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Thomas Url aus Salzburg- ULTRA

Ein kleiner philosophischer Ausflug in die Welt des Axe-Fx und ihres Erfinders

Von: Dr. Thomas Url [mailto:xx.at]
Gesendet: Sonntag, 23. August 2009 17:33
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Betreff: Axe FX

Lieber Jacques!

Danke für dein Mail. Habe mit deiner Idee geliebäugelt und mich hingesetzt und meinen Gedanken freien Lauf gelassen (siehe attachement).

Warum ich eigentlich dem Ganzen, eine über die Funktionalität des Gerätes hinaus, besondere Bedeutung zuschreibe ist deswegen, weil ich zum Teil selbst an solchen Projekten in anderen Fachgebieten teilhabe und aus Erfahrung erleben konnte, dass nur mit einer gewissen Grundhaltung plötzlich letztendlich alles möglich sein kann (im Heilwesen, in der eigentlichen Wissenschaft - aber nicht auf Universitäten, Technik-Fotographie, etc...).
Ein sehr gutes auch schon fast dreijahre altes Beispiel ist CHDK für Canon Fotokameras – die ganze Welt ist daran beteiligt, fast alles ist möglich und das alles kostenlos – verfolge dieses Phänomen seit der Geburtsstunde an. Nur in solchen Gruppierungen wird sichtbar, wozu der Mensch im positiven Sinne fähig zu sein scheint, na eben dort wo ein Miteinader, wie im (guten) Musikschaffen, stattfindet.

Nachfolgend meine ein wenig andere Betrachtungsweise des Axe-Fx, wobei ich bin mir nicht einmal mehr sicher, ob Cliff Chase sich eigentlich bewusst ist, was er da mit dem Axe FX in die Welt gesetzt hat und wie er selbst im Forum postete, von einer gemeinsamen Reise spricht.

Schöne Sonntagsgrüße aus Salzburg an Dich und Deine Familie
Thomas

Dr. Thomas Urlsches ein wenig andere Betrachtunsweise:

Viele von uns, die mit Fractal Audio in irgendeiner Weise konfrontiert wurden, hatten anfänglich, wie ich selber, den Gedanken im Kopf – „Nicht schon wieder ein neues, nicht klingendes Digitalmonster“. Skepsis und Vorbehalte aus unserer langjährigen Erfahrung mit all diesen Dingen (Soft –und Hardware) strömten in unser Gedankengut! Unzufriedenheit und eine langwierige Suche, teils mit hohem finanziellen Aufwand, nach dem ultimativen Sound begleitete unseren Weg und hinderte uns teilweise unsere Energie und unsere Geisteskraft dort einzusetzen, wo wir sie ursprünglich einsetzen wollten, nämlich im Musikschaffen selbst! Glücklicherweise wurden wir alle eines besseren belehrt – das Leben ist eben non linear und Gott sei Dank nicht berechenbar!

An einem Produkt selbst erkennt man (in diesem Fall hört man ), mit welchen Absichten, wenn überhaupt oder mit welcher Haltung gearbeitet wurde – die Erfahrung lehrt uns, dass ökonomische Gedanken zum falschen Zeitpunkt immer als Hindernis für den freien Fluss des Schaffens wirken und letztendlich die Qualität des Produktes mindern. Wer sich während der kreativen Phase nicht auf das Wesentliche konzentrieren kann, darf und wird sich auch logischerweise ängstliche Gedanken über das Gelingen des Produktes machen. Ersteres bewirkt ja das darauf Folgende (Zweite). Im Grunde genommen wird nur der Energiefluss auf nicht „gerechte„ Bahnen gelenkt, was im Sinne der Sache einen Verlust bedeutet.

Die „moralische Verantwortung“ eines Schaffens ist immer persönlich wie die Liebe und das Gewissen, in welchen sie wurzelt. Dieses Prinzip ist ein Bestandteil der Blaupause des Menschen (Signatur) und gehört schon längst zu den alten überlieferten Weisheiten der Menschheit. Die rein materielle Betrachtung (der Materialismus) ist eine gefährliche Lüge - sie degradiert z.B. das Gehirn zu einem Computer, weil sie Teilwahrheiten zur ganzen Wahrheit proklamiert.

Cliff Chase hat etwas herausgefunden oder schon vorhandene Dinge einfach neu oder ganz anders verknüpft, etwas was andere Leute auf der selben Plattform wahrscheinlich nicht nur nicht wissen, sondern auch nicht leben können, sonst würde es schon längst eine Kopie seines Gerätes auf gleichem Niveau geben.

Mit seiner Verantwortung und seinem Gewissen, das heraus zu holen, was ihm zurzeit technisch und geistig möglich ist, bestreitet er einen eigenen Weg und lässt uns sogar daran teilhaben.

Für Cliff ist das nicht wirklich schwierig zu tun, was er macht (was nicht seine Leistung mindert), aber sehr mutig. Er selbst weiß ja Bescheid, was dahinter steckt und für uns User ist es nicht wichtig, Bescheid zu wissen - dadurch erscheint uns seine Leistung so grandios, und wir bezeichnen ihn dann als genial – im Grunde genommen entspricht seine Leistung aber „nur“ seiner Geisteshaltung; das gilt übrigens für uns alle „Menschen“!

Die wahre Bedeutung seiner Leistung liegt aber darin, dass es den Axe FX wirklich gibt und er nicht nur eine Idee geblieben ist, oder wie in den meisten anderen Fällen von irgendeinem großen Konzern gekauft und beseitigt (verdeckt gehalten) wurde. Auch der Preis des Axe FX spricht eine eigene Sprache über die Geisteshaltung, die dahinter steckt. Spielend könnte man das Gerät um den 2 bis 4 fachen Preis vermarkten, wer weiß, vielleicht sogar mit größerem Profit – in dieser Welt gilt ja – „je höher der Preis, desto wertvoller das Ding".

Nein, Axe FX ist bezahlbar, wir „spielen“ damit, und es vermittelt uns nicht nur beim Spielen große Freude, wahrscheinlich dieselbe Freude, mit der Cliff seine Idee umgesetzt hat! Diese Freude sollte Bestandteil unserer Schaffenskraft sein und mit Hilfe unseres Mediums (= Musik) weitertransportiert werden, das heißt für den Zuhörer unseres musikalischen Schaffens nicht nur über den Gehörsinn hörbar, sondern auch „SPÜRBAR“ sein (siehe Evelyn Glennie).

Die wirklichen (wahrhaften), großartigen Dinge sind im Leben kostenlos(im geistigen Sinne), sowie das Leben selbst! Die Quintessenz - wir alle, die daran teilnehmen sind Bestandteil dieses Schaffens und somit miteinander verbunden - nicht nur musikalisch!

Zitat von api-4U (Forum Fractal audio): “Thanks Cliff for taking the high road, and sticking to the task. And thanks for letting those of us who are developing trip along and stumble into areas you always knew were there, but were too polite to say "RTFM!"

An den vielen positiven Reaktionen, die man im Forum lesen kann, erkennt man die große Wirksamkeit der Grundidee von Cliff Chase, inzwischen macht er ja schon selbst Werbung für eine neue Freiheit unserer Gedankenwelt, auch auf materieller Ebene (Think outside the Block).

Jedes Dankeschön und jede sinnvolle Kritik von Usern bewirkt mehr in dieser Hinsicht als irgendein materieller Mehrwert in Form von Geld und ist damit auch richtungweisend. Damit sollen aber ökonomische Sichtweisen in unserer Gesellschaft nicht ad absurdum geführt werden – jedoch hat alles eben nur zu einem gewissen Zeitpunkt seinen Platz (siehe Quantenphysik).

Die Befangenheit (Beschränkung) der User in alt gewohnten Bahnen zu denken, ist eben nur die Auswirkung der Gewohnheiten und nichts anderes als ein kläglicher Versuch der Menschen an Dingen festzuhalten, wo es nichts festzuhalten gibt - eben nur Gewohnheiten. Auf diesem Weg entstehen logischerweise keine großartigen Errungenschaften oder Erkenntnisse - der Mensch verharrt mit diesem Gedankengut in einem Zustand des Wiederholungstäters und erhofft in diesem, eine vermeintliche Sicherheit einer nicht existierenden Richtigkeit zu finden (Linearität) - das Leben selbst ist aber non linear. Eine moderne Intelligenz beinhaltet Eigenständigkeit statt Uniformität – Qualität statt Quantität – noch besser Qualität und Quantität, wie dies der Axe FX schon zeigt!

Jeder Versuch, mit dem Kopf allein (also wissenschaftlich), großartige geschaffene Dinge zu erfassen (siehe Stradivari), führt höchstens in eine Täuschung und schlechten Falls bei der Nachahmung (Kopie) in eine Lieblosigkeit (Produkt) und Gewissenlosigkeit (Ökonomie), die von vielen Firmen und deren orientierungslosen Produkten demonstriert werden. Es handelt sich bei den Kopien meist nur um eine „Wisserei (wie funktioniert das)“ und die Frage „was ist das“, bleibt immer hinten an!

Technisch ist der Mensch gegenüber Menschen verantwortlich, moralisch ist der Mensch immer gegenüber sich selbst und damit verbunden, was er selbst in sich trägt und daraus resultierend - seiner Leistung (Umsetzung), verantwortlich. Wer das ablehnt, trägt keine Verantwortung, sondern  bezieht sich daher gerne auf eine wertfreie, meist technisch, wissenschaftlich begründete Beurteilung. Dieses Tun führt zur Macht und nicht zur Weisheit und spiegelt sich dann in vielen  Produkten wider, was dazu führt, dass die Unzulänglichkeiten solcher Produkte erstens, durch die Gewöhnung als selbstverständlich angenommen werden und zweitens, den Menschen dazu direkt zwingt, Dinge auszuführen, die ihm selbst Schaden zufügen (siehe Computermaus, Leistungssport, etc...). Nur wer das Ganze an sich bewusst in seinem Schaffen (Produkten) einbringt oder auch unbewusst zulässt, ist dazu befähigt, solche Dinge wie den Axe FX zu schaffen, und die Voraussetzung dafür trägt der Ideenträger in sich selbst.

Cliff fordert uns mit dieser Reise indirekt auf, diese gewohnten Bahnen zu verlassen. Gut so – welch ein Genuss, an dieser Reise teilnehmen zu dürfen – Danke an Cliff und an alle die daran beteiligt sind für diese Mitfahrgelegenheit!

In diesem Sinne
Let´s make Music!


Ein paar Tage später & apropos 'Let's make music' 

Hallo Jacques!

Ich muss dir heute nochmals von einer ganz interessanten Aktion erzählen.

Ich hatte zufällig im Internet einen Basic Track von Joe Satrianis Crying gefunden und hatte es mir zur Aufgabe gemacht auszutesten, wie viel Zeit ich brauche, um mit dem Axe FX ein brauchbares Ergebnis zu erzielen. Der Track ist nicht besonders, aber gut genug zu testen, wie schnell man den Sound im Sinne des Charakters des Liedes hinkriegt.

Ich habe das Lied schnell mit meiner Gitarre in Soundscape eingespielt, trocken, ohne Sound und dann digital reampt mit dem Axe FX. Selbst ich war verwundert wie schnell das geklappt hat! In 20 bis 25 Minuten war das Editieren beendet und somit auch der Mix. Auch die kleinen gitarristischen Effekte (Obertöne, Sustain) waren mit dem schnell editierten Sound kein Problem. Ich glaube das Ergebnis ist für die Schnelle wirklich ganz gut geworden.


So long
Thomas

 
Rob from the UK - ULTRA

Sounds great!

Von: Rob [mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ]
Gesendet: Samstag, 15. August 2009 22:33
An: 'Sussi Isler'
Betreff: RE: Your Ultra has been shipped..

Hi Sussi

I picked the Ultra up yesterday from work and managed to get it set up today . Sounds great with only a small amount of tweaking so far . Now awaiting my Midi interface to download some presets !

Best Wishes
Rob

 
David from Spain - Axe-Fx

AWSOME  AXE FX!!!

Von: david [mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ]
Gesendet: Samstag, 15. August 2009 16:46
An: Sussi Isler
Betreff: Axe-Fx IS ARRIVED

HI FREND!! AWSOME  AXE FX!!! THE AXE ARRIVED YESTERDAY IN PERFECT STATE!! FIRST TEST EXCELLEND, NO NOISE, VERY VERSATILE, AND VERY BEAUTIFUL SOUNDS ACOUSTIC AND SHRED!! IM VERY HAPPY FREND!! IN THE REEDITION OF MY FIRST AND SECOND ALBUM(IN MEXICO, IN 3 MONTHS) I PUT THE SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FRACTAL AXE-FX.

WE ARE IN CONTACT FREND!!

GREETINGS FROM SPAIN!!

 
Mikael from Finland - Axe-Fx

Definately the best sounding equipment I've ever had!

Von: Mikael [mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ]
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 13. August 2009 19:17
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Betreff: RE: Your Axe-Fx has been shipped..

Greetings Sussi,

I received my Axe-Fx today and I'm just blown away by all the features and possible things you can do with it. It's easy to use and most importantly it sounds Great! I'm playing it through my powered monitors and I'm very pleased with it. Definately the best sounding equipment I've ever had! And about the fan you exchanged: I can barely hear it even when I'm not playing. I'd like to thank your most excellent service and interaction.

Best regards,
Mikael (a very happy customer)

 
Marco from Italy - ULTRA

Sounds real and punchy just like a bunch of real amps mic'ed in a perfect room!

Von: Marco [mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ]
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 13. August 2009 00:21
An: Sussi Isler
Betreff: Re: Your Ultra has been shipped..

Got it this morning Sussi. What can I say, it's midnight and I'm still playing with it since! I can't even remember the last time I bought something and played with it for so long. It's the best purchase I probably ever made, sounds real and punchy just like a bunch of real amps mic'ed in a perfect room. I wanna thank you personally for your support during the shopping and shipping process, and please extend this to Jacques as well. Now gotta go back playing, will be a LONG night!

With extreme appreciation
Marco

P.S. Thanks for the chocolate candy box, it was unexpected:) Ah if things would work this way in Italy too....

 
Marco from Italy - Axe-Fx

amazing!!!

Von: marco [mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ]
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 12. August 2009 13:47
An: Sussi Isler
Betreff: R: Your Axe-Fx has been shipped..

Hallo Sussi

the box arrived yesterday afternoon!

I just scratched the surface of what the axefx can do!! amazing!!!

Best regards
Marco

 
Gavin from the UK - Axe-Fx

The Axe-Fx is incredible!!!!

Von: Gavin [mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ]
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 12. August 2009 14:25
An: Sussi Isler
Betreff: Re: Your Axe-Fx has been shipped..

Hi Sussi,

Just wanted to let you know the Axe-Fx has arrived!  
 
The Axe-Fx is incredible!!!!

Thank you again for your excellent service,
Gavin

 
Thomas aus Arnsberg - Axe-Fx

Axe-Fx plus Atomic als Amp-Kombination unschlagbar !

Von: Thomas [mailto: xx.de]
Gesendet: Montag, 3. August 2009 20:42
An: Jacques Isler
Betreff: AW: WG: ATOMIC
Hi Jacques!

Hi Jacques 

Ich bin sehr, sehr zufrieden. Axe plus Atomic ist als Amp-Kombination unschlagbar (nun gut.. Andi-os 2:ninety Rectifier-Endstufe plus 4x12er Marshallbox einmal ausgenommen). Ich bin zwar nicht kritisch, was das Erreichen eines Soundideals angeht, denn ich bin wahrlich kein Idol-Sound-Nachbastler, aber ich bin sehr schwer zufriedenzustellen, wenn es um einen wirklich guten Klang geht, der all das mitmacht, was meine Hände ihm zumuten.

Bisher hatte ich stets etwas an den Verstärkern auszusetzen, mit denen ich spielte. Das konnte auch edles und teures Material sein. Manchmal beißt es in den Ohren, manchmal setzt es sich nicht durch, manchmal fügt sich ein Sound nicht ein, und manchmal klingt es einfach nicht. Das kann mit dem Axe sicherlich auch passieren. Aber.. der große Unterschied ist, dass man eine Werkzeugkiste mit der man flexibel die unterschiedlichsten Erfordernisse berücksichtigen kann.

Wenn man das Axe erst einmal verstanden hat und mit der unglaublichen Fülle an Parametern umzugehen gelernt hat, dann ist wohl nahezu jede Situation handlebar.

Gestern war übrigens Blues-Jamsession und rate mal, wer die bei weitem besten Gitarrensounds hatte? :-))

So. Ich muss nun wieder üben. Mit Axe gibt es ja keine Entschuldigung mehr ;-)

Grüße
Thomas

 
Simon from the UK - ULTRA

The tones are amazing!

Von: SIMON [mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ]
Gesendet: Samstag, 20. Juni 2009 20:59
An: Sussi Isler
Betreff: RE: AW: Your Ultra has been shipped..

Hi sussi,

I've spent a bit more time with the axe fx now And it seems the more I use it the better it gets. The tones are amazing and I'm only scratching the surface. I saw dweezil Zappa the other night and he was using axe fx And it sounded great.

Thanks again
Simon

 
HEN from the UK - ULTRA

Extremely satisfied!

Von: xx.com [mailto:xx.com]
Gesendet: Montag, 15. Juni 2009 20:08
An: sussi
Betreff: Re: Your Ultra has been shipped..

Thanks Sussi for all your friendly and informative emails that have kept us up to date at every stage.

Doing business with you has been a pleasure and completely stress free. We have appreciated it.

Charlie Griffiths, the other gutarist in Hen's band has also bought an Ultra, so if you want to know what it's all about.............

IT'S ALL ABOUT HAKEN...................

www.myspace.com/hakenmusic

Hen is extremely satisfied and happy with the Ultra and its awesome potential to take his live sound, and his recorded sound to the next level.

Hen has gigged with it successfully, as has Charlie, and the Ultra will be used in the recording of their debut album which is being released in January 2010 - they have just been signed.

Peter and Richard [aka HEN]

MySpace
Haken Info

 
Craig from the UK - Axe-Fx

Axe-Fx widow!

Von: Craig [mailto:xx.com]
Gesendet: Sonntag, 14. Juni 2009 13:00
An: Sussi Isler
Betreff: Re: Your Axe-Fx has been shipped..

Hi Sussi,
Just a quick thank you. I received my Axe-Fx on Tuesday, and having spent a few days getting to know how to use it, I can say I am very happy with it.
Thank you for the chocolates too, a nice touch! My wife says they are her 'condolances' present, as she is now an Axe-Fx widow for the next few months, while I program all my patches. :-)
 
Anyway, thanks again, i'm off to make some more sounds...
 
Kind Regards
Craig

 
Andreas Rydman from Sweden - ULTRA

Super super super happy with my Ultra!

Von: Andreas [mailto:xx.com]
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 10. Juni 2009 17:41
An: Sussi Isler
Betreff: Re: AW: AW: AW: AW: AW: AW: Your Ultra has been shipped..

Hello Sussi!

I havent thanked you for the fantastic service I got! I´m super super super happy with my Ultra and I´ve used it on many sessions and a lots of giggs! It allways delivers whats needed!!! In every application! Fantastic!!!

I´m gona get one more Ultra this fall to put in my big touring rack.
I hope bussiness is good for you guys!

Kindest Regards.
Andreas Rydman

MySpace

 
Simon from the UK - Axe-Fx

Very impressed!

Von: SIMON [mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ]
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 10. Juni 2009 07:13
An: Sussi Isler
Betreff: RE: Your Ultra has been shipped..

hi sussi,

my ultra arrived yesterday safe and sound i've had a short go on it and i am very impressed i won't get chance to play it until monday now, but i will let you know what i think when i have had a good play and got a bit deeper into it.

thank you,
simon

 
Thomas Larsson from Sweden - ULTRA

I would like to return the product!

Von: Thomas Larsson [mailto:xx.se]
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 4. März 2009 16:07
An: Sussi Isler
Betreff: Ultra

Hi Sussi !
I have recieved the Ultra and tried It , it sounds better than any other digitalguitar unit so far G66 has been very helpful in all respects.

However I´m not 100% convinced that it´s good enough for my high demands. I´ve been building and modifiyng real tube amps for my own sounds for over 20 years. I am really hard to please when it comes to guitar sound. You can check my sound out at:

ThomasLarsson.net
or
MySpace

If i would like to return the product (within the 15 days), when is the last day to make up my mind , so to speak ? I recieved it  friday 20/2 i believe.

Thomas

12 days later....

I really miss the unit now that it´s gone - please send it back!

Von: Thomas Larsson [mailto:xx@.se]
Gesendet: Montag, 16. März 2009 09:47
An: Sussi Isler
Betreff: Re: AW: AW: Ultra

Hi Sussi !
Thank you for all help. I have sent the Ultra back with this package number: xx.

However, I really miss the unit now that it´s gone. I realize first at this moment what it was capable of doing. My amps can´t do all that the ultra can.

I know this sounds crazy , but is there a way you can send it back to me?

I truly regret that I sent it back and I promise that I won´t bother you in this matter again..

Of course i would pay for the extra shipping and handling.

Kindest regards
Thomas

Thomas Larsson Ultra Sounds:
"These guitar-sounds are played
with the Ultra straight into my mixer".








 
Alessandro from Italy - ULTRA

Best sounding machine I have ever plugged my guitars into!

Von: Alessandro  [mailto:xx.it]
Gesendet: Montag, 8. Juni 2009 23:43
An: Sussi Isler
Betreff: Re: Your Ultra has been shipped..

Hi, the Ultra arrived this afternoon and I just can't stop playing with it... some things have impressed me from the start:

- sound quality is amazing
- switching between patches and menus is really fast
- display is bright and clear (great!)

I'm currently playing with the default presets, I still have to dig into the menus and read the manual but I can say this is the best sounding machine I have ever plugged my guitars into, for sure... I am pretty sure I will have a bounce of pedals for sale on ebay very soon :)

Thanks again,
all the best

Alessandro

 
Sven from Meppen - ULTRA

This gear is completely satisfying across the board!

Von: Sven  [mailto:xx.de]
Gesendet: Montag, 8. Juni 2009 21:02
An: 'Jacques Isler'
Betreff: AW: HEUTE WIRD ULTRA

Hallo Jacques,

Over the last week Jens and I have thoroughly tested the Axe-Fx Ultra. To get straight to the point, this gear is completely satisfying across the board!.

To be able to make the best possible comparison we used the following equipment in our rehearsal room:

- an Engl Savage Special Edition Head
- a TriAxis Vorstufe
- a Mesa Boogie Strategy 400 power amp
- two 4x12 Marshall cabs

- …and our rehearsal room speakers with power amp.

This way we could do comparison tests of a real top and cabs, a preamp with power amp and cabs, the Axe-Fx Ultra with a power amp and cabs and the Axe-Fx Ultra with power amp sim and cabinet sim over a PA.

In our first test we tried to recreate sounds from the TrAxis preamp and were mainly occupied with the various amp sims.

We nailed the TriAxis sounds convincingly and tried out lots of different amp models. The playing feel is really impressive. Of course, especially so when a guitar power amp and cabinet are attached to it. For me this is the only really important comparison, because that’s how I play my guitar live.

In our second test we took some famous riffs and sounds and tried to recreate them, for example, Aint Talkin’ Bout Love – Van Halen, Another Brick In The Wall (Solo) – Pink Floyd, Pride – U2, Die to Live – Vai, Peacemaker – Extreme and Alive von Pearljam. We nailed all of them.

This comparison is naturally a bit more difficult, because the original sound comes from a CD over the PA and the guitar over a power amp and cab, but what the hell.

We had fun and the sounds really were great and very original. It definitely makes sense to look up what equipment the artist actually used for the recording. If you start off making the sound with the right amp you will certainly get it. You hea straight away that the character of the sound is right. The rest is just a bit of fine-tuning and then you’ve got the sound

At this point another advantage of the Axe-Fx comes to light. Although there are no classic knobs to turn like on a real amp, it is still very simple, easy and intuitive to use.

Once you’ve had a look through the manual, adjusting settings in no problem at all and is quick and easy.

The effects that the Ultra offers cover everything a guitarist could want and as far as quality and settings options go they are absolutely top notch.

The conclusion is absolutely positive. The amps sound like real ones and certainly feel real when you are playing. The handling is simple and comfortable and the effects are of a quality that you can otherwise only have from expensive studio equipment. We couldn’t find any weaknesses with this piece of kit.

Praise is also due for your distribution. From the first telephone call to final delivery everything went smoothly. The Axe-Fx Ultra came with the newest firmware and a quieter fan and the support when we had questions was fast and competent. Keep it up!

Best regards…

Sven

 
Stephen from the UK - Axe-Fx

This will be an end to my gear acquisition syndrome!

Von: Stephen [mailto:xx.com]
Gesendet: Dienstag, 2. Juni 2009 17:08
An: Sussi Isler
Betreff: AXE-FX

Hi Sussi,

I've had just a few hours playing with the AXE-FX now. The basic sound of the amp models & their feel is far above the other devices I've used. I've been using a Tonlab LE for quite a while (which I think is the best of the rest as far as modlers for live use are concerned) but the AXE-FX is in a different league. Excellent sounds via the volume control is new to me on a digital device (despite what manufacturers say). 

Some of the presets are blistering sounds! I've found it difficult to try out many of the amps as I got stuck on the Marshall amps as they sound so good! It will just be difficult to decide which amp to use etc. etc.

I like the user-interface, not too hard to get to know.

I can see that this will be an end to my gear acquisition syndrome!

Many thanks for the excellent service.

Steve

 
Stefan from Croatia - Axe-Fx

What a mean machine!!!!!!

Von: Stefan [mailto:stefan.xx.hr]
Gesendet: Dienstag, 2. Juni 2009 00:07
An: Sussi Isler
Betreff: Axe Fx

I recieved the Axe Fx today..and what a mean machine!!!!!!
I just wanted to thank you for your superb support and for the chocolate you put in my package.
If there were more kind  people like you, the world would be a better place for sure.

Thanks again

Greetings from Croatia,

Stefan

 
Holger from Hannover - Axe-Fx

As a kid I would have said: 'Astschocke!'

Von: holger [mailto:xx.de]
Gesendet: Freitag, 29. Mai 2009 10:19
An: Jacques Isler
Betreff: Re: AXE-FX IM ANLUG

Hi Jacques,

First off, thanks for the quick delivery.

I was very glad to see the personal greeting (I collected all the Bountys up straight away – they always come first!). In these days of Internet commerce I’m more used to computer-generated letters. Keep it up, I find it’s really great..

The German manual is very coolly written and it helped to ease the waiting time. As such I managed to prepare myself for the monster and didn’t get lost in the menus straight away. Thanks, Jochen.

As a kid I would have said:”Astschocke!” The thing has exceeded all my expectations; I got stuck on the first “BROWN” preset for ages, as the amp comes across so real (in sound AND feeling!) and it’s simply such good fun to play through. The brutal faction is complete and authentic. The Recto amps sound much much better than the Dual Rectifier I tested in a music shop a couple of days ago.

Once the word gets around you’re going to have a lot more to do!

All the best to Flensburg,
Holger

 
Ralf 'the Anvil' aus Niedernberg - ULTRA

From now on everything will be different!

Von: ralf [mailto:xx.de]
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 27. Mai 2009 14:20
An: Jacques Isler
Betreff: Axe-Fx Ultra

Hello Jacques,
 
I’ve been the proud owner of an Axe-Fx Ultra for a few months now..
 
I haven’t got all my sounds set up yet, but those that are fit into the band arrangement perfectly. Control via my pedals also works a treat.  
 
"As Horst Schlemmer once said, "My back’s giving me hell." This was also a good reason for this investment. No power amp, no cabinet. And here the Axe-Fx is miles ahead. I’ve used a large modelling amp and a 19” preamp for playing directly into the mixer, but neither of them have really satisfied me or the sound tech.. Since the Axe-Fx came along my signal has been going from the Ultra straight into the mixing desk.
 
Thanks Jacques – thanks Cliff – from now on everything will be different.
 
The only thing missing on your website is a jumble sale for all the old unused equipment in the cellar. 
 
Regards
Ralf

TS-ROCK

 
Christian from Nettersheim - ULTRA

Forgot all about everything else!

Von: "Christian [mailto:xx.de]
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 27. Mai 2009 20:47
An: Jacques Isler
Betreff: Re: ULTRA IM ANFLUG

Hey Jacques,

Sorry for not getting in touch sooner, but you can probably imagine why!!?? Right: because of the Axe-Fx Ultra ;)

So, jokes aside, the Ultra arrived well-packed and in perfect condition. First off, thanks for that.

I knew beforehand what I was letting myself in for and I’m still impressed by the versatility of this device. Alone in this one week I have experimented so much with it that I forgot all about everything else around me. That’s why I have to finally take the time to write to you.

Working with it is really easy. The translation into German is top and really easy to understand, though the handling is pretty much self-explanatory anyway. It’s a real “learning by doing” device.

All the best from the Eifel
Christian

 
Benjamin from Mudersbach - ULTRA

Now, what can I say - I'm absolutely thrilled!

Von: Benjamin  [mailto:xx.de]
Gesendet: Dienstag, 26. Mai 2009 09:42
An: Jacques Isler
Betreff: Re: ULTRA IM ANFLUG

Hi Jacques,

Many thanks again for the quick delivery of the Ultra. Unfortunately the studio monitors that I ordered from a well-known Internet mail-order company didn’t arrive quite so quickly – so the first test had to wait a while :-/

But a few days ago everything arrived and the testing could begin :-). Now, what can I say – I’m absolutely thrilled! Finally I can practice at home with a decent sound – without raising the roof :-) – and with the same sounds that I’ll use in rehearsal and on stage! On top of this the thing is naturally a lot easier to transport than a tube amp with cabinet…

I gave up on my last attempt to use effects because the floor-based effects devices had a very detrimental effect on my sound even when they were turned off. So one stomp box after another got the bullet and had to go, until there was only a distortion pedal left.
Result: three possible sounds.
Not so with the Ultra! When I don’t use the effects they don’t change the sound. Also I no longer have to worry about my combination of distortion pedal and amp providing both a good lead and a good rhythm sound, which of course can only end in a compromise… With presets I can set up any combinations and go from a rhythm sound to a full-on lead tone at the press of a switch.

Furthermore I had recently bought a soundcard so that I could make a few recordings. Without a studio it’s pretty hard to record with a microphone… Another problem that has now been solved – just connect the sound card to the Axe-Fx and ready :-)

I haven’t noticed and negative points yet.

I have to be fair and say that I probably wouldn’t have bought a device costing 2.1k  had I not been able to test one belonging to my ex-teacher, Peter Autschbach first ;-)

All the best

Benjamin

 
Hermann From Munich - ULTRA

For me as a tube fetishist: a sensual experience!

Von: Hermann  [mailto:xx.de]
Gesendet: Sonntag, 24. Mai 2009 15:44
An: Jacques Isler
Betreff: Re: ULTRA IM ANFLUG !

Hello Jacques,

After more than a month of use I can only say: definitely a good investment. Especially when recording you can save a huge amount of time.

Great effects, for me as a tube fetishist an unbelievable emulation of some amps. Especially the difficult crunch sounds of the Plexis, Matchless, etc come across really well. I haven’t yet managed to reproduce the sound of my 69 Marshall MKIIs with old Greenbacks in the cabs but I can still only say: Hats off!

My G-System has already left me and I’m currently looking for a new home for my Eventide ;-)

A sensual experience.
Hermann


Soundclick

 
Jean from Belgium - Axe-Fx

It realy feels and responds like a full tube amp!

Von: Jean [mailto:xx.be]
Gesendet: Dienstag, 19. Mai 2009 11:15
An: Sussi Isler
Betreff: axe fx

Dear Sussu and  team of G66,

Here are the votes from Belgium, 12 points!!!!

The AXE FX is delivered yesterday, monday after the weekend, DPD was a little bit late. :-(

I have tested the unit and run the presets. What can i say, this is the holy grail for guitar players. It realy feels and responds like a full tube amp. About the new cooling fan, i can hear it but don't care.

Thanks to the team of G66  for the very good personel service.

Kind regards,
Jean

 
Yoann from France - ULTRA

Finally found my simplified and perfect gear for my ultimate sound!

Von: Yoann [mailto:xx.fr]
Gesendet: Sonntag, 17. Mai 2009 16:01
An: Sussi Isler
Betreff: Re: AW: MFC101 Wainting list

Hi Sussi,

thanks for the update.

I can give you a feedback, I revieved my Ultra yesterday morning, and since, I can't stop making music!
I played with it in rehearsal, jamming with factory presets, it was a lot of fun. I'm eager to make my own sounds now.
It's so good, I have finally found my simplified and perfect gear for my ultimate sound. :)

Best regards.
Yoann.

 
Christian Gasch - ULTRA

Sounds phenomenal – in many ways better than tube amps!

Von: Christian Gasch [mailto:xx.de]
Gesendet: Sonntag, 17. Mai 2009 16:39
An: Jacques Isler
Betreff: Re: AXE-FX IM ANFLUG

Hello Jacques,

The Axe-Fx arrived safe and sound on Thursday, on Friday I built some sounds, Saturday saw them fine-tuned and in the evening I played a gig with it. Well, what can I say – the thing really sounds phenomenal and my doubts, which I truly did have, have turned into complete enthusiasm!


I’m not about to sell my tube amps, but the Axe-Fx is in many ways better – and that is really amazing…

Best regards,
Christian

Janis Joplin Show
My Space
 
David from the UK - ULTRA

Blown away!

Von: David [mailto:xx.co.uk]
Gesendet: Samstag, 16. Mai 2009 21:15
An: 'Sussi Isler'
Betreff: RE: AW: David Axe Fx Ultra

Sussi,

thank you.  The Ultra turned up on Friday as promised.  I haven't had much
time to play with it yet but I've been blown away by what I've heard so
far...and that's just the presets which according to the forums are not that
great!

regards,

David

 
Darren from the UK - ULTRA

Totally outrageous to say the least!

Von: Darren [mailto:xx.com]
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 13. Mai 2009 18:07
An: sussi
Betreff: RE: Your Ultra has been shipped..

Hi Sussi,

Just a little note.  I am just letting you know that I received my Axe-Fx Ultra (six weeks ago) – I can’t believe its been that long.  I wanted to fully test and get to understand the Ultra before I let you know I had received it and was happy with it.

Wow, this product is totally outrageous to say the least.  I originally stumbled across the Axe-Fx last year while trying to find out information about Atomic amps. When I first read about the Axe-Fx I thought that’s a lot of money for an unknown brand, and at a glance it’s architecture looked somewhat similar to (although updated to include all modern features) my old Digitech GSP2101 which I bought back in the mid 90’s and still plug in now and again.  I suppose the main similarity is the ability to have effect run in whatever order you desire – including parallel. Now that’s really where the comparison ends.

I have been using amp modelling since around 2000/1, when I got my Roland VG-88.  I’ve gigged that unit live for a couple of without backline, so I know it inside out by now!  I also have a number of other modelling devices like Pods, Digitech and other Roland stuff.  Although these products all sound ok, I’ve always felt something was missing.  So I went looking for a way to make these other products sound better and more importantly feel better, that’s when I discovered this unit.

I glad I did come across the Axe-Fx as I’ve been able to program it and create patches that are just not possible with any other device out there.  The sound quality is top notch. Every guitar I plug in has its own sound.  The only down side to this is now I have to start upgrading the stock pickups (ceramic single coils) in most of my guitars…  This was on the cards for a while, but the Axe-Fx has finally showed me where my weakest link is :-)…

It is really easy to edit on this machine even without the editor! The interface is fast and logical.

I wish I had an Ultra 10 tens ago, it would have saved me a great deal of money and time! Now all I need are two of the up coming Atomic FR amps…

Can you please check to make sure I’m still on your list? I was last in touch with you about them around October last year.

Also I will need a foot controller and it looks like Fractal are getting somewhat near to releasing this too! Could you please add me to the list for this?  Do you happen to know if it will support multi pages of AI switches (like the Liquid Foot pro)? 

Now to finish off I would like to thanks you for the following; Being very professional, shipping the unit on the day (nobody like to have to wait ;-)), Changing the fan in the unit – My ultra in silent! And the box of chocolates was such a great touch.  I sing your praises and will be buying from you again.

Kind Regards
Darren

 
Andrew from the UK - Axe-Fx

Level of support is second to none!

Von: ANDREW [mailto:xx.com]
Gesendet: Sonntag, 10. Mai 2009 18:12
An: Sussi Isler
Betreff: Re: AW: axefx down

Hi Sussi
Just a note to thank you very much for your support with the problem I had with my axefx.
I think it is an incredible product and the level of support provided by you is second to none.
Thank you very much.

Andy

 
Stein from Norway - Axe-Fx

Den første gitaristen som prøvde i studio vil kjøpe en..

Von: Stein [mailto:xx.no]
Gesendet: Freitag, 8. Mai 2009 15:44
An: Sussi Isler
Betreff: Re: Your Axe-Fx has been shipped..

Hei!

Fikk den idag. Snickers er en favoritt!

Å ja, det lå forresten en veldig fin gitarburk oppi kassen, tror jeg beholder den ;)

Ser du er utsolgt, når får du inn flere AXE-FX? Den første gitaristen som prøvde i studio vil kjøpe en..

mvh
Stein

 
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