Axe FX III

pinfloi

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There is a misconception that the smarts of the foot controller are a factor in the price. The cost of CPU or micro controller is pretty inconsequential. The cost is in the chassis, LED screens, footswitches, and other hardware. Programming the foot controller on the device is much nicer. Having the foot controller just be an I/O is a much simpler architecture as well and reduces the number of things that need firmware updates as features are added.
That is totally correct. The minimum hardware cost of the smartest foot-controller that can change patches, scenes, toggle FX blocks, looper, etc is only $50 (I made one myself). Including a LCD display to show the current preset and scene names, tuner, etc. plus inputs for expression pedals.

Then add one OLED display to each footswitch (to show the scene, pedal toggle, looper state, etc for each individual switch) and you can have all the features of the most expensive controller, for a ridiculous price.

The extra cost is for chassis, high quality parts, manufacturer's warranty, labour, benefit, taxes, marketing...

https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/diy-axe-fx-foot-controller-for-50-open-project.119882/

 
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Leon Todd

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For everyone here who has bought a III, what's your favourite thing about it so far? Personally I still get pumped to to fire it up and try out amp models I haven't spent time and to try roll them into one preset with 4 channels. The video linked below is an example of one such tweaking session.


 

fremen

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For everyone here who has bought a III, what's your favourite thing about it so far? Personally I still get pumped to to fire it up and try out amp models I haven't spent time and to try roll them into one preset with 4 channels. The video linked below is an example of one such tweaking session.


Favorite part so far for me : being able to pack much more things into a single preset. I used to need two presets for some Pink Floyd songs, it's not the case anymore. I've even been able to merge presets for different songs played consecutively into a single one
 

gtr37

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Favorite part so far for me : being able to pack much more things into a single preset. I used to need two presets for some Pink Floyd songs, it's not the case anymore. I've even been able to merge presets for different songs played consecutively into a single one

Agreed , thats why I can actually see the FC6 working fine ,In reality with all the channels and scene I could be ok just having 3 presets display at a time .
Its said that one button press can do multiple change s to
so for instance loading preset 1 should also change to a scene layout at same time
 

iaresee

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Favorite part so far for me : being able to pack much more things into a single preset.
That's my favorite part too! I don't have to make any compromises on my Trey A preset now -- I get it all in one preset. And with 4 channels per block I can really have everything in one place. The true power of the III won't be fully realized until more people have FC controllers I think. That controller has really unlocked the potential of the unit for me. MM GT users will know what I mean. :)

(Nice Suhr fremen! Aren't they the best?)
 




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