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    WOW! Is it just me or have prices sky rocketed on gear?

    Only one of those is needed to obtain the other items ….
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    They All Sound the Same, It's About Workflow

    I can definitely hear the difference on my studio monitors. Take 1 sounded like a good Deluxe cranked up Take 2 has a weird high end (dare I say aliased?) almost a fuzzy on top. It might cut through in a mix but I would have ear fatigue by the end of the night. Take 3 was dull and boomy...
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 19.00

    Waiting? The last drop has barely had time to get comfortable on the system EEPROM. If it were a baby we'd barely have time to get the umbilical cut. Cliff - you guys are amazing. Always moving forward!
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    Wish "Meta" controls

    This is exactly what I'm talking about. Thank you for stating it in a shorter and more concise way! I'm an engineer and I understand most of the settings in isolation - what I don't have a billion hours to do is to understand how they all interact. That's what I want for a meta control -...
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    Wish "Meta" controls

    Each meta-control may have some overlapping parameters but that's still useful as long as they weren't exactly the same parameters. The problem is that the VAST majority of AF users have no idea how the specific controls advanced interact and interrelate. I think a set of over arching controls...
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    Wish "Meta" controls

    Hi all! The Axe FX has an amazing plethora off controls that if worked together can make nearly any sound you can imagine. The only challenge is understanding which controls to tweak together to get the specific sound that you are looking for. This is where meta-controls come in . . . A...
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    Zephyr delay - what is it?

    Same here. Delay is my "gotta have it to even play" effect.
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    Greer Amps Black Tiger Delay

    It sounds like a pretty straightforward analog style delay to my ears? Turn down the quality a bit and you'll be 99% of the way there. It really has the tonality of a PT2399 delay . . .I'm betting that's what's on the PCB inside that one.
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    And the award for best factory preset goes to….

    I could play "Enumerating Ravens" all night . . .
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    ehx small stone phaser?

    I had an original that I dearly loved. To my ears the Small Stone has a pretty whacky modulation LFO - the astable LFO gets closest but it’s still not exactly right. It almost sounds like a rounded ramp? One of my wishlist items is to be able to upload a BMP to define the LFO. Also be sure...
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    Frequency dependent phase inversion - 80's delay nerdiness

    Sure! And thank you :) The comp is the Studio Feedback Comp 2. The FET compressor pops a bit better but something about this one is just right to my ears for this guitar. The amp is the Princeton BTW - not the AC20. Too many patches and too little time. Here's the patch. Keep in mind that...
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    Frequency dependent phase inversion - 80's delay nerdiness

    It’s the Cirrocumulus reverb. It adds a touch of shimmer to everything and sounds absolutely amazing. I use it at about 2% on tons of presets . . . I'll use a larger reverb behind it sometimes.
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    Frequency dependent phase inversion - 80's delay nerdiness

    That's actually the external Effectron delay. I haven't really matched it well yet. Percussive little cuss isn't it?
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    Frequency dependent phase inversion - 80's delay nerdiness

    Here's a quick snip . . . it's a compressed AC20 and the straight delay in stereo with a tiny smidge of reverb. The delay is cranked a bit and the feedback is set a bit higher than I like but I’m trying to make the sound of the delay more clear. The guitar is a Jackson SL4X with a mix of EMG S...
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    Frequency dependent phase inversion - 80's delay nerdiness

    If this thing could make a good cup of coffee I'd never have to leave the studio . . . Thank you again Cliff! I use your tools every day . . . and I'll never go back to anything less.
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    Frequency dependent phase inversion - 80's delay nerdiness

    Ahhhh . . . I never thought of that. That means we can build DIY phasers in the Axe! I'm going to have to try that . . . Thank you sir! I'll try it as soon as I get back to my studio. The Effectron also uses a companding scheme as well. I'm going to try to digitally build the Effectron in...
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    Frequency dependent phase inversion - 80's delay nerdiness

    Hi all! I recently grabbed an Effectron II (ADM 1024). It's an 80's delay and I'm quite enchanted by it. The delay sound is percussive and it fits into the mix perfectly - plus the modulation is weird enough to really capture your ear. I like it enough that I've searched up 2 more because...
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    A couple of discoveries

    So what did you do? I see that you've marked out a few sentences. I'm in the same boat and considering a Mac Mini. I have a balls to the wall loaded 16" MacBook Pro but having to reconnect and reset the interface setup (I have 2 interfaces + the Axe) is a pain in the butt.
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    H949 vs. H3000

    The secret to a sweet H949 sound in the AFIII is to randomly twitch the pitch up and down slightly for the L and R side. The H949 didn't really have very stable pitch conversion. It's like a tiny and almost imperceptible chorus that makes the sound super wide. Freq bandpass on the pitch...
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    How to emulate a Distressor EL8 compressor distortion

    Do any of the compressors in the Axe add harmonics or are they all pure dynamics manipulation? Obviously a hard limiter adds clipping . . . but do any of the compressors add "color"?
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    Suhr Riot model: correct?

    The Riot sounds great plugged into a Fender. The honk counteracts the midrange freq dip of the Fender tone stack. I think that's what John was going for . . . Try it in front of the Deluxe Reverb or Vibro-King model. It sounds great there.
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    Suggestion - Improved Harmonizer

    I use a modifier to randomly vary the pitch and the delay of the second voice. Just a tiny wiggle - but it makes the voice far more realistic. Also - add a bunch of high cut to the harmonized signal. That's what your Boss pedal is doing . . .
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    Packed ports and empty shelves: Inside the issues behind the U.S. supply chain crisis

    There's only one noun that matters in that sentence you want to understand the intentional inefficiency, bloated cronyism, and lack of individual motivation for excellence in the LA port system. And it's not west, coast, 40 hour, week, or port.
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    Why aren't there more scalloped guitars?

    Personally I used a rat tail file, a sheet of 60 and 200 grit, and about 3-5 bong hits . . . and it shows in the end results. It's not ideal but it works. If you were serious you'd set up a CNC for it. A ball-end mill and an adaptive tool path would make short and clean work of it.
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    Axe fx for downtuned bass G#

    G# is 25.96Hz. Finding a system that's actually flat at those frequencies can be a challenge. On paper my Mackie 8s go down to 20Hz - but testing has proved otherwise. I think you'll find the same with any other reasonably priced monitoring solution. Deep bass is really hard for a two way...
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    Axe fx for downtuned bass G#

    The doc is right on. For low bass the monitoring system is often the real limitation. Normal monitors (regardless of specs . . hahah) don't really reach down that low. You need a real sub for that domain. The amp probably has speakers that are designed to generate tones that low. I'll bet...
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    Packed ports and empty shelves: Inside the issues behind the U.S. supply chain crisis

    Yeah we have openings for engineering positions that we are filling with interns because we can't find decent engineers. Before COVID we had 5-7 applicants for every position . . . now we have 2-3 positions for every applicant. It's like the Rapture occurred and no-one noticed or something.
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    Why aren't there more scalloped guitars?

    With modern CNC it really shouldn't be very complex to add scallops. Once it's fretted you level and polish like any other guitar. If I made more than three or four personally I would do the scallops pretty quickly on my ShapeOko CNC. Cutting them manually is a bit of a drag for sure. Other...
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    Why aren't there more scalloped guitars?

    Yeah I know they're ugly and you can't play them in tune and if you play a scalloped neck you can't play an unscalloped neck . . . blah blah blah. Every time I pick up my old mongrel partscaster with the Squier tele neck that I scalloped with a rat tail file a decade ago I got lost in how...
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    Packed ports and empty shelves: Inside the issues behind the U.S. supply chain crisis

    What I can't figure out is the labor issue . . . don't folks need to eat and pay rent?
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    Ian Thornley (Big Wreck) Axe-Fx III

    Holy crap . . . that's AMAZING tone and singing. The Badger model in the Axe does that justice . . . but that voice. It's just absolutely perfect for that song. Wow. I could listen to that all day. Edit - the amp is a Hedgehog. Maybe Cliff has one to model one day :)
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    They will do pretty much anything you want other than change the shape. The guitars are made in a mold but paint and inlays are incredibly flexible. Plus they are absolutely amazing guitars!
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    I thought he already was on the roster!
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    Perfect! That's just the Universe giving Fractal a little nod. For my 2112 themed Aristides I payed half up front. 8 months later when I went to pay it off he Euro conversion drifted a bit and here was my payoff value - Note that 2112 was written and published in 1976 ;-) Here's the guitar...
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    Fx3 and the real marshall jubilee

    . . . well the Lerxst Omega is a Silver Jubilee built by Mojo Tone for Alex Lifeson since his vintage models were too temperamental for the road. I'm sure that Cliff knows what's different but fundamentally it's a Jube. Honestly I played the heck out of a Silver Jubilee in college. It was my...
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    Modern Hard Rock Amps

    I'm not sure how you can't love the Silver Jubilee in the Axe. It's absolutely fat awesomeness!
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    Guitars- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Hahaha . . . that's the Aristides guys. They always use gloves to handle the guitars. Maybe it's a Dutch thing?
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    a burning dream

    That specific guitar is on my personal life wish list. That exact color and pickup layout . . . sigh . . .
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    Guitars- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Yep. The Aristides guys do insane work. This was a simple Rush / Neil Peart tribute. White like Alex's ES355 with switching to try to duplicate as many of his sounds as possible. 2112 was written partly as a reaction to Peart's reading of Anthem . . . the word "EGO" is the last word in the...
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    Guitars- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Good - The Epiphone Special with P90s. It was a $90 GC pickup that I thought I'd gut for the pickups. It's a MIC bolt on neck LP Special for goodness sake - it has to suck right? Instead it blew me away with fantastic tone and excellent playability. It sounds great - I pick it up before I...
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    Grid bias value

    . . . and we can do this without flaming screen resistors or converting output tubes into very short lived and inefficient light bulbs. Man I love my Axe!
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    Marshall Model Recommendation

    it lets you pummel the phase inverter with the full output the preamp/cathode follower. You'll definitely need to drop the bass to keep the amp from getting farty. One of the wonders of Cliff's amp models is that you can actually move parts around and they act like a real amp still!
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    Struggling with Strat tones

    The Princeton into the VibroKing 3x10 is always a good start for me with Strats. Strats usually need a bit of compression if you're not playing it loud.
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    Axe-Fx Firmware Release Version 17.01 Public Beta

    Is it just my imagination or is there a bit more latency with this release? Even with no FR IR it feels a bit different. It sounds AMAZING regardless!
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    The Axe-FX has ruined me . . .

    It was a Katana 50 MkII. Not my deal for sure! I have a THR and it's ok . . . the 3D widening stereo effect is pretty cool.
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    The Axe-FX has ruined me . . .

    So I went and bought a highly regarded practice amp for my library space since it's two floors away from my Axe. I end up working in my library so I need something up there to strum on between interminable Zoom calls. I don't need anything loud or super high end - just something that doesn't...
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    Firmware 17.00 Seem to have Increased Preset Switch Delay/Gap

    Check your CPU utilization. My Axe got slow as molasses until i realized that the CPU was running high. I killed a drive and it was fast again.
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    Kudos! The virtual capo is seriously great.

    The improved capo is amazing. I can dial up and down about +/- 5 before it starts to sound artificial. Whammy DT is off to Reverb . . .
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 17.00 Public Beta 2

    I just thought of something … Hetfield’s original tone was created by the resonance between a cab or two and a small space. I’ll bet someone could make a FullRes of that …
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 17.00 Public Beta 2

    AITR is just another tool. If you want the direct and immediate sound of a close mic’d amp don’t use it. If you want to simulate a space add them in. Personally I love them for rock or blues sounds - for metal or anything shreddy they make the amp too far away in my audio field. Ymmv etc etc...
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 17.00 Public Beta 2

    Weirdly when I load from my mac the slot still shows empty on the face of the Axe-Fx. But you can definitely hear the IR. Load them up and try that.
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 17.00 Public Beta 2

    Just select "Axe-Fx III". This is what I saw on my Mac as well . . .
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 17.00 Public Beta 2

    I really really like the sound of these longer IRs. When I first set them up I really didn't hear it . . . but when I bypass them the sound immediately jumps into the foreground and the realism decreases a bit. I can't wait for more rooms! You can get really cool effects by changing the place...
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    RNDI between III and monitors?

    I'm not sure about that. "Nice analog color" means that there is a change to the sound right? Any reasonable change to the sound is just a manipulation of EQ, compression, phase, or time alignment. There is no such thing as mojo or some unmeasurable yet audible effect. If we can measure it...
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    RNDI between III and monitors?

    Someone run a white/pink noise generator through the NRDI and into the AXE and post the RTA output with and without it engaged. It would be interesting to see if the effect can get created with an EQ and a compressor block . . .
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    MXR 117 Flanger on the III

    I have 2 of those ICs that I keep thinking about using for a project but with the AFIII I just don't see the point.
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    I would happily sacrifice user cab slots. I presently use a total of 22 . . .
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    "If I F5 it, it will come . . ."
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 16.05

    For example - back in 1991 I had a Marshall Jubilee that I loved. It was the nastiest, grindy, trebly Marshall tone that I ever had but in a mix it just sat perfectly. It had all of the things about a soloed Marshall that you hate - the fizzy top end, the crunchy booming mids, and the flabby...
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 16.05

    I honestly can't imagine the amps getting any better. My tone right now is the best I've ever had in my entire life bar none with effectively zero tweaking. I can see Cliff working on new IR techniques, new unmodelled amps, or new effects - but for my ears the base amp modeling technology is...
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    Enumerating Ravens

    It's one of my "go to"presets. Love it!
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    Real amp most like "Das Metall"?

    It sounds like a EVH 5150III on the blue channel with a Precision Drive to tighten it up to me. Just keep the master low to keep the bottom end tight and you'll be in the ballpark.
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    Finally got to REALLY rock out!

    I'll bet the drummer hates you now ;-)
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 16.04

    As far as I know the reverbs are true stereo in the AF …
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    No more black ebony? New EVH Wolfgang Stealth not so stealthy...

    It's a supply/demand thing. Truly black ebony is much harder to find than the streaky stuff. With the demand increase for guitars and other wood products black ebony is hard to find. All of my Carvins from the 90's have absolutely jet black ebony fretboards. It was easier to find then...
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    🆕 Axe-Fx III Cygnus Factory Presets "Enhanced" - Preview 1

    I deal with plenty of secrets in my job . . . my boss (semi-jokingly) says that I ever go to China I'll need to leave my brain in the United States to not violate ITAR. I'm certainly not asking Matt to reveal anything that would get him in trouble. But more detail here would be VERY welcome if...
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    Delay Block Update

    Since flangers and chorus use delay as well can we add the companding settings to them as well? We might get some really cool sounds out of that . . .
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    Strat Players

    I love my Eric Johnson Strat with the Axe - especially the AC-20. I would buy an AF3 just for that model alone! Amazing clean and rhythm sounds - and for a lead just drop in a parametric EQ with 6-8dB of wideband boost at 800-1200Hz depending on your pickups. Instant Gilmour. I love it!
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    What´s with the Wizard W800 - is it just a super Marshall? Can we get close with Axefx3?

    It just sounds like a dialed Marshall to my ears. But maybe I'm deaf?
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    Bass sounds with Cygnus . . . lovin' it!

    I've been tracking a bit to get a better feel for Cygnus and to work on a few tunes. I ran my old Ibanez Soundgear bass ($100 used from GC) through the Fractal Morgan AC20 into a 4x10 bass cab. So freaking grindy! Love it!
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    Finally copyied the Boss HM-2 accurately!

    I bought one because Gilmour had one on his board in he 80's and 90's. I never could figure out if he was just messing with people . . .
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    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 12 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Release Candidate

    I would think that IRs would be a great place to apply neural networks / ML. Convolution networks are really good at this sort of thing.
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    Missing lowend in Cygnus on real cab

    Did you get a phase reversal on one channel? That would suck out all of the bass. I say this because I once searched for days as to why my AFII was sounding like crap - until I found the phase switch on the mixer channel. Oops.
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    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    The Friedman amps in this beta are absolute MONSTERS. Holy crap folks!
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    Hiwatt, SMH

    @FractalAudio - do you have any pics of your amp room that you can share? I can't imagine the awesomeness that you keep to test your models . . . i'll bet it looks like the warehouse from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Except vintage amps . . .
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    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 5 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #2

    OT - but what do you think about the true tempered Strandbergs? I came very close to buying one but ended up ordering an Aristide H/06 instead. Can you really tell the difference in the temperament?
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    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    I just spent another day noodling with the Cygnus firmware. Whew. Another important change for me change for me is that there is a certain "chewiness" and envelope on the note that didn't exist before. You can really dig in and feel the note shift depending on the attack on the string. Its a...
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    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    I play through a pair of Mackie MR8 Mk3s. Not really high end at all but a pretty decent sound for the money!
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    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    Weird . . . no clipping here. Maybe it's a bug in the preset export?
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    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    I have an 8am call and I'm still up playing the dang Badger 18 with a shimmer drive in front of it. Literally the fattest, juiciest tone I've EVER HAD. If I owned an amp that just made this one sound I'd never sell it and play it every day. I just keep switching between my EJ and Luke3 with...
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    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    For me the best part of this update is the "string shimmer" and attack on each note. Those of you that have really cranked up a good tube amp and plugged in will know what I'm talking about. If you lightly brush the strings while cranked up with gain you can hear this beautiful shimmery wash ...
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    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    Of course this is when I'm in an RV heading to Orlando with the family . . . . sigh. The Vibro-King is my #1 anyway . . . at least that what I'll say to keep myself from exploding.
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 15.01

    I turned on my HiWatt and my '67 Super Reverb last weekend to play a bit with the real thing. I cranked them both up to get nice acoustic feedback (I live in the boonies), set up a pedal chain, and ripped through some tunes. I got my pants flapping but honestly it was disappointing - I now...
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 15.01

    I completely agree. If folks don't want the update they aren't being forced to install it. Cliff - I hope you never stop innovating and stretching the limits of my ears and tone!
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    5 Minute Tones

    @2112 - I've noticed that when you add drive blocks in your videos that the overall volume doesn't really change. That's not what I get - is there a normalize function in the AFIII that I'm missing? Thank you for all of the info and videos brother - I love to watch you hit an awesome tone and...
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    Here is something I'll bet you haven't heard

    Are balanced lines noisy or just unbalanced stuff?
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 15.01

    Cliff . . . do you ever take a day off? WOW!
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    Wish Spatial audio processing

    I'd love for the AF software to allow me to place an instrument anywhere in the sound field. We can do this in a rudimentary way with panning and Haas delays but a lot of high end gear uses special filters and processing to make sound come from anywhere in the stereo field . . . from behind you...
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 15.00 Public Beta #1

    So far to me this release sounds clearer for sure with less harshness even with my Strat. The treble seems to extend a bit higher even with a hi-cut after the cab block. There's a bit less low-mid mud which definitely creates more "thump" to my ears. It sounds great to my tin ears but folks...
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 15.00 Public Beta #1

    Ahhhh . . back on the update train with my new AFIII!! Fridays (and Mondays) are fun again!
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    That delicious anxiety . . . .

    Mine too!! WOOHOO! Delivery Tuesday evening . . . I'll make sure the family knows that I'm going to be a bit busy.
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    Wish Wish List: New Amps

    Personally I'm dying to get either a GK 250ML or 2100 preamp. I need my 80's Rush and iron Maiden! especially if Cliff can model the "tweak" pots under the hood . . .
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    That delicious anxiety . . . .

    Nice rig dude! Yeah - I'm going to try the FC-12 and see if it works out. It's a bit larger (and heavier) in person than expected but I really want all 12 switches. If not I'll sell it and snag a pair of FC-6s. Cute cat BTW 🐱
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    That delicious anxiety . . . .

    So the UPS guy this delivered today . . . And I still have this space in my rack . . . Axe-FX III UPS tracking is still reporting "Shipment Ready For UPS". GAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! I'm literally more wound up about this one than I was for my first kid. When they ship separate boxes on...
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    Axe-Edit issues with Logic Pro for AF3?

    Anyway - the problem seems to be solved. Please disregard!
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    Axe-Edit issues with Logic Pro for AF3?

    Hmmm . . . I'm not having trouble now either after updating axe-edit. I could have sworn that there was a known bug about axe-edit and logic . . . but maybe I've lost my mind. I remember struggling with this a few months ago and eventually gave up. Here's one of the threads - this was a...
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    Axe-Fx III Waitlist

    "Dear Lord Baby Jesus, lying there in your little ghost manger, lookin' at your Baby Einstein developmental videos, learnin' 'bout shapes and colors please get my invite for my AXE-FX III sent. Amen."
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    3x10 Vibro-king IR?

    Hi all! I absolutely ADORE the 3x10 Vibro-king IR. I use it for all of my clean tones and as a thickener for my dirty tones as well. I like it so much that I want to use it inside of Logic as well. Is there a pack that I can buy that includes the .WAV version of that IR?
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