IMO they fucked up twice
First the Ax8 had a terrible interface, garbage screen and they skimped out on dual amps/tone match block and other things.
FM3....3 footswitches ....I actually preferred the Ax8 just for the extra footswitches!!
And make the patches compatible ffs ...drop out blocks if they can't handle the CPU but it seems like such a shoot yourself in the foot situation.
Line 6/Neural got this right (even though I'm not sure about the rotary footswitches yet hahah)
Only thing that pisses me off is the loading of 1000 IR's on the QC...and some certain IR vendors have been exposed that they don't even know whats going on when it comes to shooting IR's
I know some in the fractal just sound hideous and could be pulled out ......anything muddy or honky or comb filter like just get it out of the unit.
They would be much better getting the MBritts of the world and pro players in a room and paying them to cut down the bulk.
I am with you on the 3 foot switches. Completely useless to gig with IMO. It seems like gigging wasn't their target at all though. It seems like they intend this thing to be used at home while hooked up to your PC with the editor. The foot switches are almost an aside.
The Neural DSP quad cortex is in the same price category as the Kemper Stage, but the Line 6 Helix Stomp is relatively cheep at $600. Still, 3 buttons? I still think it would be better to bring the features up to a point where it can be gigged with even if the price needs to go up to around $800 to do it.