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Can I use a Cat 5e Cable instead of a Cat 5 Cable?

Short answer: Yes. Cat 5e is the current standard for ethernet cables supporting speeds up to 1000 Mbps and has basically replaced Cat 5 cables. As long as the cable is an ethernet cable with RJ45 connectors and NOT a cross-over type cable, a Cat 5e cable will work the same as a Cat 5 with your MFC-101 and Axe-Fx II. See this post to read more about ethernet cables: Ethernet vs etherCON – Cat 5 vs Cat 5e vs Cat...

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Can I use a Cat 6 Cable instead of a Cat 5 Cable?

Short answer: Yes. As long as the cable is an ethernet cable with RJ45 connectors and NOT a cross-over type cable, a Cat 6 cable will work the same as a Cat 5 (or Cat 5e) with your MFC-101 and Axe-Fx II. Cat 6 cables are generally more rigid and less flexible than Cat 5 cables due to an extra “spline” separator and usually thicker wire, so they may not lay as neatly on the ground as a Cat 5. See this post to read more about ethernet cables: Ethernet vs etherCON – Cat 5 vs Cat 5e vs Cat 6 See this thread on the Fractal Audio Forum: http://forum.fractalaudio.com/mfc-discussion/95407-cat-6-ethernet-cable-mfc.html#post1142426...

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Presets, XY Switching, and Scenes in the Axe-Fx II – In-Depth 1 hour Premium Tutorial

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?...

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Why does it say “Excess CPU Usage!”? Why is there a crackling noise too?

Like most computers, the Axe-Fx has a limited amount of CPU or processing power. CPU is used when blocks are added to presets. Different blocks use different amounts of CPU, and within the same block different “Types” or settings can also use different amounts. There are actually two TigerSHARC processors in the Axe-Fx II: one is dedicated to the Amp blocks, and the other handles all other blocks. A completely blank preset uses about 9% CPU – this accounts for the Display and a few other background processes. Adding a single Amp block raises the CPU only to about 12%. Compare this to a Reverb block which can raise the CPU to about 20%. The Axe-Fx II functions normally till about 90-92%. At that point, the CPU is being overloaded, having to process too many things at once. It’s usually best to try to not go above 90%. The Axe-Fx is programmed to prioritize audio at that point, so the display may seem to lag, preset changes may become slow, and there may also be crackle’s and pops in the audio signal. A warning will flash on the screen displaying “Excess CPU Usage! Reduce Load!” This means that somehow you must reduce the CPU usage in your preset. There are many ways to do this, but one of the easiest is to change Cab blocks from Stereo or Ultra...

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How do I setup and use the Looper block?

The Looper block in the Axe-Fx II is a great feature for any musician, especially soloists. In this video I show you how to add a Looper block to your preset for both live performance and creating tones. I also describe some of the important parameters in the block, some tricks I use when playing live. I finish up with some basic looping techniques and concepts. 00:00 Intro 00:27 Adding to your preset for live performance 01:51 Using the MFC-101 in Looper Control Mode 03:52 Switching Presets while looping 05:43 Switching Scenes while looping 07:18 Looper block last vs first 09:21 Using the Looper to help build tones and presets 11:40 Important Looper block parameters – Mode 13:39 Mix parameter 15:16 Rec & Play quick switches – custom setup 18:13 Immediate Play – Turning it Off 20:12 Basic Looping concepts 28:45 Overdubbing – quick example Modes Stereo Undo – 15 seconds Mono Undo – 30 seconds Stereo – 30 seconds Mono – 60 seconds Mono mode collapses recordings to Mono. Live guitar remains in Stereo to the Axe...

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