Fractal AX8 Multi Effects Pedal Review

Tom Quayle Reviews the Fractal AX8 Multi Effects Pedal. This demo is from issue 43 of Guitar Interactive magazine.

Read the full review here www.iguitarmag.com

Comments

Ian Wilson says:

Thanks Tom – gear that costs this much and without any UK dealers to provide hands-on experience, good reviews are really important. I suspect there may be people who now want the design and interface of the Helix (& forthcoming Headrush), combined with the sounds of Fractal Audio. Line 6 needs to up its game re. quality of sound and Fractal need to understand that we are all used to large retina displays which help with navigating relatively complex tech. Line 6 have got the design of the Helix absolutely right – large bright display for the stage combined with individual IDs for each pedal. These types of display are not expensive now and I suspect that many guitarists looking for this type of product, particularly those over the age of 40, would happily pay another £30-50 for a display which is large and hi res. The days of Minecraft style pixels for guitar Fx units in this price bracket, targeting gigging musicians, are (thankfully) coming to an end. If Fractal can address this issue, they will have a killer product on their hands. Although sound quality is the overriding priority for most guitarists, functionality in a gig situation often dictates the final purchase. While it’s a nice line that Fractal have ‘saved money on the display in order to deliver quality of sound’, many of us don’t believe that it is an ‘either/or’ situation – we want both.

yjmsrv says:

Dr Seuss Guitar!

Patrik S says:

Seems like a decent unit. But can it handle a pint of beer?

Chris de la Cruz says:

I’m sorry but that guitar is one of the fugliest guitars I’ve ever seen.

Paul Jackson Jr. says:

Great stuff, Tom.

Irakli Gogiashvili says:

The downside is that there is not an expression pedal

The Larch says:

That guitar makes me question my sexuality.

Martin Jakobsson says:

That’s not a good looking guitar.

bilei bae2 says:

Man, this guy just needs to shut the hell up and play. This video is 20 mins of talking and explaining controls.

Bastien Malek says:

guitar or fx reviews :
-intro play a little bit
– blablabla blablabla blablabla (I’m fantastic) blabla blablabla blablabla
– Goodbye everyone
– play ten seconds
– end

did you hear the product ? not sure.

David Garver says:

line Six Helix way better for floor unit.

rtzu bfhj says:

BRILLIANT PLAYER. A REAL MUSICIAN. CHEERS TOM

alienlovesecrets says:

That weak digital sound is already outdated… so are all the other digital toys. The only toy that somehow withstands the ages is Kemper. Don’t know how that magic works but that’s the only one the really sounds EXACTLY like my amps (yes, I had an AX8, I still have a Helix and now I’ve ordered a Kemper after trying out that biest. Nothing compares to it besides my real amps.

Bflatest says:

I thought this might do well with my Taylor Acoustic for LIVE sound. WOW did it ever I downloaded a cab/mic impulse and WOW live it sounds like studio. freaking best I have heard in my 30 year career.

jono evans says:

Great review, learned some things I didn’t know. By the way do play with your pick sideways? The last demo song sound like it’s got that extra little pick grit to it, which I really like personally.

Sébastien BIARDEAU says:

sound is cold…. beurkkkkkkkkkk

Stratamania says:

This is a good review but In scenes everything is instantiated into memory for that preset it’s whether or not the effect is on or off or in an X or Y state, that changes. Instantiation happens when changing presets and different things are loaded into memory. This is why in scenes within a preset the change is seamless whereas when loading a new preset and instantiation into memory for that preset there may be a gap or not as the case may be.

Frank Steffen Mueller says:

Tom, thanks for the great review. Hey guys, I use the Axe-Fx in my studio and the AX8 for live.I couldn´t be happier. The AX8 is absolutely killer. Sometimes I use it with the 4c able method in the stereo loop of my Diezel VH4s. It sounds amazing. You can instantly switch between the modelling amp and the real amp with all the fantastic effects. It´s unbelievable versatile. The price compared to the Axe-Fx is a bargain. It´s € 1699.- in Europe and 1.4k in the USA). I love it!!!. Cheers 😉

Centerpath Official says:

the high freq here when you talk are slaughtering my ears

Rick Danner says:

I didn’t like one tone out of that thing?

Citabria Champion says:

Very poor variant of this multieffect .. no volume and wah pedal as they now have all Guitar Multi-Effects

harleyrider916 says:

Why not label the tap tempo. I don’t like the way the labels are laid out on this. Pretty weak as far as that’s concerned.

Dean Mutonga says:

nice guitar

MrNameless0shelter says:

Just wondering what power amp you are using? Thanks

Rob Robertson says:

That is one fugly guitar.

federz666 says:

Funky looking guitar.

But heck this is easily one of the best reviews/demos of this unit on YouTube. Fantastic video and great playing!!

GuitarToneFreaks says:

I wish Tom used a guitar with a humbucker for this video

CreamFreshCream says:

You play really good, but your beard sucks…

batmandeltaforce says:

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY over priced:)

Goggy Pluurbo says:

Nice playing I must say,but please forget the cheesy trem stuff, and perhaps beef up the eq.. there is way
too much high end with not much else..sounds like a Sears Silver tone through a 70’s transistor amp..

MadMax says:

Sounds incredible. Wish they would make an affordable rack mountable version though with a modern OLED screen and interface… I work in a food packing factory i cannot afford these flagship devices… Stuck with my old pod xt pro.

Ralph Niederlander Jr. says:

Interesting. And yes, if you are my age with poor vision I do need a much larger, more legible display. I own this unit and it is a BITCH to see on stage much less try to make an adjustment on the fly , which can also be difficult. Amp control knobs are fantastic. It sounds great. I also own a Helix. The Helix s normally my life unit just because it is easier to use and I can actually see the display. I hope to get enough patches with scenes set up so I do not need to adjust on the fly so I can use it more.

alienlovesecrets says:

That weak digital sound is already outdated… so are all the other digital toys. The only toy that somehow withstands the ages is Kemper. Don’t know how that magic works but that’s the only one the really sounds EXACTLY like my amps (yes, I had an AX8, I still have a Helix and now I’ve ordered a Kemper after trying out that biest. Nothing compares to it besides my real amps.

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