On June 4th 2016 nearly 100 guitar players gathered in Utrecht for the 2016 edition of Dutch Axe-Fest, an event aimed at users and potential users of Fractal Audio gear. We counted an all-male audience. Well, and two girlfriends. Even with extraordinary warm weather outside, people stayed at the event until the end.
The amazing Quantum 2 firmware for the Axe-Fx II was extremely well-received by the Fractal Community and now, just over two months later, Quantum 3 is already here. And for the first time the Axe-Fx II and its cool younger brother, the AX8, are being further developed in parallel. New firmware versions will appear almost simultaneously for both models, meaning that the AX8 will now always have the same brilliant amp models and further improvements as the Axe-Fx II. Therefore what we write here will mostly be true for both models.
We musicians are in an enviable position. While other people have to do all sorts of hair-raising things to feel alive or to relax, we have our music. And we don’t need to look around for long to find new, cool people, because our music has a habit of serving up fine new friendships all the time. All we need to be is open. And since the Axe-Fx came into being, the lives of guitar and bass players have become even better. And now there is once again reason to celebrate: Quantum 2.0, the new firmware for the Axe-Fx II, has been sent from above. What exactly there is to get excited about is the subject of this article.
Even for Fractal Audio themselves, Quantum is a milestone in amp modeling. At the core of the new firmware are new algorithms for circuit simulation in real time (Real-Time Spice), providing a degree of accuracy previously unheard of in any product. According to Fractal Audio mastermind, Cliff Chase, Quantum is the single biggest improvement there has ever been in any of the many firmware updates for the Axe-Fx.
Tyler has taught himself how to play the guitar by listening to albums and playing with great musicians. Early on, he was swept up by the power of Stevie Ray Vaughan and still heavily admires the music created by that iconic artist. He continues to grow as an artist by listening to the nuances of guitar player’s styles to develop a unique ear for tone.
Listen to Tyler's Firmware 18 Sound Clips below. Patches downloadable at tylergrund.com/axefx2.
Thanks to the incredible BRIT FLOYD show for this credit in their on-stage projections. Brit Floyd's guitar and bass tones are exclusively created using Fractal Audio Systems Axe-Fx II XL. All David Gilmour's signature Pink Floyd guitar sounds have been faithfully recreated by Brit Floyd guitarists Damian Darlington and Bobby Harrison using this amazing new technology.
Watch the full interview with Damian and Bobby about Fractal Audio:
Damian Darlington, musical director and guitarist for Brit Floyd: "It's the perfect tool to recreate this variety of sounds we do...it's enabled us to really nail those sounds authentically".
Bobby Harrison, guitarist: "Fractal is quite simply the best and most versatile piece of gear I've ever owned".
Many of you who are interested in the Axe-Fx will already be familiar with Peter Autschbach – his Axe-Fx videos have received over 500 000 views. Yes, exactly, the guy with the yellow glasses and the wonderful guitar tones. The glasses are meanwhile passé, but the tones have become even better; thanks to Fractal Audio.
New to the XL? And wondering how to combine your components and get them all up and running? In this video Cooper Carter shows you how to combine the Axe-Fx II XL with the MFC-101 and a Mission expression pedal with toe switch.
Every step is clearly shown, from basic cable connections to necessary configuration of the devices themselves. Cooper also discusses other configuration options and common mistakes.
Take a look and see how easy getting set up can be!