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  1. SOAWM

    FM3: Pairing with real cabinet - Tubes vs. Solid State

    For a long time I used an Axe-Fx II with a Matrix GT1000FX and FRFR (Matrix CFR12) speakers, but ultimately felt the urge to experience the feeling of a loud amp in the room again. I sold everything and retired the Axe-Fx II to my modest home studio. The last couple of years I have been using a...
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    FM3 - CAB Different position for output 1 and 2?

    A couple of days ago I received the FM3 and I have successfully transferred my Axe-Fx III presets. These are quite simple in nature: amp, cab and a couple of time-based effects such as delay, reverb and plexverb. I am currently rethinking my live setup and I would love to use Output 1 for FOH...
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    Not a Bug Reading Preset & Cabinet Names?

    I was unable to find previous mentions of this, so hopefully I am not asking an overly stupid question. When Axe-Edit III is started it always goes through the process of 'reading preset names' and 'reading user cabinet names'. Is this normal behavior or should Axe-Edit III remember the latest...
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    Ares 2.0 vs Axe-Fx III fw.14 (worth the upgrade?)

    For the last 8 years, I have been using an Axe-FX II. After a while, mostly because I found it too cumbersome to constantly move my rack between my home, our rehearsal place and shows, I went back to playing live with tube amps (VHT Ultra Lead and pedalboard). As a guitar player, I am mostly...
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    Robert Fripp (King Crimson) now using Axe-Fx!

    Rig tour: Robert Fripp | Introduction | Guitar News | MusicRadar Rig Tour of Robert Fripp! After all those prog/djent-metal guitar players finding their way to Fractal, one of thé prog-legends has joined the family!
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    Guitar Strap Height - what are your experiences?

    A couple of nights ago I was installing new straplocks and decided that this was the ideal moment to try some other strap heights, as I use a leather strap that can't be easily changed in length. Lately I had been struggling with my downpicking speeds and never could nail solo's standing up as...
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    Nearly finished my new case! OCD content inside

    For about the past year I've been using a 3u Rockbag, but unfortunately the quality left much to be desired. Almost all metal hardware (zippers, strap, ...) broke down and to be honest I don't want to carry around my gear in something that isn't protective enough. A couple of days ago I...
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    Controlling DAW or Qlab with MFC-101 through Axe-FX II over usb

    Hi everyone, My band and I are currently without a drummer, which makes we are rehearsing with a drumtrack. As running to my macbook is getting kind of annoying, I was looking at a way of controlling my DAW or Qlab with my MFC-101. Unfortunately I can't get it to work. I have set Midi Thru...
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    Mastodon - Oblivion cover

    Hi everyone, I just recorded a new cover! In order to record a cover, where my guitar is clearly audible I purchased Oblivion on Jammit.com This gave me the possibility to completely remove the original guitar tracks. So every piece of guitar you hear is mine, part from a little...
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    Thinking of purchasing a Matrix cab/monitor...

    The weakest link in my rig is most definitely my monitoring system. At the moment I play through an Electro-Voice ELX112 passive monitor, powered by a GT1000FX. The ELX is undoubtedly a great monitor for its price, but lately I have been having the feeling that there is a far better solution...
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    Long USB-cable for Axe-FX II

    Hi everyone, Lately I've been redoing my whole room and my new setup requires a longer cable to connect my Axe-FX II with my iMac. I have an old 5m usb-extension cable, but when I use this to connect my Axe-FX II I get notting but noise and dropouts. As I use my Axe-FX a lot for recording...
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    Guitar wiring with push/pulls?

    Dear Fractals, Lately my Jackson KE2 has been dropping it's neck pickup signal and therefore I decided to redo all the electronics. Since I have a PRS Custom 24 I've been in love with it's switching capabilities. I really like being able to go from full blown metal distortion to beautiful...
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    I've just built the cleanest Axe-Fx rig you'll ever see (for a forum-member)! OCD

    Today I finished the rack of forum-member J-P. We've known each other through another forum and did some gear-trades in the past. Most recently he made the switch to Fractal and after seeing my selfmade patchbay and pedalboard, he wanted one too! Wednesday he delivered his rack to me and...
  14. SOAWM

    Question regarding switching scenes

    At the moment I'm configuring my MFC-101 and I have some troubles with scenes. I dedicated 4 buttons to scenes, more specifically to scene 2,3,4 and 5. Scene 1 is always my core sound and I hoped some different switch behavior. For example I hoped that pressing the button of scene 3 would...
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    The building process of my custom MFC-101 labels

    Since day one I wanted to label my MFC, but unfortunately I could never wrap my head around how I would layout my presets, IA-switches and scenes. Therefore I always thought it was rather stupid to buy a pre-made label set, as I wasn't sure whether I'd use all of them. The labelmakers on this...
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    Rough riff idea, where do I take it from here? (Thrash/megadeth-ish)

    Dear listeners, Yesterday I put together a quick jam, basically consisting of one riff. It's not something we would play with the band, but I'd like to further explore it to make a song. What do you think, where should I take it from there? I really suck at songwriting and most of the time I...
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    My rackcase is finally finished! Custom patchbay and drawer

    I've had my Axe-Fx for a couple of months now and I can finally say that my rack is finished! I soldered a patchbay myself and since I didn't want to spend money towards a wireless rackk-unit, I had to come up with a idea to incorporate my beloved XDS-PLUS (predecessor of the Line 6 G50)...
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    iPad as amp modeling device (backup)

    Since I have the the Axe-Fx I have sold almost all my other gear. To be honest I don't miss it at all, but this leaves me with no backup. Christmas is coming and my girlfriend doesn't know what to buy for me, so I was thinking of asking a interface for guitar to iPad. This way I have a very...
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    Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who has the coolest pedalboard of them all? I DO!

    Today I finally finished my pedalboard! A friend of mine is a luthier and I was lucky enough he wanted to help me and let me use his tools. I live in a appartement, so I'd never been able to do the woodworking at home. With this board I can use the MFC and Axe to their full extend. I have two...
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    TIP: how to get a better (closed) headphone experience

    Hello Fractalians, Not everyone has the possibility to play loud at home (including me) and playing with headphones often lacks the 'amp in the room'-feel. Yesterday I was playing with my AKG 271 and I wasn't that happy with the sound. It was to direct to my ears and didn't give a roomy feel...
  21. SOAWM

    Best PASSIVE FRFR? (Axe-Fest Attendees?)

    Dear Fractal-Enthousiasts, I'm finally mentally prepared to sell my 412 cab and embrace the FRFR-possibilites the Axe-Fx offers. I no longer see a advantage in lugging around a heavy 412 when I have the option to go direct. I've read about all the pro's and con's of going FRFR, but...
  22. SOAWM

    NGD: 'Purple Reed Smith' takes my Axe experience to a new level

    After years and years of drooling all over PRS's on the internet, I have finally bought myself a membership to the club! It took us 370 miles to get to this beauty, but it was worth every second and every penny. Behold my newly acquired PRS Custom 24 10-top from 1992! This guitar was made...
  23. SOAWM

    Just ordered a Matrix GT1000FX, need some help with the setup/cables

    Today I finally ordered a GT1000FX and I'm not sure yet how I will use and wire this setup. Since I'm pretty new to using a pre-amp with a seperate poweramp, I'd like to have some advice. I will mainly use this setup to play through my 16 OHM 413 V30 cab. I think one channel of the Matrix...
  24. SOAWM

    Tonight I'm going to order a power-amp! Am I ma(trix)king the right choice? GO FRFR?

    Dear Brothers and Sister of the Fractal church, Yesterday I finally said goodbye to tubes. My beloved and trustworthy Peavey 6505 is now officially sold. I loved that amp to death, but lately I had been using my Axe II through it's power amp and to be honest my rig was getting too big and...
  25. SOAWM

    How to approach auto-wah

    In two weeks I'll have my first gig with the Axe II and at the moment I'm busy getting my patches ready. Since I don't want to run my crybaby in front of the Axe and don't have a expression pedal yet, I'm thinking of using a auto-wah for solo's. How do I approach this wah-block? The control has...
  26. SOAWM

    Question regarding feedback/noise-gate

    Today I tried using the Axe in my band, but I'm not sure how I have to get rid of my feedback problems. At the moment I'm running the Axe through the power section of my 6505, through my Laboga 412 with V30's. My main guitar for this band is a Jackson KE2 with a JB in the bridge. I've always...
  27. SOAWM

    I'm feeling lucky!

    I'm on a luck streak! A while ago I won a talent contest with the grand price of 2000€ for gear purchases, which bought me the Axe-Fx II. Today I went to a sollicitation for a temporary job as a student and during the interview they said to me that there were two other candidates which had...
  28. SOAWM

    First impressions / question about power-amps

    I just got back from our rehearsal space and I finally had the time to connect my Axe-Fx to the power-amp of my Peavey 6505. To keep things simple, I only used a drive block (TS) and one amp (6505). After playing the Axe-Fx exclusively via headphones or my small monitors, I was really amazed...
  29. SOAWM

    Exodus - Tempo of the Damned Album TM

    Tempo of the Damned is one of the best comeback albums in metal history and the tone is jawbreaking. This is my attempt to make a tone that's similar to this album. In the recording you first hear the original, followed by my ToneMatch. I used the War is My Shephard and Blacklist, since I...
  30. SOAWM

    What cable to go direct to Mixer

    I'm on the verge to order some stuff on Thomann and I'm trying to find a cable to connect my Axe-Fx II directly to our Soundcraft mixer for rehearsals. What kind of cable do I need? The output is balanced, but it seems like I can't find any XLR to XLR balanced cable? Thanks in advance!
  31. SOAWM

    What headphones to buy?

    I've read numerous of topics on this board about headphones, but I'm still not sure which one I will buy. So hopefully this topic will help me make a decision. My band and I are going to record a demo (DIY) this summer and we are planning to mic everything while we rehearse, so we can all...
  32. SOAWM

    My journey with the Axe-Fx (from beginner to tweaking Guru)

    Dear Fractal brothers and sisters, After reading Clarky’s amazing thread with his preset-building adventure, I’d also like to share my journey with you. There are two significant differences between Clarky and myself. First of all his musicianship transcends every note I ever played, so don’t...
  33. SOAWM

    Axe Fx II unboxing video

    I promised a friend that I'd upload an unboxing video for him, so I might as well share it with you guys! I'm sure there are many lurkers on this forum, that are GAS-ing over an Axe II! Axe Fx II unboxing (Fractal Audio Systems) - YouTube
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    Can't decide what rack case to order

    A couple of days ago I received my Axe Fx II and while it looks very pretty on my desk, I want to make sure that it's well protected. Buying a case shouldn't be that difficult, but since I'm not sure whether I will go FRFR or Power Amp/cab, I'm not sure how many units I'll need. I'm not even...
  35. SOAWM

    Brand new Axe II suffers from screen flickering

    Friday I received my Axe-Fx II. Unfortunately I didn't have the time to test it until today. The sound quality is stellar and I was so glad that I didn't experience 'crackles or noises' while using headphones, after reading some stories here. Whilst scrolling through the factory presets and...
  36. SOAWM

    Axe II has been ordered: what to do first? Let's make a checklist!

    Dear Fractal enthousiasts, This morning I emptied my bank-account and transfered a small fortune to G66. Luckily I won a talent contest with the grand price of 2000€ for musical equipment, which enabled me to finally join the Fractal family. I've been on the waiting list since the 3th of...
  37. SOAWM

    Some questions regarding using the Axe-Fx II at home and switching monitor source

    Dear Fractal users, I'm waiting until my name pops up to order an Axe-Fx II and in the meanwhile I'm trying to figure out how I will set everything up at home. The first couple of months the unit will be solely used in my room to jam and record, and to get familiar with the device. At the...
  38. SOAWM

    Is the Axe-Fx II the right purchase for me?

    Dear Fractal Users, Recently I've won a talent contest with the grand price of 2000€ to buy musical equipment and I'm currently considering to buy an Axe FX 2 or a second hand Ultra. Lets give a brief overview of my situation: I play in a thrash metal band where I use a tube halfstack...
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