I'm not an Axe FX 2 guy

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  1. xarkon

    xarkon New Member

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    Yes, this list is about right for FRFR in what I would call the "general use" category. I.e. playing at home, rehearsal, or either backline or monitor at a gig.

    Some use the smaller 10" and 8" monitors because they have enough low-end for guitar but more because of (a) weight; (b) wider dispersion pattern on the horn driver.

    The RCF and CLR have co-axial high-frequency drivers; better sound from this type of design is one reason why they are supplanting the QSC. However, the QSC (and similar offerings from JBL, EV, Yamaha, etc.) are readily available and not too expensive.

    If you're going to use it only for recording, studio monitors are fine but just aren't going to move the kind of air that even a compact PA speaker like the QSC can.

    The other FRFR option is to simply plug into a correctly set up, quality PA system, but that's overkill for a simple setup.

    Some people prefer to use separate power amps (like the Matrix) and unpowered FRFR cabs. And others still bypass the FRFR solution and use a power amp (again, Matrix, Crown, QSC, what have you) and run directly into a guitar cabinet. In that case you will not want a cab block in the Axe FX II patch chain.

    Dave
     
  2. ]-[@n$0Ma☩!©

    ]-[@n$0Ma☩!© Fungi Monkey

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    What kind of money are we talking for an FRFR suitable for gigs?
     
  3. xarkon

    xarkon New Member

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    QSC K12 is $850.
    Atomic CLR (powered) is $999; there is a waiting list.
     
  4. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    You didn't happen to be at the Dweezil Zappa camp in NY in 2010 did you? I was there and they were showing the Axe off for us all. That was a fun/awesome week!
     
  5. ]-[@n$0Ma☩!©

    ]-[@n$0Ma☩!© Fungi Monkey

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    So we're talking big money for a "proper" Axe FX II rig. About $4500 hundred bucks for the unit, controller, and FRFR?
     
  6. CHARISMAFIRE

    CHARISMAFIRE INVISIBLE MAN

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    I got a Groove Tubes Trio preamp, and a Valverb in the effects loop of my Ax2. Part of me remains pure.
     
  7. themike

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    Well here is the thing - if you're playing a gig at a good club, you don't NEED an FRFR setup. FRFR is supposed to emulate a direct out which, if you're at a good club, is what you would be sending to the front of house engineer (sound guy). He would give you your mix through the monitors (just like a guitar amp) and that is essentially the same thing as using the monitors that we've been discussing. It really depends on what experience each user wants, and how much they want to invest in it. You can literally plug an AxeFX 2 direct at a show with nothing else and sound amazing.

    My set up is a little different than what everyone else is doing - I used to use a poweramp and a normal 4x12 cabinet and that would be output1 . Output 2 would be a direct line to the sound board with cabinet and power amp simulation ON. That gave me a good blend of real amp in the room and prestine direct tones.

    Its a swiss army knife man - it can do anything that you can put your mind to.
     
  8. TFC

    TFC That guitar really tied the room together

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    Well, anything except sound good through the front of a Fender Twin. :wink:
     
  9. themike

    themike New Member

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    Id have to go back and reread the thread but didn't we deem that he ran it like a pedal in front of the amp, instead of only using the power amp like a preamp? I dunno, this threads hurting muh brain! hahah
     
  10. hippietim

    hippietim Not a new user...

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    That sounds about right for a kick ass rig. You could get a cheaper controller but no way would I skimp on the FRFR speaker. I see posts from guys all the time that do this - they buy a $2k+ Axe or Kemper and then ask "what's the best cheap FRFR".
     
  11. ]-[@n$0Ma☩!©

    ]-[@n$0Ma☩!© Fungi Monkey

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    The blackface Twin Reverb is the original FRFR. :)
     
  12. hippietim

    hippietim Not a new user...

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    This is a gain staging issue. The exact same thing happens with real amps. A lot. If you have a super high-gain metal amp, it will do the same thing. You have to seriously turn the guitar down to get a Rectifier to change dynamics if you've got the gain cranked. I've owned amps by Diezel, Soldano, Splawn, Boogie, Bogner, CAE, Elmwood, etc. and they all exhibit this same behavior with a high gain "metal" tone. A modeler that didn't exhibit this behavior would not be particularly accurate. If you go for something more like a hot rodded Marshall you will find that the volume control is far more effective - this is the same with a modeler or an amp.

    If you can run the real thing for the same price or less and it meets your needs then that is absolutely what you should do. The sheer number of low wattage "mini" amps on the market is a good indication that most of us cannot use the real thing for practical purposes. If I could, I'd use a Soldano SLO and a Fender Twin as my rig. Nothing I've used sounds as good as my old SLO with the volume on 6-7. Same thing with my Twin (which I still have). But an SLO and Twin at moderate volumes are very unremarkable sounding - they don't sound bad but the good stuff does not arrive until you are on 6. So I use my Two Rock or Friedman 20 watters instead. They're much better sounding at moderate volumes than the real thing.

    When I first started gigging with the Axe Ultra, it was actually a cheaper rig than what I was using. I had been using a VHT power amp, Bradshaw preamp, Eventide/TC/Digitech processors, and a bunch of boutique pedals. The Ultra rig sounded better, was more powerful, and was about 50lbs lighter :)
     
  13. hippietim

    hippietim Not a new user...

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    BTW Hans, I've not abandoned my tube amps at all. In my Stones band I use a Two Rock head and stomp boxes. Today I went to do a recording session and took my Friedman and Rivera ISO cab. It sounded great. I love the Axe but it's just a tool like anything else. I use it when I want to.
     
  14. ]-[@n$0Ma☩!©

    ]-[@n$0Ma☩!© Fungi Monkey

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    I understand. Trust me.

    When I get a chance to play an Axe FX 2 in it's 'approved' configuration (and I welcome the opportunity) I'll chime back in.

    Between now and then I am going to go with what I heard in the headphones - which was just about the same thing I heard through my Twin.

    I suspect those who doubt my old Fender have never played through a real blackface (not a reissue) Twin. But it doesn't matter. None of this is more than another opinion on the internet.
     
  15. Boogie

    Boogie Zombie Two, DFZ

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    This has been my experience, as well. Everything sounded stellar thru the headphones but as soon as I tried to get it amplified into the real world, that all turned fizzy and wimpy. It tool a full range, 3 way PA to get it where I liked it (speaking of the POD products, BTW). And the only tones I really liked were the most distorted and metal-like.
     
  16. Jet Whitey

    Jet Whitey New Member

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    No I wasn't......Grover Duvall (man I miss the dude) introduced me a few years back @ the PRS Experience and I'll be honest I'm really not a big fan of his dad's music, BUT I was a big fan of the tone I heard during his set.
     
  17. Jet Whitey

    Jet Whitey New Member

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    Here's my cost breakdown

    Used Ultra $1250.00
    Used MFC-101 Floorboard $600.00
    Friends and Family GC Discount QSC-K-12 $589.00
    """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" Rockit 5's for home $149.00
     
  18. Herr Squid

    Herr Squid I was severely impressed

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    Ah, but it's not! While it's the archetype of a loud, clean guitar amp, there's all kind of stuff going on in there to make an electric guitar sound good that is the opposite of a flat, full-range system. That amp will emphasize bottoms and highs, cut out midrange, and the speaker will knock off a bunch of upper frequencies. Plug the same guitar into a Twin, and straight into a PA mixer for an A/B comparison. You'll hear a big difference! And I hope you like the Twin better... ;)

    Anyway, any guitar amp, including "clean" ones jack around the input signal a lot. The Twin is going to put its own sonic stamp on the input signal it gets, and if that signal is already mangled by another guitar amp-like thing, especially a dirty one, the results may not be pleasing! At the very least the EQ will be weird and the response probably won't feel "right."

    That's what I was getting at in my prior post -- an amp or model with a lot of preamp gain (i.e. a "metal" amp) doesn't typically clean up well in response to the volume knob. Though I'm sure there are exceptions. My growing-up amp was a Mark III Boogie, and it is terrible[/] at that. I was convinced the volume knob was useless until I tried the THD Flexi, which develops a lot of grind in the power tubes, and responds beautifully to touch and volume controls. There are some models in the Axe-II that do it, and some that don't.

    I've had bad luck with the Axe-II and headphones. Tried it once and gave up. The Axe can only sound as good as whatever you have throwing the sound. Through my pair of QSC HPR-122i's? Loads of fun! I can get killer tones at completely controllable volume levels and I'm a happy camper. If you ever come back this way, the door's open!
     
  19. jfb

    jfb Plank Owner

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    When I had my Axe-Fx Ultra I'd take it to a friends and play it through his Bose tower PA thing. Was pretty cool. The Axe-Fx II never left my studio area.
     
  20. nicolasrivera

    nicolasrivera New Member

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    FWIW is finally did a patch that totally makes me feel inspired and feel like having a real amp next to me....

    Using my Custom 24.

     
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