I believe the successor to the Triaxis may be called the "Transaxis" (if going by Mesa Boogie trademarking this name is any indication, as discussed in previous posts...)
I have a feeling that they may be working on it right now. Maybe I'm getting ahead of myself here, but I'd love if it was announced at NAMM next year.
I'll chip in and put across some ideas for the new preamp (if it's not too late that is!!!!) Some of these are already mentioned by others:
* Knobs - similar to the motorised knobs to that of the Soldano X99 Preamp.
* Motorised EQ knobs.
DENRAD, Your suggestions are well worth every penny, and all can be 100% realistic by todays standards, despite amp modelers..Here's my 2 coin,
1rst of all I do session work in major recording studios,all jacked to the hilt w/ pro tools,amp rack11,axe fx,pods,speaker attenuators- you name it- Ive done a session on it...its really nothing that great to brag about...the modelers are NOT there yet, and may never be especially if great tube amp manufacturers continue to build amps..Thats the nature of the beast...Ive noticed thru all my years that I cant recall, even one time that a tube amp tried to immitate a solid state amp or model of its same kind, its always solid state trying immitate tube amps..food for thought...weve had many coffees and late night raps about that one...Back to the boogie rack ideas.
Your poweramp idea would great, and its not in any way overkill,why?, heres why,
If youve ever played a Mesa MKIII coli180 watt, or Diezel herbert 180 watt, even the current Black star 200 watt, and give it a fair demo ,it'll soon become apparent that the 180-200 watt moniker it carries is not purposed to slay dragons and scare off little kids and blow the acne off the first 5 rows of teens at the latest rock concert.There is however, an undescribable, 3 dimensional,urgent,fast attack youll feel from the amp that is not attainable in any other way, unless your channeling from some other world,or device..Ive seen this probably 75% of the time w/ clients in the studio....They come in, run immediately over to the pod,try it, then axe fx,try it,then the 11 rack,even a pod thru a tube mic pre into 2'' studer tape...Theyre loving it,thinkin its pretty cool tone..Then they usually get curious as to what all those amp heads and rack gear sitting on the other side of the studio is all about..So we run them thru a friedman modded jcm 2203, then a mkIII coli, maybe even a Badcat or Bogner, perhaps a Bogner fish, or quad preamp....8 times of out 10,they cant put the amps and rack pre's down and they end up going to tape w/ those and using the "modelers" for mere convience only.We see it all the time....moral of the story; 6 power tubes a side isnt for "paint peeling" as much as it is for tone and feel...2nd moral of the story;modelers will always have thier place,but theyll not likely re-place tube amps anytime in the near century...I also have just as many low wattage amps as I do 100 watters- they all have thier place,but they all get used- regularly.There are new rack pres comin out in the future- Diezel is working on one right now,and I know of a few others too, so it would be a smart marketing move, not a dumb one, for Mesa to step up the action...theres probably no wrong suggestions and ideas on this thread- they are just ideas..
* No compromise in tone or features ( I was disappointed with the omission of certain switches/knobs (e.g: Pull Deep) on the Mark V. Don't get me wrong, technically this amp was quite an achievement. I thought the Cleans and the Crunch channels/modes were awesome. But I couldn't replicate my settings and tones of my Mark 2C+'s on the Lead channel, like I could with the Triaxis. To my ears, the Mark 2C+ mode of the Triaxis sounds closer to the 2C+ than the Mark V does. I felt restricted on the lead channel of the Mark V.
* An expansion on the available modes. Going by the name of Transaxis (assuming this is the name), I think we could expect they will implement the recent developments achieved with the Transatlantic series of amps. New Modes for VOX and Marshall (Plexi) in addition to the current Fender and Boogie Modes would be awesome! But I hope it doesn't emit certain features such as the lack of A Presence knob as with the Royal Atlantic).
I want this thing to give the Axe FX a run for it's money, as far as the number of amp models are concerned. I know, I know, the Axe FX can't beat tubes for realism and quality, but if the Transaxis were able to have many more Modes available, it'd be killer!
* A tougher interface. I'm sure many of us have come across many used Triaxis' that had flaws with the face of the unit (buttons, digital no's). I think having motorised knobs or another similar idea should overcome this.
* I wouldn't mind if it "HAD" to be 2 backspaces high, as this would be a small price to pay for more features.
Additional Power Amp features (to the successor of the Simul 2:90):
These may be unrealistic or overkill, but here goes:
* Now, how can they achieve a power amp that can cater for 8 x 6L6 + 8 x EL34 and other possible tubes, without switching them out is maybe wishful thinking! But they did achieve this to some extent with the Road King. I thought the voicing of the Crunch channels via the 6L6's on the Mark V was quite an achievement. So maybe they don't need to cater for sixteen
power tube sockets on the successor of the Simul 290 power amp, if they voice the British modes on the Transaxis & the power amp right for 6L6's.
* At least having the option of using 6L6's or EL34's in the same sockets would be cool.
* The power amp may need to close in on the attack that is felt to that of a head (if it hasn't been achieved already with the Simul 2:90). I haven't played through a 2:90, so I don't know... maybe others can chime in here, correct me if I'm wrong!.....When running my Triaxis through the Return input of the FX loop of my 2C+, I felt it wasn't as tight as the 2C+ going by itself with the identical settings (minus the 2C+'s EQ) through the same speakers. Otherwise it did "sound" identical to me. It just felt slower and not as urgent in the attack compared to the 2C+ by itself when doing a certain type of percussive chugging on the low strings. I hope this makes sense!
* If Mesa Boogie feels the need to use a smaller coupling capacitor for the Mark 2C+ mode (as they did with the 2C+ mode of the Mark V), then please allow for the larger value coupling capacitor to also be available to be switched in....to whatever mode is being used.
* And finally, built-in attenuator/s in the power amp would obviously be beneficial.
What do you guys think?