Putting Helix Native and the Axe FX head to head!

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  1. Guitarjon

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    Hey guys!

    A while ago I was working on this song and I felt I wanted to try to do this one on two platforms.
    Just for fun and to see how they both sound in the mix compared to each other.
    Of course the formats are different, one is a plugin and the other hardware.
    But do they stack up to each other well?
    I think they both sound really good but I'd love to hear which one is your favorite and why.

    I'm using the same OwnHammer Emperor 4x12 IR from the Heavy Hitters Collection II.

    I tried to just make them both sound good in their own right so they don't use amp models that were based on the same amp necessarily.

    Here we go!

    Axe FX:


    Helix Native:
     
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    Compared to the Axe FX, Helix sounds duller and less dynamic.
     
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    Sick tracks!! Both actually sound phenomenal.
    The Fractal seems to be 'warmer' and 'airier' while the Helix is more 'cold' and 'present'.
     
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    The exact opposite to me, but honestly... they're both quite good.
     
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    They both sound great. If you heard this live or was a blind test without knowing, really...it would be a guess.

    Nicely done and a great comparison.
     
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    I never thought I'd actually say this, but I liked the Helix better.
     
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    Not bad eh? ;)
     
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    Honestly anyone who hears a difference in quality in those two videos has to either have the very best of ears or be full of shit :2c: :D

    Both sound great and I'm pretty sure the difference you can hear is down to Jon using different amps on the two units. Just shows how great OwnHammer IRs are :p
     
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