I'm convinced that the Axe FX II is what I need, and am waiting on my coupon link.
That said, I wonder: Does even the Axe FX II solve the problem of keeping time synched modulation effects properly placed within the beat?
What I mean is this: Let's say you have a song played at tempo 120, and you want a saw-wave tremolo (or something) where you hold down a chord and hear the highest point of every wave form perfectly in synch with the hi-hat.
This will generally work for the first few beats, but then a subtle difference in tempos between your (perfectly robotic) FX unit and your (excellent, but only human) drummer will cause a bit of drift. (It's not that the drummer changed tempos; he's still at 120, but maybe he was at 121 for a split second because he rushed a fill or whatever.)
Before you know it, the top of your saw-wave is hitting at the midpoint between your hi-hat strikes. Musical badness results. Yet the problem is not that your tremolo is at the wrong tempo: It's at 120; the drummer is at 120; but the cycle is now starting at the wrong point relative to the downbeat of a measure.
So there isn't any misunderstanding: I'm not asking about mere tap tempo. I know how that works; I'm asking about something that would help the Axe II adjust where the start of a tremolo cycle (or arpeggio pattern, or whatever) falls.
As I await my Axe FX II, I'd like to know...
Does the Axe II have anything to help the guitarist keep adjusted to the drummer? Like, I dunno...detecting strums and using that to figure out where the beat is, and automatically keep the tremolo in synch with that?
Or is this something even the Axe II technology can't make easier?
(Sorry if this is a dumb noob question; I tried searching the forums but wasn't sure what search terms to use for such a complex and specific question.)