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    AxFX AX8

    How is this thing, anybody using one? I'm going to start playing out a little bit again, and I just don't want to commit to hauling an amp and all of my pedals along with me. I don't really want to invest in a rack unit, either.

    #2
    It's a gen behind the current versions, and it has some limitations compared to the full size AxeFXs (primarily in terms of only supporting one amp block at once). It's basically half of an AxeFX II in terms of processing. It uses the same amp and cab blocks as the full size though, so there's no real difference in sound.

    That being said, it's still pretty capable as long as you don't go overboard with the reverbs and delays. There's also a bunch of guides out for it - I watched through Leon Todd's set when I got mine and they were really helpful. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...vW5VYEY6FVL55c

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      #3
      Thanks!

      I'm never going to record, so the full functionality of a big AX will be completely wasted on me. I've got a guy talked down to $850 with an expression pedal and a road case for it, so even if it is old tech, I doubt I can get hurt at that price.

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        #4
        For the price they go for used, you're better off just spending a tad more and getting an FM3. It's only $150 more:

        https://shop.fractalaudio.com/fm3-am...fx-floor-unit/

        And you get current gen tech along with a warrantee. Expression pedals are cheap. I wouldn't pay $850 for an AX8 personally. They hold their used value but to me, that thing is worth about 5-600 bucks.

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          #5
          I'm glad I asked. I knew there was a newer version, but I thought they were quite a bit more expensive than that. Definitely worth the extra $150.

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            #6
            Yeah, if it's only $150 more I'd go for the FM3. They're completely out of stock in Europe, and the pre-orders are around 1300€ with shipping here.
            Only downside is the limited number of footswitches, but you can always add an external footswitch if you need more. fwiw I only normally use 2 per patch with my AX8 anyway.

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              #7
              It's not quite the same as the axe fx 2 in terms of modelling. Fractal released the ares modelling for the axe fx2 but the ax8 didn't have enough dsp for that. Otherwise it gets a lot of love from the owners.

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                #8
                Thanks for the input, guys. I just ordered an FM3. I'm excited. I've had a few modelers like the HD500 back when it was the cool thing (was it actually ever?), but I've never had an Axe.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by beneharris View Post
                  Thanks for the input, guys. I just ordered an FM3. I'm excited. I've had a few modelers like the HD500 back when it was the cool thing (was it actually ever?), but I've never had an Axe.
                  Good stuff man. It really kicks ass, you'll love it.

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                    #10
                    "Slow Hand"

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by beneharris View Post
                      Thanks for the input, guys. I just ordered an FM3. I'm excited. I've had a few modelers like the HD500 back when it was the cool thing (was it actually ever?), but I've never had an Axe.
                      good call, the FM3 is still getting firmware updates and support
                      https://www.iamtheowl.com/

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                        #12
                        This just showed up tonight, looks great. It is a ton smaller than I expected.

                        How have you guys gone about setting this up? For now, I plan to just run it into the power amp of my Mark V until I come up with a FRFR setup for in my office. Have any suggestions on a good small, room sized FRFR?

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                          #13
                          The FM3 is tiny. I bought my AX8 before the FM3 came out. I bought the AX8 with the main intention of using it for practice and live shows, but if I'd known the pandemic was going to happen, I might've waited for the FM3 since I think the FM3 is the better choice for recording (though I'm 100% satisfied with my AX8 for recording and don't really need any more processing power than it has). I think the AX8 is the better choice for live performances, though.

                          Maybe in a few years I might buy the foot pedal version of the Axe-FX 4 or Axe-FX 5 or whatever (assuming they come out with something like that, Fractal does focus way more on rack units than floor units), but to be perfectly honest, I think the Axe-FX 1 / Ultra sounded awesome as it was.

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                            #14
                            Yeah, I'll have to try this thing out for recording. I have never bothered to try because I never had anything to run though - I don't really have that excuse now.

                            You've played Axe stuff for quite some time now, haven't you?

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by beneharris View Post
                              Yeah, I'll have to try this thing out for recording. I have never bothered to try because I never had anything to run though - I don't really have that excuse now.

                              You've played Axe stuff for quite some time now, haven't you?
                              Yeah, I got my old Axe-FX Ultra in early 2010. I've also owned quite a few modelers by DigiTech, Line6, Boss, and others (I have a Zoom bass modeler that I use occasionally, though I use my AX8 for bass most of the time), but Fractal's stuff has always been my favorite.

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                                #16
                                Originally posted by beneharris View Post
                                This just showed up tonight, looks great. It is a ton smaller than I expected.

                                How have you guys gone about setting this up? For now, I plan to just run it into the power amp of my Mark V until I come up with a FRFR setup for in my office. Have any suggestions on a good small, room sized FRFR?
                                Check out the leon todd tutorials. As for speakers, will you be playing at your computer or in a designated spot in your house? If you're at the computer, grab a set of monitors. If you have a music corner/music room, look into a powered wedge.

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                                  #17
                                  Originally posted by beneharris View Post
                                  This just showed up tonight, looks great. It is a ton smaller than I expected.

                                  How have you guys gone about setting this up? For now, I plan to just run it into the power amp of my Mark V until I come up with a FRFR setup for in my office. Have any suggestions on a good small, room sized FRFR?
                                  On the cheap I love the Headrush stuff. I grabbed a pair of the 8" ones for like 400 bucks (for both) and am super happy with them. They break up like you'd expect a $200 speaker to if you really crank the fuck out of them, but otherwise IMO you'd be hard pressed to get a cooler stereo rig for less. I had a pair of HD1221s back in the day which were $800/ea, and sound quality wise these are right there. The only difference is that the Mackies were 7 zillion times louder.

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                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by Budda View Post

                                    Check out the leon todd tutorials. As for speakers, will you be playing at your computer or in a designated spot in your house? If you're at the computer, grab a set of monitors. If you have a music corner/music room, look into a powered wedge.
                                    It'll be a combination of at my desk where all my other amps are, and live. Live obviously I'd just run into the PA, but it would be nice to have some powered speakers just incase.

                                    I'm not sure I plan to record, but if I do some monitors might be in order. The problem is I built my computer as a gaming machine, so I've got no room for a sound card, etc.

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                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by Chris View Post

                                      On the cheap I love the Headrush stuff. I grabbed a pair of the 8" ones for like 400 bucks (for both) and am super happy with them. They break up like you'd expect a $200 speaker to if you really crank the fuck out of them, but otherwise IMO you'd be hard pressed to get a cooler stereo rig for less. I had a pair of HD1221s back in the day which were $800/ea, and sound quality wise these are right there. The only difference is that the Mackies were 7 zillion times louder.
                                      Thanks, I'll check those out. They'll never go super loud anyway, so they sound perfect.

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                                        #20
                                        I have to admit, it sounds killer using the Mark V:25 as the power amp

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                                          #21
                                          Originally posted by beneharris View Post

                                          Thanks, I'll check those out. They'll never go super loud anyway, so they sound perfect.
                                          https://www.amazon.com/HeadRush-Elec.../dp/B07M7JNZNX

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                                            #22
                                            u even jam bruh

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                                              #23
                                              There's a ton of threads on the fractal forum regarding powered speakers, I'd read through those. Picking a budget and seeing what gets recommended within it is probably a safe bet.

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                                                #24
                                                I've been messing with this thing for the past hour or so, and boy it kicks all sorts of butt. I built a preset off of a Friedman, and just set it up in a way I would normally set up one of my Mesas, and it came out really great. I'm excited to dive in more, and find some presets from guys who know what they're doing.

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                                                  #25
                                                  I've got mine setup to run mostly through a power amp into a 2x12 guitar cab. I found an amp that was "linear" and non-coloring (Orange Pedal Baby, Class AB 100W), so I've kept my power amp sims running.

                                                  On all my presets (which follow a template), there's a split right at the end. One line goes to the "FX Loop" block, which is where I've got the power amp connected, and the other line goes to a Cab block to the main output, which is XLR, which goes to my audio interface. It's reeeeeaaaally convenient. If I come up with a sweet riff playing through my cab, I literally just reach down, open Reaper, arm a track, and hit record.

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