Buttons, switches and knobs: AX8

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The information on this page supplements the official manuals.

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Navigate and operate the AX8

Operating requires the use of buttons (PAGE, ENTER, EXIT etc.), the footswitches and the following knobs:

The AX8 provides the following 8 physical amp controls: Drive, Bass, Mid, Treble, Presence, Depth, Master, Level.

Assign effects and functions to switches 1-8

The main screen on the AX8 is the Footswitch Page (FS), which displays 8 switchable blocks, assigned to effects. You can also assign other functions, aka "footswitch blocks". You assign an effect or function by selecting a footswitch, turning the VALUE knob and pressing ENTER. Select from:

IMPORTANT: before you can assign an effect to a footswitch, you need to add the effect to the grid on the Layout page first. Use VALUE to select the effect and press ENTER. To access the Layout grid from the FS page, press Page. To leave the grid, press SHIFT + PAGE or EXIT (depending on the EXIT setting in the Global menu).

Footswitch assignments do not affect effect blocks or their order.

You can turn a footswitch into a "global" footswitch, forcing its assigned function to be the same across all presets. Footswitches are designated as either "Global" or "Per-Preset" using the Global Footswitch (“GBL FS”) page in the GLOBAL Menu.

You can assign multiple footswitches to the same effect block. This enables you to, for example, assign a latching AND a momentary switch to the same effect.

Assign the F-switches

In Global > F-switch you can assign functions to the 3 switches at the right. Each switch supports a Press action and a Press-and-Hold action. Select from:

Using the editor simplifies the assignment of footswitches.

Editing shortcuts

FOOTSWITCH page:

LAYOUT page:

Within a block's EDIT menu:

AMP GEQ page:

Sequencer:

Switch presets

There are several ways to switch presets:

The AX8 does not provide a "global preset" feature. Workaround:

  1. Set one of the 1-8 switches to "Global latching" (Global menu).
  2. Assign that switch to the preferred preset in the bank (FS page).
  3. Now press that switch at any time to immediately recall the preferred preset.
  4. To make it work across multiple banks, copy and paste the preferred preset to the same position in those banks.

The Bank Limit parameter in the Global menu simplifies preset and bank selection during a live performance. It limits the available banks you can access through the footswitches with an UPPER and LOWER limit. For example, you can limit your device to footswitch access to banks 1 through 4 for one gig. There are three parameters:

  1. “NO”: banks are NOT limited, Lower and Upper limit settings are IGNORED.
  2. "WRAP”: banks ARE limited and will wrap around from the highest back to the lowest (or vice versa).
  3. "NO WRAP": banks ARE limited and will NOT wrap.

The parameter "Display Large Preset" in the Global menu enables or disables the display of preset titles in a large font size, and the number of seconds (or "always") that you want it displayed.

Bank Limit

The Bank Limit parameter in the Global menu simplifies preset and bank selection during a live performance. It limits the available banks you can access through the footswitches with an UPPER and LOWER limit. For example, you can limit your device to footswitch access to banks 1 through 4 for one gig.

Bank Limit is enabled through the Global menu.

There are three parameters:

  1. “NO”: banks are NOT limited, Lower and Upper limit settings are IGNORED.
  2. "WRAP”: banks ARE limited and will wrap around from the highest back to the lowest (or vice versa).
  3. "NO WRAP": banks ARE limited and will NOT wrap.

Select scenes

There are several ways to switch between scenes:

In the Global menu you can specify the default scene for all presets. This includes the possibility to specify: Current scene. This means that when switching presets, the device will stick to the current scene number. You can also set the preferred scene per preset.

Press & Hold interval

You can specify how long you need to press and hold a switch to engage its “hold switch” functionality in the Global menu.

You can also disable press-and-hold, see below.

Switch behavior: up-stroke versus down-stroke

By default the unit engages or bypasses an effect or function when "releasing" a switch. This is necessary for the "press-and-hold" functionality.

You can make the switch activate immediately when pushed:

With press-and-hold disabled, operating the unit feels faster. But you can no longer hold a switch to switch an effect between X/Y. Also, when you set the “HOLD” function of any F-switch to “NONE”, its TAP function switch will execute on the switch down-stroke instead of the up-stroke.

Latching and momentary onboard footswitches

Momentary switches do not “latch” when you step on them. They engage while your foot is down on the switch, and stop when you lift it up. Any of the numbered footswitches may be designated as MOMENTARY. This can be done either GLOBALLY (Global menu) or PER-PRESET (Config page).

If a momentary footswitch is used to BYPASS/ENGAGE effects, the effect state will be reversed by the action of the switch. A block that is saved as ENABLED will by momentarily bypassed. A block that is saved as BYPASSED will by momentarily enabled. The same is true for a momentary footswitch assigned to SCENE 1/2 Toggle: depending on whether Scene 1 or Scene 2 is selected, the switch will momentarily toggle to the other.

The settings on the CONFIG > FS MODE page have no effect for a footswitch if it is set to one of the GLOBAL options on the GBL FS page.

The AX8 lets you assign multiple footswitches to the same effect block. This enables you to, for example, assign a latching and a momentary switch to the same effect.

Control Switches

You can assign footswitches 1-8 to operate as CONTROL SWITCHES. Using this feature, for example, you can create a BOOST footswitch (Volume Modifier), a WHAMMY effect (Pitch Block: Control Modifier), a single footswitch that toggles two or more effects on or off in unison (BYPASS MODE modifiers) and more. CONTROL SWITCH 1 and 2 are footswitch blocks that can be assigned Globally or Per-Preset like any other Footswitch Block from the main Footswitch (“FS”) page.

To set up a Control Switch footswitch:

  1. On the Footswitch (“FS”) page, use NAV and A knobs to assign CS1 or CS2 to footswitch 1 – 8.
  2. Add a modifier to the desired effect parameter, setting “CTRL SW1” or "CTRL SW2” as the SOURCE.
  3. Adjust the modifier to work as desired.

Now, when you step on the footswitch, the modifier will change the value of the assigned parameter.

Coupled with the “Momentary Footswitch” options, Control Switches are quite powerful.

The initial value of each Control Switch is saved per scene. The initial values are set on the new Control Switches (“CTRL SW”) page of the CONTROLLERS area of the CONFIG page.

To set initial values for a Control Switch:

  1. From the main FOOTSWITCH (“FS”) page of the AX8, page right to the CONFIG page.
  2. Select the CONTROLLERS option and press <ENTER>.
  3. Page to the CONTROL SWITCH (“CTRL SW”) page.
  4. Set the initial value of each switch for each scene to either “ON” or “OFF”.

Forum discussion about the use of Control Switches

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