^^I agree, way bigger deal to me. This has me considering going back to the amp route at least at somepoint. FAS this is great stuff!
Cliff, can this work in harmony with an AxeFX II?
Meaning... can this somehow become an FX extension, allowing the rack unit to perform amp, cabs, dynamics and EQ processing and offload other FX to the FX8? :mrgreen
Slowly. If you rush things they don't come out right.
I'll wait for the official answer, but I don't think it will work the way you are suggesting, like, it won't bypass the digital to analog, and analog to digital converters between the two and allow for a completely digital interaction before going out at the end of the chain. But, yes, an integration in terms of the floor device being essentially, the effects portion of an Axe FX II. So you can do as you suggested - offload some of the workload or stack more stuff combined, and maintain effects quality and consistency.
Yeah, you could always use the 4-cable method with the Axe-Fx II itself and just balance the effects load where you need it. Both the Axe-Fx II and FX8 are MIDI capable so the MFC could probably easily control both at the same time.