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Axe-Fx II XL+

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Description

XL+: The Ultimate Guitar Processor
The Axe-Fx II XL+ is the ultimate all-in-one preamp/effects processor. It contains a vast virtual inventory of hundreds of vintage and modern guitar amps, speaker cabinets, guitar stompbox and studio effects, and more. It accurately recreates the sound and feel of tube amps and can "tone match" the sound of your live amp or a recording. It is ideal for both stage and studio use, with heavy-duty construction and a high-quality, ultra low-noise design. The Axe-Fx II has superb sound with unrivalled power and flexibility, offering many improvements over traditional guitar amps and effects, including extremely light weight, precise sound control, computer integration, very simple rig design possibilities, and more. Despite its advanced technology, it is remarkably easy to use.

Easy-to-Use Front Panel Features

The Axe-Fx II XL+ can be completely controlled from the front panel via knobs, buttons, and a large backlit LCD display. The large VALUE knob is used for most setting changes, while four smaller QUICK CONTROL knobs give you hands-on access to extra parameters including SCENES. Scenes allow each of the 768 presets to contain 8 different combinations of effects on/off, amp XY "channel" selection, and more.

The Power for Extreme Amp Modeling

The equation is quite simple: more power equals the capability for better sound, with greater depth, detail, and dimensionality. The Axe-Fx II is the world's most powerful all-in-one guitar processor, with two state-of-the-art Analog Devices TigerSHARC DSPs offering many times the raw power of any competitor. One is dedicated solely to amp modeling while the other handles effects and other processing. We put this power to good use, individually modeling both preamp and power amp sections. Preamps are painstakingly modeled, typically with all the same controls as the original amps. We also model the entire power section including tubes, transformers, choke, filter caps and more. The results are amazing: big, yet tight bass, powerful mids, silky highs, and all of the "feel" that makes playing a great amp so enjoyable. There are 180+ different amp models onboard. They range from industry standards to boutique treasures, from the very best of vintage, to the leading edge of modern tones.

Superb Speaker Simulation

The Axe-Fx II features a high resolution speaker simulator with 150+ "Factory" models and room for 512 "User" cabs. locations. The Cab Block is the key to "direct" tone -- able to reproduce the sound of a cranked, properly mic'd amp at any volume without the variables that normally plague such setups in a live or studio setting (inconsistent sound, mic leakage, insane volume requirements, etc.). Factory cabs include selections from our own collection of professionally produced Cab-Packs, plus selections by today's top artists, engineers, and 3rd party IR designers like RedWirez and OwnHammer. You'll find a superb variety of cab and speaker sizes representing the greatest brands from history and the present day. You can even create your own User Cabs, with built-in tools to capture the sound of any speaker. In addition, we offer Cab-Lab, an IR mixer and tools application for Mac and Windows, designed specifically for those who want to create their own custom IR blends (like a producer or engineer might do with different mics on the same speaker).

Tone Matching extends this with the impressive ability to "clone" another device such as an amp, rig or recording. You can save the result in a single preset, or export it to a "User Cab" for use throughout your Axe-Fx II.

Exquisite Effects

In addition to industry leading amp modeling, the Axe-Fx II is an incredibly powerful and flexible multi-effects processor, with ultra-realistic recreations of classic stomp boxes and rack processor effects. Effect models can be dialed in with a single knob to make all required settings for great sound in seconds, or tweaked at the deepest level with a completely modular approach. Like our amps, effects sound and feel great, with very musical response to enhance and inspire.

Discussions

The Ethics of Digital Modeling

...technology is impacting them negatively, and from there, find ways to compete and innovate. FWIW, I own a Kemper and Axe-FX II XL+. I think both sound great, and are amazing pieces of tech. That being said, I have also found myself not using either that much these days. Instead I've been buying more...

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Are physical amps done?

...just more fun to play in the room, and more inspiring to me. (saying all this as a happy Kemper and Axe-FX II XL+ owner)

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Guitar Amp vs Studio Monitors

Yes it does. Again, it's an M-Audio, though — and about a decade old :facepalm: Fortunately, an Axe-Fx II XL+ will be at my doorstep on Wednesday so hopefully that'll help!

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