I think you could do it w scene toggleI have an AX8 for a while now, after owning the AxeFx II with MFC101 before. It works for me. I use 4 presets, with some scenes per preset. I don't need much buttons. My first reflex with the FM3 was, like many: 3 buttons? no way I can make this work. But thinking about how I use the AX8 now, maybe I can. I'd love the new smaller form factor. I get the modular approach, but I would love to have just 1 machine, no wires, no extra weight, etc
(Bare with me, as I'm ordering my thoughts as I type...)
I have 4 main presets. clean, crunch, rhythm (distortion), solo. Currently under the switches on the bottom row of the AX8. top row is individual FX, but end of the day I mostly use a scene 1/2 toggle for any of the 4 presets. a total of 8 basic sounds is what I use, using 5 switches.
Songs are either clean, crunch or rhythm "based", needing a solo now and then. Some songs have clean or crunch as a base sound, rhythm for the chorus for instance, and again the solo patch for....eh...solos
Thinking of how the switching order usually goes (in terms of patches):
clean|crunch|rhythm -> solo -> clean|crunch|rhythm
clean|crunch -> rhythm -> clean|crunch -> solo -> clean|crunch|rhythm
clean|crunch -> rhythm -> clean|crunch -> rhythm -> solo -> rhythm
This, I think, pretty much follows the general structure of your typical pop/rock song.
The sound you come from before, and go to after, a solo is usually the same (at least in my case). so if I have "crunch" before a solo, I'm likely to return to "crunch" after the solo. before and after solo should be a one tap thing; before a solo you don't want to "navigate" past a few sounds before you get what you need.
Hope this all makes sense to anybody else but me
Is this a feasible scenario with 3 buttons?
1 clean 2 crunch
Button 3 would load my Fx
Hold would bring up tuner