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  1. philipacamaniac

    Not a Bug Out 2 Block Level

    There seems to be something amiss with the Out 2 Block. If you send a test signal (either through an input, or the Synth block) to both the Out 1 and Out 2 blocks, the signal going into the Out 2 Block is about 20 dB quieter. The physical Output 2 isn't the issue - using the Output 2 Copy =...
  2. philipacamaniac

    Wish Show Both Channels on Chan Inc/Dec footswitch

    Right now, the only way to see what channel an effect is on is to assign a footswitch to Channel Select (which takes up a footswitch for just one channel) or Channel Toggle (which allows access to up to two channels only). It would be great if Channel Inc/Dec also had the "Both Channels" label...
  3. philipacamaniac

    Change View or Layout via MIDI?

    I must be blind, I can't seem to find a way to change the footswitch view or layout via MIDI. Is this possible?
  4. philipacamaniac

    Fixed Input 2 copies Input 1 when Input 1 Source is set to USB

    I'm not sure if this is by design or a bug (feels like a bug to me). When Input 1 Source is set to Analog, Input 2 acts like normal, pulling signal from the analog FX Return jacks. But when you set Input 1 Source to USB (Channels 3/4), the Input 2 grid block becomes an exact copy of the Input 1...
  5. philipacamaniac

    FX Loop dropout on preset change

    Is there any way to avoid the total audio dropout on preset changes? I was hoping to add a reverb pedal into the FX loop but changing presets causes all sound to drop out for about half a second, interrupting any tails. This happens even when the starting preset and destination preset are...
  6. philipacamaniac

    Matchbox D-30 Preamp Bias (FW10)

    After finally playing around with Firmware 10, I notice that the default Preamp Bias for the Matchbox D-30 is -0.400. But in all of my presets from FW9, the Preamp Bias for that model is set to (+)0.400. The difference in tone is significant. I don't typically adjust advanced settings so I'm...
  7. philipacamaniac

    Blasphemy: Replacing my AX8 with an HX Effects?

    Okay, okay, not actually replacing the AX8. Read on for more. I've got a great pedalboard rig (see picture) that's centered around my beloved AX8. It involves external drives, a loop switcher, multiple expression pedals, some fiddly knob controllers, etc. However, the AX8 is critically...
  8. philipacamaniac

    Multi-Delay Input Diffusion Demo

    There have been a lot of threads requesting a shimmer reverb over the years, to which many (including myself) respond that shimmer reverb is already in the box; it just takes more than one block to build. Now that the MultiDelay block has Input Diffusion as well as the usual cross-line...
  9. philipacamaniac

    Bug? AX8-Edit Chorus/Flanger Rate Minimum Value

    Testing in FW 7.01, AX8-Edit 1.8.1 / MacOS Sierra. At minimum Rate value on the hardware, it will display "LFO1 SYNC" indicating that the Rate parameter is now syncing with whatever LFO1 set at. In AX8-Edit, it instead displays the actual current value of LFO1 (default is 1.000 Hz), with no UI...
  10. philipacamaniac

    So this happened today...

    We've been using an XL+ for a little over a year now, but it was being borrowed long term by a very generous soul. He finally asked for it back as he's going to start using it again, so we were stuck needing a solution. What better solution for an XL+ than another XL+? This is my first time...
  11. philipacamaniac

    Jimmy Eat World Rig Rundown

    https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/25470-rig-rundown-jimmy-eat-world They recently switched to Axe-Fx II after years of touring with Orange and Vox amps. These guys are a huge tone influence for me personally, and throw a ton of credibility and weight into the non-metal non-heavy tube snob...
  12. philipacamaniac

    4-knob expression controller for AX8

    I haven't been able to find a compact MIDI knob controller in pedal format, and I really find myself wanting to twiddle with knobs - especially with verbs and delays. So I'm making one myself. For now, I'm going the analog expression route rather than MIDI to keep it simple. 4 knobs, 1...
  13. philipacamaniac

    Rediscovered the Twin

    I've been so focused on Class A style amps (DC30, AC15, Maz38) that I've completely ignored the Fender amps since the all the most recent modeling updates (going back to 6.0 at least). But WOW does the Twin ("Double Verb") sound really good now, especially when driven by the BB Pre. You can...
  14. philipacamaniac

    Pedals vs External Controllers

    Many new users get confused about the external footswitch and pedal configuration options. Here's a quick primer. This is all in the manual but a second read sometimes helps. There are 4 pedal jacks that can be used with either a switch or an expression pedal. These 4 pedals are assigned under...
  15. philipacamaniac

    Control Tremolo with both Envelope AND Pedal?

    I've got a really sweet setting on a tremolo block where, using the envelope internal controller, playing harder will increase the rate and depth ever so subtly. It really makes the tremolo come alive. But I'd like to also make extreme rate and depth changes with an expression pedal. I'm...
  16. philipacamaniac

    Appendix of Controllable Parameters

    UPDATED FOR 7.01: The appendix is now up to date AX8 firmware 7.01. It is now color coded by block (with non-color-coded appendix pages as well). I also added a few Type-specific identifiers, when a parameter is only available to a certain Type, such as the Tape Speed parameter in the Quad Tape...
  17. philipacamaniac

    AX8 + Decibel Eleven Loop Expander

    I added a DB11 Loop Expander to my rig this week and had the chance to run it through the paces tonight at the gig. It has opened up a whole new level of sonic freedom and flexibility. I have 3 external drives and an Empress Compressor, and now everything is tracking with AX8 scenes. I just...
  18. philipacamaniac

    WISH: Per-preset MIDI PC

    I'd like to make the case for configurable per-preset MIDI program change messages. These would be in addition to the per-scene MIDI PCs we already have. I understand the purpose of the AX8 as a portable live rig, and I understand that there's a delicate balance between CPU, features, and cost...
  19. philipacamaniac

    Possible Bug: Attaching a modifier to Reverb Time

    I've encountered this in a few presets so I tried a blank slate to see what was really going on. A preset with nothing in it, just a reverb block, uses about 24-37% depending on reverb settings. Attaching any modifier (Scene Controller, External Controller, etc) to the Reverb Time causes the...
  20. philipacamaniac

    Covert Fractal Evangelism

    My wider circle of musician friends have a strong disdain for modeling, likely because of tone that the "L" company was producing for the last decade. At church, I'm going direct and get tons of compliments for my tone. But I'm thinking the visual of missing an amp works well in that...
  21. philipacamaniac

    Zendrive + AC15TB

    Here's a fun preset using a Hermida Zendrive ("Zen Master") into an analog-style delay, into a Vox AC-15 Top Boost ("Class A 15W TB") amp / Morgan AC-20 1x12 cab (factory #119). I programmed two scenes: Scene 1: Lead/Chime. This has some thick delays, Multidelay Plex Shift and reverb. Scene 2...
  22. philipacamaniac

    BUG: Gate/Exp Block Y State resets

    I'm on the latest AX8 firmware revision, 1.01 The Y state of the Gate/Exp Block resets itself to a bizarre state upon any scene change. This state seems to actually be the Y default for the block: Bypass Mode is set to Mute (not Thru) Level is set to -30dB (essentially rendering the block...
  23. philipacamaniac

    AX8 in a mix: Time Machine Fury

    I haven't had the chance to use the AX8 on any recordings, and a new collaboration I'm working on with a friend was the perfect opportunity. I kept all the factory presets on the device, but moved them towards the middle to make room for my own presets. For this track, all I did was scroll...
  24. philipacamaniac

    AX8 Manual Errata

    I'm starting a list here for those who read the manual front to back (like me). I know that the manuals do eventually get out of date with firmware updates, but in this case we're still pretty fresh out the door so I think these are worth listing. In manual version 1.00.2 Page 52 - AIR and AIR...
  25. philipacamaniac

    Bug? AX8-Edit MIDI parameters don't immediately respond

    I was testing MIDI output to a MIDI Solutions Relay when I discovered this, so then I hooked a MIDI-to-USB up to my Mac instead to see what was going on in MIDI Monitor. The AX8-Edit MIDI page PC parameters don't work until you first select a channel. The problem is, if you want to use Channel...
  26. philipacamaniac

    Look who decided to join me for my drive home

    Yeah I hate click bait titles but I couldn't help myself. UPS hit their delivery window too early so I had to detour to their distribution center and pick up the newest member of my family.
  27. philipacamaniac

    XY modifiers?

    It's possible to attach a modifier in a preset to a block's bypass state, which gives control of the bypass to an external controller. Is this also possible with a block's XY state? I know I can permanently/globally assign a specific block XY to a specific pedal, but I'm looking for a...
  28. philipacamaniac

    MIDI CC knob controller in stompbox format

    Does anyone know of a MIDI CC knob controller that can sit on a pedalboard and look roughly like a stompbox? There are tons of knob controllers but they're all desktop-oriented and/or have far more knobs than would be useable with the Axe-Fx/AX8. Disaster Area used to make something that would...
  29. philipacamaniac

    External loop switcher: RJM, Voodoo Labs, or Decibel 11

    I'm looking to buy an external loop switcher when I get my AX8 to offload some CPU. I plan on using it mainly for external drives, as I have quite a few I'm fond of. I have a few months experience on an XL+ so I know how the drive block sounds, and while it sounds great, I haven't had much...
  30. philipacamaniac

    Wish MFC 201 features

    The MFC 101 mkiii I have access to regularly is fantastic. There are just a couple things I can think of that would be awesome for the next hardware upgrade. Audio Loops. A lot of MIDI switchers are also audio loop switchers, so it would be cool if there were 4 to 6 audio loops (TRS jacks...
  31. philipacamaniac

    AX8 height

    The specs say 4" tall. Does that include from the bottom of the rubber feet to the top of the metal kick bar? Could someone who has an AX8 measure the height of just the rubber feet, and the height of just the actual AX8 chassis (at the back, from top to bottom)? And then the height of the...
  32. philipacamaniac

    So Many Amps, So Little Time

    I'm curious to see how everyone is planning to set up their presets and how many amps they intend to use. I've been prepping things for my AX8 on an XL+ (yes I realize the presets don't directly transfer, but I've been exporting all the blocks and screenshots of the layouts). One thing I...
  33. philipacamaniac

    Looper Control

    Around the time of the Amp Show, the AX8 looper control was previewed/mentioned and it looked like you'd be able to assign specific looper controls (like REC, PLAY, etc) to footswitches and that there wouldn't be a dedicated Looper Control Mode. That sounded cool as you could have a mix of...
  34. philipacamaniac

    WISH: Global Paste

    This is more of a wish for AX8/FX8-Edit, as those products don't have Global Blocks. It would be super fantastic if there were a Global Paste feature in the editor, whereby you could paste selected contents (eg, Amp 1 and Cab 1) from the active preset to any number of other presets. When you...
  35. philipacamaniac

    First Axe recording - 5F8 Tweed and Wrecker Rocket (Q 1.00)

    Here's a very sloppy noodle messing around with some breakup tones on an Axe FX II that I'm borrowing from a friend. FET Boost into a Fender Twin Tweed 5F8 (left) and Trainwreck Rocket (center and right). Godin SD SSH S-style guitar, slightly out of tune. Recorded in Reason with some extra flavor.
  36. philipacamaniac

    Finally got to hear it, play it, and love it.

    Short version: Fractal modeling rules! Long version: I've never played through or used any Fractal Audio gear until now. I've been obsessing over the FX8 and now the AX8 for almost a year now. I'm on the AX8 list (take my money!). I've provided some help here on the forums mainly via studying...
  37. philipacamaniac

    Humbuster output question

    I've got a parallel FX loop that doesn't have a footswitch jack to bypass; the FX return jack is a shorting jack that switches it out of the path when the cable is unplugged. I've tested it, and this works remotely from a true bypass switcher as well. Question: if I build a passive TRS in to...
  38. philipacamaniac

    Wish Pitch parameter in the Reverb Block

    Disclaimer: Not an FX8 user yet. Signed up March 24 so here's hoping the invite hits soon. Memorized both manuals, "My body is ready," etc. My M13 needs to be put to death. I'm trying to determine the most efficient method of producing a parallel shimmer with the FX8. Of course there is the...
  39. philipacamaniac

    New HiRes FX8-Edit Screenshots

    The web wizards at FAS posted some new eye candy for us to stare at while we wait for the release. EDIT: See post #5 below. No additional effect blocks are being added. The original list is still correct. The main screenshot for FX8-Edit shows some tabs that have swapped positions since the...
  40. philipacamaniac

    FX8 in parallel FX loop

    How well will the FX8 work in a parallel FX loop that can't be set to serial without a mod (older Mesa for example)? I plan on setting the FX mix level somewhere between 30-50%, hopefully finding a good set-and-forget level since I won't often have easy access to the back of the amp. I get...
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