AxeFX Quantum Firmware

AxeFX Quantum Firmware
I recently updated the firmware in my Fractal Audio AxeFX to the latest version, called “Quantum”. New firmware releases are a regular occurrence with this system. When I first received my AxeFX, it came with version 13, and there were steady releases of new firmware every couple of months. We were up to fw19 this summer ...

Preparing for the 7/25 and 7/31 BowieVision Shows

Preparing for the 7/25 and 7/31 BowieVision Shows
In preparation for the next two weekends of BowieVision shows, I performed a full system update on my AxeFX. Firmware version 19 was released recently, and with each of the major firmware updates, all the amp models within presets need to be reinitialized to their factory default settings. This is necessary in order to pick ...

Thoughts on the 5/30 BowieVision Performances

Thoughts on the 5/30 BowieVision Performances
On Saturday, May 30, BowieVision performed two shows at The Triple Door in Seattle. We initially had planned to perform just one show that evening, but within a few days of putting tickets on sale, it was clear there was enough demand to justify adding a second show. We wound up with full houses for ...

Fractal Audio EV-1 Expression Pedals 1

Fractal Audio EV-1 Expression Pedals
Today I received two Fractal Audio EV-1 Expression Pedals. They will be added to my pedalboard, and will replace my current controller pedals. These expression pedals are beautifully built, and have a special planetary gear system. Like all Fractal Audio products, the EV-1 is engineered as a work of art, and the care that was ...

MFC-101 Expansion Module

MFC-101 Expansion Module
A few months ago I added an expansion module to my MFC-101 controller. It sits on the left side of the pedal, and adds four switches and has allowed me to include scene up / down commands in a hand placement. I’m hoping Fractal Audio will eventually update the MFC-101 software to provide scene display in ...

AxeFX Rig : Speaker Options

AxeFX Rig : Speaker Options
I’m pretty pleased with my AxeFX rig, and it continues to perform beautifully at shows of all sizes. My current setup involves a pair of Euphonic Audio VL110 cabinets. They’re great sounding and deliver a lot of punch. However, I’ve also been considering the possibility of using a monitor wedge for my listening position. I have ...

Thoughts on the 9/20 Dudley Manlove Quartet / BowieVision Performance

Thoughts on the 9/20 Dudley Manlove Quartet / BowieVision Performance
On Saturday 9/30, two of my bands performed as a double bill at the Fremont Oktoberfest. We have performed at this event many times in the past, and it was great to continue our annual tradition of being a part of this great outdoor party. We arrived to find the usual crowd: huge, enthusiastic, and ...

Thoughts On The 8/2 BowieVision Performance

Thoughts On The 8/2 BowieVision Performance
On Saturday August 2, BowieVision performed at the Nectar Lounge in Fremont. This show continues our run of 100% sold out shows since the band’s first performance. Opening the show was local tribute band “Purple Main”, performing the hits of the man in purple himself. It was fun to hear that music. I’ve always loved ...

Thoughts On The 5/24 BowieVision Performance

Thoughts On The 5/24 BowieVision Performance
On Saturday 5/24, BowieVision performed at the Triple Door in Seattle. This was our first run of new shows at this venue, and it was a great opportunity to show off our full production. This was also my first big stage performance with my Fractal Audio AxeFX II XL system. About a month before this ...

Fractal Audio AxeFX Rig : Introduction 1

Fractal Audio AxeFX Rig : Introduction
Over the past few weeks I’ve radically changed my guitar rig, replacing my pedals / pedalboard and amplifier with a Fractal Audio AxeFX system. The preamp / processor is the new AxeFX II XL, which handles all of the amp and cabinet modeling, along with signal routing and effects. I’m using the dedicated Fractal Audio MFC-101 ...