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    Axe-Fx II vs Mark V comparison

    [VIDEO]]FRACTAL AUDIO AXE-FX II vs Mesa/boogie Mark V compare. - YouTube[/VIDEO]

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    Awesome video, why in the hell is he using comic sans font :\

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samer View Post
    why in the hell is he using comic sans font :\
    Seriously. Fuck that guy. His video is rendered completely useless now.

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    You posted this so my cheap ass would have to hear it, didn't you?

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    Here are my thoughts on this:
    • Virtually nobody would be able to distinguish any tone differences if they just closed their eyes and listened.
    • There seems to be a slight volume difference, but that could be removed easily to make them completely indistinguishable.
    • Presumably it only takes moments to dial that tone in with a real Mesa Mark amp. How long did it take (and how many steps) to get the Axe-FX there?
    • How much post-processing was applied to each version in a DAW? How much post-processing was used to make them sound the same?
    • We'll never know the extent to which subconscious bias influenced each performance.

    Ultimately, demonstrations like this tell us that the Axe-FX can be made to sound indistinguishable from a real tube amp in a controlled, studio-like situation, but it doesn't tell us how much effort it takes to achieve that, which seems to be a real sticking point for many.

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    Is it just me, or does anyone else like taking a nice dump when watching these "axe-fxii vs. the world" videos?

    Over and over, the axe fx ii impresses me. One of these days, before i die, i want to play an axe fx eye eye

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    Quote Originally Posted by zslane View Post
    Virtually nobody would be able to distinguish any tone differences if they just closed their eyes and listened.
    I dont mean to be a dick or anything, but...

    Seriously? I find that....surprising. No offence or nuthin.

    Tonal considerations aside, I think the opposite about the practical differences. Working with patches through your monitors is far more logistically simple and technically challenging than working with mics in front of cabs, in rooms with loud amps. If nothing else (and theres far from nothing else) you dont have to consider the translation from the 'in the room' sound to the 'through a mic and in the mix' sound. The latter is right there. And of course you dont have to content with a loud amp in the room when tracking.

    Thats why I do a lot of scratch tracking with VSTs. Still go for real amps for final tracks most of the time though.

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