My band has been in the recording studio every day for the last 2 weeks getting our EP laid down. I had my Eleven Rack, the Orange TH30, ENGL Fireball, Mesa Dual Rec Roadster and a 5150 as well as a 5150 4X12, Mesa Rec 4X12 and an Orange PPC 2X12 as well as just about every cool mic you could think of. We re-amped the whole thing from start to finish so we could do whatever we wanted with whatever amps we wanted to use. I had even considered renting a few cool amps as well.
A close friend offered to let us use his Axe Fx as well. We brought it in and started from scratch. We used a 5105 amp sim (peavey 5150) with a Mesa Cali King 4X12 cab (mesa oversized 4X12) and a few other little things in the unit and spent about 3 hours putting together a sound, testing it along the way. Using an analyzer we tested and looked at every tiny detail about the sound waves... We realized, not only was it 100% authentic to the real thing but it was actually better because of the flexability of the tweakable perameters that the actual amp/cab don't have in real life. Things such as the amount of air and frequency that pushes out of the cab, the sag in the power amp as well as dampening and bias of the power tubes. Even the diode and cap values in the preamp section of the amp. Every little detail was there to allow tone shaping. We really dug in deep and sculpted a tone that was articulate and crushing.
Next we re-amped all the songs using our new program. All of us were beyond blown away. I have never heard or seen of something this insanely good sounding. The unit has not ONE iota of a digital signal. I defended the Eleven Rack to the end, but till I tried this and we did this testing/recording I had no idea. The Axe Fx is miles ahead of anything that is available today.
As soon as I got home last night I ordered one for myself because there is no way in hell I'm not going to use this in my live rig. All my other gear is being shelved. I'm not selling anything since I still like stuff I have but for live I'm just using the Axe Fx with a powered PA monitor that will be strong enough for stage volume and going DI to front of house from now on.
I'm not gonna get into any arguments on what is blah blah blah Vs, blah blah blah... This is by far, beyond anything out there and can't be compared. Pure and simple, hearing/playing is believing with this unit.