The Axe-Fx has many features that make it one of the most powerful tone generation units for guitar available today. In addition to the highly detailed amp modeling and cabinet IR accuracy, features like XY Switching and Scenes make the Axe-Fx II very powerful and flexible.

While the functions of XY Switching and Scenes, in addition to Presets, are easy to use and setup, the concept behind each one can be confusing at times. One reason may be that all 3 functions can be used to accomplish the same task sometimes – which is the best to use then?

For many who have used the Axe-Fx from the Standard and Ultra days and then upgraded to the Axe-Fx II and went through all or most of the Firmware updates, it may be easier to understand the concepts like XY Switching and Scenes since they were added over time. But for those who are starting new with an Axe-Fx II or Axe-Fx II XL have all the features available to them right from the beginning. This is of course great, but sometimes trying to jump too far ahead with the features without understanding the basic concepts can lead to frustration and confusion.

By describing Presets, XY Switching and Scenes, I cover a lot of information great for someone beginning with the Axe-Fx like showing how to create presets from scratch, but for those more experienced, it also serves as a review of how far we’ve come since the Standard and Ultra days.

In this video, I discuss the following:
Presets Defined
Layout Grid Basics
Creating Presets on the Front Panel and in Axe-Edit
Creating Multiple Presets for different tones
Adding Blocks to a preset in Axe-Edit
Bypassing and Engaging Blocks
Creating Multiple Presets for different effect combinations
XY Switching Defined
XY Switching Basics and Uses
Scenes Defined
Creating Scenes – Engaging and Bypassing Blocks
Scenes and XY Switching
Scenes – Output Block Main Level
Presets vs XY vs Scenes – Which is best when
Scenes – Gapless Switching
Scenes – Spillover
Scenes Advanced – 4 Amps in 1 Preset