What is the AxeTrak®?
The AxeTrak® is a valuable production tool that provides the user a convenient means to quietly capture the unique characteristics and sound of any guitar setup. In other words, you take a live guitar rig, (guitar, stomp boxes, loop effects, guitar amp) and connect a speaker cable from the speaker jack of the guitar amp - to the input jack of the Axetrak. In essence the Axetrak will replace your existing speaker cabinet. That's it. This compact electronic enclosure is capable of reproducing natural sounding rhythms and screaming lead guitar tones when driven by a guitar amp and plugged into a mixing board, soundcard, or recording console. Don't let the compact size fool you! The AxeTrak® is fuse-protected and will handle approximately 75 watts RMS of power. The AxeTrak® works perfectly with any 15 - 100 watt RMS guitar amplifier that can drive an 8 ohm load. 4 and 16 ohm impedance models are available as well. The table-top version of the AxeTrak® is not designed to handle high-power guitar amplifiers cranked at full volume like a power attenuator. Instructions for high-power use are clearly explained in the user manual and on our FAQ's page. The enclosure is made out of high quality, hardwood plywood for a warm tight sound, and is covered with heavy-duty, charcoal gray speaker carpet for non-suffocating sound dampening and long lasting durability. The heavy-duty 6.5" driver used in the AxeTrak® is custom made for our unique application. The sound is converted into an electrical signal with the use of a dynamic microphone cartridge, which has been carefully designed and manufactured exclusively for this device. This cartridge is securely mounted and can be easily adjusted by turning a simple thumbscrew mounted on the top of the unit. When the screw is turned counterclockwise the microphone will be placed in the same position as the previous fixed microphone model, which is a bit off-axis. When the screw is turned clockwise the mic will be closer to the speaker and direct on axis. This feature gives the user incredible flexibility as to how they wish to record their guitar tracks.
As most guitarists and studio musicians already know, it is virtually impossible to record natural sounding guitar tracks via the output jack (preamp out, line output, recording output or speaker output) of any guitar amp. The warm sound desired by most guitarists can only be created by the speaker of a good sounding guitar amp being mic'd in the right environment. Direct amplifier outputs sound fake, fuzzy and extremely harsh. The AxeTrak® alleviates this problem by allowing the user to connect directly from the speaker jack of their guitar amp to the input jack of the AxeTrak®. The output of the AxeTrak® is then plugged into a recording console, mixing board or computer soundcard using a standard low impedance microphone cable. This method of recording allows you to get a direct, isolated signal that includes the preamp tubes as well as the power tubes if using a tube amp. This is very important if you are a tone freak like many serious musicians. The AxeTrak® is hand made and assembled right here in the USA. Built the old fashion way, with pride and attention to detail, one unit at a time.
Now you truly can record the sound of your guitar rig 24/7 without disturbing your neighbors. No professional or home studio should ever be without this device. For more info please click here