Looking at the FX8 as a possibility to solve my guitar effect needs as well as adding my favorite analog drives. Does anyone know the effects modeled? Is there a list somewhere?
Is there any chance that we will see preamp modelling in future updates for the FX8 ? No cab and power-amp modelling - I realize this is the scope of the AX8 and FXII - but preamps would make sense for FX8 4-cable-method users. One could substitute the amp´s preamp with the Fractal one for those situations where sounds are needed the amp itself is not capable of... Thinking of those famous preamps from Marshall, Mesa, Bogner, Soldano, ENGL,...Finally, I should mention that as I type this in summer 2015, this list is bound to grow as firmware updates bring new options to the FX8.
Might be the longest post, in terms of screen inches, in TGP history!Hi A-Mags,
I'll answer your question with a long list, but first, I want to provide some important depth to the answer.
First: like the Axe-Fx, the FX8 provides more than models when it comes to effects. It is more like a platform that can be used to innovate as well as imitate. Therefore, a list of effects on the FX8 is limited only in terms of what happens to be provided "in the box".
Secondly, you'll notice my list includes BLOCKS (ALL CAPS) and underneath them, "Types". The types fall in to two groups. For some effect blocks -- like CHORUS for instance -- changing type is like selecting a mini preset just for that effect: it changes all of the settings to easily dial in a sound with only one knob. You can then adjust as desired, even turning one "type" into another.
For other effect blocks -- like PITCH SHIFTER -- changing type is almost like changing to a totally different effect. The whole algorithm is different. You can then adjust as desired.
If you're using the free FX8-Edit software, you can even save fully dialed-in blocks to your computer to share or use any time in your own presets. It's like an infinite effects locker.
To address your specific question about drives, the G3 Drive block is accurate, but also very versatile. With controls to recreate the tone you love from your favorite analog pedals, but also go further, with XY capability for two "channels" out of a single drive effect, plus a built-in equalizer.
Finally, I should mention that as I type this in summer 2015, this list is bound to grow as firmware updates bring new options to the FX8.
OK, on to the show...
CHORUS - Mono and stereo modulation effects, including vibrato:
COMPRESSOR – Control dynamics and add sustain.
Pedal Comp 1
Pedal Comp 2
DELAY - Up to 8000 ms, with types for analog, digital, tape, and more.
2290 w/ Mod
DRIVE - 25+ types including boost, overdrive, distortion, fuzz, and many more.
Tube Drv 3-Knob
Tube Drv 4-Knob
ENHANCER - Classic and Modern Stereo separator.
FILTER – From subtle EQ to extreme synth-type filters.
FLANGER – Anything from subtle chorus to through-zero tape swoosh to extreme jet.
FORMANT - Multi-mode formant filter creates vowel sounds.
GATE/EXPANDER - Provided in addition to a “global” noise gate.
GRAPHIC EQ - Easy, flexible tone shaping.
5-Band Constant Q
5-Band Variable Q
7-Band Constant Q
7-Band Variable Q
8-Band Constant Q
8-Band Variable Q
10-Band Constant Q
10-Band Variable Q
MEGATAP DELAY – Dense echo effects with group controls for time, pan, level, etc.
MIDI – Sends MIDI messages to the OUT port when the effect is turned ON or OFF.
MULTIDELAY – A variety of effects built from delay lines in creative configurations:
Quad Tape Dly
TREMOLO/PANNER - Classic trem, plus auto-pan and psychoacoustic effects.
PARAMETRIC EQ – 5-band precision tone sculpting tool.
PHASER – A variety Vintage and modern effects are possible.
PITCH SHIFTER – Everything from classic detune to whammy to custom harmony.
RELAY - Used to operate the onboard relays for amp channel switching
REVERB - World-class recreations of springs, plates, rooms, halls, and more.
Large Deep Hall
Lg Tiled Room
Lg Wooden Room
Rec Studio A
Rec Studio C
RING MODULATOR – Advanced ring mod also features optional pitch tracking.
ROTARY - Simulates a classic rotary speaker with multiple microphones.
VOLUME/PAN - Simple volume block also offers channel input/output tools.
WAHWAH - Multiple types based on classic originals:
So that's the current list. Now, in closing, I also need to adjust what "victim5150" said, as there are a few effect block types on the flagship Axe-Fx II which are not present on the FX8. The majority are amp/cab/routing related: AMP, CAB, FB SEND, FB RETURN, FX LOOP, MIXER, QUAD CHORUS, SYNTH, TONE MATCH, VOCODER
Hope this helps.