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Fractal Audio Systems AX8 (not FX8)

Discussion in 'Effects Pedals, Strings and more' started by jbealsmusic, Feb 22, 2015.

  1. Maybe s/than it should/than I wish it would/ as the used gear market is the very definition of a perfect supply and demand experiment.
     
  2. jbealsmusic

    jbealsmusic Occasional CEO Dealer

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    I understand that's how many people see it, but I respectfully disagree when it comes to products that are still in production. If I buy anything, I'll either buy it new or get it used for a good deal. I politely ignore people who ask for 90%+ value for a current used product. Good for them if they find people willing to pay that, but it's just craziness to me.
     
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    That's only because they limit quantities. I got on the AX8 list day 1 and I bet I don't get one until spring, the FX8 isn't available, at least last time I checked, and that came out a year ago. Simple supply and demand.
     
  4. plato67

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    Can you turn off the amp/cab sims if you want to use this as an fx unit sometimes?
     
  5. Yes. You can control this per-preset.
     
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    For all of you with Ax8, can I see your setup ? which pedal you use with, PA or amp etc...
     
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    My names on the list. It's a big chunk 'o change, but I'm getting older and would like to carry less to gigs. Still would like the option to play through I tube amp if I wanted and have effects on tap.
     
  8. My AX8 rig is light and portable: AX8, EV1 -- done.



    I run straight to FOH and if I really need to I'll also use an EV ELX112P behind me.

    See above. That's what I take the gigs when I use my AX8 rig. A single, Mono Kontroller bag holds the AX8 and an EV1 and all my cables and bits and pieces. I have a Mono Dual bag for my electric guitars. Acoustic is still in a hard case if it's an acoustic gig. Getting in and out has never been faster!
     
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    that bag is not on sale in canada, i think I will run to Walmart and find a cheap back pack to fit the Ax8 :d
     
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    L&M carries Mono. They can order one in for you.
     
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    Where can you buy an axe8 in Canada?
     
  14. pat6969

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    How are you dealing with the switching lag? Serious question here. I've been working with this thing for a month and have a killer tone in the CA Triptik, it's a higher gain patch so impossible to clean up with the guitar volume. I do, however, want to be able to switch from clean to dirty without the lag. Playing in a 3 piece is were the lag shines, I'm hoping to come up with something seamless. Have you figured anything out or am I doomed? I read about the controllers but I doubt I'll get a clean tone from the Triptik by backing the gain down, maybe close to .5 or 1 but then the volume drops out significantly. Can you set 2 parameter changes with one expression pedal? Like dial gain back to 1 and increase level to match the original level, all with the sweep of the pedal?

    Found this, will it work in the AX8?

    You can control multiple parameters to different values using just one Scene Controller.

    For example, you can morph an amp to two completely different gain settings.

    Say you want to take an amp from clean w/ high Master Volume to distorted with medium Master Volume while retaining the wanted levels between them.

    First, set Scene1 Controller to Scene 1 = 0%, Scene 2 = 100%

    Next, determine the Input Drive, Master volume, Level setting you want to go to and from. Using the X/Y of the amp blocks is probably the fastest way so you can A/B.
    In this case say we want to go from drive 2.5, master 10, level -6db to drive 6, master 5, level -12db.


    Then, attach the Scene 1 Controller to the Input Drive. Set its min to 2.5 and its max 6. On the master do the same but set its min 10 and max 5. Lastly, set the level setting min to -6db and Max to -12db.
    Now when you switch between Scene 1 and Scene 2, all the parameters will switch at once.

    How is this different from X/Y you ask?

    Well, it is completely smooth with no drop out at all.

    But wait, there is more...

    We also have a dampening parameter we can use the the Modifier menu so we can use that to slow down the process and morph from one scene to the next. Pretty cool in you ask me :)

    Using the dampening parameter works for other things like delay and reverb where you may not want a sudden shift but occur more gradually.


    Have fun!
     
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