I saw a video where a guy was using MIDI (in very clever ways!!) to alter the sounds in his MIDI-capable effects unit. He could play chords or specific phrases to initiate changes in the effects. It's impressive use of tech, though not without it's noticeable glitches.
I've been noticing that MIDI is generally not available in budget gtr fx. I was searching around for which multi-effects rigs have good MIDI implementation. Fractal's Axe FX seem to have it, but that's way out of my league & budget. I also stumbled onto the Eleven Rack by Avid.
I started reading about the Eleven Rack and watching demo videos. The feature set is a nice compliment to gear I have. Sweetwater is selling them for $200, so I decided to order one. I'll follow up when I have a chance to mess with it. I'll be curious to hear how it does with dynamics.
It doesn't really qualify as a "flagship". But it has a few things that make it seem like good value.
1. Good sounds, super low latency
2. Sturdy seeming build quality
3. Ext FX Loop (stereo) which, along with most modules can be re-ordered
4. MIDI implementation for realtime control, also 4 parameters can be assigned to the built-in exp pedal in
5. Ample input and output options including a quality mic pre with phantom, and low level outs to amp
6. Can do all edits on the unit, or on computer
7. "True" impedance modes to help sound/feel like real gear
8. Works as an audio MIDI interface with proper drivers
The MIDI implementation is pretty basic. Controller assignments are "hardwired" in the firmware. The selection of amps, cabs & mics is moderate. The selection of effects is much more limited and basic with only one or two options for most effects. There is no pitch shifter. So, obviously, there's nowhere near the variety that Zoom has. Though it has stereo line, or mic,or gtr inputs, only one input can be chosen to go through the "rig's" effects. The external fx loop can be positioned at the beginning of the chain, just before or just after the amp/cab, or at the end of the chain, so not unlimited positions, as I had hoped, but that's probably ok.
In some ways it was an impulsive purchase. But I realized, there are so few effect units with MIDI control and that's really what I'm into these days. I can't afford the Axe FX stuff, and Eleven Rack offers a nice feature set for the price.
The "bundled" Pro Tools turns out to be bull$#!+. It comes with "Pro Tools First" which is free anyway, so, it is essentially the same as buying it without Pro Tools. You really have to be on your toes with those Avid folks. I already have a DAW I'm pretty happy with (DP). And I can probably figure out how to do all the re-amping business without needing PT's special ways of doing it. It looks like the price of the Eleven Rack has come way down over the years, and part of that might have to do with the level of PT that is offered in the bundle-- which also seems to have changed a few times. I'm hoping I won't have to bother much with Pro-Tools to get full functionality out of the unit.