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Axe-Fx II Firmware 9 Public Beta

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Stratoblaster

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Nice!!! I can't wait to hear/try the new power amp modelling...and the Silver Jubilee, and the Splawns, and the scenes, and the....well you get the idea.

Will be blasting this in about 1/2 hour....thanks Cliff and FAS for the continued improvements and extras; sincerely appreciated...
 

jack5150

Member
That's awesome! Now just fix AXE EDIT.
Had my Axe FX for 3 weeks now, and I haven't been able to use AXE EDIT with it yet :(
 

FractalAudio

Administrator
Fractal Audio Systems
Moderator
Thanks!!
I know AE is fubar'd for now, but can MIDIOX be used to import a single preset? Or upgrade firmware? I've used it for loading banks, just not sure about the other stuff. Trying to import patches from Clarky others from Axe Exchange. Any intstructions for the Midi impaired would be appreciated.
Yes, you can accomplish all those tasks with MIDIOX. Use the Sysex view.
 

electronpirate

Moderator
Moderator
9.00

Added eight “scenes” to each preset. Each scene allows for different combinations of bypass states and X/Y state (if applicable) for the effects. For example, Scene 1 may have everything bypassed while Scene 2 has several effects engaged. Furthermore, Scene 3 may be identical to Scene 2 except that one or more blocks have a different X/Y state. Scenes allow the user to easily switch between various combinations of bypass and X/Y states within a given preset. Furthermore, switching scenes does not disturb the routing so spillover is unaffected. Additionally, each scene stores the output level independently allowing for different volumes between scenes. Scenes can be changed via MIDI CC. Additionally, the mapping mode allows mapping a PC message to not only a preset but also a given scene. Scenes can be manually selected when in the Layout or Recall menu using the ‘A’ Quick Control knob. NOTE: spillover may be affected if switching between X/Y states if drastically different algorithms exist between the two states. For example, if one scene has a Digital Delay and the next scene uses a Tape Delay, spillover will probably not function correctly as these modes use different algorithms.

The Global Bypass continuous controller parameter has been replaced with the Scene Select continuous controller parameter since Scene Select can accomplish everything Global Bypass could ever do. Note that using Scene Select in place of Global Bypass will probably select Scene #8 (if the CC has values of 0 or 127). Existing presets will have all blocks engaged in the new scenes so the operation should be identical to Global Bypass.

New power amp modeling with improved dynamic response. This new modeling features improved transformer/plate interaction modeling resulting in better feel and a punchier response. The Supply Sag parameter is more responsive as a result. Additionally, crossover and transformer hysteresis distortion modeling is improved resulting in more overtones when playing softly. This improves controlled feedback performance and yields a more aggressive tone at lower Power Tube Bias settings. The Global menu allows the choice of Version 9.xx, 8.xx or 7.xx modeling to suit individual tastes. Note that Version 9.xx is slightly quieter so don’t be swayed by Fletcher-Munson effects when evaluating differences.

Set TMA block Resolution mode to High by default.

Compressor block now has two Pedal types. “Pedal 1” is the same as before while “Pedal 2” uses a different algorithm which is smoother and pumps less.

Added Badger 30 model based on 30W version of Suhr Badger. This model has been placed in the position formerly held by the Spawn Fastrod model (see below).

All three “gears” of the Splawn Quickrod have now been modeled. The Spawn Fastrod has been renamed “Spawn Q-Rod 3rd”. “Spawn Q-Rod 1st” and “Spawn Q-Rod 2nd” models have been added. All three models now appear in order starting at position 101.

Add “Brit Silver” model based on a 100W Marshall Silver Jubilee.

Add “Spawn Nitrous” model based on a Splawn Nitro with KT-88 power tubes.

The Amp block Type parameter is now a dedicated page to facilitate selecting the desired type in light of the copious models available. Selection is afforded via the Value knob as well as the Navigation buttons. The Boost switch has been moved to the Advanced menu. The Boost stwitch is now also modifiable so it can be activated remotely.

Numerous MIDI enhancements to support Axe-Edit TNP.

Fixed incorrect bias value in Spawn Fastrod model.

Fixed unable to access certain parameters in Vocoder block.

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wtfover

Inspired
I reallllly like this model!
Ciff, I did read the release notes, but what ever you did it's unreal.

Since I mainly play jazz, I fired up my usual buttery clean patch.
There's a day-and-night difference in tonal quality.

Here's what I heard immediately with no changes to the preset. To make sure the new amp parameters were current, I did
cycle to the next amp. then back to the buttery.

Feel / Tone > Notes feel as if to "sink into the neck" and bloom with warm thick tone which emits clarity with a silky high end.
I'm running the buttery amp master at 9.84.

You did it.

This now feels like (or better) than your favorite clean tube amp driven to its rails....... amazing.
 

Cobrango

Power User
Ciff, I did read the release notes, but what ever you did it's unreal.
Feel / Tone > Notes feel as if to "sink into the neck" and bloom with warm thick tone which emits clarity with a silky high end.
I'm running the buttery amp master at 9.84.

You did it.

This now feels like (or better) than your favorite clean tube amp driven to its rails....... amazing.
Woah! I can't waaaaaaait!!!! <3 <3 <3 MUAH MUAH MUAH!!!!!!
 

Sean Ashe

Power User
Now my inner Guthrie Govan fanboy can dial in his rig heck yea!

Really diggin this update so far :)

I don't know too much about scenes as of yet, but seem like they're going to be useful. Also the improved dynamics is pretty sweet!
 
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