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Axe-Fx II "Ares" Rev 2.00 Firmware Release

sprint

Fractal Fanatic
I still have / love my 10 yr old AxeII Mk1 and make good use of it as an extention to Axe3 via spdif (ie for dual HQ reverbs, synth sounds, compressor/enhancer/looper at end of chain...), and as a still very powerful overall modeller/fx unit that, even today, blows away lots of currently marketed units from other brands . Would be great to have another upgrade somehow - just don't think it will realistically happen since Fractal needs to make a buck to pay its employees and they won't do that spending time upgrading their legacy products. We had a great run with it though, as we are having now with the III.
 
I still have / love my 10 yr old AxeII Mk1 and make good use of it as an extention to Axe3 via spdif (ie for dual HQ reverbs, synth sounds, compressor/enhancer/looper at end of chain...), and as a still very powerful overall modeller/fx unit that, even today, blows away lots of currently marketed units from other brands . Would be great to have another upgrade somehow - just don't think it will realistically happen since Fractal needs to make a buck to pay its employees and they won't do that spending time upgrading their legacy products. We had a great run with it though, as we are having now with the III.
Amp modeling improvements to make ten years of machines that much better might be impossible, or a welcome coup. I leave it to Fractal to be the naysayers on going back on "no more firmware updates." I'm happy with my Ares infused IIxl+, but crave relative sonic compatibility with my FM3. IIxl+'s that get sold can generate interest in the company, and may also allow sellers to purchase III's.

The pro players that sold me on Fractal in the first place aren't flush with cash and I see II's still active in their racks. I wouldn't have added my initial "pretty please" message to this thread, but Cliff seemed so enthused about the mods that led to Cygnus, I was hoping to appeal to his obvious pride in the products and interest in keeping the competitors at bay.

I mean, a lot of the "evidence" provided here could have been thrown at the 2019 Ares update suggestion. And I'm typing this on a 2010 MacPro that stomps on many current computers. And for that matter, when I worked at IBM straight out of college, folks could still order ribbons for 1920's models. We all have different perspectives on this stuff. Happy Friday everyone. Thanks again Cliff, Fractal!
 

SASouth

Inspired
Amp modeling improvements to make ten years of machines that much better might be impossible, or a welcome coup. I leave it to Fractal to be the naysayers on going back on "no more firmware updates." I'm happy with my Ares infused IIxl+, but crave relative sonic compatibility with my FM3. IIxl+'s that get sold can generate interest in the company, and may also allow sellers to purchase III's.

The pro players that sold me on Fractal in the first place aren't flush with cash and I see II's still active in their racks. I wouldn't have added my initial "pretty please" message to this thread, but Cliff seemed so enthused about the mods that led to Cygnus, I was hoping to appeal to his obvious pride in the products and interest in keeping the competitors at bay.

I mean, a lot of the "evidence" provided here could have been thrown at the 2019 Ares update suggestion. And I'm typing this on a 2010 MacPro that stomps on many current computers. And for that matter, when I worked at IBM straight out of college, folks could still order ribbons for 1920's models. We all have different perspectives on this stuff. Happy Friday everyone. Thanks again Cliff, Fractal!
I feel that I must remind you that Apple no longer provides updates for your 2010 MacPro and hasn't for a number of years. How can you expect Fractal, a much smaller company, to do something that a much larger company won't?

I still own a IIXL+. I also have a III Mk2. But, the IIXL+ is a legacy product. It still sounds good, and enjoy it for what it is and you should too. Stop wishing for something that is not going to happen. Fractal cannot wave a magic wand and give you what you want.

You have it from the man himself, there won't be any more updates. What else do you need?

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I feel that I must remind you that Apple no longer provides updates for your 2010 MacPro and hasn't for a number of years. How can you expect Fractal, a much smaller company, to do something that a much larger company won't?

I still own a IIXL+. I also have a III Mk2. But, the IIXL+ is a legacy product. It still sounds good, and enjoy it for what it is and you should too. Stop wishing for something that is not going to happen. Fractal cannot wave a magic wand and give you what you want.

You have it from the man himself, there won't be any more updates. What else do you need?

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Folks seem to really hate that I brought up Cygnus modeling improvements, and yet I'm still being asked to justify my position. Not sure there is really much more to be said, so this is my last post on the thread. @FractalAudio's been pull quoted a couple of times here now. Thanks all and I hope you enjoy your respective weekends.
 
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crg123

Experienced
I feel that I must remind you that Apple no longer provides updates for your 2010 MacPro and hasn't for a number of years. How can you expect Fractal, a much smaller company, to do something that a much larger company won't?

I still own a IIXL+. I also have a III Mk2. But, the IIXL+ is a legacy product. It still sounds good, and enjoy it for what it is and you should too. Stop wishing for something that is not going to happen. Fractal cannot wave a magic wand and give you what you want.

You have it from the man himself, there won't be any more updates. What else do you need?

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I agree and am almost certain there will be no further updates but to play devil's advocate that post was from April 2019.... this whole Ares 2 thread is from September 2019 haha. On September 29th 2019, Cliff said "FWIW, I'll be porting some of the Axe-Fx III 9.xx changes this week. I woke up yesterday and figured out a way to use a single modeling data file for all products going forward so we won't have to maintain multiple files."

I'm assuming that didn't pan out for some reason since we haven't heard anything since then and it's been nearly 2 years haha, so I suspect that won't happen.
 

SASouth

Inspired
I agree and am almost certain there will be no further updates but to play devil's advocate that post was from April 2019.... this whole Ares 2 thread is from September 2019 haha.
What are you talking about? The post by rockstarjazzcat was made on June 25th, 2021. I posted my response on the same day.
 

Curt Chambers

New Member
I Have a question. No matter what I do, My Axe edit won't read my Fractal XL or my Mark 2 both fractals are on Ares 2.0 and Axed edit is on version 3.14.6
 
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