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    Scene Changes Unreliable When Receiving MIDI Clock?

    The workaround is to send CC14 (default) to mimic a tap pedal, but really, that's a brain dead way of doing it and it would be nice if the Axe II would've worked as designed! Bummer, but workable...
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    Scene Changes Unreliable When Receiving MIDI Clock?

    Setup: Ableton LIVE sending Axe II MIDI CC's for Scene and Volume, and MIDI Sync for delay timing. Problem: Scene changes become unreliable when the Axe is receiving MIDI Sync (i.e. some Scene changes are ignored by the Axe, randomly, though sometimes every second attempt works, which of course...
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    My Unit is Possessed: Random Patch Changes

    By all means contact Fractal support, they might have some ideas, and possibly some parts etc? Good luck!
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    My Unit is Possessed: Random Patch Changes

    Try a screen other than the default Recall Preset screen, with no MIDI, pedals, Foot Controller, or USB connected, and not sitting on a speaker cab, to see if the problem continues? a) If it only happens on the default Recall Preset screen, then maybe the main Rotary Encoder is dirty or worn...
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    DAW program changes cause saved patches to sound different?

    The only MIDI issue I've ever encountered with the Axe FX II interfacing with external software has been the below with Ableton LIVE v9.x/10.x. The below MIDI CC data problem was created by LIVE via editing MIDI. The problem was unidentified MIDI data repeatedly being sent on the beat, which...
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    DAW program changes cause saved patches to sound different?

    Yes, if you're switching between the two amp/cabs, and the one that is off is still unprocessed passing audio, you might have some phase problems? Unix-guy has the answer for checking your MIDI stream, run a MIDI Monitor and see exactly what is happening etc. Good luck...
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    DAW program changes cause saved patches to sound different?

    I run Axe FX II Ares 2.x with Pro Tools and LIVE, with and without the Editor, no PC problems? When the Editor is running via USB at any rate, the PC's will be slower than without the Editor running, that's the only thing I've ever noticed, but again, I'm running the latest FW for Axe II. Are...
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    Axe II Mk II - Ares 2.0 - 9/18/2019 Tone Match Block Issues?

    Hi Decimator, I got it working as it seems it's some Editor hassles is all. My Editor wasn't loading older TM Files with some params changed from default correctly, and I had to switch out of the TM Block and back into it in the Editor to get the audio working. I also had some corrupted TM...
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    Axe-Fx 2 still worth grabbing?

    If you're real FX Hog like I am, the Axe II is stronger CPU-wise than the FM3, in spite of the additional channels in the FM-3 (X/Y in the Axe II, A/B/C/D in the FM-3). I run long chains of parallel FX in my Axe II along with a tube preamp, so it's doing power amp sim, cab sim, and lots of FX...
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    Axe II Mk II - Ares 2.0 - 9/18/2019 Tone Match Block Issues?

    Hi all, was for the first time working with the Tone Match block under Ares, and I had these problems, wondering if anyone else has them etc? Note that my preset is the "kitchen sink, with two amps (one power amp sim for a tube preamp, the other a tube pre for acoustic sim), two cabs (one...
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    Axe-Fx II "Ares" Rev 2.00 Firmware Release

    Indeed, it was wonderful for Cliff to give us some of Ares, but be advised what the Axe III/FM-3 are now running is much more advanced as what we have for our Axe II's etc. That said, my Axe II sounds great, so it's all good LOL!
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    Fractal Audio AMP models: Tube Pre

    I take screen shots of for example the Super Lead Power Amp parameters, and plug them into the Tube Pre, select a neutral tonestack like active or studio, leave the Tube Pre's tonestack flat (all 12:00), and since there are additional virtual gain stages, I sometimes lower the Input Trim and...
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    The Royal Scam

    Nice!
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    Adding a looper pedal

    You can also put it last in the chain so you can change Scenes/Presets and say play over a ambient backround with a different sound for example.
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    Axe II MKI LCD screen contrast

    Have you cleaned it with elec connector contact cleaner (power off etc)? You can also gently reposition the pins a tiny bit, if for some reason the connector is getting loose, assuming you know what you're doing in there etc?
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    How Use Axe FX III for effects only with amp w/o and EFX Loop

    Best usage would likely be to get a proper load box for the amp and go 4CM with a lightweight solid state amp for power.
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    LCD replacement for Axe II Mark 1

    There's also the FracPad for iOS/Android, though it also has most but not all the params. So, no different but compatible displays you could hack up the front panel to use?
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    LCD replacement for Axe II Mark 1

    Have you tried cleaning the ribbon cable connectors etc (you might get lucky)?
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    Axe FX II Mark 2 control questions (help the newbies!)

    I run automation from Ableton LIVE without any foot controller (clean stage), though we have two laptops running in sync in case there's a problem with one). LIVE automates MIDI PC's and CC's which control Scenes and Pitch Block harmonies etc (as well as the Lights), and the Axe II Mk II works...
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    How to get the most out of changing power tube types

    Hi, all of them, power amp, power supply, speaker, and dynamics sometimes (check). If using as a tube power amp sim then you can't decouple the preamp so it's params in part as well, but not needed if you're using the modeled preamps obviously. If on Ares use the Axe III manual for amp block...
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    Is there a decent acoustic patch for use with an actual acoustic guitar?

    You can also use acoustic instrument IR's... https://www.3sigmaaudio.com/acoustic-impulses/ ...which work well with piezo's and such.
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    Axe-Fx 2 Amp Block Building Blocks

    Changing the settings would get you closer, but not all the way there depending on what amp you attempt to modify into which other amp. Tube guitar amp building blocks are... Various gain stage(s) and cathode follower stage(s) with inter gain stage padding and filtering, tonestack...
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    Imitate vibrato arm in a single move? Down, back up + a little vibrato at the end

    I've done a two octave dive bomb via the Sequencer for years dating back with my Ultra (no vibrato), though of course you need to be done before it resets etc. Looking forward to seeing how Bakerman's idea pans out (haven't tried it myself yet), so please update the thread etc.
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    ToneQuest - Let's Dial it in - "Hysteria" by Def Leppard!

    Hi, nice job, though I'll point out that some of the IR's you were using all ready had the mics built in ("RW" for example), and technically should not be used with the Axe FX's mic models (use "Null" instead to have access to Proximity etc). That said, "if it sounds good it is good", so enjoy...
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    Real tube amp instead of the amp block..a sort of 4CM

    I have used both my old Ultra and currently my Axe II 4CM for many years, best of both worlds for me. For those with tube preamps you can do the same thing and use the Axe FX for tube power amp sims, and then out to cab sims/cab - speakers via lightweight solid state power. This eliminates tube...
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    How to get the most out of changing power tube types

    Essentially you can do that by taking screen shots of the various params in Axe Edit, and then finding your preamp and punching in the power amp params of your desired power amp. I use my Axe II as a tube power amp sim/cab sim/FX with tube preamps, and that's how I create the tube power amp sims.
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    How to get the most out of changing power tube types

    Power tubes simply amplify, though how the circuit and iron reacts to their differences is what makes the different tubes create different tones. No magic, try them out and use what you like etc. You should consider tweaking the power amp bias and possibly the power supply params when changing...
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    Bought an Axe-Fx 2 ... and it's fried

    Best to fill that unused MFC connector with a unwired RJ45 connector IMO.
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    What are proper levels in the 4 cable into the front of an amp?

    Hmmm, I had no idea the Axe FX Mk 1 was different with regards to I/O, sorry about that, though in my case no issues with both an Axe FX Ultra and a Axe FX II Mk II in 4CM. I thought they all had... Front Panel Input Connector: 1/4” phone jack, unbalanced. Impedance: 1 Mohm Max. Input Level...
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    What are proper levels in the 4 cable into the front of an amp?

    Sure, you don't need the line adjuster, just turn down the Axe's send to the amp, and watch the return levels as well. It works great once you get your levels set, enjoy!
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    Post Your Rig!

    Here's my Blues Rock rig for 2020, which only demands vintage Marshall tones plus FX. The Rocktron Valvesonic Plexi tube preamp can do all years of Marshall tones (JTM45 thru JCM900), the Dual 31 Band has one side for FOH/IEM's - Monitors, and the other side for the stage cab(s) feed as needed...
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    What are proper levels in the 4 cable into the front of an amp?

    Actually Out 1 & 2 are electronically similar aside from connectors, but you still have to gain stage correctly etc. I agree that setting it up correctly for 4CM is the way to go with Out 2 to the Amp In, and the Amp FX Send back to In 2, with Out 1 back to the Amp FX Return. Get the setup and...
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    What are proper levels in the 4 cable into the front of an amp?

    Your amp is expecting Instrument Level, not Line Level which is what the Axe outputs by default, so you need to dial the level hitting the amp way back. There are a number of places that could be done, though the FX Loop Block is the easiest. You should use out 2 to the amp, dial it back until...
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    Pete Thorn FM3 Demo

    Nice tune and tones Pete!
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    Running Axe-Fx II XL through Synergy fx loop

    Yes, the MFC can output MIDI to external devices, read the manual... 4.3 Presets and Program Changes As stated above, presets and banks in PRESET MODE are arranged in strict numerical order. The flexibility to have footswitches load your choice of sounds, however, is offered in a number of...
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    Stock Cabs Don't Sound Real?

    Typical close mic'd IR's contain reflection comb filtering, which the OP has described when he said "boomy and fizzy" etc, so OP, try the Axe's waveform smoothing which is called "DePhase" in my Axe II's Cab Block (Ares 2.x), that might help you as it smooths the peaks and valleys in the freq...
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    Could the Axe-FX III be used for Hex processing? (Like Roland V-Guitar)

    You need 6 amp blocks for true hex, so 3 Axe II's or Axe III's should do it! If you sub-mix your hex pup outs to say high strings and low strings or whatever, then one Axe II or Axe III. In any case it would be a powerful setup!
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    From Line 6 Helix, upgrade to Ultra or II?

    That would be multiple bypass and unbypass commands per switch press, cool, with additional expensive hardware unless you DIY etc,. The Axe II/III/AX8 (AX8 has much less CPU vs the II, and way less than a III) has Scenes built in among all of the other advantages I mentioned above, with perhaps...
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    From Line 6 Helix, upgrade to Ultra or II?

    Correct, and if using the Ultra and you wanted gap-less switching of complex FX chains with sustain over FX changes, then you had to use multiple FX FX block instances and other FX blocks to enable/disable the various chains etc (VOL/PAN or PEQ etc, all of which decimated the available CPU), and...
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    Any Triaxis Users Out There?

    Got cha LOL! Any thoughts on mimicking tube power sections for use with external preamps? Thx...
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    From Line 6 Helix, upgrade to Ultra or II?

    Forget about the Gen 1 Axe, get the Axe II (or a Axe III of course!), much better and more amp models, much better and more FX, much more CPU, Scenes (huge advantage!), and the better Editor etc, there you go!
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    Any Triaxis Users Out There?

    Hi Unix-Guy, I did say Axe Edit though I'm running Ares 2.x, and Axe Edit 3.14.5 However, I never mentioned a "Advanced Menu", rather what I said was... "I take screen shots of for example the desired Amp Block Power Amp parameters, and plug them all into the Tube Pre (Axe Edit Tabs: Power...
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    Is anyone sending Midi CC to AF2 for reamping?

    Yes, as long as your pedals ultimately send MIDI to the DAW it should work fine.
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    Any Triaxis Users Out There?

    Fractal does not have a dedicated tube power amp model even though it's been asked for since Day 1 by many, due to the fact Cliff believes it would make it too easy for others to reverse engineer his code. The best you can do is follow my instructions above, and modify the Tube Pre model. I...
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    Is anyone sending Midi CC to AF2 for reamping?

    I'm using MIDI via cable as we're using Ableton LIVE on stage as well, so long cable runs etc. In the studio I still use MIDI over cable as my studios have MIDI Interfaces. I haven't ever done it via MIDI/USB, so no experience there?
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    Any Triaxis Users Out There?

    Welcome, let me know what you think...
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    Is anyone sending Midi CC to AF2 for reamping?

    Sure do it all the time in my live show, just MIDI Out on the DAW from a MIDI track, to MIDI In on the AXE II. As to drawing or programming the MIDI with a expression pedal, your choice as the AXE II doesn't care.
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    Any Triaxis Users Out There?

    I take screen shots of for example the desired Amp Block Power Amp parameters, and plug them all into the Tube Pre (Axe Edit Tabs: Power Amp, Power Supply, Speaker, Speaker Drv, Dynamics), select a neutral tonestack like active or studio, leave the Tube Pre's tonestack flat (all 12:00), and...
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    Drastic Changes to SV Bass Amp After Update

    I remember a gain issue with the Ampeg SVT with early/all (?) versions of Ares, and the solution it of course lower the Input Trim, not the Gain control which effects the bright cap etc. Not sure if it was ever fixed or not, do a search of the forum etc...
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    Is Output 2 Mod now Stock on Axe FX 2 XL?

    Guitar amps are looking for gtr pup level or a bit more, not line level which is what is being sent out of the Axe, so... a) Lower the FX Send output level via the FX Loop Block's fader. b) Adjust the FL Loop Block's return via it's output control to unity gain as needed. This should help as...
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    Connect FXII to Synergy Syn2

    Typically something like this... a) (Gtr) -> (Analog Pedals, might not need them depending on what they are?) -> (Axe In 1, front or rear) -> (Axe Out 2 from FX Loop Block) -> (SYN2 In) - (SYN2 Out) -> (Axe FX In 2 via FX Block) - (Axe FX Out 1 to FOH/Monitors, Amp/Speaker etc). b) (Gtr) ->...
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    80s Hair Metal w/ ML Sound Lab Mars Hair Metal cab pack

    Killer, LOVED that, when does your instrumental CD get released?
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    IR Length Question

    With a Reflection Free IR, you need to keep the length short enough to avoid the first reflection, and seeing 1024 points is enough to accurately reproduce the cab, Normal Rez is perfect. Be sure to add some Room Tone to it in additon to your desired Time Based FX for max realism.
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    IR Length Question

    I believe that's correct, and I do use Normal Res with my RFFFIR's.
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    Axe-Fx II "Ares" Rev 2.00 Firmware Release

    Just use an analog pedal or two, or perhaps a pedal in the Axe II"s FX Loop (plus the two virtual drives so everything is under control via MIDI)?
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    Axe-Fx II "Ares" Rev 2.00 Firmware Release

    Each drive block can host two drives, so you get four drives total per patch, two of which can be active at a time.
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    Looking at Axe-Fx for studio

    I use a Axe II Mk II running Ares 2.x firmware and love it, though also I often use it 2CM/4CM with my tube preamps for tube power amp and cab sims (plus FX etc). A used Axe II in good shape should be had easily under $1200, and yes, the Axe has 4 inputs and four outputs, and excepts stereo or...
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    Axe-Fx 2 or Ultra

    I've used both the Ultra and Axe FX II for FX only with tube gear for years, and I'd say go for the Axe II if you can swing it. As noted above Scenes, X-Y, better Editor (USB vs MIDI), and additional CPU power etc. That said, I used a Ultra for years in that role and with creative programming...
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    So, convince me to sell my Kemper...

    There are a multitude of tonal colors available via the component modeling of the Axe FX (and by extension real tube gear), and these are missing when increasing or decreasing the generic gain of the KPA. Things like adjusting the preamp vs power amp saturation, preamp filtering, power amp and...
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    Axe-Fx II "Ares" Rev 2.00 Firmware Release

    Ares release notes specified that only the amp block modeling was updated, though with regards to new firmware, if need be it's always a good idea to reset the block(s) in question (Reverb in this case etc).
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    Axe-Fx II "Ares" Rev 2.00 Firmware Release

    Be patient folks as they just released the latest FW for the Axe III, and they need to update Axe-Edit etc, be on call for any bug fixes that might be needed, so right now everyone is busy (typical release cycle). Once everything is completed and running smoothly, then maybe they'll have time...
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    So, convince me to sell my Kemper...

    The KPA uses generic gain stage modeling where as the Axe FX models the amp's entire circuit, so if you can hear and appreciate real tube amp attributes (vs solid state amps for example), things like responses to disonances, freq responses over time, transient responses etc etc, then the Axe FX...
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    Axe-Fx II used for FX only in Studio

    Yes, the rear input 1, though watch out for clipping as it has no noise reduction or limiting (secret sauce). My bad Bakerman, I was thinking the rear input is input 2 LOL...DOH!
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    Axe-Fx II used for FX only in Studio

    Use Input 2, and whatever output you like. Input -> FX -> Output
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    Is this possible?

    Try lowering the amp block input gain a bit.
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    Axe-Fx II "Ares" Rev 2.00 Firmware Release

    Hopefully parts of the later Ares upgrades will be available for the Axe II as Cliff has stated that he's conjured up improved ways of managing the FW differences between Axe II and Axe III, making them easier to deal with etc, so we'll have to wait to see? We'll never get everything the Axe...
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    Axe-Fx II "Ares" Rev 2.00 Firmware Release

    Sure, if it's not clipping it's fine. I have a real tube Dumble Skyliner #124 ODS clone, and the clean side has very little output (gain stage, passive tonestack, make-up gain stage, master), vs the OD side (which has all of that plus two additional gain stages etc). If it's not clipping...
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    Axe-Fx II "Ares" Rev 2.00 Firmware Release

    Maybe a default setting thing but it doesn't matter as it's a clean channel with the MV at 5, which wouldn't be as loud as the gain channel etc, so just turn it up using whatever combination of channel volume, master volume, and block output volume that works for you.
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    Axe-Fx II "Ares" Rev 2.00 Firmware Release

    With Axe II, use a EQ block pre the amp block for "input" EQ (or a drive block etc).
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    Mesa Boogie Strategy 400 Settings on Axe-Fx II XL+

    a) Select "Tube Pre" as your amp block, and run it's tonestack flat, bright switch off, depth and presence to taste, master max'd, preamp gain to taste. Note many Mesa tube power cut some lows via their coupling caps, so you can try the Amp Block's EQ or it's Cut Switch. b) Turn off Amp...
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    Axe-Fx II "Ares" Rev 2.00 Firmware Release

    As always, THANK YOU Cliff and FAS!
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    "Upgrade" from AX8 to Axe-Fx II mkII

    +1, not even close as Ares 1.03 for Axe II adds a lot of upgraded tube circuit realism. If you're familiar with tube circuits you'll enjoy the Axe II Ares 1.03 combination a lot more, though if you're not familiar with tube circuits perhaps not?
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    Axe-Fx versus UA OX cab sims

    It all depends on the IR, i.e. the IR's cab, speaker, and mic position in the recording environment, plus the Cab Block's LPF/HPF and Proximity Control. Get those right and it'll sound similar, though the OX does have the best Room Sim going.
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    Axe-Fx II "Ares" Rev 1.02 Firmware Release

    Amazing, thanks Cliff and Crew, much appreciated!
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    Not a Bug Ares 1.0 MIDI PC Issue?

    Further investigation exonerates the Axe, it's a LIVE issue, so disregard!
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    Not a Bug Ares 1.0 MIDI PC Issue?

    Hi all, I'm not sure if it's the Ableton LIVE/PC/MIDI Interface or the Axe II Mk II, and I haven't had time to trouble shoot it yet, but sometimes I need to send a MIDI Patch Change twice from the LIVE PC to get the program to change on the Axe II Mk II (from Axe Preset 1 -> 3, via a standard...
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    Axe-Fx II "Ares" Rev 1.00 Firmware Release

    Indeed, thanks for all the hard work, and I agree that Ares 1.x for Axe II is a very nice upgrade to the modeling, we'll done all!
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    Axe-Fx II Firmware "Ares" 1.00 Public Beta

    I've been enjoying the Axe FX since the Ultra came out Cliff, and your efforts and attention to detail, sonic and otherwise, are truly appreciated! My needs are 2U at the moment which is the only reason I'm not upgrading to a AFX III immediately (as I'd need new cases etc, and don't have the...
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    Axe-Fx II Firmware "Ares" 1.00 Public Beta

    Much appreciated Cliff, looking forward to trying it when my AFX2 gets back Saturday. Thanks!
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    Axe fx III with electric hurdy gurdy

    Amazing, love it!
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    Def Leppard Makes the Switch to the Axe-Fx III

    Congrats Cliff and all!
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    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 10.00 Firmware Release

    Thanks, got 10.01 here (never used 10.00).
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    Integrating tube/valve amp with Axe FX II

    In the Manual pg 33, 4CM.
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    Ares on XL+ ... mission possible or impossible!

    +1 ^^^^ My lowly AFX2 Mk II sounds great, and if it gets an update that actually improves it that's great, and if not it still sounds great! GREAT LOL!
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    MFC Question?

    Hmmm, indeed there was some X/Y switching happening, and removing that fixed it with the MIDI Mate, thanks a million Gentlemen! So, the law is that X/Y switching, even to the same Block Effect Type causes a short mute, correct?
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    MFC Question?

    No, I'm getting gaps both with Axe Edit running and off? MidiMate sending custom mapped to Scenes PC's, Ignore redundant PC's, Revert On, SysEx off?
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    MFC Question?

    Hmmm, this makes more sense! I'm getting quite a gap switching Scenes via custom mapped PC's, with Ignore Redundant PC's enabled,even if the only difference is turning a delay on/off? a) Is this normal? b) Will the switching gap be removed when I use a better interface and CC#34 Value = 0/7...
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    MFC Question?

    Great, thank you very much!
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    MFC Question?

    Hi all, just wondering if I assign a FX Block to a IA, will it override whatever that FX Block is assigned in a Scene. a) I have Scenes with for example the Chorus Block off. b) I assign the Chorus Block to a IA, then turn it on. c) Will the Chorus Block stay on now as I move through my...
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    Amp sim help needed

    First thing, try to find a cab that's close as that's a huge percentage of the sound! Redwirez has a Supro Thunderbolt S6420 • Jensen 15", if that's close to yours? As to amp models it depends on what you models you have (model #'s etc)?
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    Looper Playback Sticky Across Scenes?

    So, if I get a MFC 101 Mk II or FCB1010 Uno with 7-Pin mod, then I can switch Scenes as needed with CC#/Values (0 - 7), plus have my IA FX independent of the Scenes via bypass modifiers and controlled by CC#, correct? Appreciate the help guys, should've upgraded from my Ultra long ago, though...
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    Looper Playback Sticky Across Scenes?

    Thanks all, I'll look into teh FCB1010 and Uno/Eureka mods, plus the 7- Pin power mod as well. It appears that the Uno can send two CC Values via a PC, so Ignore Redundant PC would still need to be activated I believe? Another question, is there any way to have selected blocks NOT be...
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    Looper Playback Sticky Across Scenes?

    It seems the Uno can only CC Values on PC changes, not on CC changes, or am I missing something?
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    Looper Playback Sticky Across Scenes?

    I wasn't aware that the FCB1010 could send MIDI CC Values, I'll double check though...
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    Looper Playback Sticky Across Scenes?

    Ha, good thought, a separate Play switch via the Afx2's pedal/switch input (I'll do the pedal via the MM's input), I'll give it a go tonight, thanks! My goal is to start the looper in whatever Scene I want, hit rec a second time for auto-play, then change Scenes while the looper plays to solo...
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    Looper Playback Sticky Across Scenes?

    Ha ha, yes, undesired and dangerous behavior! I guess I'll bug this as in my thinking it should work, so maybe it can be fixed?
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    Looper Playback Sticky Across Scenes?

    Again thanks Gentlemen, appreciate your expertise!
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