For me the workflow improvements are worth it. Having four channels per block is awesome. That really opens up the functionality to be able to do practically all you need in one preset.
I have made the switch from the II to the III late last year. Previously I was only using the Axe FX II through my EVH 5150 IIIs effects loop only. When I made the switch I also wanted a simpler setup so I took a chance and bought a Crown XLS 2502 Power amp as wanted to try a Solid State setup. Many Thanks to Leon Todd's Videos as they held some of the keys to achieving success with my new Axe FX IIIs Tone Quest. I use my Axe FX III through the Crown 2502 & then Left & Right to 2 Marshall 4X12 1960 cabs. It has taken me close to 4 months of testing & tweaking to get where I am really overjoyed with my current sound. The Axe FX III did indeed have a learning curve but from my point of view it is well worth it, & I am also addicted to the Axe Edit since it spoils me with its ease of effort. Now I am free to use all the great Amp Models inside & it well justified my purchase. Probably I am one of the few that only uses the Axe FX III only Live through real cabs and does not venture into the recording side. There are so many features packed into the Axe FX III that I do not find myself yearning for more. The additional Bonus of being able to visit the forum & gain insight & tips from all the other Axe Users + all the updates provided by Fractal Audio help make my new Axe FX III purchase an easy decision for me. For me the pros outweigh the cons, & I think that it is truly the best time to be a Guitar Player with all the great technology we have available to us. I have a second Guitar Rig setup for all Guest Guitarists who visit & they really appreciate my upgrade decision since their Rig setup is powered by the Axe FX II which also goes through another Crown Amp to 2 Marshall 4X12 Cabs. They really like only having to bring their Guitar & nothing else. The Axe FX III Rocks my world!As a user since 2013 of the Axe-Fx II I'm feeling like I need to reduce my bank account and switch to the III (Because what else would I do with my money right?)
If you've switched to the III did you feel like your creative palette broadened and justified your change/purchase?
Is there anything on the III you wish was there but isn't or are you happy with what you have?
If you're not happy, are you waiting/hoping for those changes in version IV ?
I'm 87.49% (Approximately depending on the time of the day) convinced I'll switch to the III but I'm wavering on sticking with the II and ignoring YouTube video's that show how cool the III is.
It's a great piece of kit, innit? Love mine!Loved the sound quality of my II XL+, but my one-month-old III satisfies my Studio Engineer "quest for the final dB" in so many more ways. The ease-of-use is dramatically improved with data encoders directly below the bigger/better screen, being able to name Scenes totally rocks – and the need to continually be mindful of banging up against the CPU limitation is a thing of the past for me!
Take the plunge, you won't regret it.
Yup. @2112's trick speeds it up a bit, though.One could spend more time in the Cab block auditioning IRs than most any Earthly activity.
and the need to continually be mindful of banging up against the CPU limitation is a thing of the past for me!
Yeah this was a big one for me. You had to use an external interface to be able to do this with the Axe II which added its own issues. It makes dialing in reamped tones so much easier. You don't have to keep going back and forth to the I/O menu with every single reamp take just to hear it in the mix.More USB channels allows for easy reamping while listening to the whole mix at the same time.
More USB channels allows for easy reamping while listening to the whole mix at the same time.
Yeah this was a big one for me. You had to use an external interface to be able to do this with the Axe II which added its own issues. It makes dialing in reamped tones so much easier. You don't have to keep going back and forth to the I/O menu with every single reamp take just to hear it in the mix.