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Setting the Input Level – Axe-FX II

Gear used in this article: Axe-Fx II (Original, Mark II, XL, XL+) In this video, I show how to set the correct Input Level on the Axe-FX II, which is really just setting the optimal signal to noise ratio. It doesn't affect the gain or tone of your preset unless you have extreme low levels that don't give enough signal or high levels that constantly clip. If you set the level to 100% and you aren't making the red clip lights turn on, it's ok! We don't want any clipping and whatever level you...

Multiple Output Signals: PA System, Full-Range Monitors and More

When playing our Axe-Fx, we want our sound to get out to the audience of course, but we also need to hear ourselves play! The Axe-Fx III has more I/O than ever before, and we can use the multiple outputs to send signal to various places at the same time, like the PA system, a stage monitor, or any other speaker setup – each with their own separate volume control.  There are different ways to do this, and this article focuses on Full-Range systems like Powered speakers, Studio Monitors, or PA systems, as opposed to a guitar amp head and guitar cab.

USB Playback is very quiet or silent after updating Firmware to 18.01 or higher

Gear used in this article: Axe-Fx II (Original, Mark II, XL, XL+) Firmware 18.01 introduced a new parameter in the I/O-Audio menu on the Front Panel of the Axe-Fx II. It is called the "USB Return Level" and controls the sound returning from the computer to the Axe-Fx when using the Axe-Fx as a USB Audio Interface.  This sound could be iTunes, Spotify, your DAW like Cubase or Pro Tools, and even regular computer notification sounds. If your firmware is anything before FW18.01, when you update...

Connecting to PA Gear

Gear used in this article: Axe-Fx II (Original, Mark II, XL, XL+) Also applies similarly to the Axe-Fx III and AX8 The Axe-FX II is a very flexible piece of gear because we can use it with almost any type of sound device available - PA speakers, Guitar Amps, headphones, etc. In this video I show how to connect to different types of PA Gear including Powered Speakers, Powered Mixers, All-in-one PA Systems, Headphones, Mixers and more. In the Mixer section, I show how to Gain Stage properly and...

Axe-FX II Version 9.00 – Scenes Explained

Gear used in this article: Axe-Fx II (Original, Mark II, XL, XL+) Fractal Audio released firmware version 9.00 this week and what a great update it is!  New power amp and cathode follower modeling that improves the feel and tone, a pick attack parameter in the amp block, new amps including a Two Rock and Super Reverb and several bug fixes are welcomed. But the biggest thing to happen to the Axe-FX II in this update are Scenes. There are now 8 Scenes available in each preset. Many people are...

Mission SP-1 Pedal with Fractal Audio Axe-FX II and MFC-101 – How-To/Tutorial – 3 different uses

Gear used in this article: Axe-Fx II (Original, Mark II, XL, XL+) MFC-101 (Original, Mark II, Mark III) Mission Engineering SP-1 & EP-1 Expression Pedal As we all know, using the Fractal Audio Axe-FX II with the MFC-101 is such a great combination and allows us to switch among a ton of effects and presets. But as I showed in my previous post, expression pedals can help us even more by controlling a real-time parameter, such as volume, wah or even delay mix. But Mission Engineering has taken it...

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