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    Using external switches - how to make them behave?

    I'm trying to duplicate my former setup and just want to use the "side" switches to add an effect that's not in my Scene for that song or patch. Sometimes I may want more OD or to add chorus or trem. I can't always foresee what might happen on the gig. I know I can remap the switches on the AX8...
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    Using external switches - how to make them behave?

    Okay, it does help that the MFC jack is not like the AX8. Still - and I do understand there are many possiblities - I just need to toggle a single effect with each switch. And I can't figure out how to map the effect to that switch. I will play with the hardware and see if I can get it. AX8Edit...
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    Using external switches - how to make them behave?

    With my (now retired) Axe-FX II and MFC, I used four Boss FS-5U switches with insert cables (so only used two jacks) and was able to program them to toggle things like ODs, Chorus, Trem, etc. This was done on the MFC using MIDI codes. I believe the AX8 can do this, but after checking out the...
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    Melodic lead tone

    Thanks everyone. I"m sorry to say I never got to try any of these suggestions today. I've been packing and making arrangements to travel to Florida for my father's funeral on Monday. But I will save these notes and get to them next week. Your responses are all worthy and appreciated! Greg
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    Melodic lead tone

    Hey Jake! Thanks for responding here! It's good to hear from you. I have not tried either of those amps and will check them out tomorrow. Should be fun! Greg
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    Melodic lead tone

    Thanks Marciel! Huge compliments on your playing and tone! It's not the sound I was after, but it's a great tone. I will try that model. To date, I've not succeeded in finding Vox tones to my liking. You have just changed my mind and I will renew my efforts. It is a very relevant example. What...
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    Melodic lead tone

    I will try that! Thanks! I was playing with a TS today with my other Fender tones and it was quite pleasing. I am now running through the different Trainwreck models to try to recapture that tone from long ago. I don't know which model that was back then. I know one option is the FAS model...
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    Melodic lead tone

    I've owned a couple of them and have tried them. But I'll try them again. Gladly.
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    Melodic lead tone

    No. Have only used Fractal for some time now. Sold all my amps and pedals years ago. When I tried that Trainwreck back then, it really lit me up.
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    Melodic lead tone

    Not easy to describe a sound in my head. I'm sure many of you know that. But I will try. Guitar is usually a Strat with normal output. I'm mainly a P&W player. This tone I'm seeking will be useful there as well. But I also get asked to set up and play along with tracks. Background noise with...
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    Will Axe-Fx 2 patches work in an AX8?

    I had very good success with FracTool when I transitioned to my AX8 from the Axe - Fx II. The AX8 tones matched up well with the originals. I don't think i was using any "forbidden" features, though. Excellent product IMO!
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    Auditioning IRs

    Thanks. Haven't tried this yet, will get to it this week. Greg
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    Auditioning IRs

    Thanks Chris. Will try that. Greg
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    Auditioning IRs

    It seems long ago there was a way to audition IRs,easily. Maybe that was the Axe II. Can this be done in the AX8? Thanks! Greg
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    Leave-on drive or ?

    I checked out Leon's video. Excellent stuff! But nothing really jumped out for me in terms of the "leave-on" thing. I had used the RCB that way in the past, but I do believe the Fender models are much better now (this was a few years back), so I'm convinced they don't really need much "help"...
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    Leave-on drive or ?

    A very obscure tube overdrive by Siegmund. Bought it from a good friend, but no longer have it. Another regret. This is how he used it. At the time, I was playing PODs and this pedal really enchanced my tones. When I bought my Axe II, I sold almost everything. Most I don't regret. No amp per...
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    Leave-on drive or ?

    I used to have an OD I ran like this in the pedal/tube amp days. I would leave it on all the time and it would serve to fatten up the tone in pleasing ways, sweetening the highs, etc. Despite my utter joy with my Fractal gear, I got to thinking I’d like to find something like that for my AX8 (my...
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    Help - Atomic Reactor 50 Sounds Bassy and Not Clear

    It only affected certain patches, but never did find a pattern. I was just glad it was that easy.
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    Help - Atomic Reactor 50 Sounds Bassy and Not Clear

    I had something similar happen (minus the Atomic gear). Fractal support figured it out. Try this: In Ax8-Edit, go to your patch. Open the Cab block.. Check the High Cut setting. Mine was turned all the way down. Turn it back up in that case (I used 8,000). My problem was fixed and has stayed...
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    Just ordered my AX8, help me choose speakers...

    I have come to prefer a PA-type speaker. I have a nice pair of monitors (M-Audio BX8a) that i have since put away in favor of my Mackie DLM8. I feel the Mackie gives me excellent AX8/Axe-FX II tones that are more enjoyable to play than the monitors. Plus my tones translate well to my church gig...
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    [solved] Can't make 65 Bassman or BF Deluxe sound clean

    Thanks InsideOut!.Never had to do that with a Strat before, so I never tried it. Great thought!
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    [solved] Can't make 65 Bassman or BF Deluxe sound clean

    Okay, it's clean now. Found a bad cable. Sorry for the alarm.
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    [solved] Can't make 65 Bassman or BF Deluxe sound clean

    No matter what I try, my cleanest versions of these amps still have a fair bit of drive/distortion. Sounds like an OD is on (but not even an OD block is on the grid). Making me of nuts. These are not amps I've used much. I'll try some other amps, but would prefer to make these work. They sound...
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    Expression pedal setup

    Good advice! I did just that! It's working now. Amazing how dependent you get on that pedal. I had to practice without it. Almost didn't survive! Thanks. Much appreciated! Greg
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    Expression pedal setup

    Still not working.. Long day and I probably missed a vital step. I'll revisit tomorrow.
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    Expression pedal setup

    I did not. That's what I want. Checking it out now. Thanks!
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    Expression pedal setup

    The manual echoes the video. Still no joy. I did reboot the AX-8,
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    Expression pedal setup

    I had to reset my AX8 to factory. And now the expression pedal does nothing and I can't figure out to get it to work. YT videos require setting up a Volume block in each patch. I've never had to do this. Somehow I set this up as a "global" thing long ago and that's all I want to do. I only use...
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    Adding extra switches

    Never knew about the Voes unit. Interesting! And not p;riced too badly. Will check into that further. Petunia, on the MFC, it was pretty easy. Edit mode, look for the external switch settings and program the switch using the MIDI codes in the manual. It must default to latching mode. The FS-5U...
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    Adding extra switches

    Understood on the Scenes point. My intent was to to avoid multiple responses as to the use of Scenes to answer my concerns. I will follow your suggestion and see how it works out. Thanks for responding! Greg
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    Adding extra switches

    Not sure how to best explain this. On my Axe-FX II, I ran four Boss FS-5U switches and found it easy to assign them to toggle other FX. Can I do that with the AX8? On the Axe II, it was done via the MFC using the MIDI codes. Very easy. I am running Scenes on the AX8, which I usually didn’t do...
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    Gator GK-2110 fits like a glove

    The Gator they sent me was a nice piece of gear, just too similar to what I've used for ages. I think I'll be happier with the SKB. BTW, Sweetwater did not show that SKB on their site, but my sales guy said they order them and get them quickly. No ETA yet, but as usual, they made the exchange...
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    Gator GK-2110 fits like a glove

    That SKB 2111 - that looks more rigid than the Gator. Is that correct? I just ordered one. I have something like the Gator now and it's very floppy and makes me crazy. It has served me well, though. And the MFC before that. Time to move on.
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    Weird AX8 behavior

    Mid-60s. Plus I've shut off every single block at various times. No change.
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    Weird AX8 behavior

    Doing that now.
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    Weird AX8 behavior

    Still wrestling with this. I got through practice using saved presets that behaved. But now I'm resuming my major tweaking and have run into my old problem. I am not finding a way to do this reset. Hopefully someone will see this and lend a hand. I'd appreciate it!
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    Weird AX8 behavior

    I have not. But that sounds like a viable fix. I'll look up how to do it and give it a try.
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    Weird AX8 behavior

    FW install completed, no issues. And things are a bit better. I edited an existing patch, swapping out the Y amp and cab. It behaved as it should and sounds great. But I went to an earlier trouble patch and it's still messed up. i cleared that patch and started over. This time the farawy thing...
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    Weird AX8 behavior

    Actually it seems I was still on 9.03. Installing a fresh download of 9.04 now.
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    Weird AX8 behavior

    I just recalled a preset from my HD. It included the same lead amp I was using above. And it sounded fine. Until I changed the IR. Then it gets all far away and muffled again. Any IR does this. FW reload? I'm running the most recent FW. But this is making me nuts. Maybe I'll try the reload...
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    Weird AX8 behavior

    I've been running Fractal gear for some years now and never encountered this. I was planning on doing some major tweaking of lead tones today. Usually these are Scenes 3 and 4. Scenese 1 and 2 sound perfect. But when tweaking, I change an IR, and the tone gets much softer and very far away...
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    Lead/solo tone to setup with Fender Deluxe model

    Haven't tried the Nuclear Tone, didn't realize it was a Tweed class amp. Will give that a try. Thanks for the answers! Back under the headphones i go.
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    Lead/solo tone to setup with Fender Deluxe model

    Quick advice needed. I’m loving the Fender Deluxe (Vib) model for clean and light crunch tones. But now I’m wanting a compatible lead tone. I haven’t felt like the Fenders handle that so well but I’m sure I’m doing it wrong. I have a patch set up with a pair of the FAS ODs and it sounds pretty...
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    Raise the flag for another Fractal victory!

    I've seen quite a few Helix players in churches. Most are pleased. But all are in awe of the Fractal products. Most came up from the POD series (as did I), so the Helix was a friendly face, if you will. I've never messed with one, nor have I been tempted. The demos all strike me in a negative...
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    Worship recording from rehearsal last night...

    We do Lion and the Lamb, though. Just did it last week. You sound great on it! Not easy to make the riff sound that smooth. Took me a while trying various fingerings. We do Holy Spirit as well. Another favorite.
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    Worship recording from rehearsal last night...

    Nicely done! i use my AX8 in worship as well. It's a dream machine. At practice last night, the tones fired me up! We don't do this song, but it's in line with our usual material. Lots of great stuff out there.
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    FX8 for 8-string bass?

    Excellent! Thanks much for your thoughts! Just what I needed to know. Greg
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    FX8 for 8-string bass?

    Lowly guitar player here. Long-time Fractal guy - Axe-FX II and AX8. A good friend, a truly great bass player, wants delay and chorus FX for his 8-string. This guy plays a lot of notes, mainly a jazz-ish vein. Once he has the options, he might enjoy the other blocks. He does not want amp...
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    Thinking of changing from Axe 2 to Ax8

    I made the switch after several years of Axe-Fx II gigging. Love the smaller format and portability of the AX8. Plus it lays out better for live use IMO. It took me a short time to get used to the CPU limitations, but thatr wasn't hard. And I don't miss a single Axe-Fx feature/power. The rack...
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    Need a sharp, strident rhythm tone

    Thanks GeezerJohn! I will follow your advice. Some of those deeper settings are a mystery to me. The Budda patch I used this morning sounded pretty good, but I know I can do better. What has been shared here will help me immensely. However, this song is a bit unique for us and is no longer in...
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    Need a sharp, strident rhythm tone

    I failed to mention Sonofiam. Sorry! Thanks for posting your preset and your sincere effort the hlep me out. Heal up, my friend. And bless your wife for a strong assist. I will definitely be dialing this one up before the day is through. I don't know that song but will check it out. Greg
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    Need a sharp, strident rhythm tone

    Thanks for the excellent responses. Cam, we do our own version of most of these songs. Anything I could post would not prove illustrative. We usually tailor these to our band and instruments. This one gets played with more edge and drive than the original. But you have described my desired tone...
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    Need a sharp, strident rhythm tone

    For one of our worship songs. it's mostly 2 or 3 string intervals played around the octave. Strong pick attack. Fairly staccato. Needs to really command the mix. There are some higher-position power chords in there too, but the intervals are the main part. Any recommendations for amps or other...
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    New AX8 Is Blowing My Mind

    Life is good here in the rabbit hole! Come on in and sit a'spell!
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    Replace Axe Fx II with Ax8?

    I made that switch a few months ago. No regrets! I used FracTool to bring over some Scenes and patches. Worked perfectly. Live the AX8 is a huge upgrade IMO. And I love the package, after hauling the rack around for three years, plus an old POD HD gig bag with the MFC. Got heavy fast! Life is...
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    I'm thinking of purchasing an AX8, do you reckon there could be a mkII soon?

    I bought an early gen Axe-Fx. Despite the years that have passed, Fractal continues to support it and found a way to keep the upgrades coming. And it still sounds amazing. And still makes me a very happy man. You will love the AX8 (which has effectively replaced my Axe-Fx). It's fun to hear how...
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    Probably lost my Axe FX II and my MFC101 :(((

    Very cool rolidoc!! We are all brothers, nice to see that is true, not just words. Carmicore, hoping for a great outcome with this. I'm feeling your pain for sure, been through similar things in the past.
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    has the axe replaced everything or not?

    Yes. Sold all my amps and boutique stomp boxes. No regrets. Happier than ever. Played Axe-Fx II for years, now selling it. AX8 replaced it. Amazing hearing the same tones out of that little package that is set up SO well for live work. Can't justify keeping the rack setup as a backup, will buy...
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    AX8 connectivity

    Could be. I will check this out after work tonight. Thanks!
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    AX8 connectivity

    I posted before and thought it was solved, but it's actually gotten worse. My AX8 keeps "losing" connection when running AX8 Edit. Not mid-stream. If it works when first turned on, it keeps working. But now almost every time, I have to reboot my PC so AX8 Edit will load and connect. When it...
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    AX8 driver not loading at times

    Okay, revisiting today. This problem is getting worse for some reason. Rarely can I just get AX8 Edit to load without rebooting. And i'm not understanding what Joe said above as to how to disable whatever to make this work. Any help? Don't write too fast as I'm busy rebooting. Again!
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    Did you sell Axe Fx/MFC after the purchase of the AX8

    Thinking aobut it! But I do need a backup, though I could buy a second AX8 from the sale of the Axr-Fx/MFC rig. But the rack unit is collecting dust. No gigs in months, no home use once I goet all my "stuff" off it for the AX8.
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    AX8 arrived today...two questions

    I want! Can we get the G66 gig case here somehow? Super sharp! Would carry proudly! My AX8 travels in an old GT Central (Boss GT series) gig bag, which is actually pretty nice. But beneath the mighty Fractal tone beast! It's a great bag,though. I'd like something a bit more rigid maybe, plus...
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    YOUR preferred country style amps

    Suhr Badger 30 with Triptik 1-12 IR. Sounds amazing to my ears. Previously enjoyed the Fender Super and Urban Twin, also great choices.
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    How many run direct with no onstage cab?

    Have run direct/silent stage for almost 20 years. Wouldn't have it any other way. Fractal gets it done very well indeed! I have had many visiting guitarists approach me and demand to know where I'm hiding my cab or amp. Many are NOT happy when I show them my Axe-Fx or AX8 - after they look...
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    What External Pedals Are You Using With your Axe-Fx?

    I tried several since I had my old pedalboard laying around with mostly boutique stuff. It was hard to part with that stuff. At first. Pedals tried (I'll forget some) - FullDrive 2 and 3; Fulltone Plimsoul; Fulltone Fat Boost; xotic BB Plus; CMAT Mods SignaComp; Keeley Comp (2 button); Tech 21...
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    AX8 Scribble Strips

    Don't mean to be snarky, but emulating a Helix in any way - can't imagine a bigger turn-off. AX8 is totally cool and complete as it is, a true pro device.
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    Built in Cabs (IR's) .. which are your favorites?

    CA Triptik 1x12. I've messed with so many, but to me, for what I do, this cab is magical. I favor Fender tones (currently using the Fender Super and Badger 30) and always find this cab to be awesome.
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    Discovering the Badgers

    Thanks yek. I'll check into that!
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    Discovering the Badgers

    Shout out to Yek once again for his amazing work! This is directly inspired by that work. I have fallen for the Suhr Badgers, mainly the 30 (so far). The cleans are delectable for starters. I'm working to build my main Scenes preset around this amp (the 18 could also come into play for...
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    Ax8 as a cab sim ONLY?

    But are Corvette cupholders better able to hold the cup without spilling since it's designed for higher speeds and corners better ? G forces? I think he should be an Axe-Fx. TWO cab sims!
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    AX8 driver not loading at times

    Thanks! I will try that! Last night it behaved. It does seem to get worse the longer between reboots, which makes sense. It's the weekend, so it will get heavy use and I'm sure I'll have a chance to try these things.
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    AX8 driver not loading at times

    Thanks Joe. That makes perfect sense - the way you put it. I would not have figured that out. I do run Chrome and do understand about the MIDI driver. I will try that next time it fails to load. I'm sure that's the fix. Much appreciated!
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    AX8 driver not loading at times

    This might be a PC question, actually. But maybe someone knows the answer. Long-time Axe-Fx player, new AX8 player. About 1/3 of the time, the PC does not recognize the AX8 when I turn it on. No audible confirmation and AX8Edit won't connect. Rebooting fixes it every time, but as I often have...
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    3 Sigma Audio Electric IRs

    Anyone know about these? They are new - most of us got emails just today. I had bought a small package from them a while back for my old Amplifire, so I was on their radar. The IRs were very good. Despite their efforts to explain, I can't figure out to use these with a hardware device. I do...
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    Played a July 4th gig with 2 new amps ( after hearing new presets)

    It took me a few years to get to your happy place. Five years plus of Axe-Fx ownership (and a recent AX8 purchase, now my main rig) and hours of tweaking for the first three or so. No regrets as the results were stunning! But either I finally got a grip or the unit got even better and now it's...
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    It's here!!!

    I gigged with mine the first day I got it. Programmed five patches in 30 minutes (without prior knowledge as to how to use the editing software) and took it with me (Twin for cleans, Plexi for dirt). Admittedly it was an easy gig compared to many - I'm a worship player, so just 6 songs (though...
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    Handle slightly loose on AX8 - easy fix?

    The way Fractal builds their stuff, I'd say no worries. I haven't taken my AX8 apart (it's quite new) but have taken my MFC and Axe-Fx apart. Nothing tough about it and you never get the idea that something is going to break off or that you sure wish you had sent it in. BTW, I'm far from...
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    converting FX2 to AX 8

    Actually it converts from the file(s) saved on your PC, so he's right - no need for hardware as long as you've saved the patches to your computer. It's a great piece of work, highly recommended.
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    Lost my S1 in the grid

    Thanks everyone. I have much to learn. Problem solved easily. Need to hang with the manual and run the AX8 without the PC to learn it better. But I'm still not sure how I did this. I wasn't in the footswitch page in Ax8-Edit - front panel. Finger fumbling. I'll save this for reference. Best...
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    Lost my S1 in the grid

    New to the AX8. I was trying to figure out how to do something and "deleted" S1. At least the label on the grid. I think it's still there. It removed from all 5 Scenes, though I was just working on S5. I was using the front panel controls. How do I get it back? Reloading from PC didn't help...
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    Using boss fs5u and the pedal input... Presets?

    Sorry to hear that. All I was doing was adding FX or volume up/down in the Axe-Fx. But maybe there's a way that someone will bring to bear soon.
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    Using boss fs5u and the pedal input... Presets?

    I used up to four of these with my Axe-Fx/MFC. The programming was in the MFC and you could do a bunch of stuff. I just got an AX8 and am thinking I might use a pair of these switches but have not looked into it. I think you should be able to do what you want, though.
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    Migrating from Axe-Fx II to Axe-8

    I am transitioning now. Other than some initial learning re: CPU limits, it's proven to be perfect for my use. No regrets. And the Axe-Fx II hasn't been turned on in a while. AX8 sounds great, strikes me as a better live rig (the way the switches can be made to work), and is SO portable. Chances...
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    X/Y amps - what am I doing wrong?

    That's what I was doing. And then the other side lost its settings. I'm sure I'm doing something wrong, but no idea what. So I can do that copy for the X or the Y, no problem. But thus far, the only thing that seems to work is manually editing the other state to give me two "Amps."
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    X/Y amps - what am I doing wrong?

    Okay...done some playing around. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems the only way to have an X/Y amp block (X is clean, Y is dirty - but amp is the same model) that switches correctly in Scenes is to create the initial Amp block - from scratch, copy from another patch, load from PC -...
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    LCD cover- question

    I'd like to know myself...mine is new and still has the plastic, but I won't leave it on there for long.
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    X/Y amps - what am I doing wrong?

    Thanks! Will do it like that.
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    X/Y amps - what am I doing wrong?

    That would explain it. Didn't realize that. So let me ask - I'm building a sort of library of basic sounds, starting points. What is the best way to create just an X amp or Y amp from that library? Or do I need to just manually input my desired changes? Thanks Matt.
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    X/Y amps - what am I doing wrong?

    Pretty new to Scenes and X/Y, but have used them for about four gigs now successfully. I'm preparing for my next gig, using two versions of the Mark IIC+ (in terms of knob settings). Two patches call for X amp, two for Y amp. I set up my four Scenes, save my settings, then run through them -...
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    Global EQ?

    Sorry, just saw this. Brighter than my Axe-Fx. But I haven't turned the AFX on for a couple of weeks now and realize it was either my imagination or some setting in my mixer (in my little studio).
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    Does AX8 Edit allow for .wav IR's to be imported now ?

    Me either. It's good that those who do drink and do drugs are here to help us! ;)
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    need advice : AX8 and tech 21 power engine

    I had a PE60 for a while and really liked it with my HD500 and Tech 21 Character boxes. But after many hours of effort, adding the T21 tweeter kit (made for this unit), major tweaking to the global EQ, and using my friend's RTA, we could not make that thing sound good. I sold it. It's a shame...
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    Happy Birthday Mark Day!!!!

    Happy birthday to a GREAT member of the Fractal family! Love your playing and personality! We are far richer with you here.
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    OD for clean-ish tone - your suggestions

    As I don't like being left hanging and try not to do it to others... First, many thanks for the great suggestions. I had a lot of fun trying all your suggestions and will definitely save some for future use, like the faux Klon thing. That, to my ears, was the best option for my use of all those...
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    OD for clean-ish tone - your suggestions

    Awesome!! Thanks!! Home now, about to fire up...
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    OD for clean-ish tone - your suggestions

    Lots of great suggestions! Thanks! I'm outta here in an hour and headed to the 'cave. As for the Class A suggestion - I do appreciate that but I just have never found a tone I like. But it's been a while and there have been FW upgrades. Worth trying again. I admit I'm a rather hopeless...
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    OD for clean-ish tone - your suggestions

    I like the punch of a true clean tone but prefer to use an OD for some tonal richness, plus I never need or want a true clean tone (p&w player doing mostly fairly edgy stuff, only electric guitarist, large band with lots of midrange competition). And I've come to prefer an OD vs. cranking up the...
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    Updating firmware question - resetting blocks

    No shame, brother. I've had my Axe-Fx for five years and just got my AX8 a week ago. And your question is the same as mine, just can't get it straight. Glad for the good answers here.
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    Expressive high-gain tone - your favorite

    Interesting...never tried any of the Euros. And had not considered a Plexi, though I am quite enamored of the Friedmans for certain things. That class of amp is one I never embraced in all these years for no good reason. Your preference?
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