This Is Why Axe Fx Is Awesome

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  1. wakjob

    wakjob Well-Known Member

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    I just played the Axe Fx AX8 yesterday...

    HOLY COW. That is friggin' nice.
    I only played it through some inexpensive computer speakers and just fooled around with some of the factory presets. The response to the guitars volume pot was amazing.

    I naturally gravitated towards the same amp sims...
    AC30, Engl Savage, Mesa Marks, Fender DLX, and JCM800.

    The one that really floored me was the Trainwreck sim. wow

    I don't get all the Friedman amp sim hoopla.
    Sounded like my old amp, which I didn't bond with.
     
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    wakjob Well-Known Member

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    The internet comment that just won't die...:cool:

    While I agree, these things are great now.
    No complaints from me if all the tube factories went defunct.
     
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    I’m running Helix straight into the effects return of my 5150 50 watt, it kills.

    Best compromise between tube and modeler I’ve found.

    Awesome crunch, I don’t do metal shred or any leads for that matter. I do use some higher gain patches for a couple songs, but I still get that “amp in the room” feel plus can send a direct to FOH feed with cab modeler out of the XLR output.

    I’ve got models of Friedman, PV 5150, several Marshalls, SLO and the option to loop my preamp in also if I want to use 4CM. I’ll likely ultimately go that way and swap preamps in patches but for now, direct in return works awesome.
     
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    In this video, I'd take the Kemper hands down. All the AxeFX sounds have a midrange thing going on that seems darker and more muffled.
     
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    ^ Wow, that's not how I hear it at all. I hear more mid in the Kemper and the Axe sounds more scooped. Both sound pretty brittle imo.
     
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    I think the Kemper kills the AxeFX in that video.
     
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    Screw both of them, i am sticking to tried and true which is tubes baby.
     
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    Still rocking that horse-n-buggy?

    Kerosene lantern?

    Hand crank drill?

    Outhouse?

    We can do this all day :)
     
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    I am just too damn old to adapt to anything else. Don't mean it isnt' good but it ain't for me.
     
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    Some people embrace new technology, others still have 12:00 flashing on their VCR. :D
     
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    if didn't hear much of a big difference to agree with this statement.
    on the other hand, this video was the FX taking on the Kemper at its own game,
    and it did rather well in an arena its not largely known for.
    the FX shines in the effects dept, but can play both games rather well.
     
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    I listened in my studio on my monitors. What I heard was the AxeFX sound harsh and buzzy just like any other digital amp sim program. You could use Amplitube or Guitar Rig and get the same results if easy direct recording is your goal. But if that is indeed the goal, then plug-ins can do all the effects you want and blow the AxeFx away. So for significantly less money, a good sim program, some good cab impulses, and a basic effects plug in suite can murder an AxeFx for direct recording. If we're just talking about "amp sound", then to me the Kemper definitely had a more distinct "warmth" and punch to it that resembled a real amp way more than the AxeFx did. It could just be that the cab sims used favored the Kemper. The cab impulse makes a huge difference. Whatever the case, to me, the Kemper was the easy winner.
     
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    two camps to every product I guess.
     
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    The Kemper sounded better-more authentic.
    Axe Fx has some catching up to do.
     
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    I think Fractal makes great products but the Kemper is in another league. The Axe still has that digital sound to it that I don't hear with the Kemper. The kemper also feels like the amp it profiles.
     
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    I thought the Marshall clips sounded a lot better on the AxFx III. The Fender stuff was close enough that minor EQ adjustments would make them identical sounding IMO.
     
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    For Marshall sounds on Kemper I love the Top Jimi Van Halen pack. It rips.

     
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    I like uncle Ben lol.
     
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