What piece of equipment do you have to show us today?
It might be a little over talked about and recently outdated, but I’m going to talk about my Fractal Audio Axe-FX II.
How did you come across this particular item?
I think, like a lot of other people, it would have been when Misha Mansoor and Periphery started using them years and years ago. After using a Line 6 Pod X3 for a few years when I was first learning to play guitar/write and record my own music it seemed to make sense as the next step for me in the never-ending search for tone.
What is it that you like about it so much?
My favorite thing about it would have to be how incredibly diverse it can be. The initial learning curve to fully wrap your head around the huge amount of options at your fingertips can be a little daunting at first, but after a good few years of trial and error I’ve finally found myself at a point that I can get just about any sound I’m after quite quickly. After properly getting my head around it, I still find myself getting excited about trying a different combination of amps and FX to try new things and inspire me to write with different sounds.
How do you use it and how has it shaped the way you write music?
As I said before, it took me a really long time to finally find a workflow with the unit that worked for me. I find the easiest way to get something that I’m happy with now is to imagine “If I were to have my dream setup in my room with me right now, what would it look like?” along with keeping things simple and paying attention to what’s happening to your signal before and after you add things. It’s helped me write music through being able to have a number of tones and sounds that I’ve built up over the years that I can cycle through and tweak when necessary to get what I’m after quickly.
Tell us a little about what you have coming up.
I’ve got lots of writing to do for Wither and a few other projects that I’ve been meaning to get properly stuck into for a while now, which I’m very excited about.
Wither’s debut EP Rot And I is out now.