Firmware release notes: AX8

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9.02

AX8 V9.02 implements new Amp Modeling, and a new Drive Model introduced by the Axe-Fx Quantum 9.00 , 9.01, and 9.02.

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8.02

AX8 V8.02 implements the new Amp Modeling improvements and fixes introduced by the Axe-FX Quantum 8.00, Quantum 8.01, & Quantum 8.02, as well as 5 new cabinets.

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7.02 Public Beta

AX8 V7.02 adds MOTOR DRIVE to the AMP block, as well as some effect block enhancements.

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7.01

AX8 V7.01 fixes a couple of bugs from V7.00 and adds 2 new compressors to the COMPRESSOR block, and a new drive pedal to the DRIVE block.

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7.00

AX8 V7.00 implements enhancements and bug fixes from the Axe-FX Quantum V7.00.

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NOTES:

  1. This firmware has significant changes to the core algorithms. While every attempt has been made to ensure compatibility with existing presets it is recommended that the amp block be reset by deselecting and reselecting the desired amp model to load the new default values and the preset then auditioned and readjusted as necessary.
  2. Fractal Audio Systems is pleased to announce that our online store will be carrying a new series of OwnHammer Cab Packs containing high-quality IRs for use with the Axe-Fx II, AX8, or Cab-Lab. In addition, OwnHammer has provided five new IRs to replace some of the factory cabs they provided previously, including one free sample from the new, "OwnHammer 412 Mar Green Vintage" available now at http://shop.fractalaudio.com. This pack contains some of the best IRs we've ever heard and is simply a "must have" for vintage 4x12 "Brit Green" tones.

6.02

AX8 V6.02 is a minor enhancement release incorporating the Axe-FX Quantum V6.02 changes.

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6.01

AX8 V6.01 implements minor fixes discovered in the Public Beta as well as a couple of modifications from the Axe-FX Quantum 6.01.

Please NOTE: The major feature additions are described in the release notes for V6.00 which was never officially released.

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6.00

AX8 V6.00 is a major enhancement release incorporating the Axe-FX Quantum V6.00 changes, and adds a couple of new features.

Please NOTE: This release was never officially released; however all of these features and fixes are incorporated into V6.01.

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NOTE 1: Persistent Large Display The large display feature has been modified to allow for a persistent display. To access this feature to the GLOBAL MENU:

  1. SETUP->GLOBAL->SETTINGS
  2. Change the “DISPLAY LARGE PRESET” parameter to “ALWAYS”.
  3. Once this feature is enabled, the large preset name will appear every time you switch presets. The display will remained unchanged until the <EXIT> button is pressed. Pressing the <EXIT> button will return the AX8 to its Main display page. To return to the Large Preset Display, simply press <EXIT> again from any one of the Main display pages.

PLEASE NOTE: this will override the “LAYOUT GRID EXIT” parameter setting.

NOTE 2: Default Scene per Preset The Default Scene is defined as the scene that is loaded any time a new Preset is selected. Prior to V6.00, the Default Scene was strictly a global setting. Starting with this release, each preset can override the Global setting and select a different Default Scene. Take the following steps to access this new parameter.

  1. From the Main screen, use the <PAGE> button and navigate to the “CFG” page.
  2. Use the <NAV> knob to select the bottom parameter menu item “DEFAULT SCENE”. This parameter can be modified by any of the other knobs, “A” – “D”.
  3. The choices for DEFAULT SCENE are:
    1. Scenes 1 – 8
    2. CURRENT – This leaves the current scene unchanged from what was currently selected prior to the Preset Change.
    3. GLOBAL – This uses the previously mentioned Global DEFAULT SCENE setting. Note: This is the default for all presets created prior to V6.00.

5.01

AX8 V5.01 is a major enhancement release incorporating the Axe-Fx Quantum V5.01 changes.

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4.01
AX8 V4.01 is a maintenance release containing the following fixes:


4.00

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3.5.2

AX8 V3.52 is a maintenance release.

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3.51

AX8 V3.51 is a maintenance release that mainly addresses a bug that can affect the AX8’s ability to store SYSTEM PARAMETERS. This release should be used in lieu of V3.50 which introduced the storage bug. As always, please back up your unit before upgrading. If you are upgrading from any older revision, other than V3.50, please read the V3.50 release notes, as they detail important feature additions.

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3.50

AX8 V3.50 introduces some cool new features as well as a couple of bug fixes.

Additions

Fixes GLOBAL and PER-PRESET Momentary Footswitches
Momentary switches do not “latch” when you step on them. They activate while your foot is down on the switch, and deactivate when you lift it up. Any of the numbered footswitches of the AX8 may now be designated as MOMENTARY. This can be done either GLOBALLY, or PER-PRESET.
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.
  1. To Set Up a Global Momentary Switch
    1. Navigate to the GLOBAL FOOTSWITCH (“GBL FS”) page of the GLOBAL menu under SETUP.
    2. Set each switch as desired to one of the following options:
      1. PER-PRESET
      2. GLOBAL LATCHING (This is equivalent to the “GLOBAL” setting from older firmware versions).
      3. GLOBAL MOMENTARY
  2. To Set Up a Per-Preset Momentary Switch
    1. First, call up the preset you want to edit footswitches for.
    2. From the main FOOTSWITCH (“FS”) page of the AX8, page right to the CONFIG page.
    3. Select the new FOOTSWITCH MODE (“FS MODE”) option and press <ENTER>
    4. Set Each footswitch as desired:
      1. LATCHING
      2. MOMENTARY
    5. Save the preset! (STORE -> ENTER -> ENTER
NOTE: The settings on the FS MODE page have no effect for a footswitch if it is set to one of the GLOBAL options on the GBL FS page!
Controller Footswitch Blocks CS1 and CS2
The AX8 now has the ability for footswitches 1-8 to operate as “Control Switches”. Control Switch 1 and Control Switch 2 now appear in the list of SOURCES on every MODIFIER page. Using this feature, for example, you can create a BOOST footswitch (Volume Modifier) a WHAMMY effect (Pitch Block: Control Modifier) or a single footswitch that toggles two or more effects on or off in unison (BYPASS MODE modifiers).
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. Use NAV to select the desired location and turn “A” to step through the list of available footswitch assignments.
To Set Up a Control Switch Footswitch:
  1. On the Footswitch (“FS”) page of the AX8, use NAV and A knobs to assign CS1 or CS2 to footswitch 1 – 8
  2. Add a modifier to the desired 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.
NOTE: Coupled with the new “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”.
Bank Limit
Bank Limit is a new feature designed to prevent “oops” when stepping up or down through banks during a live performance. It limits the available banks you can access through the footswitches with an UPPER and LOWER limit. For example, you could limit your AX8 to footswitch access to banks 1 through 4 for one gig, and banks 12 and 13 for another. Bank Limit is enabled through the global menu, and adds three new parameters to the GLOBAL SETTINGS menu.
To set up Bank Limit:
  1. Navigate to the SETTINGS page of the GLOBAL menu under SETUP.
  2. Set BANK LIMIT as desired: “NO”, “WRAP”, & “NO WRAP”
    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.
  3. Set BANK LOWER LIMIT: 1 – 64 as desired. Cannot be higher than the UPPER limit.
  4. Set BANK UPPER LIMIT: 1 – 64 as desired. Cannot be lower than the lower limit.
This feature has no effect on AX8 Edit.

3.04
AX8 V3.04 addresses the issue of incorrect parameters appearing in AX8-Edit. As always, we recommend that you back up your system and presets using Fractal-Bot before proceeding with installation.
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3.03


3.02
AX8 Firmware 3.02 is based on the Quantum 2.04, 3.00, 3.01, and 3.02 firmware updates for the Axe-Fx II. This is a major release and may change the sound of existing presets (specifically, the AMP block) although RESET SYSTEM PARAMETERS should not be necessary. We always suggest that you backup your AX8 using Fractal-Bot before a firmware update. Quantum Updates

Additional Enhancements

AX8 Specific Fixes


2.02
This release is based on the modifications made to the AxeFX II Quantum V2.02, hence the jump in version numbers. This is a major release, and we strongly urge you to RESET YOUR SYSTEM PARAMETERS upon successful installation of this firmware.

NOTE: This firmware represents a significant update in the amp modeling and the amp models themselves. Many models have been redone. Although care was taken to ensure as much compatibility with existing presets as possible, your presets may be altered.


1.01
V1.01 is a maintenance release, and contains the following BUG fixes:


1.00

Welcome to the AX8. This is the initial release, so there is nothing to report here. Please enjoy.

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