Very compact midi floor controller for the Fractal Audio Axe-Fx, or any other device that needs a midi controller.
Jacks for 4 external switches and 4 external continuous controller pedals.
With 5 pin midi cable you will need to run the wall wart up front, with a 7 pin midi pedal you can have the wall wart in the rack plugged into the Axe-Fx for less clutter on stage.
15 instant access switches depending on how you have it configured. plus one for tap tempo and one for tuner.
You can select multiple instant access switches to toggle more than one button on or off at the same time. My favorite way to use it is with preset banks of 5, which leave you with 5 less instant access switches until you stomp on the reveal switch which will toggle back to 17 switches. Turning the switcher into a virtual 15 efx + tuner + tap tempo pedal board.
In my set-up I have it laid out so I have for the IA switches...in no particular order:
Tremolo, Chorus, Rotary, Overdrive 1, Overdrive 2, Ring Mod, Delay, Verb, EQ1, EQ2, Phaser, 4 dB boost before amp sim, 4 dB boost at the end of chain for a solo boost, Gate, Pitch, plus wah and volume via external continuous controller.
I used to run a T-Rex controller and it 6 IA switches, where I had to basically switch programs mid song if I needed more than 5 on/off functions since one was always use for tap tempo. Going to 17 switches made life so much easier.
Plus it pulls the information for your preset off he Axe-Fx no cumbersome naming on the floor controller.
Especially when you use the Axe-Edit to edit the presets in the Axe-Fx, and then just have the newly named stuff pulled into the floor controller.
Happy owner of an Axis-Ultra, I ordered the MFC-101 the day it was announced to be delivered .... 5 months later.
Common problem in Fractal with new products, but fortunately the production follows and is now available immediately.
With the Axis-Ultra, I found it perfect: extreme programmability, phantom power (48V not as a microphone, no, but the power supply through the cable that connects the MFC twelve o'clock with the Axis), excellent readability of the display, and the great thing is the LED for each switch, which can have three states: green if the corresponding effect is ON, red if available but the effect is bypassed, and the effect off if n is not available in the patch used.
Then I moved to the Ultra-Axe, and I found this perfect MFC proved even more proper: connect an Ethernet cable instead of a midday 7 pin, easier to find, replace as necessary and cost negligible, sync between the Axis and the MFC (= if we change the patch from the Axis pedals immediately follows), etc..
The only complaint (besides the spacing of the switches a little cramped for my big feet, but all are alike) that I could make the MFC-101, is the absence of an external software to program it in style of the Axe-Edit allows you to program the Axe-FX from a PC / Mac: sometimes you really rely on switches to pass the program pages before finding the choices we seek.
But this program is to ... program in Fractal, and should be available this year. The versatility of all Axis + MFC will be virtually infinite.
Finally, one could also blame Fractal still have not released the MFC-102 (?) As an extension to 101 and add 16 additional switches. Anyway, aside from me and Dweezil Zappa, who really needs a footswitch with 37 switches ......
Issue price, you can find only 750 euros for a pedal is a bit expensive. Yes but as said Bastien, Pascal's cousin, in the Tontons Flingueurs, the price is forgotten, the quality remains.
Note that even when the MFC is designed to work with the Axis, but can also be used with any MIDI system, and could be quite useful for guitarists (or keyboards). I also used to control some old pedals that I kept in my rack via Gizmo Effect of RJM: therefore I command patch as the axis with a given loop of RJM and that makes it easy (well, once you put your hands dirty for MIDI RJM).
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Nat's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Top"
I use it for 6 months.
I had the Axe FX Ultra before
No complaints, it really is the preamp of the future, especially for those who work in-ear, and those traveling by plane ...
I treouve that it is not expensive for the almost infinite number of possibilities offered by the Axis fx2
it is clear that for me, pedals, amps etc. physical, is history ..