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Fractal Audio Systems AX8 (not FX8)

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

  1. hollowbody

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    $99 if you already own a Helix, which I happen to ;)

    I think I'll end up buying it. That way I can leave the Helix in it's case at home and still plug-in to the computer and edit my patches, etc. without having my gear all over the living room floor! #HappyWifeHappyLife
     
  2. doriangrey

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    $399 is expensive for a plugin - that is considerably higher than the competitors (e.g. Guitar Rig is $199, Amplitube 4 is $149 and Overloud TH3 is $199).

    Also, if someone already has a Helix and can record direct with it then why would they need to buy a $99 VST plugin to do what their hardware already does... or am I missing something here...

     
  3. hollowbody

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    I haven't used Amplitude or Guitar Rig in a loooooong time, so I can't speak to how they sound/work, but the Helix software is incredible. I've been using my Helix exclusively for about 4 months and every time I turn it on, I'm blown away by a) how it sounds, and b) what I can do with it.

    Regarding the plugin for hardware owners, I would totally buy it. My live rig is damned heavy and my wife and I live in a 1 bedroom apartment. I've cut down on guitar gear as much as possible already, but having a large pedalboard in the middle of the living room floor isn't ideal. With the software, I'd be able to create and fine-tune my patches at my desktop without having to pull out the He-Man pedalboard rig. Then I can USB the playlist/presets over to the board when I need them. If I decide at the show that something doesn't sound great and I make changes, I can then send those changes back to the plugin version and go from there. Might not make sense of others who have dedicated music spaces, but for me, it would save a lot of time and effort hacing to unpack my gear and then pack it away when I'm done.
     
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  4. doriangrey

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    I've heard good things about the Helix - but I am somewhat nervous about spending that much money on a Line 6 product. Plus the Helix is about $500 more than the Ax8. =o/
     
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  5. hollowbody

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    Check the specs and determine if it's worth the extra coin for yourself. Colour screen and arguably sexier design, more I/O (SPDIF in and out, AESBU, Mic input, AUX input, etc., 4 FX Loops, etc), built-in expression pedal, etc. It's a breeze to create patches, and the I/O alone makes it a standout for me. I can do so much with the Helix that I couldn't even come close to doing with the AX8. I'm really glad I didn't end up buying the AX8 when I was looking at one.

    Sonically, I haven't had a chance to compare, but everything I've read says that at this level, whether it's Fractal, Kemper or Helix, they're all so good that you're basically choosing based on preferences and ergonomics and, for me, the ergonomics on the Helix won.
     
  6. jbealsmusic

    jbealsmusic Occasional CEO Dealer

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    Came in to basically say the same thing. I have both Helix and AX8 and would agree with your last statement. Pick the one that has the features you want/need, they all sound pretty damn good. With user IRs, Helix is as good as anything else, or at least close enough that it doesn't really matter. YMMV
     

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