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  1. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    Yes, i think it's legit to create a composite bass amp using a compressor, eq, etc. However, there's something nice about being able to tweak the bass, mid, treble of the amp and not have to go into specific frequency bands of a graphic or para eq and tweak there. Additionally, i'm not an expert...
  2. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    which is what we're doing in this and other threads...
  3. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    or we could just have 1 or 2 dedicated solid state bass amps added to the hundreds of tube amps already available.
  4. J

    bug in preset names / saving, names not getting saved

    using 1.05.08, i'm finding that the preset names often don't get saved or get saved with a different name. In the pictures you can see that: 400 jaz jc120 / tube pre bass 1.1 402 bill's bass mods 1.1 - slap However, look at what the preset list shows. incorrect name for 400 Empty for 402...
  5. J

    Parameter Mods - SS-ified Jazz Bass models

    @Postretro I played around with all those parameters, wasn't able to dial out the middy character of the preset. One thing i'd recommend is going back to your v1 jc120 and a/b'ing it with the newer versions. Due to psychoacoustics, our ears normalize out certain sounds and sometimes if you go...
  6. J

    Parameter Mods - SS-ified Jazz Bass models

    Here's one of of the @Postretro bass presets. Originally, I was unable to get a sound on the fractal that was "as good" as my mark bass amp but now the fractal sounds better. More clear and less colored. This is bass mod 1 based on the JC120.
  7. J

    Parameter Mods - SS-ified Jazz Bass models

    if you toggle back and forth between bass mods 1 and the jc120 trial, the trial amp has sort of a semi-cocked wah quality to it. Not sure what's causing that...
  8. J

    Parameter Mods - SS-ified Jazz Bass models

    presence worked good. Did not play around with depth. I flipped back and forth between the trial preset and the bass mods 1 and it struck me that the newer version had a nasally quality to it. I tried tweaking the tone controls and amp's output graphic eq but couldn't get rid of it...
  9. J

    Parameter Mods - SS-ified Jazz Bass models

    hi, @Postretro I was locked out for a while. I'm back now. where's the new link? I spent a couple hours with the jc120 trial and I feel like it's nasally. I've gone back to the original bass mods 1
  10. J

    Parameter Mods - SS-ified Jazz Bass models

    @Postretro , i dig it. I have it coupled to the bergantino nxt210finger basic IR (from celestion) and I think it sounds a little better with that cab for fretless than the SL112. I tweaked the EQ a tad too. Here's my variation. Sounds good for fretted too but I just put new strings on my fretted...
  11. J

    Parameter Mods - SS-ified Jazz Bass models

    will check it out in a couple hours, thanks again!
  12. J

    Parameter Mods - SS-ified Jazz Bass models

    it was a typo, supposed to be high cut
  13. J

    clicks and pops from s/pdif

    So, the FM3 SPDIF sounds different. I thought it was my imagination with tracks I was recording but using my Focusrite 8i6 control panel and with a track playing, I can switch between using the fractal's s/pdif with 48k and external clock to the focusrite 44k / internal clock and the latter...
  14. J

    SPDIF out is working - but sounds crispy?

    So, the FM3 SPDIF sounds different. I thought it was my imagination with tracks I was recording but using my Focusrite 8i6 control panel and with a track playing, I can switch between using the fractal's s/pdif with 48k and external clock to the focusrite 44k / internal clock and the latter...
  15. J

    Parameter Mods - SS-ified Jazz Bass models

    i'm using this, scene 1 , i updated this to have 2 out blocks. 1 for recording to computer with cab block, the other for running into effect return of my amp setup but cab block not needed since I'm running through a real cab. It'd be nice if all the presets could be formatted similarly...
  16. J

    Parameter Mods - SS-ified Jazz Bass models

    much less nasally with drive bypassed, i also tried reducing the level at the input block. Definitely less gainy but I think micro boost is just nasally
  17. J

    Parameter Mods - SS-ified Jazz Bass models

    tried that, definitely helps. Switched the preamp type to none, also tried fet i and ii. Bottom line though is that the microblock introduces a nasal character to the tone that is not there with the modified jc120 block
  18. J

    Parameter Mods - SS-ified Jazz Bass models

    ok, did all that. the compressors are adding too much so shunted the 2 compressors, modified the drive block's bass, mid freq, reduced mids a tad, added some bass in the output eq, tried my bergantino and sl112 cabs with high pas at 16k. Sounds much better but...Compared to the bass mods 1 scene...
  19. J

    Parameter Mods - SS-ified Jazz Bass models

    Tried b1.2 scene 1, same deal. I figured out it's the combination of my SL112 IR and the dual compressors overloading the CPU that's causing it to go silent so I upped the high cut to 16k, removed both compressors, swapped the IR out to my SL112. My impression is that it's nasally compared to...
  20. J

    Parameter Mods - SS-ified Jazz Bass models

    I just tried B1.1 scene 1. There's no amp? My first impression was that the drive block was distorting. I bypassed it and then noticed high cut was set to 2000 on the speaker so I set it to 16,000 and then the entire preset stopped working (silence). I tried setting the drive block back to in...
  21. J

    Parameter Mods - SS-ified Jazz Bass models

    i'll download these after work today and give you some comments. The aguilar SL112 I got here. https://www.tylerspicermusic.com/shop/p/a-slight-112-ir it's the best IR i've found for doing the jazz stuff that I'm doing. I tried the bergantino from celestion but really didn't think it was flat...
  22. J

    clicks and pops from s/pdif

    i've seen other people talk about this. Was there any agreed upon solution? It's driving me crazy. Using a focusrite 8i6 gen 3 interface
  23. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    sansamp is a very poor solution compared to a modeler for what I'm doing
  24. J

    Parameter Mods - SS-ified Jazz Bass models

    hi @Postretro , i tried a couple of the new patches. The jazz mods 1.4 (how does this fit into the original v1 and v2 jc120 mods?) as well as the double verb. I did hear the chorusing thing. I thought the double verb sounded great for melodies on the fretless but for playing ensemble parts on my...
  25. J

    Parameter Mods - SS-ified Jazz Bass models

    on my recordings, I have been using an aguilar SL112 IR which is what I have in real life and sounds closest to my real amp.
  26. J

    Parameter Mods - SS-ified Jazz Bass models

    the basses on this video were done a previous release of his JC120 bass amp mods.
  27. J

    Parameter Mods - SS-ified Jazz Bass models

    WOW, thanks so much @Postretro - FABULOUS work and greatly appreciated!!!
  28. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    Thanks so much. I am grateful that you took the time to help with this. I actually used the mod 1 version, for this just because I had already made some tracks and didn't want the sound to change. I will be upgrading to the mod 2 version very soon. :)
  29. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    how do they get 900w into 8ohms in a module that's spec'd as 700w into 8ohms? Seems like some marketing trickery going on.
  30. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    @Postretro here's a clip using your preset bass mods # 1. Very happy with this. Thanks!
  31. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    To the other poster, the austin buddy bass pack is suitable for guys playing classic rock and metal but nothing in the arena i'm looking for. And in the 10,000 posts about axefx vs kemper you feel the need to come on here and complain about a 6 page thread? lol.
  32. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    Are you sure darkglass uses the ice models? I was under impression that the ice modules are used by small manufacturers without a full blown engineering staff to safe time and R&D money. I can tell you that the amps I have played through with the 170w and 200w ice modules have been extremely...
  33. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    No, that's not true. Anyone who plays through an aguilar or markbass knows the amp and the preamp and their own color to the sound. No amp is 100% transparent. Not done... I guess I'm confused why you can't get all your sounds out of a single tube amp because after all, a tube is a tube, right? ;)
  34. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    Thanks, I feel like I should pay you some type of fee. Maybe we can discuss offline...
  35. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    Thanks! Any difference between the scenes on this one? By the way, it sounds good but there seems to be a hollowness to it that I didn't hear with the V1. Also, while it sounds good for the really mellow janek tone, I'm struggling to dial in good slap tone with it. With the aguilar or markbass...
  36. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    cory wong is a shill? This is a typical janus performance. Playing with Mike Stern. Again, janek did the GT1000 as a paid endorsement.
  37. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    Which of those tones sound similar to tony grey, janek gwizdala, matt garrison or Hadrien Feraud? None of them... Those are fine tones for playing bass in a classic rock setting but not for jazz or fusion or funk...
  38. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    huh? I never said anything about liking the video he did with the GT1000? Or are you just trying to be funny? I said that he's done a lot of demos with the Helix Stomp and someone else on the thread mentioned that he's switched over to that for almost everything.
  39. J

    John Scofield preset?

    i'm just going by what he said in the interview. maybe he ran a wet/dry rig.
  40. J

    John Scofield preset?

    The rat and ce2 were major parts of his sound. He says so in two recent interviews with jazzguitaronline and rick beato.
  41. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    what does janek doing a sponsored endorsement for boss have to do with the current topic? He also did a demo of the darkglass element. Does that mean he's disqualified ?
  42. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    any chance of getting some SS bass and guitar amps added?
  43. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    they have a JC120 which is SS.
  44. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    not quite, it actually has some high end SS bass amps modeled. As I said, just having a single SS bass head would go a long way towards helping bassists. Why are we even having this conversation? Can you actually say it makes sense to have hundreds of guitar amps and not a single SS bass head...
  45. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    Thanks, that's quite a mouthful. The truth is that while I'm a software engineer, I have spent zero time trying to understand the fractal amplifer architecture stream so I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to tweaking. I greatly appreciate your efforts. Honestly, I really like the preset you made...
  46. J

    John Scofield preset?

    Hi, thanks for all the work on that but IMO, it really doesn't have much sco vibe unless something was radically wrong with some of the settings. In particular, the chorus was too throbby. Sco used a stereo CE2 and a Rat and spring reverb. And for some reason, the amp settings or speakers or...
  47. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    i'm sure I can get something close but look at it this way. What if I told you that the fractal was a bass modeler but with some tweaking you could get close to the guitar sound you want?
  48. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    Agreed and I think we should be careful not digressing into fanboism here. It's ok to discuss what's good AND bad about the fractal systems. If we treat fractal as our family member, we risk an honest appraisal of what needs to be improved. In this case, it's not a huge ask. 1 nice and...
  49. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    given that most bassists are using SS amps, i'm not sure the "plastic" comment really helps. All I know is that janek gets great sounds out of his helix and I don't get why we need 300 miscellaneous tube amps and can't have even 1 SS bass amp???
  50. J

    John Scofield preset?

    thanks, will try tomorrow.
  51. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    thanks for all your time. Will try tomorrow!
  52. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    @Postretro Ok, it's the pitch block causing the issue. Disabling that got rid of the ring mod and the volume issue. However, something in the chain is causing white noise to be generated along with every note and it's very bright. I think my bass block is better for the janek/tony grey sound. I...
  53. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    there seems to be something wrong with this preset. It sounds like a ring modulator is on and is extremely low volume.
  54. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    thanks. Trying right now.
  55. J

    John Scofield preset?

    looking for something like the blue matter or still warm tone with the rat and chorus. I've tried adding a rat and ce3 but can't seem to dial it in. Anyone have any luck with it?
  56. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    Thanks. I appreciate the well thought out advice.
  57. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    janek gwizdala makes up for any 100 other musicians. ;)
  58. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    I appreciate your offer but I'm not really looking for help with a particular preset. I'm just offering that a modeling processor that has more of the amps that are closer to what I use IRL would be helpful.
  59. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    I'm guessing janek (who is a gear head) has tried the fractal stuff...
  60. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    Tried it and it was too nasally for what I'm doing...
  61. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    Right but literally none of those sound anything like the amps I'm talking about. A single markbass, aguilar or bergantino SS amp would really solve all the issue. i'm not a rock player so most of those amps don't work for me. I tried using the tube pre and it just didn't work at all for me. The...
  62. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    I did that for a while. I really like the Aguilar SL112 IR though. I have tried using a 10band EQ instead of the amp. I may go back to that. My feeling was that the JC120 with the 8 band output EQ was flat enough that it basically gave me some amp characteristic but with a more intuitive EQ.
  63. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    None of those are even close to the kind of amp I need for my music. Not a single one unfortunately. I have tons of IRs for bass cabs. bergantino and Aguilar SL112 (which is what I use for my real amp). I'm sure for rock band stuff it's sufficient but I feel like hx stomp offers way more in the...
  64. J

    can't get s/pdif working with focusrite 18i/8

    Thanks, i ended up upgrading to the gen 3 focusrite and it's working great.
  65. J

    Thinking of swapping my FM3 for an HX Stomp

    I love the FM3 but the lack of a SS bass amp head is a bit of a disappointment. I play mostly jazz ala janek gwizdala, matt garrison, tony grey, etc. Janek is using the hx stomp. The hxstomp has over 10 bass amps. The fractal has 2 and none of them work for me. I've been using a JC120 and the 8...
  66. J

    anyone have an Aguilar SL-112 IR?

    you should be able to add one of the 6" speakers mixed to center to achieve the high frequency content missing from the tweeters. I have the real SL-112 speakers with the tweeter volume set about 1/2 way up and the IR sound pretty damn close to what I hear in the room.
  67. J

    anyone have an Aguilar SL-112 IR?

    you mean which amp model? I'm using a fractal FM3. Unfortunately, they don't really have bass amps so I use a roland JC120 amp model. If you mean physical amps, IRL I use a markbass big bang through a pair of Aguilar SL112s for bass and a dvmark GH250 tube for guitar through mojotone cabs.
  68. J

    anyone have an Aguilar SL-112 IR?

    i have those. IMO, they sound nothing like the Aguilar SL112. Fortunately, i found a great SL112 IR... https://www.tylerspicermusic.com/shop
  69. J

    Simulating guitar tone control?

    wanted to revive this thread. Anyone have anything that works ? I tried a low pass filter but it doesn't seem to give me the same effect though it's useful...
  70. J

    what makes one speaker IR quieter than another?

    FYI - I heard back from celestion and they acknowledged there is a problem with normalization in some of the IRs in this package and they are going to re-process them and reset my download count!
  71. J

    Best high quality headphones for FM3?

    interesting how we perceive sounds. I tried this setting and it was super bright and thin, particularly for clean jazz tones.
  72. J

    what makes one speaker IR quieter than another?

    I discovered another artifact. It turns out some mic options are significantly lower output than others. I switched to a different mic and cab and now the volumes are "normalized" Previously I was using the R-121, switched to the MD-121 and it's fine now.
  73. J

    what makes one speaker IR quieter than another?

    No, gotta disagree about the levels and frequency responses. I have a redback speaker and it's very efficient and very loud. I hear no difference in efficiency between it, my alnico 90, G12H-75 or dvmark speakers whereas there is a drastic difference between the redback IR and the Alnico 90 and...
  74. J

    what makes one speaker IR quieter than another?

    I don't want to enable the other speaker. I want to be able to switch between the two of them while auditioning. I guess I'll have to use a different workflow involving channels.
  75. J

    what makes one speaker IR quieter than another?

    @Greg Ferguson , i finally got around to trying this and i can't get the individual speaker level to do anything. I have it set to -40 and it's still super loud. What am I doing wrong?
  76. J

    Wish SS amp or preamp?

    yeah, played around with this some before. Mostly the jc-120 with default preamp, no sag and the geq attenuating some high freq sounds best but I'd rather just have a real SS bass preamp. I don't have to use geq with any of my other real amps...
  77. J

    Wish SS amp or preamp?

    I mentioned in another thread that I am just bypassing the amp and using a 10 band eq but it's much more convenient to just have a preamp already tailored for guitar or bass tone stack. Seems like it should be simple to implement and we have hundreds of guitar amps. and what do you mean "just...
  78. J

    Wish SS amp or preamp?

    @unix-guy - i tried the jc-120 for bass and it's actually pretty good. Tone controls don't quite work for bass so I still have to use the 10 band. I'll try it for guitar later.
  79. J

    Wish SS amp or preamp?

    Yes but it's super noisy (unless fractal has fixed the circuit), bright, brittle sounding and other than the fact that many venues have one, is not something most guys covet, plus it's not a great bass amp...
  80. J

    Wish SS amp or preamp?

    I love all the tube amps that fractal has but could we carve out a niche for 1 or 2 SS amps? Polytone, Clarus, Markbass, Aguilar? Or perhaps a 5 band EQ that is tailored to work for bass or guitar (with a flip of a switch)? It's possible that a single SS preamp could serve the purpose for 99%...
  81. J

    Wish how about some bass amps?

    it seems we have So silly that we are allowing this place to slowly become TGP...
  82. J

    Wish how about some bass amps?

    i was using a genz benz shuttle with tube preamp but about a year ago switched to markbass big bang. If I A/B the fm3 with any of its amps with my markbass, the markbass wins by a mile. It seems that low B string doesn't work well with most of the amps I've tried. I have better luck using no amp...
  83. J

    Struggling with Bass presets...

    the original jc120 circuit is extremely noisy. (Hissy). Did fractal fix that? At any rate, i'm currently using it with no amp and just a graphic eq but i'm struggling to replicate the sound of the markbass head. It sounds good though. The tube pre just doesn't work for bass IMO. With my...
  84. J

    Wish how about some bass amps?

    Markbass, Aguilar, Bergantino, B15, etc... Please!
  85. J

    Struggling with Bass presets...

    it's the tube preamp that's sucking tone. This sort of exposes a big weakness of the fractal amp models. The lack of a great SS bass amp...
  86. J

    Struggling with Bass presets...

    it's attached. thanks for looking.
  87. J

    Struggling with Bass presets...

    i'm using tube preamp as my amp block just to have tone controls. Tube pre has the amp block disabled. Not sure I get what you're saying about using an amp block when I really just want the dvmark amp and not amp modeling. At least not until I get something I like without it.
  88. J

    Struggling with Bass presets...

    As I mentioned, I am not using the cab sim when I'm running into the effect return. It's not related to the cab sim.
  89. J

    Struggling with Bass presets...

    Just for background - My bass style is more along the lines of jazz/fusion ala tony grey, janek gwizdala, matt garrison... For bass, I'm running my FM3 into the effect return of my markbass big bang 500w head and then into a pair of Aguilar SL-112 cabs. This has served me well for bass and...
  90. J

    what makes one speaker IR quieter than another?

    Unfortunately, they need to have a level control on each cab in a block.
  91. J

    what makes one speaker IR quieter than another?

    thanks. Not sure if I want to spend $50 to fix a $11 IR from celestion. Seems like a good tool if I had a bunch of cabs I wanted to sample... I emailed their support and mentioned that the output is about 3db lower than the 4 other IRs I purchased from them. Maybe they'll fix it.
  92. J

    what makes one speaker IR quieter than another?

    ah, thanks. Is there an IR editor that I could use to "normalize" it? I tried loading it into an audio editor but that obviously doesn't work too well...
  93. J

    what makes one speaker IR quieter than another?

    the problem for me is if I want to use 2 different cabs in a preset.
  94. J

    what makes one speaker IR quieter than another?

    one thing that's painful with the FM3 is that the level control is global in the preset. I can't vary it with a different scene. I can probably vary it with a different channel but it's inconvenient for how I have things setup
  95. J

    FM3 bass preset discussion

    also, for you FRFR guys, do you run bass through it? I've discovered that my guitar sounds great through the aguilar SL112 cabs with a modeled cab so I've been using that pretty much. Requires some tweaking to go back and forth between those cabs and my studio monitors though.
  96. J

    FM3 bass preset discussion

    can someone recommend some settings for just a slight compression? i'm using something like this:
  97. J

    can't get s/pdif working with focusrite 18i/8

    [edit] It turns out with the focusrite control for Gen 3, it's really easy to switch the clock sync and sample rate. The gen 1 was painful but it's so trivial that I'm currently using the s/pdif but I have the analog inputs hooked up too...
  98. J

    Anyone using Presonus Studio interface and S/PDIF?

    the 68c mixer didn't allow me to control the volume of s/pdif so I ended up returning it and bought the focusrite 8i6. Unfortunately, I found that not having spdif in on the fm3 limited me to only using the fm3 as master and that totally screwed up my computer when the fm3 was shut off. I didn't...
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