Guitar Interactive Issue 18 features three formidable artists with Shrapnel Records Legend Greg Howe gracing the front cover plus Jazz Guitar genius Mike Stern and LA Session Ace Carl Verheyen also inside. Not only that, but Tom Quayle brings you an exclusive Greg Howe Masterclass Technique Lesson with free TAB.
REVIEWS_FX PROCESSOR REVIEW
We reviewed Fractal Audio’s stunning Axe FX II back in issue 10. But the company
has been hard at work producing firmware updates, recently releasing a complete
overhaul in the form of firmware v.10. It’s such a huge update that it required
a review all of its own. Tom Quayle asks: is the latest the greatest?
One of the best things about Fractal Audio is its constant desire to improve its products. Since
the release of the Axe FX II there have been no fewer than 10 firmware updates, each bringing
new and improved features for the user. What is more, all of these updates are free, which can
only be a bonus in anyone’s book!
Our previous review of the unit was with a beta version of firmware 7 and since that time
Fractal has issued a further three major updates, each introducing a slew of new amp models,
improved effects and editing capabilities. Version 10 represents such a big upgrade in terms of
both the amp and cabinet modeling that it deserves a review all of its own so we thought we’d
get the unit back in and test out this new firmware to see how much of a difference it makes.
The biggest upgrade in v.10 is labeled MIMIC, which stands for (hold your breath now)
‘Multi-point Iterative Matching and Impedance Correction’ technology. According to Fractal’s
release notes MIMIC ‘applies analytic signals to an amplifier and captures the fine nuances
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