first rehearsal with new Axe FX / CLR rig - WOW!

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  1. geoangus

    geoangus Member

    Mar 22, 2007
    Connecticut shore
    Today I had my first rehearsal employing my new Axe FX XL and CLR wedge. Holy smokes, I couldn't have been happier. First, the CLR delivers in spades!! No worries about it not keeping up as a back line speaker/amp. And as far as the XL, I only set up 5 presets, Matchless DC30, Twin Reverb, Slodano 100, Bogner Shiva and vintage Rectifier. I do need to balance the volumes between the presets better, but DAYUMN, this kicks serious butt. I don't have as many hours playing with it as I'd hoped after two weeks, but I'm totally digging the Matchless and Shiva models. The twin model is good, but I'm not sure if that's settled yet.

    Admittedly, after playing for so long guitar >cord > amp, I need to get over this staring at the MFC controller issue (can't stop stomping).

    I have to ask, do you guys just go with a few models, or do you set up you "presets" as "songs"? There are a few songs we play that would be better served as their own entities, but a good chunk fit a generic rig setup.
  2. aleclee

    aleclee TGP Tech Wrangler Staff Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    5868 ft above sea level
    Fun times. Glad you're enjoying the new toys!

    I'll set up general "rig" presets and use scenes to switch between the virtual rig's core sounds. For me, I'd only create a dedicated preset if I needed scenes that aren't available in one of my general presets.
  3. svl

    svl Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2010
    I use individual presets for each song in a set, programing and relying on Scenes as needed in a song (ESPECIALLY handy in medleys). I do such a wide variety of music it just makes sense (to me) to customized each sound for each tune- the Axe is so powerful it seems a waste not to utilize as much of it's potential as possible.

    Playing covers, I love to get as close as possible to each individual tone, trying hard to hit all the little nuances the original artist crafted onto the record. Some days the latest band I'm working with has to play up to 75 or more songs (depending on the event or if we're playing two shows in a day), which is a ton of tunes to program but nowhere near what I have created in the course of my over 5 years with the Axe- in all I have about 350 individual song presets in my arsenal. I keep all of them loaded on my XL, so if I'm jobbing/subbing and a request comes up I can usually nail the tone with little effort which always gets an "amazed" response from the band. Especially if it's a tune with odd bits like synth/heavy FX aural goodies that a normal rig can't reproduce, at least not as quickly or easily.

    The other nice thing about having individual presets is being able to name each one whatever the song is, and keep 'em in alpha order on the XL (I use Song/Set to program sets for a show, and with the rest in alpha order it takes no time to find a particular song if it's requested).
  4. FuzzFox

    FuzzFox Member

    Nov 6, 2013
    Huntsville, AL
    It depends for me, I grabbed my Axe-FX last year and jumped onstage with it pretty quick. Spent a couple of days dialing in a few presets and was really happy from the outset.

    Since then, I'll dial in a few more, mainly for really specific songs (She Sells Sanctuary as an effects-heavy example) using scenes to rapidly switch back and forth.

    For the most part, for a gig in a cover band I prefer to have a few general presets that suit me so I can spend the rest of my time playing and having fun.

    Either way works extremely well with the Axe-FX, they're so damned versatile and easy to use that there's not really a 'wrong' way of going about it all.
  5. Scott Peterson

    Scott Peterson Administrator Staff Member

    Jan 3, 2002
    I just do presets for given amp tones and a set effect palette so I know what I can do in every preset.

    I do have certain song presets for given songs that are just all set to go at the same time.
  6. barhrecords

    barhrecords Member

    May 4, 2010
    North Alabama
    I'm a side man so I program just two to three presets for a run of shows.

    Then use it stomp box style to engage / bypass virtual pedals.

    The Fractal is so good at responding to the guitar controls, I can ride the guitar volume for solos and fills without losing any feel or tone. I stopped using a volume pedal altogether.
  7. jazzgtrl4

    jazzgtrl4 Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2008
    SoCAL Desert
    Very cool, i just got two CLR neos, cant wait to gig with far in stereo they are killer..One would be enough too as im seeing
  8. paulvcarter

    paulvcarter Member

    Feb 13, 2011
    new york
    I use Scenes for changes within a song or for an Amp / Rig I really use a lot / like

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