Since I believe the PAS is capable of replacing my backline guitar amp with the aid of an amp modeller I figured a comparison/observation thread would be nice. I've been using POD XT Pro and a DigiTech GNX4 for some time so I will type/edit something soon to share my experiences about those in day or two. Y'all are welcome and encouraged to contribute as well.
I should have a Boss GT-6 in studio soon so that will get some test driving results but this next box arrived today and my initial observations follow:
Adrenalinn by Roger Linn. Now this is a different animal. A cross between amp modeller, drum looper and exquisite tempo based effects. When I 1st plugged in the guitar and listened via headphones I was not too impressed with the amp models. Kinda "fizzy" stuff going on in my cans and most of you know how I feel about that. At this point, I was almost ready to pack it up and send back for refund. But, I decided to try it in the PAS and learn the interface. Boy, am I glad I did! The amp models sounded awesome and what's more important they actually felt good under my fingers. I could only detect "good fizz" with the PAS pumping this thing out. The headphone jack was not included with original version so my guess is that the headphone amp isn't very great but the line outputs rock!
Checked all the basics that I'm used to and yep, volume control roll-off cleans things-up a bit, good cleans and fat OD's. Overall a very nice touch/feel playing this unit. It doesn't model stomp boxes or anything like that but it doesn't need to. The amp drive control is more than enough to dial-in a sweet lead tone and then backing the guitar volume down does just what a great amp does. Cleans up a little yet stays fat and sparkly.
So now I'm getting comfortable with the tone and controls so I start a drum loop and learned how to use the tap-tempo function. Very different because it's not a tap at all. Rather, you hold the tempo footswitch for the measure length of the music you wish to synch. Different but cool in it's own way.
Whoa, somebody call a doctor because when you synch this thing to tempo, all kinda great stuff happens. Some of the patches use LFO's to control many different filter, amp, time and modulation parameters. Something about that is very satisfying and helps lend complex sticky/swirling mod/filter stuff to the guitar that just sounds/feels natural and great.
Okay, I realize this may just be a honeymoon period but I'm digging it pretty well and I will keep test driving 'til gig-ready and then figure it out from there. There's a lot here and I'm only scratching the surface but my initial impression is very favorable.
It'll do practically any guitar tone although it doesn't get there like anything else I've ever worked with. But once you get "synch'd" it should put a big smile on your face!