Hey, hey amp modeling dudes.....& well....yea.....more dudes...... I'm having the time of my life w/ the Fractal AX8, it's truly perfect for me & my needs. The tones are stellar & have been developed for years & years on its big brother platform the Axe FX II. That's a huge plus for me......& I'm getting GREAT tones VERY FAST now! I put together a fun/funny Studio-X tour & gear run though video, that's "Talking Only". It's a long one, so watch at your own risk & I do ramble on about a few off topic things like "influences" & "Karma" so you may....um...want to skip those parts! The 1st 5-minutes is all you need, if that! I'm very happy w/ my gear purchases & current set-up & I'm finalizing my cover band rig as we speak. Welcome to Studio-X! (You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll kiss 15-minutes good bye). The opening clean tones are the AX8's USA clean amp.....the next 2-songs are the Axe-Fx, followed by the 11-Rack...FYI Only I've spent some time reading threads, the manual & testing out the overwhelming amount of killer amp models in this fantastic new unit. I'm working on several direct AX8 audio demos in my limited spare time.....but will share a few of my favorite tones from my XMANNROCKS Instagram page. I've been documenting my amp tests here, as it gives me a reference when I get some ear fatigue & need to go back & listen again. The Marshall JS410 Red & Orange channels are at the top of my favorite list for what I like to do.... Amp Settings: Cab type & settings These quick samples are all at a pretty loud (Gig) volume & through my dual Friedman FRFR ASM-12 set-up. All just iPhone video/audio, but the good stuff is coming soon! I'm pretty sure I'm breaking A LOT of condo rules & can only do these tests when Mrs X is out of the house.......because....she'd kill me! I've always been a minimalist when it comes to gear, pedals, FX & guitars......& am still a huge 11-Rack fan too (& always will be). Having said that, the quality & quantity of the FX in the little black box still astounds me. This unit should/could sell for $2k & it would still be a great bargin. I put together a standard Trailer Trash Flat Board to protect the AX8 & get it off the floor a bit at my band gigs. "The AX8 Strikes Back" Small & tight like a tiger, Grrr! I've found out that I tend to set-up all of the amps that I try out in a similar way & with the same cabinet.....SO....I'm trying out other Amp brands & cabinets that sound different. I'm very pleased w/ the layout & love using the AX8 Edit.....I'm a visual guy & like seeing things on the screen & in color. Here's the Friedman Small Box Amp w/ the 2x12 Botique R121 cabinet....There's a clarity here (& on the Corncob/Cornford model too) that is realy interesting to me....... The clarity & tube amp feel is what I'm really drawn to in this unit..... It's very overwhelming getting 200+ Amps that I've never played through & no nothing about.....& that can be said for the cabinets too! You're only as good as the IR you use on any of these devices right? I also just got in a new custom Kiesel build that I'm SO loving right now.....& I just have to show you guys. I'm over 1/2 way done w/ a brand new ALL AX8 tune & it has the Double Verb Stock Fractal factory rig & the Dirty Shirley & HBE rigs on it so far.....more on that project later. My favorite Amps are the JS410, Friedman HB (Not the HBE), Small Box, Dirty Shirley & the Cornford amp for now..... More will follow & I just wanted to stop in & say hey....so....."Hey"! I'm currently using scenes & the X/Y amp thingy w/ the same amp on both. I love the "Copy X to Y" & think it's a brilliant feature. I like to run one amp w/ low gain or almost clean & then the 2nd (aka Y) w/ the gain bumped-up. The new firmware that's about to drop also has me eXcited too! I think the changes & updates will make this beast of a box even more usable. My standard chain is as follows in most of my presets. Wah, Drive, Chorus (or Flanger), Amp, Cab, Delay & then reverb. I'm not having any problems w/ CPU usage & getting the best live tones I've ever had. The modeling game is a great one & I feel that the technology has really arrived & then some. My goal is always to entertain & I hope you laughed more then you cried in this thread & post! Peace! X-Mann (aka Tim) PS - It's not the gear that you own, it's what you do w/ the gear that you do own! PSS - I had no idea just how well Fractal supports, updates & adds content like new amps to it's product line. I'm very confident that any small issues in the brand new AX8 unit will be resolved.......& for me....there are none at this time......Well.....I would like the preset read out to be BIGGER for my gigs.......but I hear that coming in the next few days though....so...YEA!