Yup, another Sheets of Sound here.
To answer your question directly (since nobody else seems to want to), yes. You'll be surprised at the variety and quality of the included IRs, and there are tons more available for free or very low cost to plow through until you can't decide which one to use.I haven't gotten my axefx yet but I have a few questions.
1) Will the built-in speaker impulses be good enough to get great cleans? What I use on the kemper is a '64 vibroverb set for no overdrive. It's profiled with a jensen 15 I believe which is a bit nasally for my tastes but it works for the most part. A 15" JBL might be a better bet...Looking forward to better digital time based effects that the kemper gives you, including 60s spring reverb.
I can't answer that one easily, although I will say that it's very easy to row through the various patches until you find something close and then modify from there if necessary.2) What are some good patches to start with for clean, semi-clean dumble and violiny dumble-style leads?
It absolutely requires a 2 space unit 14" deep, but I'd seriously consider a 4 space unit at least 16" deep. The extra spaces will accommodate either putting a rear-connection plate on the front, a wireless unit or a power distribution unit. The power distribution unit is probably the least necessary, as at most you'd probably only have the Axe Fx and a wireless plugged into it, and they'll both have power supplies with a LOT more power line filtering and protection than 99% of the power distribution units out there. Of course, wireless is a choice that you may not need to make unless you have stock in a battery company or run around big stages a lot. The rear-to-front panel movement is more for convenience if you move around a lot. If you mostly stay in one place I'm not sure you need that, either. But, a 4 space rack isn't much heavier, bigger or more expensive than a 2, and it leaves you a bit future-proof. You can always put blank plates in the unused spaces.3) What's the smallest rack that I can get for it? I don't need space for other gear.
Hey Jack, Jeremey here.Another question. I'm on the waiting list for the FX8. Since I will only be using a few patches, would the FX8 be a better solution for me or are there some limitations that the Axefx II doesn't have?
And what's the cheapest way to get footswitching of effects/patches with the axe 2?
Hey Jack, Jeremey here.
FX8 - only the effects from the Axe II (no amps or cabs)
AX8 - "lite" version of the Axe II, but basically does the same stuff, but with less horsepower
For foot swtiching, I have a TB-5 controller from BJ Devices for when I don't need the MFC. They have a 12 button version, too, and it's super easy to hook up with the Axe and configure. Built well, has two 'layers' of controls for each button, with options for tap tempo and tuner. The buttons can do patch changes, fx on/off, or scenes. Any patch change button doubles as a tap tempo and tuner button. Accepts two expression pedal inputs, too.
The FX8 is effects only. IOW, no amp sims. The AX8 has amp sims and does most of what the Axe does but supports less concurrent instances of amps and effects. The FX8 and AX8 both have a built-in pedalboard.Another question. I'm on the waiting list for the FX8. Since I will only be using a few patches, would the FX8 be a better solution for me or are there some limitations that the Axefx II doesn't have?
You need to specify the capabilities you need a little more deeply. Something like a Rocktron MIDIMate can do channel and effects switching but may not do everything you need.And what's the cheapest way to get footswitching of effects/patches with the axe 2?