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  1. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 20.02 Public Beta (Beta 1)

    It's more of a Frontal Lobe thing.
  2. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 20.01 Public Beta (Beta 2)

    It would be great if these settings were baselined for real cabs when selecting SS Pwr Amp + Cab. Please make this a standard if possible. I use both so this would be helpful. Even more would be to make all of it part of the cab block so I can use one amp block for both outputs. I know, in...
  3. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 20.00

    I did just that, set to 9 ms.
  4. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 20.00

    Thank you @macky I tried this and liked it best as it sounds good and I can use it in front of both the SS and FRFR paths; I use two amp blocks, one for real and another for FRFR cabs. One thing I've noticed is some comb filtering and was wondering how best to address it?
  5. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 20.00

    The Speaker Breakup parameter seems to be tied to the Cab Resonance; it is on even at Speaker Drive at 0.00 I would describe it as the attack of the speaker breakup; Soft is muted, Medium is normal and Hard is tight. I like Hard for modern metal tones, Medium for rock, etc. and Soft for blues...
  6. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 20.00

    Bingo was his NAME-O!
  7. maschoff

    Axe-Fx Firmware Release Version 18.00 Public Beta

    I' with this guy ;) I see that the Global Speaker Impedance Curve is set to DEFAULT. I would assume this means that the Amp block curve is being used. So no effect unless you change it.
  8. maschoff

    Axe-Fx Firmware Release Version 17.01 Public Beta

    Oh how do I love you Fractal Audio? Let me count the ways ... endlessly!
  9. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 17.00

    I'm not sure now, I think it was a 2x12 combo amp. It wasn't my cup of tea, so I didn't really pay much attention.
  10. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 17.00

    My friend had a Budda. I played it once. And I never thought the Axe's version sounded anything like it. It does now :)
  11. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 17.00

    I agree, I'm not into populating the world with these boxes. I will wait for the IV and UltraFulRes :)
  12. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 17.00 Public Beta 4

    Axe Edit should be closed. Fractal Bot and the Axe only while selecting Cab 3.
  13. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 16.04

    This is from page 190 of the Axe-FX II manual
  14. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 16.04

    I use one for real cabs and two for FRFR. Three and four are send/returns to outboard effects. 61.7% was the highest, and 58% was the lowest I saw; plenty of room for more goodies, 40% more :) As for changing scenes, try the volume knob.
  15. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 16.04

    It's like Fractal Audio has a bottomless box of badass back there ... "Would you like some more BADASS Sir?" Why Yes! Yes, I would! Please!
  16. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 16.01 "Cygnus"

    Calling all metalheads! If you are looking for a gnarly high gain IR pack, I highly suggest the Rainbows and Chainsaws pack from Kristian Kohle. Some of my personal favorites are from Rainbows: 03 Creamy Warmth.wav Eminence CV-75 / Mesa boogie 4x12 / sE Voodoo + Celestion Vintage 30 / Mesa...
  17. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 16.01 "Cygnus"

    Yeah, what is that Tweed sound? Love it Man!
  18. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 16.00 "Cygnus"

    All it takes for poor tone to win is for good guitarists to do nothing.
  19. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 16.00 "Cygnus"

    Reverb is the only thing you will hear after impoverishing yourself there ... it's worse than a gambling addiction.
  20. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 16.00 "Cygnus"

    If you pan them, you may not want them in phase. Try 10 ms offset for a fuller sound. 6 ms if you like it tighter.
  21. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 16.00 "Cygnus"

    I've found the ML IRs to be very bassy and loud with Cygnus. I'm with @johnnypig I always seem to comeback to YA and the 5153 is a pretty sweet cab and it's not a V30.
  22. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 16.00 "Cygnus"

    I have a new found love of utility pedals and clean boosts because the Axe takes them so well and needs it bad sometimes. I love Jackson Audio's Prism and Bloom, ThorpyFX's Heavy Water, any overdrive (ODI, Plumes, Ages, etc) for a preEQ and boost clean or colored. It adds spice as desired and...
  23. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 16.00 "Cygnus"

    I'm pretty sure this is being updated with Cygnus but see near the bottom of this page in the Amp Block Wiki. Frequency is the X axis and Impedance is the Y. The curves are approximations of certain speaker types. Think of Impedance as AC resistance that changes dynamically as the diaphragm...
  24. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 16.00 "Cygnus"

    It's a train that kept a rolling. It's been that way since before the II and is why we have the III, and will have the IV. Cliff and Fractal Audio have persistently and consistently developed their products while keeping the future in mind. It's good to hear the continued accolades because it...
  25. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 16.00 "Cygnus"

    Only for the birds, man.
  26. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 16.00 "Cygnus"

    It would be so sweet to have a reset tool in Axe-Edit and be able to select which parameters you'd like to leave untouched.
  27. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 12 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Release Candidate

    I'll let @austinbuddy speak to his comment. @FractalAudio I always appreciate being freed from a mental eddy, thank you.
  28. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 12 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Release Candidate

    Lol, I trust you but see here page 13 at the bottom ... @austinbuddy Preset Instructions (Need to login)
  29. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 12 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Release Candidate

    Be forewarned, the Send Return adds +1 dB to the returned level. This screwed with me for so long till I bought a @austinbuddy bass preset pack and read through his notes.
  30. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 12 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Release Candidate

    My god, it's full of stars ... the Angle Sever, the Buddha, Solo 100, Archaen, Legend, etc. ... That Buddha loves high gain pedals. I'm feeding it a Blackhawk Amplifier's Balrog distortion and it sounds like demonic nirvana 🤘
  31. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 12 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Release Candidate

    So sweet :) Thank you for all the goodness!
  32. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    It's definitely in action and pickup height ... and possibly that knob labeled Volume :) But definitely not the knob labeled Tone :)
  33. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    And they died ... then Elon Musk brought them back ...
  34. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    And then there's the plectrum rabbit hole ... shhh ... Blue Chip picks ... BC Jazz LG 50 :)
  35. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    I just picked up a Jackson Audio Prism and it is a utility knife guitar pedal for things just like this. I'd check it out, it's pretty amazing and well worth the investment. You can sculpt your clean, rhythm and lead tones that work with your guitar as a pre-stage of gain to hit another pedal...
  36. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    Thank you Leon! Just wondering what strings and gauges you use? They look and sound thicker than my 10-46 Thomastik Infelds.
  37. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    5150 block or 6505, or the ENGL
  38. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    I think it's mostly string dependent; mass of and the voltage generated by. The 42 on my Tele sounds a lot different to the 84 on my Strandy. How this drives the amp affects the way I set up my presets. Lots of high cut with the Tele and lots of low cut with the Strandy. I get gnarly high...
  39. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    My Les Paul Custom has a JB and Jazz. Looks like it's going to get some much needed attention today ;)
  40. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    It should be updated to "... callused fingers." 🖖
  41. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    You could play 3 of the exact same guitars and each would sound different. There are so many factors to address and exact replication in reality is never possible; nature doesn't even get twins that close and they, supposedly, have the exact same genetic recipe, so the environment has a...
  42. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    The road to wisdom is paved with excess.
  43. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    I think it should be like this ...
  44. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    I think it's atmospheric pressure, it matters now :) Try playing on a rainy day with all those water molecules in the air; just sounds odd.
  45. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    I swear Cygnus gets closer every update but I'm too lazy to load up the old firmware to check.
  46. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    I was looking for a clean amp to use some real high gain pedals with yesterday and tried this amp for a moment. It felt very bouncy like a Rectifier. It wasn't the sound I was looking for or remembered so I moved on. I really like the Solo 100 out of the box but I'm working to see if I can...
  47. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    Just spent half the day wondering why the Hipower sounded so F'd up ... WE'VE GOT A COCKED WAH OVER HERE💩 Sounds very nice now and does take pedals very well 🤭
  48. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    No, my mom worked at IBM throughout the 90s ... It was her, trust me 😆
  49. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    It will be on the 6th hour of the 6th day of the 6th month 🤘😈
  50. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    I have both FRFR and real cabs, and yesterday, I played a game of how close can I get them to match. I decided I would Louis and Clark the Cab block so I tweaked just about every parameter using the Wiki as my guide. It's scary close now; still hard to compare a 1x12 to a 4x12 if you know the...
  51. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    I'd upgrade to the current beta. All else will be the same. Download Fractal Bot, connect it, back up and don't look back.
  52. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    ... And that Axe, Eugene :)
  53. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    Yeah, I couldn't marathon through that either, it was spirts for me. Read a little, dabble a little but it was very useful and it helped me identify how to sculpt my tone. I walked through the wiki twice, once through the Band Commander for a clean setup and then the Friedman BE/HBE for dirt.
  54. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    In Axe-Edit Settings > Refresh after New FW
  55. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    @Blix Thank you! But you have to help me understand why your levels are set so friggin high? :)
  56. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    Hot or cold here? Personally, I'm gonna need a Road Sign to find any Easter Eggs :)
  57. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    I figured ... Same shit happened to me and I scoured the wiki for an answer. Helps to have a control with your Fractal gear
  58. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    Make sure your DAW/Interface is at 48 kHz
  59. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    Might I suggest we share links from Axe-Change?
  60. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    Close your eyes and twist the knob and leave it where it sounds best ... puts a fat smile on my face every time. I spent years petrified to change things, now I'm like a kid in a knob factory :)
  61. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    The FAS models sound great, just went through and built some presets with all 16 of them with their associated Celestion stereo IRs. Edited: I'm using Speaker Drive at .5, Compression around 3, Time Const ~2-3000 and Compliance 50% ... you will comply 50% OF THE TIME :) I like the HAAS effect...
  62. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    Easter Eggs ... wish there was a thing called Road Signs.
  63. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    I have both, there is no comparison.
  64. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 10 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #7

    Try stacking some drives in series, or parallel if you like, and leave them on and your guitar volume turned all the way down. It's like my bedroom in high school :)
  65. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 10 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #7

    The physical available space to humans inside is about a 3 story house, and the crew was 130 men with 1/3 asleep at a time, on an 18 hour/day cycle. The boat was 360 feet long and 33 feet in diameter while surfaced and 30 feet at 1,000 depth. It was a miracle of human engineering. All the...
  66. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 10 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #7

    No thankfully, however, I was a nuke electrician on this 35,000 hp, 6500 ton pig, the USS Los Angeles (SSN-688) and had the luck of being Throttleman during an overhaul/refueling at Mare Island Naval shipyard. I got to op test the shaft out of the yards, from Ahead Flank to Full Astern as fast...
  67. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 10 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #7

    I'm digging the Bright Cap at 36 pF
  68. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 10 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #7

    The thing I love the most about this firmware is that I have to turn the Amp block level up. It used to default to ear splitting levels that I always had to turn down. Now, I level them to 0-3 dB and they sound sweet. Bravo! All the amps sound great.
  69. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 10 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #7

    Lock down presents many challenges that go unseen until it's too late. Please make sure you are all getting enough Vitamin D and Magnesium. It'll help keep you limber and in a good mood :) I suggest putting on the tunes and going out in the sun in your undies for 10 minutes min on each side :)...
  70. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 10 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #7

    The MS12 was a EVM 12L clone so that's an option too.
  71. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 10 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #7

    Here's a great place to start Free Stuff
  72. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 10 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #7

    What are you setting the bright cap at 🤘 :)
  73. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 10 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #7

    It sounds just as sharp as the real thing 👍
  74. maschoff

    Post Your Axe-Fx III Rigs Here!

    At the time, I was comparing the Muffalleta and the NYC. The Muffalleta is good for variety but it doesn't quite replicate the originals 100%, I'd say 85-90%. The Axe is a different beast and highly tunable but it does a great job too. I just really like how the III takes pedals. I'm using...
  75. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 10 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #7

    I've noticed that the leveling seems to be much better now with regular IRs, there is way less disparity between real cabs and IRs. I used to struggle with that so much, IRs sounding boxy and distant. You can tell in the video above how punchy they are and only from four 12 inch speakers...
  76. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 10 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #7

    Here's a video from my phone, apologies, showing the righteous Uberschall; with both real cabs and IRs, then just real, then with IRs for wet delay. I'd use headphones because I could only get to a little over 90 dB in the room as it's almost 9 pm here so it sounds a bit thin with awful string...
  77. maschoff

    Post Your Axe-Fx III Rigs Here!

    No, I don't gig and am just starting in recording, honestly. If I did gig, I might use the Matrix 1x12s or some 2x12s I have with EVs. I had the space and it was one of those, well, I have the channels. The Mesa and Diezel came first, and then I was like, maybe a stack, yeah a stack. Then...
  78. maschoff

    Problems with my new AXE-FX III: It does not sound good?

    No, not on input. I'd leave that at 50% for now. I'm talking about the output LEVEL knob in the amp block. Set your levels so that they are slightly in the red. To see levels, push LAYOUT knob > ZOOM knob > PAGE >> button You will see all your levels at each block of the preset and the...
  79. maschoff

    Post Your Axe-Fx III Rigs Here!

    I explained early in the marriage that I had bought my first guitar for $250, a 1989 black BC Rich Mockingbird, and played it happily for 25 years at the time and it was listing for $1200. If you buy smart and take care of your gear, what hobby fills your life with joy and puts money in her...
  80. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 8 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #5

    You made me try both, thank you :) So true about the 800 and that Tweed is so gooey :)
  81. maschoff

    Post Your Axe-Fx III Rigs Here!

    I started with the II and got the matrix amps and cabs for FRFR. I soon realized that real cabs was the only way I was going to get the sound I wanted. I was running each matrix 1x12 alone and two bass 1x12s for bass, and I had 8 channels total to play with. Now I run a III WDW in stereo. Wet...
  82. maschoff

    Problems with my new AXE-FX III: It does not sound good?

    Make sure you level properly, get them in the red.
  83. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 8 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #5

    Do you happen to have a hot cake? It's quite nice into this model.
  84. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 8 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #5

    Hi Fractal! Any plans for an FX unit that can be worn on a guitar strap?
  85. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 8 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #5

    Lol! This is exactly what I said in a NeuralDSP YouTube comment :)
  86. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 8 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #5

    I'm so glad you said it, I think his sound is like strapping 8 strings to an old 70's metal trashcan. I love the Fishman Moderns and couldn't get the shrill of the Abasi's out of my head.
  87. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 5 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #2

    No :) But they got pretty close :)
  88. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 5 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #2

    2nd airing is tonight at 7 pm CST ... it was pretty awful but Rhett's playing was gnarly :)
  89. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 5 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #2

    Saw Rhett Shull sporting an Axe-FX III preparing for "Pedals the Musical" :) Starts in about 1.75 hours, can't wait! :tonguewink:
  90. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 5 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #2

    The USA IIC++ model sounds nice and takes real pedals very well 🥰 @ModelGuitarist Thanks, and apologies for being OT too but I suggest everyone at least try a Strandberg. The reason I say this is because I think it pertains to all guitarists and our health. I went with Strandberg for the...
  91. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 5 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #2

    Read what he said again without adding attitude in your head. Those are the only options available if you preferred an amp version with an error updated/corrected in future firmwares. You allowed him to touch your sides :)
  92. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 5 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #2

    Might I suggest version 7.0 on the Axe-FX II … those were dark days Cliff. Thank you for your perseverance 🖖
  93. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 5 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #2

    Digging the 1981 drive into the AC-30 with the neck pickup 👌 Cygnus rocks🤘
  94. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 5 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #2

    Perfect, just got my replacement speaker installed. Got it on the looper now, breaking it in 🤘
  95. maschoff

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    The Recto2 Red Modern does this quite a bit. I hold down power chords for a bit and I get some pretty loud pops. I'm going to stay away from that model for now, it's the only one I've noticed this happening to.
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