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    Wish IR Player

    This is a good technique for multiplexing the hardware i/o too. I've done this going back to the ultra to get more ins and outs. It can get complicated but it works.
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    A lightweight, Class AB, Low wattage 1U poweramp for guitar cabs

    I picked up a third one this week for around 100. What a steal these amps are used and a great value at new prices. My first one has been flawless for over 10 years now.
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    Using an Ultra/Standard in 2022

    I was recently struggling a bit to get the Ultra to "do it" for me as an amp modeler with a solid state amp. Pushing and pulling various settings in the amp block- remembered the global EQ and myriad of other EQ resources- quickly and easily solved the tone adjustment I was trying to do just...
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    Axe3 is a swiss army knife for tube amps, made even better with Xload!

    Wasn't sure where to put this- I know that most people here primarily use the Axe3 instead of a tube amp, but at least a few people like me also enjoy using a tube amp at least some of the time. There is a tactile experience with the real knobs and switches that I enjoy when its feasible...
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    Mini review from former endorser...

    If you like it with the Dv mark power, try it with a tube power Amp and roll back the Amp block speaker impedance curve resonances.
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    Who is still playing Quantum firmware?

    I went back to the last Quantum version since there is a bug in the Smallbox model in Ares2- I was playing Ares2, flashed back and resumed playing. No tears.
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    Who is still playing Quantum firmware?

    Did anybody just stick with Quantum or go back to quantum after Ares was released for the axe2?
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    Axe-Fx II "Ares" Rev 2.00 Firmware Release

    In case anybody is beating there head against a wall- there seems to be a problem with the smallbox model in ares 2. I had a buddy confirm on his unit- the bright cap appears to be wrong. it is 10pf but acts like a large gain boost. A 10pf bright cap wouldn't be noticable at all. I...
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    Firmware release dates & axe edit version

    Did you figure out out?
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    from Friedman BE100 Deluxe to Axe FX III?

    I'd have to look at the schematic to see which stage the structure switch is on but its not strictly gain- it also flattens things up because it reduces high frequency emphasis of the cathode bypass cap and the local negative feedback of that cap. You get a fatter bouncier stage in addition to...
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    Dokken - Standing In The Shadows SOLO cover

    I've been working on this solo for however many years its been since BFTA came out. Somehow I missed your video until now- awesome!
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    FS Fractal X-Load For Sale

    I went the other direction - xload is a great load!
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    FT FT: My Kemper rack + controller for your Axe-FX III (USA)

    You know you're curious about the Kemper... ;)
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    How to fall in love with your Axe III again (4CM)

    Sometimes full down, sometimes not that far
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    How to fall in love with your Axe III again (4CM)

    You can sometimes use the poweramp sims on if you roll back the impedance curve resonances. For models that rely heavily on power Amp sims, this is a way to not lose all of the character if using a tube poweramp for amplification.
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    Using an Ultra/Standard in 2022

    Does the ultra version of axe edit not do that?
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    FT FT: My Kemper rack + controller for your Axe-FX III (USA)

    The title says it all. PM me if you're interested.
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    Axe edit for Ultra - in 2022

    I think fractal may sell value pots and an electronic repair guy could probably do that
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    Banned from TGP

    Years ago when I had a forum and even wrote the forum software, my buddy had this idea that you should have a "shadow ban" where people could continue to read and post but nobody would see their posts. It would just seem like people were ignoring them. Mostly, our forum had fantastic people...
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    Banned from TGP

    some amount of de-duplication could likely occur
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    Banned from TGP

    I was referring to the format mainly. It encourages really short "look at my dog" type conversations.
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    Banned from TGP

    bad in different ways... FB groups have no meaningful memory. Its perfect for zero-attention-span.
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    Banned from TGP

    I remember Jay Mitchell changing the contents of images in his post to communicate while he was unable to post for a while. I thought it was quite amusing. Forums are quite frustrating anymore, to the point that it is almost not worth the bother. People seem to have a vested interest in...
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    Real Mesa TC100 vs AF3 into guitar cab - looking for advice

    The matrix has a "meekness" to it that I never could fully escape. You could dial it up against a tube poweramp on a switcher so that they sounded the same when you went back and forth, but when I would play one for a while and then switch to the other, I would have that "oh, there it is"...
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    Real Mesa TC100 vs AF3 into guitar cab - looking for advice

    PA modelling has to be on to adjust that, but when you reduce them, the effect of "stacking power amps" is somewhat diminished, especially if you're not running your playback amp wide open
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    Real Mesa TC100 vs AF3 into guitar cab - looking for advice

    You might want to turn the simulated speaker impedance curve resonances in the fractal down a bit or all the way- since you are getting the simulated effects on top of what the tube poweramp naturally does... but if it sounds good to you as-is, stick with it.
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    PSA: Be More Than Just a Couch Potato

    And since people can have different outcomes from the same foods, it is very much an individual's journey. The journey is made harder when the food supply is largely adulterated with industrial processed "garbage". Thats probably a generous description because garbage implies that its just...
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    Impedance Curves are my new Go-To for Tone Shaping

    I was thinking about that today- whether or not they are the same thing. Presence and Depth are reducing the amount of negative feedback that reduces gain and distortion from the power amp. That's definitely in the ballpark of the same thing as the impedance curve. They are not aligned in...
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    PSA: Be More Than Just a Couch Potato

    What you eat is such a huge factor. It is apparent to me that what we've been told to eat for decades is completely wrong. I'd like to think it wasn't intentional, but I'm not sure that it wasn't. There are a lot of interested parties that gain a LOT by having a population that doesn't eat...
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    Impedance Curves are my new Go-To for Tone Shaping

    In a way, its better than EQ- I've found reducing the high frequency resonance cuts harshness that I have a hard time matching with EQ...
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    SOLD USA Rocktron Velocity 300 2U - Put some fun back in your Fractal rig

    still available, and still makes your Fractal or other preamp sound huge through a guitar cabinet
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    SOLD USA Rocktron Velocity 300 2U - Put some fun back in your Fractal rig

    Probably not but PM me with details...
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    Ultra effects only help needed

    Turn the input gain knob up until you get barely any red. Turn the output up-all the way if necessary. If that isn't enough, put a filter block in the patch and add gain with that.
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    FullRes: enjoying impulses from classic hardware effects

    I finally got around to loading some impulses from m7, pcm90 and h3000 devices into the FullRes spots on my axe3. Pretty neat! Gives a little taste of those classic units. Anybody found any jewels in reverb IR land?
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    Oh man! I better buy a bunch of tubes before it's too late!

    I still enjoy a real tube amp through a real cab. A year or so ago, I realized that I'd heard nothing about the Shuguang plant coming back online after the fire and imagined that they decided it wasn't cost effective to bother. That leaves JJ and EH for guitar tubes, as far as I knew (I think...
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    Using a lowpass filter instead of an IR solves most of the 'amp in the room' quandry.

    I agree with you. That thread on TGP has some IR's that the OP "painted" in a parametric. If you like this general idea, check out that thread and some of the samples that were posted. For people that love IR's, I would say "don't bother" but for people who haven't really loved the IR/FRFR...
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    Using a lowpass filter instead of an IR solves most of the 'amp in the room' quandry.

    I think the point of this is to escape the sound of mic'd cabs when playing through Frfr and get something that simulates (to a degree) what you would hear if you were playing guitar through a regular guitar cabinet-a sound that some if not many guitar players find highly inspirational. Fractal...
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    Using an Ultra/Standard in 2022

    Now that is how you do it. You have to test all the different configurations of this to maximize the i/o :)
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    SOLD FM3 with protective shields (USA)

    I am trying to dig up a little more cash to help buy my 15 year old's car. They cost a little more than they did a couple of years ago. :) At the moment, I've been mostly using my amp heads and a ... wait for it... Rocktron Chameleon... I know, its crazy. I also have an Ultra and will...
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    Can I still add two amps?

    "Its a trap!" haha
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    Best amp model for power amp only

    There was a thread where someone shared their blocks after crafting a variety of poweramps. I saved them somewhere but the thread is probably still here.
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    Marshall JMP-1 connection

    I don't know of a way to disable all amps in each preset. I think you'd have to do it manually. I've used the Ultra just for effects with preamps/amps that I love and it can work great that way. You can also use it as a "spare" or "secondary" preamp as a backup to your normal or for other...
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    They All Sound the Same Part Deux

    I can at least hear that one has a lot less gain this time. I wonder if these are played with the axefx3 as the looper feeding each of the contestants.
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    They All Sound the Same, It's About Workflow

    My public apologies for my earlier comments.
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    They All Sound the Same, It's About Workflow

    They sound very very close to me on pedestrian headphones-sennheiser hd200 pro-i learned long ago that anything with "pro" in the name probably isn't. Haha. I know it's not the point of the post, but even if they sounded the same, the difficulty it took to get to that point is a major factor...
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    They All Sound the Same, It's About Workflow

    You may have crossed the point of diminishing returns in that area. The accuracy has been amazing for years. This is why I'm excited to see improvements in other areas. Stuff like the double tap buttons- that's a big usability improvement. FullRes is a big deal. New effects types...
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    FM3 Internal/Passthrough Latency Measurements - Surprising Results?

    Interesting. Are we slaughtering a sacred cow here?
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    Is anyone using their AxeIII just for effects?? And is it overkill?!

    I used the Axe-FX III primarily for effects with tube amps for a good while. I have a thread here (https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/ignoring-the-amp-models-this-thing-is-a-monster.164841/) that is along the lines of "This thing is a monster even just for effects" (with a nod to @Scott...
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    Moving backward?

    Oh I have- That's why I specifically said "I've been encouraged by the extra attention to effects in recent times" I think its awesome! I added some emphasis to my post to be clear that I'm encouraged by the extra attention you have made- not just random extra attention by others. Sorry for...
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    Moving backward?

    This has been going on for years- way back to the Axe-FX II. One version will be "more open" and another version will be "tighter" and its almost like an oscillation at this point where things go back and forth from one version to the next. I have no doubt that the accuracy is improving...
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    8.9 MB ...

    We do have significantly more complicated and interconnected systems than we did in the 90's. We also have significantly more systems to manage. People who can get down to that level are significantly harder to come by and the systems can't go completely unmanaged. Your point isn't lost on...
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    8.9 MB ...

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    Using an Ultra/Standard in 2022

    I find myself wishing I could grab another Ultra maybe as a partial trade for something.
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    Friedman BE/HBE Thump Values?

    I'm pretty sure that resonance patent expired back in 2011. I see multiple amps with a variable depth control now- BE100/50 seem to, although maybe that is a rotary switch. I can't find any current peavey patents that seem to apply to this but I could be missing them. Many companies use...
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    Will the FM3 ever get the Tone Match block?

    The nice thing about doing it in the DAW is that its not trapped as a fractal-only impulse... Silver lining.
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    In Praise of the Virtual Capo ***FW 5.02b1***

    Anybody feel like they have participated in a science experiment here? haha.
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    Using an Ultra/Standard in 2022

    I don't think any are selling for 1600- I see them sitting for sale for many months around 600USD. I think the ones listed at 1600 are hoping someone will make a mistake and think its an Axe-FX III or something.
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    Axe std Firmware11 LA Metal preset

    If it is using the "FAS Metal" amp model, the old wiki (https://wiki.fractalaudio.com/gen1/index.php?title=List_of_amp_simulations) says:
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    FM3 Firmware Version 5.00 beta 1

    I'm not talking about the virtual capo specifically- ANYTHING where someone isn't happy with something in the Fractal universe is met with "Don't like it? buy something else." This is perhaps the lousiest possible answer to a complaint. Maybe the intent is sincere and instead of meaning...
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    FM3 Firmware Version 5.00 beta 1

    I think the difference here is that a Mercedes buyer understands the differences in these classes and certainly the sales person explains that to them as they try to upsell them to the S-class. I'm not sure an FM3 buyer really understands that difference. I understood it because I saw the...
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    FM3 Firmware Version 5.00 beta 1

    I agree with this sentiment entirely. This is one of the most aggravating things in the Fractal universe. "Its not working for you? Buy something else."
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    FM3 Firmware Version 5.00 beta 1

    Fractal is known for 2-3 things primarily: The quality of the models and effects, the frequency and impact of updates and the level of customer support. I think they have also traditionally been known for the high quality of the physical hardware, so lets say 4 main things. If FM3 updates are...
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    Real Mesa TC100 vs AF3 into guitar cab - looking for advice

    The powerstation is pretty inexpensive when you factor in the fact that it has a great reactive load on board. Thats part of its appeal, I suppose. I got an X-Load when I sold my powerstation and I like it, but wish it was adjustable like the Fryette. It does however have a blue light when...
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    FM3 Firmware Version 5.00 beta 1

    Seems like you put a volume block or something like that in parallel with the pitch block and use envelope as a level modifier to fade between the un-pitched volume block and the pitch block such that the volume block got the initial attack with no latency and the pitch block picked up after...
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    FM3 Firmware Version 5.00 beta 1

    Is the old technique of a parallel gated non-shifted block not useful with the virtual capo?
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    Using an Ultra/Standard in 2022

    The Ultra also powers on very quickly, unlike the new devices which have to boot up. The bootup time was one of the things I didn't like about the Kemper. The other day, I set out to do some headphone playing with the Ultra. Since there wasn't a thousand IRs, I quickly picked one that...
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    WTB PSA: Beware this scam!

    Happened again in the last few days... same exact scam. I wonder if there is a newsletter that scammers subscribe to.
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    Real Mesa TC100 vs AF3 into guitar cab - looking for advice

    Makes sense- I notice right away when comparing the powerstation to the matrix (on an amp switcher again) that the powerstation high end is much more present- even with the presence all the way down. I chalked this up to the reactivity, because I detect it when I compare the powerstation...
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    Real Mesa TC100 vs AF3 into guitar cab - looking for advice

    I love the powerstation for everything it can do, though the only thing I think it really nails is being a tube amp louder/quieter maker. All the other duties are handy extras and poweramp for fractal is one of those. Because it is a tube amp that exhibits speaker reactivity, you still...
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    Using an Ultra/Standard in 2022

    In my defense, I had an Axe-FX III I could always fall back on. I recently traded that for an FM3 and cash and mostly have been fine. I miss the I/O and horsepower but at least the FM3 gives me access to some of the newer stuff Fractal is working on since the Ultra... eventually.... The two...
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    Anyone here go back to Fm3 after using the Fm9?

    The FM3 size is very nice. Its a little light on horsepower but I find I can generally do what I need to do.
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    Homemade 9V Power Out for pedals on FM3

    I love stuff like this... kudos to you sir!
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    Using an Ultra/Standard in 2022

    I need to do a deep dive into the Ultra models and find the stuff I've been missing all these years. Its easy enough for me to set aside the notion of "does it sound absolutely like a particular amp" and instead pursue "does this sound like I want it to sound." And then, what can you make...
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    Using an Ultra/Standard in 2022

    Happy 2022- another year to enjoy the still-amazing first generation of Fractal technology. I have been enjoying the 2290 delay patch the last few days, after having used the 2290 style delay in the FM3 a LOT lately. There is something magic about the phase reversed repeats. I was also...
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    Adobe Sucks

    It sound be the next sentence... "by delivering amazing products that delight and enhance the lives of our clients such that they become enthusiastic fans of our brand." Bahaha
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    Axe-FX II vs the FM3

    As a sidebar, I wish you'd make a thread (if you haven't already) talking about your approach to marrying it with tube preamps. I know we've talked about it before- I saved the messages :)
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    Axe-FX II vs the FM3

    In the Axe-FX II, it is fairly hard to run it out of CPU. In the FM3, it is fairly easy. I find that I can "get it done" but swiss-army-knife presets sometimes require some planning and compromise. Still an awesome device. I really love how compact it is. I use it like a "POD" on the...
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    Wish Utility to quickly remove all controller assignments in a block

    I would enjoy and appreciate a function to quickly remove (or disable) all controller assignments in a block. When you use volume pedals and such, you're pretty well locked out when you don't have the pedal and have to manually go in to the patch and remove the assignments. This wish would...
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    SysEx Explorations

    twelve years after I posted this, I am looking at this again. Many thanks to the folks that did the heavy lifting so that complete information is readily available for the Standard, Ultra an II-series. I am in the process of building a knobs-controller so that I can quickly adjust stuff that I...
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    WTB PSA: Beware this scam!

    Somebody already did - it's gone. I was going to waste the scammers time but alas, no.
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    Question - Can you run the Axe-FX III as a modeler and 4 cable method at the same time?

    It has so much I/O- you can do a lot of crazy stuff. You could run two full modeling rigs and 4CM. If you split your i/o (ie: send LEFT to one thing and RIGHT to something else) you can expand even further...
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    WTB PSA: Beware this scam!

    This has now happened to me twice- one on TGP and once here- sharing as a public service announcement. You post an item for sale and get a message from a new user to "Contact Frank- he has one sitting around collecting dust- here is his gmail". It could just as easily come from a...
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    [fixed] Amp block input trim modifier malfunction

    Yep-you're right. Thank you!
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    [fixed] Amp block input trim modifier malfunction

    I'll take a look
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    Clearing SRAM solves encoder problem

    That's really cool. Maybe I won't need my spare encoder.
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    [fixed] Amp block input trim modifier malfunction

    I noticed that the input trim parameter does not follow an attached external modifier-goes to 100 percent. Same modifier works fine for other parameters. Same issue in a fresh patch. Workaround is to assign it in some other block before the Amp block but that is obviously undesirable...
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    Clearing SRAM solves encoder problem

    interesting... I wonder what it stores in SRAM related to the encoder.
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    FM3 Direct to Guitar Amp

    You could run it in front of the amp and simulate stomp pedals. Thats pretty much it for an amp with no effects loop. I supposed it is theoretically possible that you could bend some preamp model and EQ around to sound good going into the front end of an amp, but I think that is a recipe for...
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    A lightweight, Class AB, Low wattage 1U poweramp for guitar cabs

    Somebody liked my post and put this thread back on my radar. I recently compared the Rolls to the Matrix GT1000 with my Axe-FX III before I sold the Matrix. The Matrix is a ton louder but the Rolls sounded great to me, within its power limits when driving a guitar cabinet. So much so, I...
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    [fixed] Display issue when toggling effects 4.01

    I noticed today that if I'm on an Amp block page with a graph like speaker, input eq, etc, and I toggle an effect using the built in switches, the graph disappears after the message from the switch (i.e. Delay 1 enables) disappears. Moving to another page and back results in the graph being...
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    Anyone using 2 FM3's?

    This is not unheard of- Line6 billed the HX Stomp as a DSP expander (among other things). What would be cool is if there was something baked in under the hood where the FM3 could detect the other FM3 connected by USB or SPDIF and be optimized somehow for that. Its a lot to ask when they can...
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    Grrrrrrrr Microsoft!!!!

    "constant struggle" is specific phrase you used. I quoted you accurately to make sure I didn't put words into your mouth. You said the "overall constant struggle" ... "inflicted upon us" The funny thing is- you can ignore me, but you'll still see where I commented and it will eat you up...
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    Grrrrrrrr Microsoft!!!!

    I'm not really sure what you were referring to- I assumed you were someone who maybe used Windows computers 20 years ago and then switched to a Mac but continued to talk about Windows like it was Windows 95. Am I pretty close? I'm also not sure what constant struggle you're dealing with on...
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    Grrrrrrrr Microsoft!!!!

    You're forgetting the step where you had to replace the batteries again when you just did that two days ago.
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    Grrrrrrrr Microsoft!!!!

    If you ignore or defer it long enough, it will finally force it. People will ignore it forever and then scream how insecure it is when they are attacked. Its like that joke where the guy complains to God about how he let him die in a flood and God says "You dummy- I sent you three boats and...
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    Grrrrrrrr Microsoft!!!!

    I've been using Windows primarily on the desktop since the mid 90's. I've never had "everything come to a screeching halt and catch fire" (figuratively or literally) when I didn't get the latest driver. I generally don't ever need to update drivers. I can't remember the last time I...
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