gadg-et-oid [gaj-it-oid]


1. having the characteristics or form of a gadget;
resembling a mechanical contrivance or device.

Terratec AXON AX100 MKII

The Terratec AXON MKII guitar to MIDI controller arrived at the desks of Gadgetoid yesterday. I spent some time testing it with an integrated pickup guitar and to my surprise immediately hit pickup issues. I suppose out-of-the-box justification was a bit of a pipe dream but I expected something a little more impressive from the get-go. It turns out that gaining accurate and responsive tracking requires some trial and error tweaking of the sensitivity levels for each individual string. After much fiddling I resolved that it would be easier to jack them up to 64.

Once the sensitivity is jacked up the AXON AX100 MKII sings and certainly demonstrates an impressively fast pickup that would almost have you believe the sound is coming from the guitar strings themselves. However as I’m not a guitarist I’m certainly not cut out to judge how it handles complex riffs- you’re going to have to wait for the full review to find out.

Thursday, October 11th, 2007, Professional Audio.