New Amp -OR- Midpriced modelers -OR- Is anyone here (still) playing a Tonex?

I got a Lelia Mara X V2 in black and a DF64 Gen 2 grinder. The Mara is well behaved for an e61 group HX machine due to some electronic trickery. I seem to be pulling pretty decent 17.5 g in, 40 +/- g out shots already. I just ran a couple lb. of Starbucks medium roast through the grinder to “season” it. The beans are oily and black. I had a major unplug and clean job after that. The grinder is back up and running. My actual drinking coffee beans are from a local roaster, and are real medium roast. My oat milk steaming chops leave a LOT to be desired. It’s pretty fun. Since I’m now blissfully retired, it doesn’t really matter that my first cup of coffee ( usually an Americano) is half an hour from flipping the on switch to first sip.
Private Stock Coffee :)
 
I'm back to Tonex with the "Mesa/Boogie Reference" and "ODS Legends" signature collections. $99 each certainly seems like too much $$$ but these collections sound awesome and meet most of my needs along with my own captures of a couple Marshalls.

I also have some NAM captures that sound great. NAM's batch processing is something I wish IK would add to Tonex.
 
Eh, solid midrange. All that, and an americano tastes as good as a cup from my $40 AeroPress.
That's a nice machine. Your typo threw me though.

I have narrowly avoided the espresso trap. I have about everything else, Aeropress's, V60s, Espro presses, moca pots, etc. And I roast all my own beans, and have a couple Baratza grinders, but nothing for espresso.

I have a killer iced coffee recipe with the Aeropress if you want it. I've tried about everything and it's my favorite for iced coffee, whose time is coming very soon now.
 
That's a nice machine. Your typo threw me though.

I have narrowly avoided the espresso trap. I have about everything else, Aeropress's, V60s, Espro presses, moca pots, etc. And I roast all my own beans, and have a couple Baratza grinders, but nothing for espresso.

I have a killer iced coffee recipe with the Aeropress if you want it. I've tried about everything and it's my favorite for iced coffee, whose time is coming very soon now.
Absolutely for the iced coffee recipe. AeroPress is a really cool thing. It helped postpone the espresso machine for most of a year.
 
I'm back to Tonex with the "Mesa/Boogie Reference" and "ODS Legends" signature collections. $99 each certainly seems like too much $$$ but these collections sound awesome and meet most of my needs along with my own captures of a couple Marshalls.

I also have some NAM captures that sound great. NAM's batch processing is something I wish IK would add to Tonex.
You’re pretty much set with Tonex then. You can pick up at least a couple Tonex’ for the price of anything close in capability I think.
 
I decided to split the coffee stuff out, on the off chance there are other coffee nerds here. The only threads I found with coffee in the title died out 5 or 10 years ago. Here it is, in case anyone here is interested:
 
ToneX, Pod Go and Helix were all nice but I went back to my UAFX pedals after long. I have too many modelers/profilers.

(Ruby, Dream and Lion - One for each board - all different boards, has been my go-to. Couldn't be happier with Universal Audio's stuff)
UA's software amp models for their UAD platform are very good, particularly the '57 Tweed Deluxe that they created in-house (most UAD amp models are from third party vendors like Softube and Brainworx). It's pretty well-known here that I think modelers mostly fail; but when UA puts their minds to something, they do it really well.

I use that particular model as a scratch pad for most of the things I write if I'm working at a late hour. I'll replay it through a real amp the next day (I don't re-amp, though, because I find a player needs to work with the feel of the amp). But the UA Deluxe is a winner.

So I'm not surprised you like the UAFX pedals.

I did an A/B comparison of my 1073 mic preamp with the UA model of the 1073 through my Apollo. There was a bit of a difference in the transients - the model kind of rounded them off a tiny bit - but I doubt anyone would notice it in a multi-instrument mix. A solo recording would make me feel differently, but their mic preamp models (I love their API models in particular) are very good, and again, were done in-house.

Of course, their OX box is now a studio staple (one day I'll get one, but I still like miking up amps).

Anyway, my two cents. Those pedals sound pretty darn good for modelers.
 
UA's software amp models for their UAD platform are very good, particularly the '57 Tweed Deluxe that they created in-house (most UAD amp models are from third party vendors like Softube and Brainworx). It's pretty well-known here that I think modelers mostly fail; but when UA puts their minds to something, they do it really well.

I use that particular model as a scratch pad for most of the things I write if I'm working at a late hour. I'll replay it through a real amp the next day (I don't re-amp, though, because I find a player needs to work with the feel of the amp). But the UA Deluxe is a winner.

So I'm not surprised you like the UAFX pedals.

I did an A/B comparison of my 1073 mic preamp with the UA model of the 1073 through my Apollo. There was a bit of a difference in the transients - the model kind of rounded them off a tiny bit - but I doubt anyone would notice it in a multi-instrument mix. A solo recording would make me feel differently, but their mic preamp models (I love their API models in particular) are very good, and again, were done in-house.

Of course, their OX box is now a studio staple (one day I'll get one, but I still like miking up amps).

Anyway, my two cents. Those pedals sound pretty darn good for modelers.
The UAFX pedals definitely get it right!

I haven't tried their compressor or other effects pedals from them, I just know their amp models are a good margin above any profiler/modeler on the market.

They seem to be the only amp models that interact realistically with effects chains, and speaker behavior. You can even hear the speaker crumble whem going direct. Nothing else comes close!
 
The UAFX pedals definitely get it right!

I haven't tried their compressor or other effects pedals from them, I just know their amp models are a good margin above any profiler/modeler on the market.

They seem to be the only amp models that interact realistically with effects chains, and speaker behavior. You can even hear the speaker crumble whem going direct. Nothing else comes close!
I don't know if this is still the case, but one of the engineers designing models for them is a prof at either Cal Berkeley or Stanford who specializes in creating software like the stuff these models use.

Whoever he is, he sure does a bang-up job, because the stuff is extremely good.

I don't know if you've tried Luna, the DAW that's Apollo-specific, but for it they've modeled Neve and API summing amplifiers for the buses. I've used both in hardware, and have owned the Neve hardware summing bus. The models sound close enough that I bought them for the sole purpose of running stems created in Logic through these buses for non-classical tracks.

My son and I checked their Moog minimoog model against the hardware in an A/B comparison, same levels, same knob settings, the whole deal. As a Moog endorser for several years, he's very familiar with the hardware.

The UA model sounded exactly the same, except at the very extreme settings of a couple of controls. We both expected the hardware to slay the software, but it didn't happen. Instead, we were very surprised.

Granted, designing software modeling a synthetic instrument, or hardware you hear only subtly in recording (unlike the way you hear a guitar amplifier), is probably not as formidable a task. But still. They know what they're doing at UA.
 
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So…. I sometimes use a JHS little black amp box volume knob in a box in the loop of my MKV25. It has gone MIA in the disarray of our home improvement projects. I maybe have a decent solution - a volume pedal in the loop. But then I figured why not get something that will also work well as an expression pedal for my kemper.

So, any recommendations for a:
Volume pedal
Works as an expression pedal with the kemper
Buffered?
Smaller form factor
$100 +/-, less expensive is better
Durable enough for bedroom playing

Thanks all!
 
So…. I sometimes use a JHS little black amp box volume knob in a box in the loop of my MKV25. It has gone MIA in the disarray of our home improvement projects. I maybe have a decent solution - a volume pedal in the loop. But then I figured why not get something that will also work well as an expression pedal for my kemper.

So, any recommendations for a:
Volume pedal
Works as an expression pedal with the kemper
Buffered?
Smaller form factor
$100 +/-, less expensive is better
Durable enough for bedroom playing

Thanks all!
From what I understand an expression pedal is very different than a standard volume pedal. Neither would work in both situations.
 
In other news, and on topic, who of finding the Tonex One almost impossible to resist at $179?

I’m struggling to find a reason NOT to buy one.
Not me.. My biggest issue is that you need to have a pc/Mac to access the full potential and capabilities of it. That's really the reason why I haven't picked one up. It's extremely limited without a computer at hand and pretty much useless out the box.

Why they haven't made a Bluetooth phone app for their products yet is beyond me. There are plenty of top tier pedals and practice amps that have dedicated phone apps as well as pc/macos apps. So while there's no excuse not to buy one, there's also no excuse to why we need a pc to access the program.

If it wasn't for those obvious cons, I'd maybe give it a go. I think the Line6 Pod Express or the Boss IR-2 are more capable and intuitive.
 
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In other news, and on topic, who of finding the Tonex One almost impossible to resist at $179?

I’m struggling to find a reason NOT to buy one.
I think that if you love your existing pedalboard and want/need to downsize your amp rig it just might be a winner.
Even though I'm entrenched in Kemper, it does look good even compared to the Kemper player. Again, qualifier that you love your existing pedalboard...
 
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