Axe FX III

Discussion in 'Digital & Modeling Gear' started by stratzrus, Jan 29, 2018.

  1. jzgtrguy

    jzgtrguy Member

    Messages:
    6,423
    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2006
    I'm not sure exactly but it was pretty quick after the announcement. I'd probably do it if I was recording or a more serious player. All my patches that I build from scratch end up in the same sonic zip code which is why I ditched my Axe-fx Ultra for a Port City Pearl 100 and a Port City 212 Standard cab with a few pedals, Kingsley Jester, Strymon Flint & El Capistan etc. Sounded freaking amazing. Wish I'd never sold it but at the time I just thought it was too much amp for me.
     
    Pedal Dan likes this.
  2. yeky83

    yeky83 Member

    Messages:
    2,215
    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2007
    Man I'm not happy about the price on that. I'll buy it to make a rig out of the III... but the price doesn't seem justifiable in comparison with the Helix Control which is the same thing. They're both just boxes of screens and switches with the brain in the main unit, but Helix Control costs $400, and has an additional capability of capacitive footswitches. :/
     
  3. LaXu

    LaXu Member

    Messages:
    4,007
    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2004
    Location:
    Finland
    I agree. While I understand Fractal doesn't have the ability to order as huge a pile of units as Line6 and get similar volume discounts, almost double price for the FC12 is hard to swallow when the only thing it does better than the Helix Control is the ability to chain more of these units together.

    Call me a cheapskate but I didn't bother with the MFC for Axe-Fx 2 either because I felt it was expensive for my needs and not having support for it on the 3 (at least at the moment) makes it a brick for those who want to upgrade to 3.
     
    Eric Rowland likes this.
  4. hippietim

    hippietim Member

    Messages:
    5,894
    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2006
    Location:
    Raleigh, NC
    There’s lots of activity at the Fractal forum.
     
    MixMinisterMike and yeky83 like this.
  5. xjojox

    xjojox Tardis-dwelling wanker Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,662
    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2009
    Location:
    Texas
    I used a different foot controller for awhile but eventually picked up the last generation MFC. It works well for me. The fact that they didn’t make the III plug and play with the MFC will probably be the reason I pass when my number comes up. I’d need to daisy chain 2 of the new controllers to get the functionality I now have, and that adds to the cost as well as the learning curve.
     
  6. LaXu

    LaXu Member

    Messages:
    4,007
    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2004
    Location:
    Finland
    Yeah I'm not saying the MFC is not a great unit and was probably the best thing to combine with the Axe-Fx 2. For my needs I get along just fine with a cheapo FCB1010 with UnO chip when setup to change presets on one row, change scenes on another, handle tap tempo by tapping the activated scene switch again and have a few banks for things like looper control etc. Far from perfect but perfectly sufficient.

    I think the more modern setups with a small display above the buttons really help not having to remember put tape down to label which switch does what and having multiple functions there makes it easier to use.
     
  7. gtr37

    gtr37 Member

    Messages:
    4,088
    Joined:
    May 14, 2008
    It again to me seems like too much info .the windows can be any color ,the switches can be any color . I really like the line6 control and the black background with white font, having a green or red screen like the RJM mastermind I don't find super appealing , the AXE3 rack is a thing of beauty ,this seems to be heading back to to 1980 video game display on the axe 2 or AX8
     
  8. fremen

    fremen Vendor

    Messages:
    1,126
    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2008
    Location:
    Banana Republic of Mauritius


    Joined the club a few hours ago...
     
    PBGas, BoogieZilla, veritechc and 2 others like this.
  9. cliffc8488

    cliffc8488 Member

    Messages:
    1,082
    Joined:
    May 13, 2006
    The scribble strips are black/white. The font can be either white on black or black on white. The LED rings are different colors based on function.
     
    PBGas, gtr37, hippietim and 2 others like this.
  10. yeky83

    yeky83 Member

    Messages:
    2,215
    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2007
    FWIW I thought MFC's price was justified since it was a capable standalone MIDI controller, competing in the price range of various very expensive MIDI controllers. Built like a tank too.

    FC is just a single use device, a box of footswitches and screens... anyway, we'll see if it's worth it when it actually comes out. Still speculation phase I suppose.
     
    Elric likes this.
  11. gtr37

    gtr37 Member

    Messages:
    4,088
    Joined:
    May 14, 2008
    Thanks for clearing that up
    I apologize , I obviously made incorrect assumptions
    I like the sound of this much better now
     
  12. veritechc

    veritechc Member

    Messages:
    2,798
    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2015
    I know!!! I wonder how much I'll miss those capacitive footswitches! I'm on the waitlist and I will buy but only to complete the rig. I was told that is how much Fractal can sell these for and still turn a profit. But man its a truckload of cash. I could buy a Helix Rack + Control and two Stagesource speakers for the same cost of an Axe Fx III and an FC12.

    Its even more painful once you realize that the Axe Fx III will only power one FC unit at a time. So if you are daisy chaining these together you need a wall wart for every unit oner one. Of course you can't afford more than one FC12 or 6 before you have to take out a second mortgage...lol

    This unit looks very familiar...

    [​IMG]
     
  13. xjojox

    xjojox Tardis-dwelling wanker Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,662
    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2009
    Location:
    Texas
    You can use the MFC with the III apparently, as long as you don't mind devoting a weekend to programming everything LOL. It's just not plug and play.
    Kind of a deal-breaker for me though because I don't even like the new controllers.
     
  14. atquinn

    atquinn Supporting Member

    Messages:
    9,588
    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2004
    Location:
    Mineola, NY
    The most expensive modeler has the most expensive foot controller. NOOOOOO

    Austin
     
    Sustainerplayer likes this.
  15. yeky83

    yeky83 Member

    Messages:
    2,215
    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2007
    Look up RJM, FAMC, etc., form factor is nothing new.

    IMHO, the most expensive modeler is priced accordingly to its hardware and capability, while the foot controller ain't. That's what the complaint is about. But feel free to continue to make sarcastic remarks ;)
     
    veritechc likes this.
  16. atquinn

    atquinn Supporting Member

    Messages:
    9,588
    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2004
    Location:
    Mineola, NY
    Opinions are nice but the company owner says that's what the price needs to be for them to make a profit so I guess I'll take that over your opinion. That doesn't mean you have to like it of course :)

    I just hope it ends up being good or I'll have end up having to spend twice as much for another GT22.

    Austin
     
  17. Eric Rowland

    Eric Rowland Member

    Messages:
    10,701
    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2012
    Location:
    Chattanooga, TN
  18. sixeight

    sixeight Member

    Messages:
    349
    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2016
    The main display looks very nice, but the scribble strips are quite small and they don't look like they are easy to read. I would have expected them to be white-on-black, not black-on-white.
     
  19. gtr37

    gtr37 Member

    Messages:
    4,088
    Joined:
    May 14, 2008
    Read Cliff,s reply above
    I asked this question too
    You can change the background to black with white text if you want to
     
    PBGas likes this.
  20. Willowdale

    Willowdale Member

    Messages:
    1,809
    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2010
    Location:
    Fort Lauderdale & Miami Beach

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice