Originally Posted by Two hands31
Don't you run a multi-effects into a PA when live? Or has that changed...or am I confused
Yeah, that was my ideal plan... unfortunately, we do not live in an ideal world.
In gigging situations, i found that the monitor capability in most small clubs was woefully inadequate to get good, consistent sound, and to be able to move freely around on stage and still hear myself. We need the monitors to carry vocals and our synths/samples. Adding guitar in there just complicates things... i'd need my own separate monitor on stage and most of the self-powered monitors i tried were just too thin or harsh sounding.
My current rig is my GT-6 into a Sonic Maximizer, then into a Peavey Classic 50/50 running in stereo out to a Genz Benz G-Flex 2x12. It kicks some serious ass. It's clean and powerful and sounds very, very good.
I can still run direct out to PA by using the balanced line outs on the Peavey, which might be preferable to putting a mic on the cab. But it depends on the sound tech at the venue. A lot of sound guys are perfectly comfortable with putting a mic in front of a cabinet, and can get good sound out to the house that way. Asking them to do anything different or new, and it's a gamble as to whether they'll do a good job with it or not. I've found it's best to just stick with what the sound tech knows.
The big advantage is i'm now using the same rig consistently for rehearsal and for shows, so i don't have to wrestle with getting my tone right every time.