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TerraTec AXON AX 100 MK II Guitar to MIDI Controller
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MIDI and guitar - two different worlds until now. With the Terratec AXON AX 100 MKII Controller, the technical problems involved in connecting electr...Click To Read More About This Product
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Integrates your guitar into MIDI productions flawlessly!
MIDI and guitar - two different worlds until now. With the Terratec AXON AX 100 MKII Controller, the technical problems involved in connecting electric or acoustic guitars and basses to the MIDIfied recording studio world are finally a thing of the past.
The ultra-fast guitar-to-MIDI controller in a single-unit rack mount has an early-recognition system that evaluates the impulses from the strings as soon as they are picked and converts them into values for pitch, dynamics and length. A 32-bit RISC processor makes it possible, opening up a whole new world of music to the guitarist.
Never again will you have to change guitars to produce a different sound - just switch the MIDI channel. On the AXON AX 100 MKII guitar to MIDI controller, you can either choose from over 500 internal sounds, 10 drum kits and an SFX kit or trigger external sound devices such as samplers and synthesizers. Then, depending on the sound generator you are using, a guitar can become a synthesizer, an electric piano or a saxophone. Everything is possible - simultaneously. With the 12 play area zones, the Terratec AXON AX 100 MKII even makes your guitar multitimbral - you can play different instruments by splitting the fretboard, strings or pick position!
Optional connecting pedals and buttons add effects and even more variety to your playing - as does the built-in arpeggiator. The AXON AX 100 MKII marks the beginning of a whole new era for guitarists and bassists.
Guitaristic virtuosity means mastering the entire technical spectrum. Quick changes between bass notes and high solistic melodies give the guitar its flexible ability. Not a problem with the AXON AX 100 MKII and its string splits and fret splits. Various sounds or timbres can be assigned to the different split areas.
You can, for example, assign a bass guitar sound to the lower strings and maybe a sax or distortion guitar sound to the upper solo strings, and then for the middle fret split a piano or twelve string sound.
The AXON AX 100 MKII Controller offers a variety of split possibilities that divide the play area of your guitar into various segments according to string and fret splits and pick position. Unbelievable possibilities you have to try to believe!
Special Effects are possible using the modulation wheel on the guitar interface as well as the pick control function, which registers the actual position of your right hand over the string. The AXON AX 100 MKII makes it possible to send every type of CC message directly from your guitar by varying your picking position. In addition, you can use two expression pedals and two foot switches to control hold functions and sequence.
Effects such as reverb, chorus and vibrato can be combined with volume, tremolo and such exotic parameters as filter cutoff, auto-wah and more. You can also control program change and the actual selection of sounds using your on-board mod wheel or pick position. Transform your axe into the most alive and dynamic guitar you've ever played.
This is where the AXON AX 100 MKII shows its true colors. Totally separate MIDI signals for each string instead of the MIDI salad that comes from most other converters make reliable professional or home recordings possible.
You can now take advantage of the myriad of possibilities of multi-track recording, music-page-layout and printing, digital saves and data transport via CD-ROM or via the Internet. It's a new era for guitarists with the AXON AX 100 MKII.
The AXON AX 100 MKII comes with Cubase LE for PC und Mac.
Extremely fast guitar-to-MIDI controller with impulse early-recognition system
Compatible with electric and acoustic guitars and electric basses
Automatic pick position recognition
12 play area zones
128 programmable presets
32-bit RISC processor
Over 500 high-quality sounds (GM and XG-sound compatible)
10 drum kits and one SFX kit
Reviewed by 4 customers
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So I fired myself as the keyboard player. I'm a better guitarist. Works very well live. It can do more than you can. Very many useful sounds. Basically turns your guitar into a controller. Be sure to get a midi to usb cord, then programming it is a breeze.
I'm using a Godin LGX-SA into the 100 mkII. The onboard sounds have improved a great deal. I love playing my plug ins, using the midi tracks to add other instruments to a song. I hate playing bass, so I do it with the Axon The USB Interface makes for very low latency. The editor is also terrific. I can rack mount the mkII & control it from my PC. You can control every aspect of the mkII with a mouse click. I don't use the fretboard split as I'm using this in my home studio. It would be a huge feature for a gigging musician though. For cash it's hard to beat, it does so much. I'm very happy with it.
I am sending this unit back, as it seems to be defective- it took me several tries to even get it to communicate with my midi equipment at all. The interface is clunky and hard to navigate through, and if you want to change sounds on the internal module, you cannot do so without shutting off the unit, and restarting it, then going into the global menu to turn off 'local'- it just does not lend itself to being 'user-friendly'- not only that, it did not come with a hex-pickup, which is offered by a separate manufacturer, and Terratec has stopped supporting this unit in favor of their USB version- they don't even make or sell the 'optional' equipment to use with the guitar, so if you don't already have a hex pickup, plan on laying out LOTS more cash in order to take 'full' advantage of the features. Using the general midi input on the back is not convenient, considering the specialized 13-pin cable which Terratec does NOT make or sell plugs into the front instead. On the other hand, the construction of the case seems to be pretty solid and roadworthy, a good anodized aluminum rackmount unit. I tried to use the Sonuus universal guitar-to-midi converter with this, but even with programming the pitch-bend to the recommended +/- 2 semitones, the notes were going all over the place- not usable by any of my standards. I really tried to like this unit, but in the long-run, even if it wasn't defective and sluggish to respond, I don't need another general midi sound module.
I have used guitar synths for years, i.e., Roland. I was impressed by the on line demo of the AXON and shelled out big bucks for it. As a full time engineer in pro studios for almost 40 years, it takes a lot for me to get so frustrated with a piece of equipment that I give up. After two years of fussing with this, I am giving up. Sitting next to a high voltage substation would be quieter, the manual is awful, I have NEVER been able to get support and it has NEVER once worked properly. A total absolute waste of $