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So, we’ve seen the gear that Jim and Mick hold dearest, but how about modelling? Have they fallen for the brave new world of digital?
Jim: “I’m a fan of modelling for demoing and writing on the road. For playing live I have a Fractal, which I like a lot, and I think you can get really involved with it. It can drive you mad because there’s so much you can do with it.
"It’s not my favourite to use. I would never replace tube amps with modelling - it just feels different. You can get damned near close to the sound, but after a while you get digital fatigue with your ears and it just feels different.”
Mick: “It’s been a while since we’ve been in the studio and things are advancing so fast, but I don’t think you’ll ever replace tubes because tubes are tubes and there’s a sweetness that you’ll never get [with modelling]. But I have an Axe FXII and it seems so responsive to touch.
"It’s a whole different ball game. I haven’t really scratched the surface on that, though; it’s something I have at home and look forward to fuckin’ with some more. It’s impressive at conversation level - I live in a loft so I can’t crank my shit up or the police come beating on my door.
"That’s great for a musician, huh?! I have noticed that it translates really well, though. And like I said, I saw Coheed use them and if I hadn’t known they were using them I wouldn’t have guessed. Who knows: next time in the studio we might - gasp - use a digital board.”