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"I used to have what was the size of refrigerators for racks with all sorts of gear because back then there was only one thing that did the chorus, one thing that did delay, and one thing that did phase. So then multiple processors came along and most of them sounded like crap to me. They were like toys. The people weren't really putting in the technology into them. A lot of times this is like a playground for the intellect of a geeky designer. So you get gear that's impossible for a musician to figure out and doesn't sound good. I went through a lot of that for many years. And then I found this. Well, I mean I didn't find it - it found me! It's a very popular device. Out of any device I've ever used - any effects processor - for my ear this seems to have the most transparency which means its sounds the most like just plugging directly to the front of an amp which is really nice. It's extremely powerful! It's almost like rocket science. I mean, you have to learn how to use it. I mean you can just plug it in and and put up some settings and it's good, but when you start getting into all the parameters of it you can give yourself a hernia with just pushing buttons, haha. That's basically what I use. Now I don't necessarily use it very much on the record because when I record I like to get a very direct signal and then I put various processors from inside, but I did use it on some stuff. This is my rig to use live," says Steve Vai about the Fractal Audio Systems Axe-Fx II Guitar Effects PreAmp Processor.more
"With the amp in the effects loop is actually the Axe-FX II, which we just started using. We were using the Ultras before. The guys from Fractal took all my programs from the Ultra, and [John] only uses one preset, it's all of the effects just kind of like you would have in any other system - delays, choruses, whatever - and we just turn them on and off. They're set, they don't change. So he programmed everything into the Axe-FX II, came out, we put it in the rig and sat there and kind of had to go through stuff and tweak things a little bit. So with the Axe-FX II, the outputs, left and right, come into the effects return. The top amp would be the left side and the bottom amp is the left side, so we get a true stereo thing happening. His effects chain is just very, very simple. Everything is in parallel with the main line of it, so there's nothing too crazy going on," says John Petrucci's guitar tech.more
At 4:21, Troy says about the Axe-FX II "Actually, I've gotten quite used to the Fractal. It sounds great, actually. Once you get into all the parameters of all the effects, you can actually make it sound pretty good, pretty much custom." He says later at 5:27, "I'm really using the Axe-FX for reverbs and tap delays. I actually use it also for a sort of like a Uni-Vibe sort of wobbly effect. I also use it for routing stuff to different amps."more
As of 2:30 in this video, Devin talks about the Fractal Axe-Fx saying "I have got a very hodgepodge set-up currently that I am experimenting with and the centre of that is Fractal. And I have been using the Axe-Fx now for [...] four years since the Ultra." The unit can be seen at 2:36.more
"Myung uses a Shure UR4D wireless. From there the signal goes into a switcher, then to a Radial JD-7 splitter that splits into three signals. The first goes straight to a Demeter Tube DI, while the second goes through a Demeter Optical Compressor, Demeter Preamp, then Demeter VTHF-300M into a Radial JDX speaker simulator. The third output goes into the Fractal Audio Axe-FX II, which handles overdrive, chorus, reverb, and any other effects processing," states [this](http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/Rig_Rundown_Dream_Theaters_John_Myung) rig rundown article, by Premier Guitar.more
Ken Andrews uses this as it "sounds good with bass & guitar" for his alternating between the two instruments, along with finding it easier to take on tour rather than taking multiple amplifiers to get the Failure sound, according to [this](http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/21068-rig-rundown-failures-ken-andrews) Premier Guitar rig rundown.more
"We started using new effects. We’re both using Fractal Axe-FX IIs. We wanted to get some of the original sounds back, but also see if we could make things bigger, crazier, or more exaggerated than the original effects," says James Iha, in [this article](http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/19970-a-perfect-circle-another-round-for-billy-howerdel-and-james-iha?page=2).more
at 2:27 Javier tells Rebecca Dirks from *Premier Guitar*, “as far as my guitar rig I’m actually using an Axe-FX II which is running through this Mytek digital to analog converter…that goes basically to my Port City Pearl amp and out to my Port City cab. So I’m getting the benefit of a lot of digital technology mixed with the good analog technology. “more
["The AxeFx achieves literally every tone I want for our music, and then some. From all the tones on the new record, to everything we use live - it's all AxeFX. I've never played through such a diverse, dynamic, yet straightforward unit. It re-shaped the way I think about guitar tone and I honestly can't see myself ever going back."](http://www.fractalaudio.com/artists.php)more
In [this article](http://www.emusician.com/artists/1333/deftones--modeling-for-mayhem/45321), the following is written about Deftness and their use of Fractal Audio Systems: "But regarding the recording process, the real game changer was Fractal Audio Systems Axe-FX II Preamp FX Processor. 'The Deftones have always had a futuristic element to their sound, but it’s not as prevalent on the last record,' Rasculinecz says. '[This time] we started with brand-new sounds from Fractal Audio, which was a big sonic shift for the band. It’s the first record where Stephen hasn’t used the same amp and cab as on every record before. That alone lent itself to creating a fresh take on the music. Fractal opened up a whole new world of sonic elements that we didn’t have on the last record and it really took Stephen and Sergio out of the box.'"more
In an interview with Premier Guitar Dweezil Zappa's setup, which includes two Fractal Axe-Fx II Guitar Effects Processors, is discussed here: "The heart of Dweezil's tone comes from a Fractal Audio Systems Axe-FX II. In previous versions of his rig he actually ran two units simultaneously due to the CPU demand that his custom presets required. However, on this “Zappa Does Zappa” tour he runs everything through the top unit and the bottom is used as a backup or for any guests that might sit in. In order to recreate his father's famous tones, Dweezil goes back to the master tapes to study and cop every little detail in order to program the Axe-FX II presets."more
"I just started playing the Fractal Axe-Fx live, a great piece of gear with an incredible potential. We go direct into the PA and it works really well. We used tube amplifiers for a long time but this new setup makes the most sense right now due to its reliability and versatility."more
The Axe-Fx II can be seen at 1:10 of this "Rig Rundown" with *Premier Guitar*. Jerry says about this effects processor "I have one amp that I use throughout the whole set, that's for the main tone, and then you know I have different presets I'm actually on to where they have the scenes now so I have one preset for each song."more
If you have a good understanding of signal chains and frequencies the axe fx will do you wonders. If you dont know what your doing you may get fustrated with. Its great for recording and live use. Some people dont think its $2000 better than other affordable effects/processors (the pod hd500 and the boss gt 100 to be exact) but any real professional will tell you there is a noticeable difference in sound and feel.