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Fractal FM9 - the best of all digital worlds?

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I've had my FM9 for a few weeks now and I thought I'd leave a review in case you're on the list and wondering whether to buy or thinking of getting on the list. In short I feel that this is an amazing value and can't be beat if you're looking for an all in one unit. I've owned the Helix and Kemper Floor. What sets it apart?

1. Best Dual amp set up - The Kemper community has begged for this for a long time. The Helix can do it but IMO the Fractal modelling is a step above in feel and detail. When you consider the amp blocks can actually include four separate "channels" which are really amps for 8 amps in one preset and it's not a contest.

2. Superior Switching - this was what I loved about the AFX3 when I had it. The degree to which you can make the controller do what you want is above every other unit. Only the MC8 is really comparable. You get that power built in.

3. DSP - if you know you know.

4. No compromises - with almost every other unit people say "it's great but..." the reverbs could be better, the drive pedals aren't great blah blah. I don't feel one can say that here. Add to that Cliff's undying commitment to improvement.

There's much more that could be said but I'll leave it there. Feel free to drop off any questions or comments.
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I got my FM9 and like it a lot.

I keep reading that the fractal stuff has better feel and tone on amp models than helix but I’m not too sure about that.

i still find the helix alot easier to get a great tone with quicklyand think the amp models and feel are very close.

I’ll know more after rehearsal Saturday with the FM9 which I prefer but I’ve been nailing the shiva thing with my helix and a York Audio Bogner cab it’s sooo good.

The FM9 is so killer though. It’s an awesome time to be an amp junkie with all the killer modelling and profiling happening
I hated the flextone. It was ass and always will be
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