Axe-Fx Ultra Preamp/fx

A revolution in guitar amplification. Imagine being parachuted into the middle of the Australian Outback and being told to go for a walk.  Where would you start?  Where would you head?  It’s like that with the Axe-FX – it has simulations of almost every imaginable classic amplifier and speaker cabinet, alongside legion studio-quality effects.

Control over every conceivable parameter is possible, many in real time. If you have the patience, you can programme any sound you can imagine with this thing. It hasn’t got a tube in it but sounds and behaves like a tube amp. It even cleans up the same as the guitar’s volume is rolled back.

Although I gig with it either direct to a pa or through my Mesa Boogie Fifty-Fifty amp and EV speakers, it is now also the core of my whole rack system, which sits in its programmable effects loop.

The firmware is updated frequently and is easy to download online and install using the free midi-ox midi editor software.

This gives upgrades to existing sounds and many new ones too. A very intuitive dedicated editor program is also free to download, so you can programme new sounds on a laptop, even when you’re nowhere near the Axe-FX itself. Ideal while the wife is watching yet another episode of ER, Bones, etc.!

This is a breathtaking device. It’s apparently expensive at $/€2500, but when you consider what it replaces, it’s the best value piece of gear I’ve ever bought. More info

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