The magic box I’ve been looking forward to all my life!
Von: Paco Casanovas [mailto: xx.ch]
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 20. November 2008 18:39
An: Jacques Isler
Time for some quick feedback: I’m very satisfied with the Axe (which actually isn’t so very surprising ;-) ). For me it’s a magic box, not just an entertaining illusion, but the best argument for guitarists looking for 'THE” guitar processor for studio and live use. I’m extremely happy to be able to work with one.
We pulled Paco’s 25th August posting from 'Gitarrenforum.eu':
"So, …now it’s reality! I’ve got my Fractal Audio Axe-Fx Standard! Yes, it is digital… so no tubes or anything like that and yes, it is a modelling device with effects. It’s nothing new then… or is it?
For me at least one thing is clear after only three days: this thing is definitely going to replace all my amps! Where the PODxt was only a recording solution, the Axe-Fx is a complete solution plus a lot more… on top of its excellent modelling the thing also beats all the established effects devices. Be it TC, Eventide or Lexicon, none of them can compete with its depth and warmth.
Did I just mention 'warmth”? Yes, warmth… fort he first time there is something like 'digital warmth” – at least I’d never come across anything like that before.
At least I can make a direct comparison, I know the Eventide H3000 and the TC M3000 very well, because I often came into contact with them during my time with Audio-Rent and can as a result also repair them. I’m also the proud owner of a Lexicon PCM70 Reverb (my favourite reverb).
Two weeks ago I had a session with a rock band and pitched the Axe against a Marshall JCM800 2210 amp, well… there may not have been a clear winner, but there wasn’t a clear loser either. I at least have never before heard a modeller that could be brought into feedback under such control or that really brings across the dynamics of a tube amp… the Axe can do it!
And it can do a lot more too… it’s not primarily a question of simulating amps, but having sound. And as we all know the guitarist is the most important link in ensuring that this sound really stands up. For me it is definitely the magic box I’ve been looking forward to all my life.
Oh, yeah… a whole 1.42ms of latency! A PODxt has on average 5-6ms. Anyone who says they can’t feel that should come and see me. I can feel it! And exactly because of this it took me about 10 days to get used to the Axe. You can set up a completely virtual wall of Marshalls and just start rocking away and you have the feeling you’re standing right in the middle of the speakers… or 40cm in front of them… completely surreal. This is a feeling that takes some getting used to!