Trying to design my ultimate rig for guitar in the boudoir and would love to hear thoughts/ideas.
Been using various Fractal products for the last two years and have to come to a lot of conclusions regarding how they work best for me; currently own an FM3 and not terribly interested in going to a III.
Currently have a few pedals in the mix, but that will be expanding over the next few months. Currently have Strymon Volante, Chase Bliss Mood, Klone, JHS 3-knob fuzz, Hudson Broadcast. Currently use an FC6 to control the FM3, Volante and Mood.
Want to add in a Helix variant - either Stomp or Rack. I've used various Helix products enough to have come to a lot of conclusions regarding how they work best for me, also.
Currently leaning towards this iteration with Helix rack. In this configuration, the FM3 would be connected in stereo to the HX rack via loops 1 and 2. All pedals and loops 3 and 4 of the HX Rack would route to a patch bay concealed in the cabinet for flexible signal routing.
Going Stomp would obviously save some money and footprint. I could probably get by with the Stomp in terms of processing power/# of blocks given the heavy lifting being done by the FM3, but the more limited I/O would likely lead to a few routing headaches -- I'd keep the FM3 routed to the patchbay, and anytime I wanted to add a pedal between the Helix and the FM3, I'd need to re-route things in the patchbay. It would also mean I'd have to keep using my stand-alone audio interface because I do a lot of microphone recording. Though using the Rack as my audio interface in this configuration would also mean using something like the Makie Big Knob on my actual desk for volume control. No biggie. The limitations of the Stomp are significant enough that I think I'm gonna go rack.
Primary goal is to keep all processing up off the floor because if there's one thing bedroom guitarist must do at all times is keep it sexy. And bent over turning a knob is not sexy when done by the bedroom guitarist. Additional goal is to allow flexible/easy routing of various configurations via the patchbay
The only things I really need foot control over are looper type things (Mood and Volante). Other stuff I'm happy to turn on/off with my hands, though I would rather have a button or switch to press to make that happen without having to scroll through a signal chain on either HX or FM3. If I go HX Rack...I'd probably end up with a Control.
Total dimensions are 26" to the lowest desktop part, 1.5" depth total (might need to make feet that are deeper than that to keep it from being tippy) and 32" wide. Could go a little wider to make more room for pedals without cramping my guitar room much if needed. Would also have a stereo power amp for feeding 2 1x12" cabs incorporated in the cabinet.
For out of bedroom activities, I'd probably just pull the FM3 out and take it with me.
Thoughts? Stomp or Rack? No QC suggestions allowed, and Kemper as much I love...I don't think it would add anything to this setup.