So, I gave it another shot. They were blowing them out at $199 around Christmas time and I couldn’t help thinking that I’d been a bit too hasty in my first trial with it.
Ed hooked me up with some premium patches that are pretty good starting points. I’ve downloaded hundreds more from other sources as well. I still have to tweak quite a bit to get stuff that I like, but they’re much better starting points than the stock patches for sure. I’m still learning how to tweak the parametric eq to dial out fizz, but maintain clarity.
One problem that I ran into was that my headphones were hyping up the high frequencies quite a bit. So the fizz frequency range was being boosted making all the patches sound like ass I ended up getting some new 'phones with a flatter frequency response and that has helped a lot. Still, I end up not trusting my ears after listening through multiple sources.
I still think the effects suck. It does have a stereo effects loop that I haven’t used yet. That may be a saving grace for effects.
Anyway, for the tl;dr folks…for $199 I think it’s useful, and can get some decent tones. I’ll keep it.
Here’s a patch I came up with for those that don’t even want to read any of that, but want to hear what it does: