John is a valve-amp stalwart, whereas Misha was raised on a diet of home recording software - a modern modelling man, if you will...
Misha Mansoor: “I love amps. I listen to his Mark V tone and think, ‘Ah, maybe I should…’ But for practical purposes, the Axe-Fx is amazing. We didn’t have to rent backline on this tour, we carry our rigs in our carry-ons, we have patch changes controlled by computer – and they’ve never messed up. With my old rigs, you’d hit that standby switch and the sound didn’t come on, and it’s like, ‘What did I mess up?’ Now, it’s very easy to troubleshoot.”
John Petrucci: “I like both schools. I’ve always played amps and I always will. In the studio and live, there’s nothing like the interaction of a guitar cranking through a Boogie. It’s like a drug to me. But the guys at Fractal have come up with an incredible piece of gear that I use in my rig for all the processing effects, my choruses, delays, pitch shifters…”
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