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Avid Eleven Rack

Guitar Amp Simulation Rack from Avid belonging to the Eleven series

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« One amp simulators to put in the top of the basket »

Published on 12/17/13 at 02:56
Value For Money : Excellent
ATTENTION: I think relates to the eleven rack expansion pack FREE!

What are the effects or types of effects available?

- Volume Pedal
- Black and Shine Wah
- Fuzz
- Disto and overdrive
- Flanger (analog emulation of a flanger)
- Chorus / Vibrato (emulating an analog pedal)
- Phaser (two types of emulation two different analog pedals)
- Rotor Speaker (Leslie)
- Spring Reverb (which is excellent!)
- Eleven SR (stereo reverb very successful too)
- Delay Tape echo (like Roland Space Echo)
- Delay analog (based on pedal transistor)
- 5-band EQ
- Compressor (not super convincing for my taste)
For my part I regret emulation pedal Wahmi fanchement but the rack is always stocked.

Are they edited? Via a Mac / PC editor?

Everything is editable from the rack which is very simple and intuitive to use as most settings are found on the front of the eleven rack.
Small black dot: editing on mac or pc can only be done through pro tools, visualization settings on the computer is not stand-alone.

Is this a rack or rack MODEL?

uh ... eleven RACK ^ ^

What technology is used? (Analog, digital, tube ...)

It is fully digital, the signal passes through the mic preamp level, line or instr based on what you save is then directly converted to be processed digitally. All effects are digital emulation and emulation amp. The plus is the emulation of speakers and microphones convolution technology to capture and reproduce the "noise footprint" of a product or part (convolution reverb). For more information I invite you to direct you to this link https://fr.audiofanzine.com/plugin-reverb/editorial/dossiers/viva-la-convolution.html. Everything is handled internally, the eleven rack has its own CPU which allows completely relieve the computer.

What is the connection? (Audio / MIDI)

Then it&#39;s the best of the best because there ALL:
- USB
- SPDIF
- AES
- MIDI
- Footswitch or expression pedal
- Main output
- Outputs to attack a amp using the eleven rack as a stereo or mono effects pedal
- Line input +4 dBu or-10dBV
- Mic input
- Instrument input
- Loop stereo effect

UTILIZATION

The general configuration is it simple?

Very simple, it works as a guitar amp if you do not connect to a computer so, basically, it is plug &#39;n play, otherwise just install the drivers and it is gone!

The manual is clear and sufficient? ...

Yes, and I urge you to read it because it can provide useful information about emulations or how to adjust some settings in standalone as the sampling frequency or what source dédider at hand ...

Editing sounds and effects is it easy?

Very easy, as I said above everything is the front!

SOUND QUALITY

The effects are they effective, responsive and realistic enough?

While things are clear: if you want a device that accurately reproduce the sound of a Marshall, a fender, a mesa boogie or else ... go your way anyway because this machine does not yet exist.
on the other hand amp emulations have proposed a sound very interesting, some are more successful than others, but must be addressed sounds like discovering new amps. If you go with the idea that you will find the sound of your JCM800, you will be disappointed on the other hand you can say "hey I like that sound because it reminds me of the sound of a twin reverb. .. ".
For my part, the clean sounds are really good, especially with the SL100 model. For distos sounds, I prefer to be honest with you, they will need to treat them well, especially in the EQ above 8Khz because I hear the "coldness" of digital. I find, for example, to play metal riff, that&#39;s not it, but when it comes to playing blues or rock there, the 11R defended really well.
What&#39;s great is that you can try a variety of combinations to find the sound that suits you:
- Emulation amps (12 different emulations)
- Speaker emulation (7 different emulations)
- Emulation of the microphone used to capture the sound (7 different emulations)
- Microphone placement (center-center or HP = less treble)

Must spend time to find the sounds that we like but it is precisely this variety of combinations makes the 11R very interesting and powerful!

Which instruments do you use?

I play with a ephiphone Zakk Wylde EMG HZ equipped (liabilities)



OVERALL OPINION

How long have you use it?

This will make 3 years that I use only in the studio recording.

Have you tried many other models before buying it?

I had a Line6 POD and I tested the POD HD Pro X (direct competitor to the eleven rack). Overall I preferred the sound of the Eleven but I loved the Dual amp line 6 function allows two amp emulations simultaneously which increases the possibilities. But I find the sound emulation is really "digital" at Line 6.
I also tested the Two Notes Torpedo home and this is clearly a level above but much more expensive!
I have not tested the Axe FX in Fractal so I do not know what it is (although there are many topics type Eleven Rack VS Axe FX).

What is the particular feature you like best and least?

Goodies:
- The sound of most amps and effects
- The re-amping feature that is simply awesome! All my sounds I record in clean and after I selected during the mix, the final sound I want.
- Be able to choose what we listen regardless of what is recorded.
- Many connectors
- The user
- The tuner that I find very specific
- It is also a sound card

Cons:
- The quality of converters that are not terrible. I have a Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 and when I put it in master clock, I found some clarity in low and precision highs. And when I spend my UA2192 then there nothing to do ...
- No bracket supplied with but ...
- Editing on the computer only in pro tools
- Some emulations blowing high gain (much) too much for my taste

How would you rate the quality / price?

I find it really bad because when you look at the competition, there is no hybrid rack amp simulator / sound card at this price point. Then I will not go into the debate Avid but there is an update, pay, called expansion pack that adds emulations of amps, speaker cabinets (including one they added the saturation of the cabinet), micro and effects.
So I think that with this product, it was worth the money because the 11R can be used:
- Live
- The studio to record
- Rpt
- Adjust neighborhood problems playing headphones

I would like to use it as a head amp and plug it into a true baffle to see what it gives, unfortunately I will sell to move to a "real" amp.

With experience, you do again this choice? ...

Well honestly, as sound technician and guitarist, I will not repeat that choice. Let me explain: I recently had the opportunity to try a lot of amps and speakers, and my choice was a retro ENGL tube. And I must say that the sensation one feels when playing with a "real" amp, I think it can not be "synthesized". It goes something is lost (without going into the debate "is because there lamps" or such nonsense, there are monstrous amps operate transistors!) With all Emulation systems that are Line6 with the 11R or even products in Two notes.
Then he must know what you want, if you want in a machine, hundreds of different sounds can easily save, organize your schedule and your preset effects via MIDI, and then play around 11R is made for you.

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