
evanoff75 If you have the budget for it, check out the Fortin Zuul. It has 2 inputs, a normal one and a "key" input. It can work as a normal noisegate, or it can respond to the signal in the "key" input. That way you can put it in the fx loop of the amp, and plug a guitar into the key input, so that it mutes the amp in the fx loop but responds to your guitar playing, not the amp input signal. 
Im gonna say yes, because at this point, i cant imagine using any sort of hi gain amp without a noise gate. I battled hiss and feedback for years before i sprung for a noisegate a few years ago, and its almost like it transformed my life. Whenever i use some kind of a modeler, i use noise gate models. When i use a real amp i use noisegates. At this time i actually use my 5150 with the Line6 Helix with the 4cm and i have 2 noisegates setup, in front and in the fx loop. They just make your life a whole lot easier if you are playing with hi gain at gig or practice volume levels. 
oneblackened I had a jet city and tbh, i prefer the helix all the way. Jet citiy is pretty much a one trick pony, and not a very good pedal platform as well. At least the jca50 wasnt.

OP, id get the helix. Altough if you just want plug and play without any fucking aroudn with cabs and speakers, then get the quilter or the katana. But i honestly think the Helix is the best sounding and the most versatile solution of all.
kolokol220 No idea. It looks cool, but Avid doesnt really have the best track record with this kinds of products, at least as far as updates and support go. Ive also seen a bunch of stuff online about how they break down, and then there is no support from Avid to help the customers. Line6 on the other hand has amazing customer support, with a lot of their members actually active in unoficial line6 facebook groups and forums. I cant really comment on the sounds tho, since i never played one, but i DID hold it in my hands, and found it to feel rather more flimsy than the helix. 
kolokol220 i dont see why not. But the LT sadly doesnt have an xlr input like the big helix has. I know people use it to record all sorts of stuff tho, including vocals and acoustic guitars.
kolokol220 yep. Actually it also acts as a pretty good interface, so you dont even need an aditional sound card for it. 
kolokol220 Well you need some sort of poweramp if you want to use it with a cab, so you need something like a seymour duncan powerstage 170 for example, or run it trough an fx loop return on a real amp.

For home use i run my helix trough some cheap studio monitors i got years ago, and it works fine for me. I can get some great tones out of it. For band practice i use it trough a frfr speaker (fancy name for a PA speaker), and it works great as well, but the patches need to be eq/ed a bit differently. With another band i use it with the 4 cable method with an actuall amp. If you are just gonna use it for home playing, you can use whatever kind of speakers you want with it pretty much.
kolokol220 Well you need some sort of poweramp if you want to use it with a cab, so you need something like a seymour duncan powerstage 170 for example, or run it trough an fx loop return on a real amp.

For home use i run my helix trough some cheap studio monitors i got years ago, and it works fine for me. I can get some great tones out of it. For band practice i use it trough a frfr speaker (fancy name for a PA speaker), and it works great as well, but the patches need to be eq/ed a bit differently. With another band i use it with the 4 cable method with an actuall amp. If you are just gonna use it for home playing, you can use whatever kind of speakers you want with it pretty much.