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The information on this page supplements the official manuals.


Tap Tempo modes

The Global menu provides a Tap Tempo mode option:

  • Average: averages the tempo to the last ten taps.
  • Last Two: uses only the most recent two taps to determine the tempo.

Tempo menu on FX8 and AX8

When tapping the Tempo button or switch, the Tempo menu appears. It will disappear after a few seconds. You can specify in the Global menu how long it should stay on-screen.

Global Tempo and Preset Tempo

You can specify in the Tempo menu if you want tempo to operate globally (across all presets) or per preset.

Tempo LED

Fractal Audio:
"The tempo LED is handled by a low-priority thread so it isn't rock solid and the higher the CPU usage the less solid it will be. The metronome, however, is perfectly accurate." source


Fractal Audio devices can output a metronome signal. The metronome is located in the Tempo menu. You can start the metronome using an IA switch or through the Tempo menu. The metronome plays through Output 1 only!

Auto-activate a Delay using Tap Tempo

If the parameter Auto Delay in the Tempo menu is “ON,” any delay blocks that are bypassed will become active whenever a tempo is tapped in. This allows you to set the tempo and un-bypass your delay block(s) from a single footswitch.

MIDI CCs for Tempo and Metronome

  • Tempo: CC 14
  • Metronome: CC 122