Hi guys, I want to share my rig and a video from our last concert with you.
I switched from the Axe-Fx 3 to the QC almost two years ago, and overall, I’m satisfied. However, I wish the developers would speed up the process of adding more features and effects like Fractal has. Additionally, we’re missing some software that we all need. To be honest, this is the only reason why I’m still using one preset and scenes. I’m too lazy to manually copy the same preset to 25 slots and tweak them individually. Sometimes, when I make a change, I have to repeat the process manually for all the other presets, and that can be a hassle. When I used the Axe-Fx, I used presets for each song and unique sounds harmonized based on the key and tempo. Since we use a computer for playback, I controlled the Axe-Fx so that the computer would change the scenes for each preset in each song. That’s why I’m eagerly waiting for the software.
Overall, the sound of the Axe-Fx always has a specific character, and I don’t feel the same with the Quad Cortex. However, I do notice a slightly higher latency on the QC and a smoother feeling on the Axe-Fx. I can say that it’s easier to play in the Axe FX, but I’m not sure if that’s a good thing when compared to the full dynamic range of a normal amp. Nevertheless, the sound in the QC cuts through well in the mix, and I’m happy with my sound and its stability.
I’ve built a pedalboard with two Mission pedals (one volume and one whammy) and an analog volume pedal. I send them in and out of the QC through the loop, and I can place them wherever I want within the signal chain. Currently, they’re before the FX, so they don’t affect my gain.
The only thing I need is a volume boost switch for solos. However, since I’m already using all eight switches for scenes, I can’t really assign one to activate the boost. So, I need to think about what to do in that regard.
Here is a picture of my pedalboard (yes, I put RGB LEDs inside the Mission pedals and around the pedalboard).
And here is the video from the concert. I was amazed by the sound, although it was recorded on my iPhone. The only thing I added in post-production was a 20% backing track to make it louder because the sound engineer didn’t record the channels as we requested. But I’ve learned my lesson, and now I’ll do that with our private mixer. Enjoy! - Full concert