Published on Nov 3, 2013
Lately I've been drawn in (happily) to the world of Axe-FX II along with its diversity, convenience and inspiration. There's no doubt in my mind that it is one of the most important tools I've owned in my entire career. It can't power a cabinet on its own, though; you need a power amplifier for that job.
A quick look at what other Axe-FX II users were using for power amps, particularly the pros, soon told me that Britain's Matrix Amplification was the top choice due to its sound, weight, functionality and adaptability (in terms of speaker configuration options).
I took a punt and bought for myself the GT 1000FX 2U because it offered mammoth output and studio quietness thanks to its dual-speed 80mm fan. I couldn't be happier so I've made a quick video to show you how it works with a simple mono 4x12 setup.
I know that Matrix Amplification are building specialist speaker boxes also aimed at the Axe-FX II brigade. These I hope to demonstrate in the future.
Today's recording gear:
Guitar: Larry Corsa modified Gibson Les Paul Std.
Amp: Preamp: Axe-FX II; Power Amp: Matrix Amplification GT 1000FX 2U; Speaker cabinet: Laney L412 with greenbacks
Cables : Providence and Free The Tone (speaker cable)
Mic : Violet Design 'The Amethyst' (cab); Samson Airline77 (me)
Camera : Canon 60D (GT 1000FX) and Sony HDR CX150 (me)
Soundcard : AVID Mbox Pro 3
Computer : Apple iMac 27" i7 3.4 GHz 16 GB RAM
Software : Pro Tools 10 LE, Waves CLA Guitars (slight comp over input track), Waves L3-16 Limiter (to keep levels in check at output), Apple Final Cut Pro X (video editing and Youtube compression).
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