FAS just released Quantum Firmware 1.02, which is full of Bug Fixes as well as new Amps, Factory Cabs, Delays and a new Drive type! If you’re already on Quantum Firmware, definitely install this one for some awesome new choices in tone.
There are 5 new Amp models in this update!
Added “Deluxe Verb Nrm” amp model based on the Normal channel of a Fender Deluxe Reverb. The existing Deluxe Verb model has been renamed “Deluxe Verb Vib” to distinguish that it is modeled on the Vibrato channel.
Added “Bludojai Ld 2” amp model based on a Bludotone Ojai with PAB off. The existing Bludojai Lead amp model has been renamed “Bludojai Ld 1” and is based on the Ojai with the PAB on.
Added “Double Verb SF” based on the Vibrato channel of a 1971 “Silverface” Fender Twin Reverb.
Added “Plexi 50W 6550” based on the High input of a 1972 50W Marshall “Plexi” with 6550 power tubes.
Added “FAS Hot Rod” amp model.
We just got some information on the new FAS model, the Hot Rod:
FAS Hot Rod is my version of what a modded Marshall should be. I find the BE/HBE a little too boomy and scooped. Bogners are too dark. Splawns don’t have enough compression. Etc. So it’s my take on a hot-rodded Marshall tone. – Cliff
We have some of the latest (and greatest!) cabs produced by ML Sound Lab now as Factory Cabs in the Axe-Fx II! Factory Cabs 54-56 are now 3 cabs from the latest Cab Pack 20. The Cabs are
54: 4×12 Pre-Rola 55 M160
55: 4×12 Pre-Rola 75 M160
56: 4×12 Brit 80S R121
On the Forum, Mikko of ML Sound Labs said that the 55 was Cliff’s favorite, the 75 was Mikko’s favorite… and well my favorite is the 80S! In addition to my previous favorite #59 4×12 TV Mix C4, also by ML, Factory 56 is a great cab to start with if you are new to an amp type or new to modeling in general.
If you like these cabs, definitely check out Cab Pack 20 for more.
The cabs replaced by this update were
54 – 4×12 Mills 12K (OH)
55 – 4×12 Slm Blue (OH)
56 – 4×12 Slm G65 (OH)
There is a new drive called FAS Boost and it is awesome! The release notes say it is a “cleanish boost” and pairs well with vintage amps like Plexis. But I tried it at stock settings with the new Double Verb SF amp, and it sounded great! I eventually aded some Mids around 800Hz and played with the Drive setting, and it was a great stand-alone drive/grit pedal. Turning the Drive down and the Level up allowed me to have a cool “clean” boost in front of the amp, with just a bit of grit if I wanted it. Definitely check this one out.
New Delay Types
4 new Delay types were added with this update, and wow, they are great. They are more “effected” than some other delays, but it’s these characteristics that make them really stand out. We now have the “Deluxe Mind Guy”, “Mono BBD”, “Stereo BBD” and “Lo-Fi Tape”, and they are all distinct, amazing models even at stock settings. The Deluxe Mind Guy has a great “vintage” sound to it and sits in a mix really well. The BBD styles have more modulation to them and stand out a bit more. The Lo-Fi Tape makes you want to play all day and has the rolling tape feel that we all enjoy.
There are 9 bug fixes reported in this Firmware update. See the Release Notes below for details. Note that some of the bug fixes on amp models will change the way they sound, so definitely audition them after updating.
How to Backup and Update Firmware
Check out my article that shows how to Backup and Update your Axe-Fx II firmware. It’s always important to have a backup before doing any updates: http://axefxtutorials.com/2015/08/backup-install-and-rollback-firmware-on-the-axe-fx-ii/
- Added “Deluxe Verb Nrm” amp model based on the Normal channel of a Fender Deluxe Reverb. The existing Deluxe Verb model has been renamed “Deluxe Verb Vib” to distinguish that it is modeled on the Vibrato channel.
- Added “Bludojai Ld 2” amp model based on a Bludotone Ojai with PAB off. The existing Bludojai Lead amp model has been renamed “Bludojai Ld 1” and is based on the Ojai with the PAB on.
- Added “Double Verb SF” based on the Vibrato channel of a 1971 “Silverface” Fender Twin Reverb.
- Added “Plexi 50W 6550” based on the High input of a 1972 50W Marshall “Plexi” with 6550 power tubes.
- Added “FAS Hot Rod” amp model.
- Replaced factory cabinets 54-56 with selected UltraResTM IRs from ML Sound Lab’s “ML Brit 4×12” collection. If you enjoy these IRs you may purchase the entire collection from our online store.
- Added “FAS Boost” Drive type. This is a cleanish boost great for boosting vintage amps like Plexis.
- Added “Deluxe Mind Guy”, “Mono BBD”, “Stereo BBD” and “Lo-Fi Tape” types to Delay block.
- Fixed unable to select Mixer X/Y state from Page 2 of edit menu.
- Fixed wrong Drive pot wiring and default Preamp Bias value in Dizzy V4 Blue 3 and 4 amp models.*
- Fixed wrong default Preamp Comp value in all Dizzy V4 models.*
- Fixed wrong default power tube bias value in Mr Z MZ-8 model.*
- Fixed several errors in the Bogfish models.*
- Fixed wrong Drive pot value in Shiver Lead model.
- Fixed System backup/restore not working correctly on Mark I/II models.
- Fixed Fetch Backup Preset and Fetch Factory Preset not working properly on Mark I/II models.
- Fixed Bit Reduction parameter not listed for Sweep Delay type.
*Note: Existing presets using these amp models should be reset by deselecting and reselecting the desired amp model.
Note that these links are direct links provided by Fractal Audio. If these links no longer work, FAS has removed the files. At this time, AFT.com does not store Firmware and other files. Please visit the Archive at AxeFx.fr to look for older versions.
Axe-Fx II Mark I & Mark II – http://www.fractalaudio.com/downloads/firmware-presets/axe-fx-2/Quantum/1.0/axefx2_Quantum_1p02.zip
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