> When it comes to electric guitar, Mike loves working with these Fractal Audio units. Incredible pieces of equipment containing hyper realistic models of hundreds and hundreds of amps and effects. If you have not heard of this stuff, check it out. It may well be that lugging heavy amplifiers to shows becomes a thing of the past. Genius.more
"I’ve also got a Fractal Axe-FX II in the studio and a Fractal AX8 that I take out on the road. I’ve been using it for almost two years. Our sound man really loves it too. Every time we do a sound check, I go last because all he does is turn the faders up and gives me the thumbs up [laughs]. He doesn’t have to change anything. I just plug it in and it sounds like I’ve got the best amps and effects with no buzz, hum or loss of tone. I can’t say enough about it."more
The AX8 is the same tone as the axe-fx ii with a quicker live setup. The tonal possibilities are pretty much infinite. If you're having trouble frinding a tone you like I suggest using third party Cab IR's .
In my latest band endeavor, I'm just now getting into trying out the Fractal AX8. As some claim this as the latest, greatest thing for guitarists. The hope is that this will be the only gear (along w/ my guitar) that I'll need to take with me for 'fly gigs'. Just throw it into a backpack and go - as you can just plug it into any backline amp, or just run through stage monitors, while also sending a signal to FOH. However, I'm finding it hard to replace the sound of a real tube amp... I'm just not yet convinced, but maybe with a little more 'tweaking' I'll get closer. Right now its a huge learning curve.
Being a musician for over a decade and having played all kinds of different gigs and reliability are very important to me. The Fractal AX8 delivers great sounding amp & cab simulation. I love how easy it is to recreate tones that rival my analog rigs. By taking away many of the variables that affect guitar tone (mics, mic positioning, amps, cabs, etc.), I have consistent tone from venue to venue. It conveniently plugs in via USB directly to my workstation and DAW, and its AX8 editing software makes it easy to dive deep into its tone-shaping tools and get the most out of its powerful DSP. I really love having the AX8 in my arsenal!
This is the core of my tone all in one box. I wanted the most efficient, no compromise rig possible and this does that and more. I can run a cab emulated DI to FOH so I know exactly what I'm sending the sound guy and run a cab on stage for stage volume. The amps are extremely accurate and the response/feel is extremely realistic.