Official Axe-Fx Q&A thread!

Discussion in 'Gear & Equipment' started by JohnIce, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. Joeywilson

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    Q: Would anyone like to donate their axe-fx to me?

    A: Probably not....:(
     
  2. TomAwesome

    TomAwesome I LIKE JUICE!!!

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    It doesn't have USB, so you'll need an interface. Anything with XLR, 1/4", or S/PDIF will work.

    I'd think it would probably be a lot more durable and reliable than a tube head, especially since it should be in a rack case. There's not much about it that can break without a nasty fall being involved.
     
  3. Necrophagist777

    Necrophagist777 can't bend....

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    The atomic reactors sound good on their own but they don't cut in a band mix at all. Not very much headroom either. I'd say go with a nice tube poweramp and keep the mesa 2x12.
     
  4. Soopahmahn

    Soopahmahn Tu ne cede malis

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    Did you use cabinet sims while using them? They sound good on paper but I don't want to order one or two and then have to return them if I'm disappointed... :-/

    EDIT: I'm going to sell the cab anyway and either get a new Avatar/Lopoline cab or the Reactors.
     
  5. Customisbetter

    Customisbetter WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot Contributor

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    NO FUCKING WAY

    2 grand and you don't get USB out? You've got to be shitting me.

    i never knew about this. :lol:

    EDIT

    how long does it take to transfer an impulse WAV to it through midi?
     
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    Transferring is very quick
     
  7. Andromalia

    Andromalia Pardon my french

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    I'd say the risks are different. All of us computer users can relate to some hardware horror stories.
     
  8. Necrophagist777

    Necrophagist777 can't bend....

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    I tried them out at Tone Merchants, with the Cab Sims on, you wanna use them just like you would reference monitors or a PA. I played 4 of them at once and that sounded pretty good, but just 1 or 2 was nothing to write home about. I vastly prefer the tone of my VHT and avatar cab. And it cuts much better in a mix because the atomics have a weird rolloff in the high mids.



    I don't really see the point of usb out anywho because anyone who is getting one has a decent usb/firewire interface, at least everyone I know does.

    And You can't transfer an impulse wav directly, you convert with a utility. The transfer is pretty much like 2 seconds then though.
     
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    What's a good and cheap usb/firewire interface to use? Particularly with the Axe FX, as right now I just use a POD.
     
  10. mattofvengeance

    mattofvengeance Team Ibanez

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  11. Necrophagist777

    Necrophagist777 can't bend....

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    I use an M-Audio Fast Track Pro, works great for me.
     
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    Hey Necro, did you try any other FRFR setups? I know you said you've stuck with your guitar cabs now, but lots of people at the Fractal boards use active QSC K10/K12 speakers, higher-end JBLs, etc. Just wondering if you did and how they compared to the Reactors.
    :wavey:
     
  13. Necrophagist777

    Necrophagist777 can't bend....

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    I never had the chance but almost pulled the trigger on the QSC K10's. They sound really nice from what I've heard. I do play direct a lot at lower volumes with a pair of Studio Monitors, and it sounds great. I just wanted the versatility to do whatever I needed to do. Whether that be direct to FOH or a small gig with just the rack and cab. If playing a gig at a good venue with a nice PA I would always go direct with my cab/cabs to add some airpushin power on stage, it just sounds so much better out in the crowd. But every sunday I play out and don't have that luxury and just use my cab and rack and it sounds great too.
     
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  14. JohnIce

    JohnIce Singlecoil Enthusiast

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    I've read a lot of the reasoning behind that choice, but I'm not too technical and thus I'm not quite convinced... seeing as how a USB port can transfer Midi data, paying a few bucks extra to get one on the Axe-Fx seems reasonable to me. But well, it CAN be done with just Midi, so USB would just be a luxury more than anything.

    But again, Cliff and the Fractal team are pretty damn tech-savvy guys, I'm sure they gave this issue just as much thought as every other part of the unit.
     
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    I guess i had this idea of having a 2U case with an AxeFX hooked directly up to a macbook above as a perfect mobile recording platform. I guess that market is reserved for the RP-Pods. :shrug:
     
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    Until the next hardware iteration I think that's pretty much it. I too wish the Axe had a direct USB output but there had to be *some* compromises in an otherwise near perfect unit.:lol::lol::lol:
     
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  18. Necrophagist777

    Necrophagist777 can't bend....

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    Mhm, that's what I do. :hbang:
     
  19. 7slinger

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    you can get a single channel firewire or USB interface with a line in that's the size of a stomp box...would sit in the back of a 2 space rack easy :shrug:

    btw I'm gassing hard for one of these
     
  20. JohnIce

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    With that setup, you'd only be able to record the Axe-Fx anyway... why not just throw in something like a 1-space Firepod in there and you could record a full band with it? Although to be fair I've never really seen the appeal of recording via USB instead of regular XLR or 1/4" cables anyway...
     

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