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Output block

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Available on which products

  • Axe-Fx III: 4 blocks
  • FM3: 2 blocks
  • Axe-Fx II: 1 block
  • AX8: 1 block
  • FX8: no

Channels or X/Y swiching

  • Axe-Fx III and FM3: 4 channels
  • Axe-Fx II: no
  • AX8: no

What is the Output block

The Output block is the spot where the signal exits the grid. It contains a mixer.

On the Axe-Fx III and FM3, an Output block can also operate as Effects Send in an effects loop. The signal is sent to an external device through an Output block (= Effects Send) and then re-enters the grid through the Input block (= Effects Return). This is similar to the FX Loop block on the Axe-Fx II and AX8.

Position of the Output block on the grid

Axe-Fx II and AX8— The Output block has a fixed position at the end of the grid.

Axe-Fx III and FM3 — The Output blocks can be positioned freely on the grid.

(Axe-Fx III product information) "Routing flexibility is enhanced by unconstrained placement of input and output blocks anywhere in the routing grid. Want to insert different outboard devices at different parts of the signal path? No problem. Simultaneously process discrete stereo output for acoustic and electric guitars? Easy. Send stereo to front-of-house, plus a true “Wet-Dry-Wet” on stage while recording a DI for re-amping later? No problem! Each output pair also has its own dedicated front panel LEVEL knob for convenient control."

Output blocks

In the Axe-Fx III

Each Output block has 4 channels, and contains a mixer with Level and Balance controls for each grid row, plus master Output Level, Balance and Bypass controls.

Output 1 — transmits signal to the physical Output 1 jacks and to USB Inputs 1+2 on a connected computer
Output 2 — transmits signal to the physical Output 2 jacks and to USB Inputs 3+4 on a connected computer
Output 3 — transmits signal to the physical Output 3 jacks
Output 4 — transmits signal to the physical Output 4 jacks

The Output 1 block signal may also be transmitted:

  • through the digital outputs, if SPDIF/AES Out Source is set to Output 1
  • through Output 2, if Output 2 Copy Output 1 is turned on and there's no Output 2 block on the grid.

The Output 2 block signal may also be transmitted through the digital outputs if SPDIF/AES Out Source is set to Output 2.

The Output blocks can be muted. The signal is muted at the corresponding output AND on the grid.

Regarding the Output 3 and 4 blocks:

  • If you don't connect Output to Input, muting the Input block will mute the signal path from this loop.
  • If you connect them, bypassing the Input block will not mute the signal. Signal is passed without going through the loop.
  • If you connect them, with Input engaged, it will output the signal from the effect loop.

In the FM3

Each Output block has 4 channels, and contains a mixer with Level and Balance controls for each grid row, plus master Output Level, Balance and Bypass controls.

Output 1 — transmits signal to the physical Output 1 jacks
Output 2 — transmits signal to the physical Output 2 jacks

The FM3 also transmits signal to/from USB.

"The USB outputs (IN Endpoints) are Output 1 L/R, Instrument In and Input 2 Left." source

More info to be added... @@

Setting and viewing levels

The Axe-Fx III and FM3 provides block meters, which indicate the Input and Output signal level per block.

The Output block level is stored per scene.

The Output block meters are BEFORE the Level controls (pre-fader) on the front panel, and are therefore unaffected by the Level controls. The meters indicate the internal signal level relative to full-scale (dBFS).

Overriding "Copy Output ..." in I/O menu

If the preset contains an Output block (Axe-Fx III, FM3) or FXL block (AX8, Axe-Fx II), it overrides the Copy Output setting in I/O > Audio that corresponds with that output.

Output blocks and Global Blocks

Output blocks in firmware Ares don't support Global Blocks.