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Axe FX 2 --> Axe FX 3 Upgrader Person

Andrew Male

Experienced
So, having owned the Axe FX 2 and MFC for several years I finally bought an Axe FX 3 Mk2 and FC-12. Just a quick summary on where I am so far after a week or so.

I started by porting my presets across using frac-tool (amazingly useful, although it doubled all my delay times for some reason).

Then I set up a custom layout on the FC based on Perform 1, changing colours for my colourblind eyes, very useful.

The above took me about 30 minutes and I was ready to go.

Observations on features
  1. What immediately hit me was the sheer number of factory cabs vs the 2, which is fantastic, they've all been useable so far
  2. Naming scenes, great feature, especially with the FC text displays, I'm already going through and giving names to everything
  3. Channels vs X/Y offer a lot of scope within 1 preset and will allow me to consolidate
  4. The FC-12 is just flat out awesome, the best foot controller I've owned
  5. I don't miss the 3rd row of footswitches from the MFC, at all
  6. The Axe 3 UI and screen is great
Observations on sound

So I plugged in, put on my Blue headphones and honestly, I wasn't ready for the jump in sonic improvement from the Axe 2.

I thought how much better can it be right?

Wrong.

The difference is utterly astounding, with the most overriding adjective being pleasing. Everything sounds glorious and now I'm excited every time I turn the unit on. Throughout the entire sonic spectrum there is improvement, the low end sounds tight and chunky, the high end sounds incredible. I play all the way from clean, edge of breakup, to filthy metal and all of it sounds better. I don't know if it's the 32/64-bit FP precision or the improvements to the modelling (probably both) but compared to Axe 2 Ares the difference is huge (In my opinion).

This is only week 1 too, with Cygnus just around the corner!

So if you are like me and holding onto the Axe2 because you're not convinced it's worth the upgrade, just know that there is a jump and it is worth it.
 
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Gregmang

Fractal Fanatic
So, having owned the Axe FX 2 and MFC for several years I finally bought an Axe FX 3 Mk2 and FC-12. Just a quick summary on where I am so far after a week or so.

I started by porting my presets across using frac-tool (amazingly useful, although it doubled all my delay times for some reason).

Then I set up a custom layout on the FC based on Perform 1, changing colours for my colourblind eyes, very useful.

The above took me about 30 minutes and I was ready to go.

Observations on features
  1. What immediately hit me was the sheer number of factory cabs vs the 2, which is fantastic, they've all been useable so far
  2. Naming scenes, great feature, especially with the FC text displays, I'm already going through and giving names to everything
  3. Channels vs X/Y offer a lot of scope within 1 preset and will allow me to consolidate
  4. The FC-12 is just flat out awesome, the best foot controller I've owned
  5. I don't miss the 3rd row of footswitches from the MFC, at all
  6. The Axe 3 UI and screen is great
Observations on sound

So I plugged in, put on my Blue headphones and honestly, I wasn't ready for the jump in sonic improvement from the Axe 2.

I thought how much better can it be right?

Wrong.

The difference is utterly astounding, with the most overriding adjective being pleasing. Everything sounds glorious and now I'm excited every time I turn the unit on. Throughout the entire sonic spectrum there is improvement, the low end sounds tight and chunky, the high end sounds incredible. I play all the way from clean, edge of breakup, to filthy metal and all of it sounds better. I don't know if it's the 32/64-bit FP precision or the improvements to the modelling (probably both) but compared to Axe 2 Ares the difference is huge (In my opinion).

This is only week 1 too, with Cygnus just around the corner!

So if you are like me and holding onto the Axe2 because you're not convinced it's worth the upgrade, just know that there is a jump and it is worth it.

you are REALLY gonna dig the FW 16 beta !
 

FatWreckMike

New Member
So, having owned the Axe FX 2 and MFC for several years I finally bought an Axe FX 3 Mk2 and FC-12. Just a quick summary on where I am so far after a week or so.

I started by porting my presets across using frac-tool (amazingly useful, although it doubled all my delay times for some reason).

Then I set up a custom layout on the FC based on Perform 1, changing colours for my colourblind eyes, very useful.

The above took me about 30 minutes and I was ready to go.

Observations on features
  1. What immediately hit me was the sheer number of factory cabs vs the 2, which is fantastic, they've all been useable so far
  2. Naming scenes, great feature, especially with the FC text displays, I'm already going through and giving names to everything
  3. Channels vs X/Y offer a lot of scope within 1 preset and will allow me to consolidate
  4. The FC-12 is just flat out awesome, the best foot controller I've owned
  5. I don't miss the 3rd row of footswitches from the MFC, at all
  6. The Axe 3 UI and screen is great
Observations on sound

So I plugged in, put on my Blue headphones and honestly, I wasn't ready for the jump in sonic improvement from the Axe 2.

I thought how much better can it be right?

Wrong.

The difference is utterly astounding, with the most overriding adjective being pleasing. Everything sounds glorious and now I'm excited every time I turn the unit on. Throughout the entire sonic spectrum there is improvement, the low end sounds tight and chunky, the high end sounds incredible. I play all the way from clean, edge of breakup, to filthy metal and all of it sounds better. I don't know if it's the 32/64-bit FP precision or the improvements to the modelling (probably both) but compared to Axe 2 Ares the difference is huge (In my opinion).

This is only week 1 too, with Cygnus just around the corner!

So if you are like me and holding onto the Axe2 because you're not convinced it's worth the upgrade, just know that there is a jump and it is worth it.
Can I ask a few questions - how do the stock cabs compare to the Axe 2, and has the drive block been improved? I can rarely could useable sounds out of either...I'm still on the Axe 2 XL but am saving like crazy to get the Axe 3 MkII!

thanks :)
 

unix-guy

Legend!
Can I ask a few questions - how do the stock cabs compare to the Axe 2, and has the drive block been improved? I can rarely could useable sounds out of either...I'm still on the Axe 2 XL but am saving like crazy to get the Axe 3 MkII!

thanks :)
All of the Axe Fx II factory cabs are included, plus 2048 new ones from both Fractal and popular 3rd party IR creators.

The Drive block was overhauled and improved quite a bit.
 

LoPaN

Inspired
I had the same experience, I never felt the Axefx2 was lacking anything it served me well for years, I plugged in the 3 and the sound and feel improvement was really evident, played for a while then plugged the 2 back in and it sounded well let’s say very fake sounding. I love the FC12 too it’s amazing what you can do with it especially with per preset.
 

km 202257

Member
Just finished my day1 with III. Having bought II just after III came out, I had been determined to stick to II until I found an offer of a used III MK1 with the price 20% cheaper than MK2.

When I turned on the tuner before playing, I already regretted not buying one until now. What a definition it is!
 

squealie

Inspired
I'm of the opinion, that if you stick to the FAS amps on the 2 that it sounds amazing, feels amazing. I'm still learning the 3. There's a feel thing that is great with the cygnus versions. There are sims on my Ultra that feel amazing and sound great too.

I bought the 3 because I was having major FOMO. For that alone, it's worth having. But the previous Fractal boxes are still killer compared to the houseful of line6 crap I have on shelves.
 

squealie

Inspired
Can I ask a few questions - how do the stock cabs compare to the Axe 2, and has the drive block been improved? I can rarely could useable sounds out of either...I'm still on the Axe 2 XL but am saving like crazy to get the Axe 3 MkII!
IMOHO. If you can't get 'usable' sounds out of the Axe-fx2 then you are barking up the wrong tree. AxeFx2 is a seriously great box. The 3 is better in every measurable way...but it ain't gonna be a switch from suck to rule.
 

FatWreckMike

New Member
IMOHO. If you can't get 'usable' sounds out of the Axe-fx2 then you are barking up the wrong tree. AxeFx2 is a seriously great box. The 3 is better in every measurable way...but it ain't gonna be a switch from suck to rule.
Yeah usable was the wrong word. Just got quicker results by using IRs from OH etc. I have just received my Axe FX 3 and agree it is better - the IRs are great so far and I'm finding it's less work to get great tones.

Thanks guys :)
 
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