Axe FX III

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  1. ejecta

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  2. Powderfinger

    Powderfinger Gold Supporting Member

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    You mean as an effects device into a tube amp? Yes, but it's really overkill for that purpose. It's meant to replace your tube amp.

    They emulate (my technical wording may be off) speakers and cabinets. They're important because they dramatically affect the sound. Note: if you're using the Axe as an effects device into a tube amp or (as many people do) into a separate power amp and guitar cabinet (as opposed to for recording or playing through a FRFR speaker) then you will have cab emulation off and they will be irrelevant.

    Tons and tons and tons. Start with the description of the product on the Fractal website. Maybe look at the Axe-fx2 FAQs.
     
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    For what you intend, the Axe-Fx might be overblown, especially the Axe-Fx 3. If you already have a pedal and tube amp rig you like, have you considered extending that with for example the new Helix Effects board and maybe something like the Two Notes Captor so you can record it silently and apply an impulse response in the DAW or using a cheap IR pedal like the Mooer Radar?
     
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    I noticed the axfx3 has "preamp" in the description. Does that mean I can go directly into a cabinet (guitar+axfx3+cabinet)? Basically using the axfx3 as an effects processor+amp head.
     
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    I am looking at replacing my pedals with the axfx3. I have about $2500 in pedals. It might be overkill, but if the axfx3 will do what I want and I can essentially trade my pedals for it, what's the harm?
     
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    Interesting. Does this also refer to "speaker drive" and other such terms?
     
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    Ferg Deluxe Gold Supporting Member

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    Yes. That capability has existed all the way back to the Axe-Fx Standards.

    EDIT: It does not have a power amp included, if that's what you're asking.
     
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    No, you would need a poweramp for it.

    No harm but if something simpler is enough for you, where is the harm in saving money?
     
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    You need a poweramp between the axfx and the cabinet.
     
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    On the official Fractal page you will find a link to the Axe FxII manual in pdf form. Starting at page 17 (i believe) are various diagrams on how you can use the Axe II with amps, cabs, mixers, computers, powered monitors, headphones and so on.
    The concept will apply to the Axe 3 and other modelers too.
     
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    There's no built in power amp so you need to go into either a powered speaker(such as FRFR) or into a separate power amp and then guitar cab. Or you can go direct to a mixing board. If so, just need to figure out monitoring.
     
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    Absolutely. Run in 4-cable-mode (4CM) you get amazing flexibility. Want the delay in front of your amp in one preset and then in the amp’s FX loop in another preset? No problem. I’ve setup a number of artist rigs in this manner and it works very well.

    Impulse response — they capture the frequency response of a speaker cabinet over a period of time. It’s a way of modeling speakers and cabinets.

    The duck billed platypus is a mammal but it lays eggs.
     
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    I had an AxeFx Standard way back in the day. That was a fun piece of gear. With the Helix and AX8, I almost jumped back in. I guess I should wait to see what they do with the AX8 - I can't see that getting left behind after the III starts shipping... I have a feeling that, in terms of number of units, the AX8 is a big seller for FAS.
     
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    It certainly makes more sense for me. I’m waiting as well. I might have to downsize my rig due to injury.
     
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    Yes... This is one reason I may build a computer based rig. It's all so modular, replaceable, readily available, etc; and the tones and response are there now. Durability may be an issue for some but there is a lot of upside and backups abound...I'm getting tired of dedicated hardware, I think.
     
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    Hey guys, where can i find a pdf or manual that says the exact effects that the fx8 has? Thanks in advance
     
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    Thanks!

    So now that I've established clips cred, it follows that anything I say about the Axe-Fx, Helix, or Kemper should be given more weight than those who have not. :D LOL! I'm a bar room and church guitarist...no pro.

    Not that I'll say a whole lot from here on out, except to say that every one of them is a great tool. Also, that I'm very much looking forward to the Axe-Fx III journey. I'm going to invest.

    And I'll continue reaping the benefits of my Helix investment too.
     

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