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  1. Ventanaman

    Spruce thinline tele with random stain from the garage

    Same! Looks good.
  2. Ventanaman

    Clean guitar on Everlong

    Here you go. I am using this with an EBMM Axis, but with Suhr SSH pickup in the bridge (not as hot as the stock Axis pickups). Should also work well with any PAF-style humbucker. For the clean scene try the AC-20 1x12 IR, and for the dirty, I use a greenback (Leon Todd) panned left and a V30...
  3. Ventanaman

    IRs York Audio Master Thread - Newest Cab Pack: MRSH 412 MV30-Dual

    I am really digging the new MV30 pack. I am using the MV30 BLND Mix 1 hard panned right with Leon Todd's Greenback IR or YA 5153 IRs hard panned left. For me, I took the Friedman 4x12 impedance curve and boosted the LF to 5.2 and it sounds great. Thank you York Audio!
  4. Ventanaman

    Clean guitar on Everlong

    I use the Friedman Smallbox with gain rolled way back and a PEQ with aggressive high and low cuts. I can post a preset later today, but here is us doing this live a few weeks ago.
  5. Ventanaman

    5150 build.

    This is one of the all time greatest EVH guitar threads. Andy Eagle - thank you , sir.
  6. Ventanaman

    Can't nail AC/DC tone - help is appreciate

    +6 db @ 150Hz on 3 out of 4 mics! "No compression was applied in the SSL SiX at all."
  7. Ventanaman

    Can't nail AC/DC tone - help is appreciate

    OP - What guitar, and more importantly, what pickups are you playing through? I have found to get that “crack” and weight, the pickups have to be very uncompressed/low output, such as vintage-style PAFs. I also have to add some LF resonance around 250 Hz, +2-4db, Q around 2. YMMV.
  8. Ventanaman

    Post Your Axe-Fx III Rigs Here!

    I love the dual sub setup in a small room!
  9. Ventanaman

    Best way to deal with an overly bright guitar?

    Other may have said it before, but putting a PEQ near the end of your chain can certainly help in scene changes that require significantly different sounds/tones.
  10. Ventanaman

    Matrix GT1000FX Amp failure and Customer Support

    That must be frustrating. My experience with Andy several years ago was the complete opposite. I had an amp failure, he met me at the shop in Ventura a couple of days later, and repaired the amp on the spot.
  11. Ventanaman

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 20.01

    With the most recent v20.01 capacitor value change in the Smallbox model, can anyone comment on its effect on the sound? Is it noticeable?
  12. Ventanaman

    Post Your Axe-Fx III Rigs Here!

    It's a Gator Pro 6 space shallow rack. Gator Cases Pro Series Rotationally Molded 6U Rack Case with Shallow 13" Depth; Made in USA (G-PRO-6U-13) The Line 6 unit is for guitar wireless when we play on bigger stages. This gig I just used a cable. Our IEM gear is in another rack with the mixer.
  13. Ventanaman

    Post Your Axe-Fx III Rigs Here!

    Current gig rig. Looking to build a 4CM rig with a Friedman head.
  14. Ventanaman

    AxeFx III - 4CM with On-Stage Cab and Stereo to FOH

    Thanks M@rio! This is getting very close to what I want to to with a Friedman Wildwood 20 (in route). My only question is where are you getting your power amp tone into the signal chain? With the WW20 I also have a direct out - it seems like I should also be able to run that balanced signal...
  15. Ventanaman

    AxeFx III - 4CM with On-Stage Cab and Stereo to FOH

    Thanks - I read through that. Can I split off a side chain near the end of my signal chain, insert a cab sim/post-cab effects, and then send that out to FOH via OUT1?
  16. Ventanaman

    AxeFx III - 4CM with On-Stage Cab and Stereo to FOH

    Hi All! I am planning on going down the 4CM rabbit hole with my B rig and would like to have my tube amp provide the amp tone and power an on-stage cabinet while sending a DI back into the AxeFX for the cab sim and then stereo to FOH? I tried searching but couldn’t find a specific schematic -...
  17. Ventanaman

    Go to amp models for 90’s Rock/Grunge

    We do a ton of 90’s stuff - Pearl Jam, STP, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Collective Soul, Weezer, etc. and my go to is the Small Box with the gain on 6-7, and switch over to the 5153 Blue Channel for the heavier stuff, with gain around 7, but the input gain dialed back to 0.6 or so. I also use the...
  18. Ventanaman

    SiB Varidrive Pedal Alternative

    Does anyone have experience with the SiB Varidrive (Dean DeLeo uses one to boost his Vox in his live rig)? I would love to know if there is a sonic alternative in AxeFX. Thanks in advance! VM
  19. Ventanaman

    Live Workflow for Cover Bands - Song Lists vs Complex Presets

    Looks like my intuition was correct - on to making the presets! Thanks for the great input.
  20. Ventanaman

    Live Workflow for Cover Bands - Song Lists vs Complex Presets

    Wow! I haven’t yet come across a song I can’t cover with 8 scenes and 2 amps in the AxeIII.
  21. Ventanaman

    Live Workflow for Cover Bands - Song Lists vs Complex Presets

    I play in a 90’s cover band with about 60 or songs in the current rotation. I just finished re-creating all of my AxeFxII presets in the III, and the associated FC12 programming - and I am very impressed, especially withe the FC12 customization. I have been able to get the 60 songs into 5...
  22. Ventanaman

    FC12 Switch Sensitivity

    I love the customization of the FC12, but as I get to rehearsing and gigging with my newly acquired AXEIII/FC12 rig (coming from 10 years of the AXEII/MFC platform), I am a bit uneasy about FC12 switch sensitivity. On the MFC, I had to depress almost all the way down to actuate the switch; on...
  23. Ventanaman

    Shout Out to Support

    Over the weekend I was having an issue with my FC12 displaying information from the AXEIII. I emailed support on Saturday night and by Sunday afternoon we had the issue fixed (loose ribbon inside the FC). A big thanks to Mark Day and the Fractal team in providing an excellent experience on a...
  24. Ventanaman

    Axe-Fx III Waitlist

    Waitlist 9/3/20 - invite and purchase on 11/9/20. Rock and roll.
  25. Ventanaman

    Axe Fx II Crackles / Clicks -- Can't Identify Problem

    I have had the exact same issue for years, but just in the left Output1 channel. Usually rears its head during a sound check or about 15-20 minutes into practice - I power cycle the unit and it goes away for the rest of the day. I even sent my unit (AxeFx II Mark1) back to Fractal a couple of...
  26. Ventanaman

    Fryette or VHT TwoFiftyTwo (2/50/2)

    Having owned/still own most of the Fryette poweramps, I will just say you need to dial it in to taste. For me, I always start at Noon and adjust accordingly as it will highly depend on your cabinet and listening environment. And remember to do this at gig volume, or at least 90db. The 2/50/2 is...
  27. Ventanaman

    Amps similar to a JTM45?

    Friedman Small Box
  28. Ventanaman

    Matrix Amplification Customer Service

    Sometimes, being in California does have its advantages!
  29. Ventanaman

    Matrix Amplification Customer Service

    I need to tell you about my customer service experience with Matrix Amplification. I have a 4-year-old Matrix GT100FX that I have run fairly hard with full-volume rehearsals and gigs - some outdoor shows in 110 degree heat. It has never even blinked an eye until a couple of weeks ago when it...
  30. Ventanaman

    1960TV Cab (Basketweave TV mix)

    +1 on Jim Seavall and Scumback speakers for the pre-Rola greenback tone. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  31. Ventanaman

    My Take on the Reverb Hold thing. Also using Cab De-Phase FW 19.01 Beta

    Great sounds! Mark - are you triggering the Reverb Hold off/on with the assigned IA throughout the single notes? It's not clear since we can't see your footwork. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  32. Ventanaman

    How many of you use REAL cabs still?

    I use both. Output 1 to the FOH and Output 2 to my poweramp and cab. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  33. Ventanaman

    Setlist Maker I made in Excel

    Very nice. Will definitely check it out. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  34. Ventanaman

    My Holy $h!t Moment with the IIC+

    Care to share more details about your process? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  35. Ventanaman

    So I played through a Two Rock combo yesterday.....

    This is exactly what I am doing - and still gigging. And I still have a 30 minute post-gig conversation from either current Axe users or soon-to-be Axe users.
  36. Ventanaman

    New Fractal GB and V30 Cabs

    Thanks Cliff. You guys are awesome. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  37. Ventanaman

    New Fractal GB and V30 Cabs

    Agreed. They sound great and thanks for your input.
  38. Ventanaman

    New Fractal GB and V30 Cabs

    Exactly - one is the Gb M160 and the other is the V30 At4047 - but there are multiple .IR files for each in CabPak 10. I am hoping someone from Fractal will chime in.
  39. Ventanaman

    Axe FX HD - How I booted the Pod HD firmware on the Axe II

    Heh. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  40. Ventanaman

    Cab-Pack 10!

    Can anyone identify exactly which Fractal/Mark Day .IR's in CabPak 10 are the ones that were chosen for the firmware? Thanks. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  41. Ventanaman

    Axe FX HD - How I booted the Pod HD firmware on the Axe II

    Sounds like a terrible waste of time and resources. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  42. Ventanaman

    New Fractal GB and V30 Cabs

    For the Fractal GB M160 and the Fractal V30 AT4047 Cab IR's that are included in FW18.04, does anyone know which exact .IR files from CabPack 10 are used? Thanks in advance.
  43. Ventanaman

    Axe-Fx II Firmware 18.04 Released

    Thanks. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  44. Ventanaman

    Axe-Fx II Firmware 18.04 Released

    http://www.fractalaudio.com/downloads/firmware-presets/axe-fx-2/18.0/axefx2_18p043.zip
  45. Ventanaman

    Axe-Fx II Firmware 18.04 Released

    Getting a 404 error on the AxeFXII Mark I download page. ???
  46. Ventanaman

    Gibson Price Increase

    I have an Edwards 130 LTS with a pair of WCR pickups, and it plays and sounds as good as only Gibson I have picked up - including a R9. And it only weighs just under 8 pounds. I paid about $850 used and out the door. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  47. Ventanaman

    Tapatalk issues?

    Thanks for the fix! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  48. Ventanaman

    Cliff: Friedman BE question

    I am sorry I don't have the link, but there was a thread a while back on HRI (Huge Racks, Inc.) that compared a real BE to the AxeFx and Mr. Freidman himself (who frequents that board) wasn't able to identify which was which. He wasn't thrilled. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  49. Ventanaman

    NGD - My royal Majesty

    I got to play a Majesty for the first time this evening and VERY impressed with the balance and playability. My guess is just over 6 pounds. If you get a chance to play one, try it out! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  50. Ventanaman

    Upcoming Axe-Fx II Streaming Class

    Just subscribed for the remote access. I would be interested in learning more tips/tricks geared toward gigging musicians. Thanks for taking the time to do this.
  51. Ventanaman

    Post 15.02 update - was about to throw my Axe in the garbage...

    I unfortunately had nearly the same thing happen at a gig. Somehow the WAH block got saved as "on" at the previous rehearsal - it wasn't pleasant, but I knew my MFC programming well enough to jump to another patch that was in the ballpark before I could troubleshoot in between sets. I now go...
  52. Ventanaman

    LXII status?

    I would totally be up for a Kickstarter order/contribution for this amp. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  53. Ventanaman

    Bestronics Instrument Cables?

    +1 for Bestronics.
  54. Ventanaman

    Which is the better Power Amp for Axe-FX-Matrix or VHT/Fryette?

    That is not what I said. If you are using an amp model such as the AC30 or a plexi-type amp, the distortion you get from the KT88's is not going to sound like those "power tubes" in the models - especially on the low end. You *may* want to keep those power amp sims on and tweak to taste. There...
  55. Ventanaman

    Which is the better Power Amp for Axe-FX-Matrix or VHT/Fryette?

    I own (or have owned in the past) a VHT/Fryette 2/50/2 (6L6), a 2/50/2 (EL34), a VHT Classic (EL34), and a 2/90/2 (KT88 ). I have run those into various cabs, but my favorite is loaded with Scumback M75 LDC's. For the AxeFX into a traditional cab, I think the 2/90/2 is the best. I, of course...
  56. Ventanaman

    What's your pickups choice in your 80's hotrod guitar for that hairmetal tone?

    I put an EVH Frankenstrat in the bridge of my 1984 Charvel and love it!
  57. Ventanaman

    Taming the Monster - Series and Parallel Routing

    Scott- Thanks alot for this video and your other work. It is really helpful, even for experienced players/Axe users. One question I have though relating to series vs. parallel is: if you place an effect in series and set the mix to 10%, is 90% of the signal going through the block dry - just...
  58. Ventanaman

    Excellent Experience with Support and Service!

    For the first time since I purchased my Ultra and my Axe II I had to interact with the Fractal customer support and service team. I was having something squirrelly going on with my Output 1 feeds and couldn't fix the issue myself. I contacted support through the proper channels (not on the...
  59. Ventanaman

    LEDs too bright.

    I use a silver sharpie to color over the lens. It works great and can be easily removed with a bit of acetone.
  60. Ventanaman

    Mic'ing a Mitchell-Doughnut equipped cab?

    I place mine right at the cap edge about 1" off the cloth and have no noticeable difference from the same position as my non-donut cab. I imagine the difference may be noticeable the further away you get from the cap.
  61. Ventanaman

    A new lease of life..?

    Looks great! What type of rubbing compound did you use on the clear coat?
  62. Ventanaman

    Fryette LXII New Poweramp...Any update about launching date??

    Bump. Anyone with updates on the LXII?
  63. Ventanaman

    Interstate love song

    Thanks for the tips as well! I have stood within 10 feet of Dean playing this on multiple occasions and I swear he plays it slightly different each time. I think it's turning into his own personal Yellow Ledbetter. :-)
  64. Ventanaman

    Interstate love song

    Very nice Java! I actually did the same thing last night, except I used a Morgan AC20 patch I created and just double-tracked it. It really has that Vox meets Marshall vibe going on. Let me know what you think.
  65. Ventanaman

    Dean DeLeo and Stone Temple Pilots

    I am a Dean DeLeo junkie and have been asked about my live tones for STP. I posted these in another thread, but thought they may be useful here as well. I found the guitar-less backing tracks on the Interwebs. Here is a one-take recording of Crackerman. All of the guitars are AxeFx: the left...
  66. Ventanaman

    Anyone using dual amps at once?

    Here is a quick recording of Crackerman I just made. All of the guitars are me and the AxeFx: the left channel is the DeLeo BE patch, the right channel is my STP Morgan patch with a boost in front, and the lead (one take with clams) is my DeLeo autowah patch. I think it's close - certainly as...
  67. Ventanaman

    New user - need advice to get started

    I will be the contrarian here and say: put FRFR on the back burner until you get a good understanding of the amp and routing capabilities of the AXE. I am going on 5 years of using the AXE for gigging, so I have been down all of the rabbit holes that are possible (with the exception of making my...
  68. Ventanaman

    New Autoengage Wah problem

    On a side note, I use a flanger with a fairly high mix% for those open G notes on the Jumper verses - sounds dead on.
  69. Ventanaman

    Does anyone have Mesa Traditional/Stiletto cab ir's?

    That is good to know. I don't really like CL80s in the real world, but that IR is one of my stock favorites.
  70. Ventanaman

    Does anyone have Mesa Traditional/Stiletto cab ir's?

    Isn't the Fractal stock Cali cab based on the Stiletto?
  71. Ventanaman

    Anyone using dual amps at once?

    I am not a fan of posting presets because unless you are using the EXACT same guitar, pickups, and monitors - you won't get the exact same sounds. But here you go:Axe-Change - Download Preset - STP MORGAN - by Ventanaman This preset was created on an EBMM Axis Super Sport with the bridge...
  72. Ventanaman

    Anyone using dual amps at once?

    Dean DeLeo's tone is something I have studied for a long time and I have been down the rabbit hole and back with the Axe. The first thing you need to figure out is which tone are you looking for? Crackerman? Interstate Love Song? Hickory Dichotomy? The tones you hear on the records are...
  73. Ventanaman

    Own Hammer - Mix IR's Mix Bundles - Modern/Vintage

    Hey Scott - FWIW, I really dig your cab setup for the VOX tones. I actually use it with the Morgan Treble and it sounds fantastic. Keep up the good work.
  74. Ventanaman

    Own Hammer - Mix IR's Mix Bundles - Modern/Vintage

    Me too. I mix them with the H-SB and get a very good result.
  75. Ventanaman

    Brittle sound - any advice?

    Sorry if this has been addressed, but do you get this with other guitars? If not, check the nut. I have an experience a year ago where I was getting a very brittle sounds with open chords and traced it to a small amount of debris that had gotten stuck in the G nut slot. The nut was properly...
  76. Ventanaman

    Axe-Fx II Firmware V11.03 Up

    I am pretty sure you can go straight to 11.03, it will just make any current presets useless. You should also update all of the banks as well if you want to audition those presets.
  77. Ventanaman

    FW 11. Maybe I'll wait.

    It's super easy to backup. Just use the Bot and set it to receive from the Axe. Then browse to a location you wish to save a backup. Then click begin and you will be given a dialog box to chose exactly what you would like to save or backup. Nearly effortless.
  78. Ventanaman

    Do 11b Patches Need to be Created from Scratch?

    Thanks. I appreciate the input. I updated without issue using the Fractal Bot. Awesome dynamics in 11b with the Pete Thorn presets.
  79. Ventanaman

    Do 11b Patches Need to be Created from Scratch?

    I am a bit confused on this (and since it is beta, there aren't release notes). If I am upgrading FW from 10.12 to 11b, do I need to re-create my patches from scratch, or can I just re-initialize the amp block and dial in to taste? Thanks.
  80. Ventanaman

    Unplanned Volume Boost with Bank Changes

    I am running the Mfc in Axe Fx mode, but need to verify when I get home. I may have narrowed it down to a single patch. I will try to upload later.
  81. Ventanaman

    Unplanned Volume Boost with Bank Changes

    I a running AxeII 10.10 and MFC 2.18, and I am experiencing occasional volume boosts (about 3dB) when switching between banks in song mode. For example, if I am on Preset 1 in Bank 1 and then switch to Preset 2 in Bank 2, the volume is then boosted. If I then switch from that preset to another...
  82. Ventanaman

    Our awesome new rehearsal/live racks (pics)

    It's providing compression, reverb and some delay on my vocals. There are some patches where I blend in a harmony voice and the Vocalist uses the guitar input to get the correct key (and Maj vs. Min etc). It works well enough for the club gigs we play.
  83. Ventanaman

    Our awesome new rehearsal/live racks (pics)

    Very nice. I have been gigging a similar rig for about a year without any issues. I route one line from the G90 to the front of the Axe and the other to the Vocalist Live unit.
  84. Ventanaman

    Dialing in sound with band and EQ

    The 2 biggest things I have learned with gigging with the Axe are: 1) More mids (and I now only use the amp and cab blocks block for this) 2) Less gain - just go on you tube to find some isolated guitar tracks from various recordings and be surprised at how little gain can be used (and my band...
  85. Ventanaman

    New 10.10 firmware thoughts?

    Yep that is where I was with v8.01 - until I updated the AxeII and my MFC this week. I need to rework all of my gig-tested patches, but it will be worth as the dynamics are simply awesome.
  86. Ventanaman

    My NYC Pedal Board Specs

    They are just cheap plastic tie downs that you can get at any hardware store. You can either use the adhesive backing or secure them down with a small screw. Enjoy your board!
  87. Ventanaman

    Using Axe-II with real cabs - looking for improvements

    I use a Stagecraft 2x12 loaded with Scumback M75LHDCs. Works great for classic rock to higher gain. Keep in mind that the highest gain we play is along the lines of Seether/Sick Puppies - not exactly death metal.
  88. Ventanaman

    Using Axe-II with real cabs - looking for improvements

    Try turning down the gain. Seriously.
  89. Ventanaman

    Axe-Fx II too expensive? I don't thinkso

    I have always thought the AxeFx is underpriced by at least 50%, maybe more. Best piece of guitar equipment I have ever purchased.
  90. Ventanaman

    Whats your favorite Axe amp for "modern sounds"

    For my modern high gain tones I have been using the Cameron ch1 with the gain about 6 and set to the modern voicing, boosted with the T808mod. It's a very good modern high gain Marshall tone.
  91. Ventanaman

    Fryette building 1U power tube amp for Axe?

    As someone with a 2/50/2 and a 2/90/2 and a GT1000FX, the 2/90/2 is IMHO the sonic winner. I did play 3 gigs in the past 2 weeks with the GT1000FX and was able to get about 95% of the way there and was able to cut about 30lbs out of the rack. I will determinately try the new 1u Fryette at any price.
  92. Ventanaman

    My (not so) Huge Rack

    Sorry. I really don't recall specifically, but I think I got them with a rack hardware kit from musician's friend. Do a search over on their Site and see if that helps and I will try to get more information or a link.
  93. Ventanaman

    My (not so) Huge Rack

    Interesting discussion. FWIW, Cliff Chase himself approved my setup as "exactly what I would do minus the Vocalist" over at The Gear Page. He has stated numerous times (but without specific explanation) that if you have a choice between the front or back inputs, use the front. Carry on. Sent...
  94. Ventanaman

    Auto Engage Smoothness

    What does this do/effect the preset exactly?
  95. Ventanaman

    G90 Wireless

    I am running a G90 into the AxeFxII front input and able to tickle the red easily - I am not sure what the issue would be.
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