Re: Fractal Audio Axe FX II
[quote="Stick138 Great news that the "2" can handle the processing of two instruments simultaneously. I use alot of fx on the bass side as well as the melody side so I was concerned. I sucked it up and made the purchase yesterday. I just said screw it and went with the MFC-101. This is a pretty expensive setup so I am hoping it lives up to the hype. Thanks for your responses
Congratulations. I was thinking about this thread yesterday as I was playing through mine (4th of July so I had a quiet morning and got in several hours).
If you have not done so yet, I'd strongly suggest you keep an eye on the AxeFX forums here;http://forum.fractalaudio.com/forum.php#axe-fx-ii
This forum is very helpful to new owners.
And bookmark the Wiki;http://wiki.fractalaudio.com/axefx2/ind ... _Wiki_Home
Here's a good blog on connecting multiple instruments (or in our case two sides of the same instrument)http://blog.katsukurimedia.com/2011/12/ ... s-at-once/
For routing two signals, there are a couple of different things to learn/keep in mind.
1. There are several ways to get you signals into the AxeFX. These include;
- Both signals routed into both sides of Input 1 on the back directly
- Both signals through a stereo preamp and then into both sides of Input 1 on the back
- One side of the Stick through the front input jack (which has vaiable impedance loading) and the other thorugh the right side of Input 1 on the back
I send my active Warr through Input 1 directly. With my Stick I ususually have a small preamp in the path.
2. An important concept to remember is that you can set up virtual sends within the signal chain grid on the AxeFx. The most obvious example of this would be to use a common Reverb block for both sides of the signal. You would do this by setting up each signal chain without reverb (say you used the 1st row of the grid for melody and the 4th for bass). You then create a reverb on row 3 near the end of that row, and create a mixer block just before it on row 3 also. Set the reverb to 100% wet. You then branch row 1 and row 4 to the mixer block on row 3, and use it to control how much of the bass and melody signal is fed to the reverb. This example uses only one reverb block (leaving the other for something else) and saves CPU. You can do this with any of the effects blocks of course.
This box sounds great right away, but that it is amazingly deep. If there's a sound in your head, there's a strong likelihood that you can create it.
Also remembr that for clean sounds, you can create signal chains that do not have and amp/cab model in the path at all. Just put one of the graphic or parmatric EQ's and one of the multiband compressors in each chain to shape your tone. This is really clean sounding.
If you get stuck, put a post up here and I'll try to help. Also happy to send you one of my presets (that you load with Sysex or the editor software) if you like.