In Firmware Version 16.03 the reverb algorithm has been thoroughly reworked – in fact so thoroughly and simultaneously so brilliantly that we are devoting a whole article to it. Now, nobody ever said that the existing reverb algorithm wasn’t already very good. Indeed, it belonged to the very best the market had to offer and was up there with any other dedicated guitar effects processor you could care to mention. And this tried and tested reverb remains as the ‘Normal Mode’ in the new Reverb block. But where there is light, there is sometimes even more light and this is exactly the case here, as the new Reverb can now also operate in a ‘High Definition’ mode. This does use a little more CPU, but the results are well worth it. In order to make clear what sort of reverb quality we are talking about here we really have to introduce you to the who-is-who of the world’s best standalone reverb processors.
First off, we'd like to apologise for the late appearance of this article. There is, however, a simple explanation: Every time the author turned on the Axe-Fx to explore a new aspect of the latest firmware he disappeared into a world of his own. He would return to reality several hours later with a happy smile on his face, only to discover that he hadn't written a single word.
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!
The FX8 is a new “multi-effects pedalboard” designed to deliver Fractal’s signature “quality without compromise” in an effects-only floor unit. FX8 runs up to eight simultaneous effects using the state-of-the-art algorithms made famous in the Axe-Fx II line of processors. It features a rugged steel chassis with aircraft aluminum end-panels, convenient top handle, eleven quiet, durable solid state footswitches with no mechanical contacts to fail, 27 LEDs in three colors, five knobs beneath a bright display, Humbuster™ outputs to eliminate hum due to ground loops (when used with Humbuster™ cables) dual TRS relays for amp switching, two switch/expression pedal jacks, USB, MIDI and more. The unit is designed for unity gain and offers true bypass. Above all, it features an extremely high quality signal path to deliver ultra-low noise and pristine sound quality. In other words, “no tone suck!”
Andrea Puxeddu is a young guitarist from the beautiful Italian island of Sardinia. Some of his videos have been featured in the Videos of the Week section on our website: all of them show his talents as a guitar player but also how you can achieve great tones with the Axe-Fx II. With this interview we tried to get to know him a little more and asked how his playing has changed since he got his Axe-Fx II.
We are very happy to have found a special "Thank You to Fractal Audio Systems" in the liner notes of 'Songs of Innocence', the new album by U2. We'd like to return the thank you: We are honored to have the Axe-Fx be among the many pieces of equipment—past present and future—that the Edge has selected to become part of U2 rock 'n roll history" (in case you missed Apple's keynote celebration last night, iTunes subscribers can download the album for free through iTunes).
The free online magazine is featuring John Petrucci and Andy Wood in this issue - watch the video interviews: