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  1. Genghis

    FS StudioCat 17 inch i7 DAW Custom Laptop

    I have a StudioCat custom built laptop built specifically for studio DAW use up for sale. It still has great specs for DAW use and plenty of fast hard drive space for sample libraries. Asking $950 OBO shipped in Continental US. This is a heavy duty laptop that uses a CPU designed for desktop...
  2. Genghis

    Fried Tweeters in Studio Monitors - Suggestions?

    Well, this is an odd one, was listening to a playback in Logic on my iMac, and suddenly heard a very brief high pitched oscillating sound and then nothing. Both tweeters fried, and one even made some sparks on the way out. Quickly went around back and unplugged power to the both speakers...
  3. Genghis

    Rock/Metal with Ambient Psychedelic Vibe?

    I completely suck at putting genres on my stuff, but I hope the title comes close to describing this song. I used Axe-FX III for all guitars, but I also added some synth layers in the intro and tried to mix in a few not-so-metal type sounds. Thought I'd share it with the group and see what you...
  4. Genghis

    Quick Rock InstruMetal - Tribute to Women Who Rock

    I was experimenting with some video editing toys on my iPad yesterday and came up with most of this video, and then added a few things after I through together an instrumental to go with it. Started with a lot of animated stills and I thought I would throw in a few of my favorite women rockers...
  5. Genghis

    Tech Guys - How Are You Managing WIth COVID

    Not sure if this is OK, but I’m reaching out to Technical Pros and Fractal Guys who may be suffering from the downturn of COVID. If you have a good stable job, please ignore. If moderators feel this is inappropriate, please give me a slap on the wrist and remove and I promise not to do it...
  6. Genghis

    How Can a Chubby Aging Guitarist Get in Shape?

    Well, I still have a long way to go on dropping the big belly, but my workout has evolved to a little bit of yoga, some Thai Chi, some Qugong... and the fun part, this: Aerobic drums!!!
  7. Genghis

    New Project - Our Heartbeat is One

    I wanted to announce a project that I am getting involved helping a close friend with an album that is about cultural diversity and unity. This is something I am behind 111% and want to spread the word. Quick intro with a link at the bottom. My story: Moved to SoCal at 23 to check out the big...
  8. Genghis

    Recording Mic for Female Vocalis

    I'm about to start a really cool new project with a local female vocalist and songwriter. She has a raw natural talent and a much more soft and delicate voice with a fairly high range. She writes and plays a lot of acoustic instruments from all over the world and her vision is for something that...
  9. Genghis

    FS SOLD: FC12 for Sale

    Selling my spare FC12. I'm only playing in the studio these days, with no need for a backup, so I am selling my spare FC12. It is in great condition. It has two large Temple Audio plates for mounting to their board, but other than that it looks brand new. Asking $660 shipped anywhere in...
  10. Genghis

    Little Wing

    I did a little tribute to the master, and to my first guitar teacher from back in my high school days. Don was a big inspiration to many of us getting started in the local scene here, and one key thing that I got from him was to take the inspiration and give it your own spin, and play things...
  11. Genghis

    Cousin Shawn's Video Debut

    A few of you may remember that a couple of months ago I posted about wanting to buy an easy to play instrument for my cousin Shawn, who has Down Syndrome. He loves music so much that I wanted to get him just one more step into it. The top suggestion was for a nice Dulcimer, and he loved it...
  12. Genghis

    Corona Madness - Stress Relief in These Times

    This is just something I decided to record while I was playing around last night. Not really a song, just stress relief and basically taking it all out on the guitar. Feedback and effects. I stopped short at using light fluid, but everything else was on the table. LOL It was my Axe-FX III...
  13. Genghis

    Durable Headphones for Tracking?

    I have about 4 sets of decent headphones, but I'm looking for a different type of headphone advice. Any recommendations on durable headphones that won't start to deteriorate from sweat? I'm playing more drums lately, and often practice with headphones, and I would like to save the earpieces on...
  14. Genghis

    TC100 Original Song

    Hi all, I have posted about how much I love the new TC100 model, so I went in the other day and redid my rhythm guitar tracks on a song my band is recording in my studio. All rhythm tracks are Axe-FX III using my Tom Anderson into the TC100 model, and boosted with different drive boxes to get...
  15. Genghis

    Soundcheck Done - TC100 Slays!

    Just got setup and soundcheck, and I am so stoked about the new TC100 model. This is my best sound ever from any rig, even better than what I had back when I had the TC50 and FX8 rig. The advanced parameters really help to get the most out of any amp, and I only had to tweak a couple of things...
  16. Genghis

    Recommendations for Easy Instrument to Learn/Play

    This may be kind of an outside the box request, but I'm looking for some type of musical instrument that would be easy for my cousin to play. I'll fill in a bit of the background, but he is 46, and high functioning Down's Syndrome. Awesome guy, and he comes to all of the rehearsals with my...
  17. Genghis

    Rode Mic Test for Amp in the Room

    I've been testing my Rode camera mic for amp in the room type of sound, and I'm looking for feedback. Just some mindless noodling and starts out kind of mellow with clean patch backed by a synth patch on my SY-300. Kicks in with some gain a bit later. Let me know what you think.
  18. Genghis

    Hendrix Purple Haze Cover

    Here is my band covering the Hendrix song Purple Haze. This was recorded live off the board at our last rehearsal. I'm using my Axe-FX III direct into the board, and into my Seymour Duncan Power amp and custom Mather 4x12. The sound of my guitar is all direct in the recording, but my other...
  19. Genghis

    Got my FC-6 Today - After using FC-12 for a Few Weeks

    I got the FC12 when my name came up early on the waiting list. I figured the more buttons I had the easier life would be and I'd use that many buttons. Then I started gigging in a band, and found that I can get through most songs with 2 to 4 scenes, a couple of IAs, and some clever use of...
  20. Genghis

    Anyone Switching between FC6 and FC12

    I got on the list early and picked up a 12, which is absolutely great. But I'm playing in some relatively cramped areas, and decided an FC6 may save just a little space in some of the tiny areas we are playing in. I'm planning to keep the FC12 and use it occasionally, and the FC6 for the band...
  21. Genghis

    Portable Stand or Table

    I have done a bit of searching but didn't see too much on this topic. What are you guys using to put the Axe-GX rack on? Portable table, folding rack of some kind, or what? I have a six space rack and tried using my buddies amp stand. It kinda works, but the arms aren't long enough and doesn't...
  22. Genghis

    First Axe-Fx III Gig - Whole Band Direct

    Been using Fractal stuff since my Ultra many years back for studio stuff. Just started doing a live band a couple of months ago and we had our first gig. Everyone was direct, except for drums. Bass player had a very small rig onstage, but we took the line out into the PA as well. We had a...
  23. Genghis

    FC-12 First Impressions

    I know most of you are chomping at the bit and there are several threads with the "When did you get your confirmation", "When did you get your invite", type of questions, so I'll post my first thoughts after playing with the FC-12 on the first day here instead of burying my thoughts in those...
  24. Genghis

    Simple Man - In Memory

    I know most posts on here are demoing an amp or effect, and this is all Axe-FX on guitars. I got to use my new pre-owned Ibanez semi-hollow through the Axe-FX III for all guitars. I don't really even remember which amp models I used on the various tracks, but there are a couple of clean...
  25. Genghis

    Xmas Cover - The Kinks AFXIII Style

    I just had to throw together a cover of one of my favorite Christmas songs, Father Christmas, by The Kinks. I didn't have a lot of time to get too fancy, so it's just got a slew of Christmas memes, and you'd probably rather see that than my mug anyway! :)
  26. Genghis

    New Practice Rig - B Rig

    Well, I've been a Fractal guy since I got my Ultra several years ago. I've had a couple of versions of the AFX II, and then I had to pick up the AFX III as early as possible. I absolutely love it, but... I'm starting a new band project and need to go as compact as possible, at least for...
  27. Genghis

    Some Herbie Love

    Here is a new one that has kind of a funky metal vibe going on. It's mostly Herbie on the main rhythm guitars, but I added in a track with the VH4 and another with the HBE. Sprinkled in a touch of Mk IIC++ in the riff behind the solo section, and the main leads are FAS Lead 1. Lyrics for this...
  28. Genghis

    Pickup Suggestions? - BKP Warpig is Too Much

    Looking for suggestions on pickups to swap out in one of my guitars. It is an old Ibanez V, kind of Randy Rhoads inspired shape, and I have it strung up with heavy strings for either Drop B or Drop C tuning. (Had it in C, but recently dropped to B and might like it better... still deciding.)...
  29. Genghis

    NGD - Something a Bit Different for Me!

    I was watching the thread here about Acoustic's with a cutaway, and someone mentioned Breedlove. I started looking at them and almost pulled the trigger on one of their nicer budget models. (If GC hadn't messed things up, I probably would have.) They are right here in Oregon, about 100 miles...
  30. Genghis

    "Breakin' the Law" - Axe-Fx III Style

    I wasn't really trying to cop the Priest style with this, more covering it with my own tones, but it's all Axe-FX III. I'm an old metalhead and my voice recently changed. I can still sound like I used to, but I think Lemmy came to me in a dream and left me with some voice lessons or something...
  31. Genghis

    Old Black Dove Song Revisited

    So, I decided to do a remake of a song I haven't played in almost 30 years. It's from the band Black Dove, which I played in way back in the big hair days. We made the trek from Oregon to Southern Cal in 1986 to see how we could do in the SoCal scene. Had a lot of fun, and got some attention...
  32. Genghis

    Anyone Using DRS Racks AB14?

    Just wanted to see if anyone has the DRS Racks AB14 guitar rack. https://www.drsracks.com/ab14/ I have the Alpha, which is essentially the top half of the rack. I'm thinking about getting the Bravo so that I have the full rack. I like the Alpha that I have, but I'm concerned about how...
  33. Genghis

    Sabbath Cover - Paranoid - VH4

    Yeah, an easy song that everyone has done, but I wanted to post this anyway. I may have done the rhythm guitars before I got the III, so that part is probably the IIXL, but I finished up the vocals today and did the guitar solos with my III using the VH4 amp and a blend of cabs right there in...
  34. Genghis

    Odd Idea for Basic MIDI Control for AFX III

    Guys, I'm looking for some pros and cons for controlling my Axe-FK III with a bit of an outside the box idea. I generally use mostly scenes, so I think my idea would work out OK for live, and for in my little studio I tend to overdub things and will usually only use my expression pedals for...
  35. Genghis

    Mini-Review & My Only Complaint

    It arrived last night and for those of you still waiting, it is well worth the wait. It is amazing! Everything I expected and a bit more. Looks great in person, probably better than the pics show you, but I know we don't buy this thing to look at. I'll start with my only complaint... I think...
  36. Genghis

    TC50 & FX8 Users - Talk Me Down! LOL

    OK, I've chatted with a lot of you guys here and on that big more general gear forum some of us know and love about our TC50 and FX8 rigs. I really love mine, but... I'm thinking... about selling the FX8 setup to a buddy who is putting together a rig and wants to have something like what I've...
  37. Genghis

    NGD - My First P90s

    OK, so I posted this..."elsewhere", but thought I'd post it on my other favorite forum as well! Well, it started as a trip to GC with my buddy to look at a Strat he had checked out, but it evolved into something completely different. I have been a long time humbucker player, and then mostly...
  38. Genghis

    One Amp - Two Preamps Routing & Pan Question

    Hi everyone. I'm running a 5150 III 50w head with the FX8, and I'm planning on incorporating one of those new Diezel VH4 pedals into my setup for an alternate metal tone. (Mostly for a second flavor when I double track rhythm guitars.) This pedal can be run either into the front of the amp...
  39. Genghis

    Steve Vai Passion and Warfare Tour - Wow!

    I'm probably not the first to post about this, but I had the pleasure of seeing Steve Vai's Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary tour in Portland, Oregon Sunday night. Awesome show, maybe one of the best I've seen for this type of show. The sound was amazing and his replication of all of the...
  40. Genghis

    Mix Comparison - Harrison Mixbus 32C vs. SONAR

    Hi everybody. I did a little comparison between a mix I did an SONAR and the same raw tracks imported into Harrison Mixbus 32C and mixing using mostly the channel strips included, with only light usage of a few select VSTs in addition. (Mostly for reverb and delay type stuff) I'm looking...
  41. Genghis

    NGD - Anderson Drop Top

    I'm so stoked, received my Anderson Drop Top that I picked up from a fellow Fractal Forum member yesterday. I'm not a photographer, but I did snap a few shots, and also did a quick little mini review on my website:
  42. Genghis

    Looper Question - Did Anything Change? - Solved - My Bad

    Hi all, Running a 5150 III 50 watt in 4-cable method and I thought at one point I had things set up so that I could record using the looper using a scene for my rhythm channel, playback the scene, then select a scene for my lead channel to play lead over. I thought it would continue playing...
  43. Genghis

    New Song - FX8 Drive

    Hi everyone, Since I've switched over to FX8 from Axe-FX there's no place to post up links to songs to show the sounds of the FX8, so I thought I'd try The Lounge. This one is a bit softer sounding than most of my stuff and the leads are all FX8 drive going into the green channel of my 5150...
  44. Genghis

    MIDI Thru Splitter Device?

    Is anyone using any type of MIDI thru type of splitter to split their FX8 MIDI out to run multiple devices? I've got a 50w 5150 III that I switch channels via MIDI and I'd like to add in another device, but neither of them have a MIDI through, so I need something to split my signal. MIDI...
  45. Genghis

    Yngwie @ The Observatory SoCal

    Just got home from seeing Yngwie a the Observatory down here in Southern Cal, kind of a kick off show for NAMM weekend. Any other Fractal Friends make this show? Or seen him lately? He still puts on quite a show. Definitely over the top, but quite entertaining and he has certainly mastered...
  46. Genghis

    FX8 w/5150 III - Looking for 2nd Amp for Stereo

    Hi all, As title says I'm using a 5150 III 50w with the FX8. What I'm looking for is a small, inexpensive amp that will power a 2nd cabinet using the right channel from the FX8 into the power amp in on the amp. It would be nice to have something that could double as a backup in a pinch as...
  47. Genghis

    7 String Study Resources

    Hi gang. I recently picked up a 7 string and I'm looking for some decent study resources. I have something with chord voicings and scales; a little dry, but useful resource. Looking for books, videos, web sites, etc. that may be a little more fun to follow, something that will maybe show...
  48. Genghis

    NGD - Pickups?

    So, I sold some of my old gear and had a little bit extra for this new Shecter Banshee Elite 7 w/Floyd and Sustainiac. It feels great, plays great and I love the Sustainiac. The bridge pickup is just a little bit harsh though, so I'm considering swapping that out. Emailed Bare Knuckle Pickups...
  49. Genghis

    Odd "Bug"?? Filter on/off and X/Y state - One Scene Only

    I have a strange and very specific "bug" I'm seeing with Scene 5 in a few patches that have a similar layout: Scenes 1 and 2 are variations of my hi-gain rhythm sound that use a filter block turned on in the X state. Scenes 3-4 filter is off, as those are my clean channel variations. Scenes 5-8...
  50. Genghis

    Thinking about Swapping Axe-FX II for FX8

    So, I've been an Axe-FX user since the Ultra version 5 days, happily upgraded to the II, and currently have an Axe-FX II XL. I also have a board made up of a Pedaltrain Pro with a Mark I MFC-101, two Mission Pedals, and the extra 4-button switch that forum member Roadrunner builds and sometimes...
  51. Genghis

    Voodoo Labs Control Switcher via CC vs PC

    OK, I've started using an amp with my Axe-FX via 4-cable method (crazy, huh). I picked up a Voodoo Labs Control Switcher to change the channels on my amp and I've got it working at the Program Change level, but I'd like to figure out if I can change channels within a preset using scenes via the...
  52. Genghis

    Rhythmic Electronic Experiment Rocked by Axe-FX II XL

    Hi everyone. This started out as an experiment with various rhythmic textures with software synths. Last night I decided to try adding some guitar and I kinda like the way it turned out. Not really sure what genre (if any) to call it. :) I think I used FAS Brootalz and the 5153 Red for the...
  53. Genghis

    NGD - Warmoth Strat

    I'm so stoked, just got my custom Warmoth Strat back from being put together and set up by TR Guitars here in Orange County, CA. I think it turned out great! Plays great and sounds even better. I didn't take many pix yet (too busy playing), but here is one from when I opened the case for the...
  54. Genghis

    So, that's why you guys like Fuzz!

    OK, so my first ever dirt box when I was about 15 was a EHX Big Muff. I liked it OK, just didn't know what I wanted at the time. As I progressed in playing I became more of a metal player and have a had a variety of overdrives and distortions since then, and used amp distortion, and just about...
  55. Genghis

    You know it's an obsession when...

    you've sold your Axe-FX II, you've got four more days until the new XL arrives, and... You're still checking the forum throughout the day looking for any news regarding new firmware, cool Ultrarez IRs, or interesting tips you haven't yet tried.
  56. Genghis

    Bareknuckle Nailbombs compared to Suhr Aldrich or Anderson?

    Hi All, I know this is kind of a focused question, but I'm looking to get some pickups for a Les Paul type guitar and I'm looking for opinions. I'm considering some Bareknuckle Nailbombs. I like a modern rock and metal tone, but also like some versatility for cleans and lightly overdriven...
  57. Genghis

    Preset/Scenes Tutorial - Things I've Learned from the Forum

    I've been around the forum for awhile and been using Fractal gear since version 5 of the Ultra. I've learned a lot of cool tricks from various people on the forum and I decided it's time to share some of the things that I apply to making my own presets. I did a little tutorial that tears...
  58. Genghis

    Book Suggestions for Teaching Guitar

    Hi everyone. A friend of mine has a daughter that is interested in learning guitar, and while I've been playing for 35 years and know quite a bit of theory and technique, I've rarely tried teaching. I'm looking for suggestions on a decent entry level guitar book that I could use to coach her...
  59. Genghis

    Pedal Train Pro Mounting Questions

    I've done some searching on the forum and have come to the conclusion that the PedalTrain Pro would probably be the best fit for a board to mount my MFC, 2 Mission expression pedals, MFC extension module (Roadrunner's module) and a 3-button switch for my vocal processor. I have some questions...
  60. Genghis

    Idea for Singing Guitarist Setup w/Matrix and XiTone

    I have an idea and I wanted to see if anyone is doing something similar to what I'm thinking with the type of setup I have. I'm using a Matrix GT800FX and two XiTone 1x12 FRFR cabs (one wedge, one straight cab). Using it the way I use it I have 250W per channel going into speakers rated at...
  61. Genghis

    XiTone & Matrix GT800FX

    Hi all. Just completed my jamming rig. Been an Axe-FX users since the days of the Ultra (FW 4 or 5) and used it for mostly recording. Now I'm using the Axe-FX II MFC-101 and have just completed my rig for doing some live jamming and felt compelled to make a quick (rough) video. I picked up...
  62. Genghis

    Classical Guitar Artist or Album Recommendations?

    After playing rock, blues, metal, and lots of other mostly electric based styles for many years, I'm taking a classical guitar class at a local junior college. It dawned on me as I was listening to the usual mix of rock and metal on my stereo on the way to class that it might be nice to have...
  63. Genghis

    Axe-FX Artists at Epicenter in SoCal

    Went to the Epicenter show last night and had the pleasure of hearing some Fractal artists live. The show was at Irvine Meadows (yeah, I know they call it Verizon Wireless Amphitheater now, but it's still Irvine Meadows to many of us here). The stage there is setup on a turntable so that the...
  64. Genghis

    Axe-FX II 6.0 and MFC Review

    I've been Fractalized since version 5 of the Ultra, got on the waiting list for the Axe-FX II the day it was announced and received delivery a few months later. I completed the set yesterday when UPS delivered my MFC-101. I had been on the waiting list for that as well, but last year when my...
  65. Genghis

    Strat Through Class A w/Top Boost Stack

    This goes back a while, but I think Scott Peterson posted a tip about using the standard Class A amp with the Top Boost tone stack. (Forgive me if it was someone else... I'd like to give credit where credit is due.) I finally tried and really like this combo. I recorded a jam track with it...
  66. Genghis

    Matchless (Boutique 2) - pushed a bit

    Hi all, Haven't posted anything new in a while, but I finally got around to recording my "new" acoustic through the Axe-FX and then put some melodic licks over it with my Warmoth through a Matchless (Boutique 2) patch pushed with a bit of tube drive. Of course the bass was done through the...
  67. Genghis

    New guitar jam

    I finally got around to recording some tracks with my new guitar. It's a Warmoth chambered Strat with Tom Anderson pickups and I'm really digging it a lot. This song is just some riffage and wanking over it to see what she sounds like in a mix. I used the 2C+ for the solo and one of the...
  68. Genghis

    Dialing in Metal Tones to fit in a mix

    I've been tweaking presets again trying to get my metal guitar tones to fit in a mix better. Here is my latest sound check tune to check out. Please let me know what you think of the rhythm guitar tones and the general mix so far. Thanks! http://soundclick.com/share?songid=7225822
  69. Genghis

    First draft a fuzz tone

    I've been playing around with the fuzz pedals into the Plexi's and this is what I've come up with so far. I've been so side-tracked with all of the hi-gain monsters on the Axe-FX that I've never dug into the fuzz pedals until now. Let me know if you have any comments or suggestions on the...
  70. Genghis

    Keeley Metal Zone thru the Axe-FX

    Inspired by a thread in the Ultra forum I dug out my old Keeley modded Metal Zone and tried it through the Axe-FX. At first I thought it was gonna be completely fruitless, but after about an hour of tweaking both the pedal and the Blackface sim I dialed in a sound that I really dug so I thought...
  71. Genghis

    Drop C Metal Riffage

    Happy New Year everybody! Just finished up my first demofor the new year and thought I'd post. It's a drop C tuned metal riff that I added a scratch vocal to. I'll redo the vocals with a proper mic sometime when my voice is feeling a little stronger. I may redo the guitars to tighten things...
  72. Genghis

    Testing dual amps - Melodic rock clip

    Hi everyone. I've been playing around with a couple of dual amp presets that use the Das Metal with the FAS modern and the CA3+ Lead with the FAS Modern and I recorded this little melodic rock ditty to see what they sound like recorded. I also played a scratch bass part using the SVT through...
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