TerraTec Axon AX 100 mkII Guitar to Midi Converter

$648.95

Sewell Part # SW-5559

5.0 (1 review)

Discontinued

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Overview

MIDI can be a tough beast to conquer especially with limited input methods. Expand those input methods to include acoustic or electric guitars and basses with the Axon AX 100 from TerraTec. With an advanced early-recognition system, this rack-mount unit recognizes and evaluates the string impulses as soon as they are plucked and converts them into values including pitch, dynamics, and length.

The 32-bit RISC processor makes all these calculations a breeze, leaving you with true separate MIDI tracks for each string. This is a great alternative for guitarists who are uncomfortable on the keyboard, or just want the versatility of the guitar when laying down melodies and solos.

This unit lets you easily switch sounds for your guitar. With over 500 internal sounds, 10 drum kits, and an SFX kit the possibilities are endless. You can even use the Axon AX 100 as a trigger for external devices, samplers, and synthesizers. This means you can turn your guitar into a full synthesizer, an electric piano, or a guitar multitimbral. You can even split the fretboard into different instruments!

You will need a bass pickup as well as a cable to use the AXON mkII.

Specifications

Mfg. Part Number

  • AXON AX 100 mkII

Brand

  • TerraTec

General

  • 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
  • Built-in tuner
  • Arpeggiator
  • Over 500 high-quality sounds (GM and XG-sound compatible)
  • 10 drum kits and one SFX kit

Specifications

  • Guitar to MIDI converter
  • Extremely fast tracking
  • Pick position recognition
  • Works with steel, nylon or bass strings
  • 256 memory positions
  • 128 programmable presets
  • More than 500 high-quality sounds
  • 10 drum kits and 1 SFX kit
  • 12 play area zones (segments)
  • Programmable foot switch connections (hold and preset)
  • Arpeggiator with programmable rhythm sequences
  • Built-in tuner
  • 32-bit RISC processor
  • Pickup systems for electric and acoustic guitar (6-string) and bass (4-string) available seperately

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Serious Fun!

Anonymous - 7/18/2008 11:38:10 AM

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Pros: This unit has taken the frustration out of my years of doodling with guitar synthesis. You need to tweak for whatever sound you're triggering, but the fact that you have this dynamic control really optimizes your patch response. The Axon drives my Roland GR30 wonderfully, and really brings the sounds to life (Wanting more sound modules now). As with any converter, it asks you to play cleanly, but good technique is rewarded by great tracking. There's probably something for everyone in the sound board, depending on what you're into, ineresting pads and such. Some are not too realistic, but when layered with other sounds can create unique tones. Still exploring it's capabilities and being programming confused, but I've got a midi interface on order so I can use the PC editor (I've read that it makes programming much easier). All in all, it's great if you want to add some fun capabilities to your guitar arsenal. I'm using a GK3 pickup and it works fine, but I've read that the piezo types are best (Ghost, etc.). It depends on your level of involvement, I suppose. I haven't tried them all, but I'd say that the tracking alone makes this unit worthwhile.

Cons: People with midi disabilities like me, might find it a bit confusing to program, but I'm hoping some studying and using the PC interface will help.

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Serious Fun!

Anonymous - 7/18/2008 11:38:10 AM

This unit has taken the frustration out of my years of doodling with guitar synthesis. You need to tweak for whatever sound you're triggering, but the fact that you have this dynamic control really optimizes your patch response. The Axon drives my Roland GR30 wonderfully, and really brings the sounds to life (Wanting more sound modules now). As with any converter, it asks you to play cleanly, but good technique is rewarded by great tracking. There's probably something for everyone in the sound board, depending on what you're into, ineresting pads and such. Some are not too realistic, but when layered with other sounds can create unique tones. Still exploring it's capabilities and being programming confused, but I've got a midi interface on order so I can use the PC editor (I've read that it makes programming much easier). All in all, it's great if you want to add some fun capabilities to your guitar arsenal. I'm using a GK3 pickup and it works fine, but I've read that the piezo types are best (Ghost, etc.). It depends on your level of involvement, I suppose. I haven't tried them all, but I'd say that the tracking alone makes this unit worthwhile.

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