WHETHER IT’S A LEGENDARY GUITAR SYNTHESIZER OR EVEN MORE
LEGENDARY BAGPIPES, THE AXE-FX CAN DO THEM ALL -
WITHOUT NEEDING ANY LEATHER BAGS.
Many boutique amp owners agree that the Axe-Fx II sounds absolutely realistic. And because its playing feel is just as good as its sound, most of them end up parting from their much-loved old tube gear. The advantages of the Axe-Fx II are simply too overwhelming (first-class amp simulations, exceptional effects, near-infinite routing options, the ability to clone any sound and, above all, the complete creative freedom to reproduce any sound you hear in your head).
But the Axe-Fx II can also sound synthetic - extremely synthetic even. This is what the Synthesizer block is for, though as guitarists most of us probably wonder what use we could possibly have for a synthesizer.
PAT METHENY SOUND
World-class jazz guitarist Pat Metheny has found plenty. Way back in the early 80s he used the legendary Roland GR300 Guitar Synthesizer to create a very personal synthetic guitar sound that made him instantly identifiable, as seen and heard in this Video.
And here the Fractal Audio Forum's 'Paztag' demonstrates how the Axe-Fx II can not only realistically recreate the sound and feel of five decades’ worth of guitar amps, but also does a great job of synthetic sound creation such as the aforementioned Roland GR300 Pat Metheny sound. He even offers two of his presets for download (GR 300 V1 & GR 300 V2).
Of course, the Axe Fx II wouldn't be the Axe-Fx II if it didn’t have two synthesizers on board and with this much synthetic potential it isn’t too hard to create other realistic simulations...
AXE-FX GOES BAGPIPE
Mark Cullen, a practising priest from Sydney, makes his guitar sound like a set of bagpipes, for example. To achieve this he uses both Synthesizer blocks from the Axe-Fx II, one set to generate the permanent drone of the bagpipes and the other set to be triggered by the guitar, thus taking over the melody duties.
Mark: "I discovered by mistake that I could have a drone sound running and still play different notes along with it. I had forgotten about it until I was reading on the Forum about some people trying to get a bagpipe-like tone to emulate the Big Country sound. I thought I would take a crack at it and came up with this preset. When Tone Matching was added I didn't think I would have much application for it, but I tried it with this tone and it definitely helped get the tonal color and texture closer. It shows that you can use Tone Match as a powerful element in shaping a tone."
AREN’T WE ALL JUST A LITTLE BIT BAGPIPE?
If you’re now dreaming of playing the bagpipe solo in AC/DC’s ‘It’s a Long Way to the Top’ then just download one of the bagpipe presets from Mark Cullen into your Axe-Fx II. Mark has kindly prepared presets in two different keys (Bagpipes 1 & Bagpipes 2).