Why I Won’t Be Buying The Axe-FX II
Today I learned that The Axe-FX II has just been released. Will this be the one that makes digital better than analogue? I’m pretty doubtful, having been there – done that.
About 6 months ago, I decided to sell up all of my guitar gear and purchase an Axe-FX Ultra. Quite a few of my guitar mates couldn’t beleive I did it, but I had the digital ‘itch’ and it needed scratching.
I spent months checking out reviews and videos and then I finally made the plunge. I used the Axe-FX live and in the studio almost 24/7 for 4 weeks before deciding that I missed my tube amp. So I sold the Axe-FX in order to get my tube amp and pedal board again, and I haven’t looked back.
This is one of the many videos that convinced me to sell it all and get the Axe-fx Ultra..
Why I Went Back To Analogue
I will say that the AxeFx was amazing.. I had lots of fun playing with it for 4 weeks.
In the end, after playing with it live (direct to pa) every weekend and playing around with it at home (through studio monitors) every night for 4 weeks, I started to miss the ‘extra’ juice that I used to get from my old pedal board and vox AC15.
I’m sure there is more tweaking I could have done to get it sounding better, but to be honest, I’m so happy having a pedal board again. To me, there is nothing like the ‘real thing’.
There are lots of pros and cons of the axefx, but here is what stood out to me:
- Easy to setup at a live situation and get good tones straight away.
- You can spend hours on each preset for every song in the set and just recall them with a button.
- Sounds really good and very close to a tube amp.
- Tons of awesome effects.
- Tons of awesome amp sims.
- IMHO, this does not sound as good as a good pedal board and amp combo.
- Takes a lot of tweaking time to get really good tones exactly how you want them.
- I ended up only using one or two amp simulations most of the time rather than the 70+ amp sims in the unit.
- The cost. I could get a real nice pedal board for about half the price of the axefx.
- This is trying to simulate the real thing… for me I’d rather just get the real thing (ie. analog pedals and a tube amp).
While many guitarists, like myself, still believe that digital doesnâ€™t come close enough to the original amps and analog effects, Digital is, in fact, improving and quickly growing to be a preferred choice of some guitarists. And now, with the release of the Axe-FX II, the quality of digital audio is hard to refute.
Here are some sound clips of the new Axe FX II..
So if you want to get into the digital side of guitar, I highly recommend testing the Axe-Fx II. There is currently no product anywhere else in the world that can even come close to the quality, flexibility and tone production that you will get from your Axe Fx. As the price shows, this unit is in a class of itâ€™s own.
On a side note, the 11 Rack may be in trouble now as the the original Axe-Fx comes down in price. If they both cost the same price, I think most guitarists would prefer the Axe-FX over the 11 Rack?
You can find more information regarding the Axe-FX II here.
Are you a fan of digital guitar effects? Would you buy the Axe-FX II?