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  1. Robboman

    Axe-Fx III Firmware 22.00 Public Beta (Beta 6)

    Mic positions are sampled at a fine spatial resolution. How? Proprietary method? Do you shoot 13 billion IRs to capture all possible mic positions, or do you shoot a reasonable number and then average between them somehow with EQ or other tricks? Or is it captured while the mic is being moved...
  2. Robboman

    FM9 Firmware Version 4.00

    Depends how obsessive and romantic you get about your overdrives. Technically it's just a different flavor. For me, the Hotcake was a staple for years in my real amp / pedalboard rigs. My preferred use of the HotCake was near the start of the signal chain set to very low gain. It almost...
  3. Robboman

    It would be cool to see Fractal make a "Liquid Channel" type device, for Studio Use.

    How is this FM3 Discussion? :) My 2-bits: There are SO many more guitar players than studio producers. Not sure the market size justifies the effort, but sure I bet they could make a cool product.
  4. Robboman

    FM9 Firmware Version 2.0 public beta

    The ratio of nonsense to relevance is particularly high in this thread. Must mean firmware is getting close. Carry on.
  5. Robboman

    FM9 Firmware Version 2.0 public beta

    I had a PRS wayyy back in the 90's just as they were becoming all the rage before the online hate began. Actually, it was kind of before "online" began for most of us. Great guitar, but silly expensive. I'd got it on a bargain used deal and was super proud of it at the time, but I didn't bond...
  6. Robboman

    FM9 Firmware Version 2.0 public beta

    Prev update: https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/fm9-firmware-version-2-0-public-beta.179550/post-2211226 Just keeping organized...
  7. Robboman

    FM3 Firmware Version 5.00

    Does this mean FM9 2.0 final is imminent?
  8. Robboman

    Congratulations Cooper Carter

    Way to go Cooper!
  9. Robboman

    Most recent sea shipment weighed over 10k kg!

    That’s a lot of Fractals! More info… https://importyeti.com/company/fractal-audio-systems
  10. Robboman

    FM3 Presets FM3 AustinBuddy 1000+ "LIVE GOLD" TonePack Feb. 2023 Banks Fully Updated for latest firmware 6.01

    Got my FM9 recently too - If you are still planning to release and include FM9-ready banks in downloads after Fractal fixes the delay bug, then maybe I'll just wait it out. Are you planning any enhancements for FM9 to take advantage of the extra CPU overhead? For example, dual-amp presets or...
  11. Robboman

    FM9 vs FM3 vs AX8 vs Pedals/amps *Plus* FRFR vs Cab on Tube power amp vs SS power amp

    I have a Neo CLR. For years I've wanted and wished I could be completely satisfied in the band practice room using nothing but the Fractal and the CLR. It's REALLY REALLY GOOD and very close now (since Cygnus), but still... not quite. I could easily live with it. Also, I'm a weekend band guy...
  12. Robboman

    FM9 vs FM3 vs AX8 vs Pedals/amps *Plus* FRFR vs Cab on Tube power amp vs SS power amp

    This is close to my experience. I've run with all types going back to my Axe-Fx Ultra, and they can ALL work. But Fractal into tube amp loop return can be amazeballs. My gig backline amp for a long time was this Friedman Dirty Shirley combo... except I ended up liking it better with AX8 into...
  13. Robboman

    FM9 vs FM3 vs AX8 vs Pedals/amps *Plus* FRFR vs Cab on Tube power amp vs SS power amp

    I'm about to dive in to this mess. Aaaarghh! Call it cork-sniffing or whatever, but it's fun now and then to do these A/B comparisons of various things for my own ears, to update my own impressions and see if anything has evolved (the tech, or my own personal tastes). New FM9 just arrived! It...
  14. Robboman

    Waitlist Email

    More data then... Waitlist Confirmation: 2:30 pm Purchase Invite Received: 1:05 pm Oct 11th Ordering now...
  15. Robboman

    Joe Bonamassa Fractal or dis?

    It's a long-running Joe B inside joke. All of his fans are guitarists, so obviously Fractal comes up a lot, since that's what most pros are either using or considering these days. I wouldn't take it as a dis. He lives and breathes vintage gear, buying up everything for his huge museum...
  16. Robboman

    FM9 MKII

    I say buy it when you can and enjoy. Upgrade cycles not worth the worry. Personally I'm more worried Cliff will sell the company to Yamaha and ride off into the sunset with his vast millions never to be heard from again.
  17. Robboman

    FM9 is perfect (an FM3 perspective)

    You're not wrong. I think they went too small on that other design. But I do wish the Fractals had the outermost switches closer to the side edges. Seems like unnecessary chassis width.
  18. Robboman

    FM9 is perfect (an FM3 perspective)

    :) 🤘 But photoshop kidding aside, while I might have preferred this form factor I have to say. Given a choice between the real Fractal FM9 and the competitor's product that resembles this mockup, for me it's absolutely no contest. Fractal gets my money. In the end, for me, it's about the sound...
  19. Robboman

    Does the FM9 devalue the FM3 on the used market?

    Every new Fractal thing, there's an initial bulge of sellers of the previous thing. I've notice the bulge usually slows after the first few weeks. In the case of FM3, it was an initial bulge of AX8s being sold in panic by a lot of guys who regretted selling over the next year when it took a lot...
  20. Robboman

    Find any company’s suppliers

    This is neat! Of course the first company I searched was FAS https://www.importyeti.com/
  21. Robboman

    Are the FM9 output knobs sturdy?

    I see three output level knobs within accidental boot stomping range. For those with the hardware - do they seem sturdy enough? The output knobs on my FM3 feel pretty flimsy and plastic but at least they are way up on the top edge above the screen, so far away even I would not be likely to stomp...
  22. Robboman

    Waitlist Email

    I'm glad I got on the FM9 waitlist back in Feb 2020 :)
  23. Robboman

    Sticking with the FM3? Upgrading to FM9? Why?

    I'll probably get an FM9 and probably sell the FM3, and probably finally sell my AX8 too. I'm not exactly maximizing my Fractal resale strategy :) I'm sorta low key pissed, lol. At myself that is. I 'just knew' FM9 would happen eventually. I even made a fun Photoshop mockup years ago that...
  24. Robboman

    Announcing the New FM9 Amp Modeler/FX Processor

    Finally! It’s what I wanted when FM3 first came out, knew would come along eventually, but couldn’t wait for, so I settled for FM3. No regrets though really. Which would be the biggest seller if FM3 and FM9 had arrived at the same time? My guess is FM9 even though it’s more $. It’s perfect!
  25. Robboman

    from Arthritis to Carpal Tunnel

    Unless my experience was a total coincidence, I'll have to give another vote for diet/food. Did you have the nerve conduction testing? I did, about 3 years ago, following a few years of steadily-worsening carpal symptoms. Nerve test showed not great, but not terrible. According to the data...
  26. Robboman

    Tech 21 Power Engine original with FM3

    Matt.. we know you have heard it ALL, and we all know you have great ears. How do you like it? Compared to, say, a neo CLR? Is it any more 'guitar cab like'? Is it enough power? It certainly LOOKS more 'guitar cab like'... lol
  27. Robboman

    Tech 21 Power Engine original with FM3

    More specifically... when you tested the old Lead80, did you disable the cab sim? I'd expect any 'guitar' speaker to sound like shit with cab sim input, enless you are low volume or simply get lucky with an IR that happens to produce nice sounding results into a non-flat speaker. Cab sims...
  28. Robboman

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00

    Congrats Fractal, thanks for all your hard work. This release is epic!
  29. Robboman

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00 beta 5

    Has anyone said RELEASE THE KRAKEN yet? (edit) sync with AF16.03 first. Then kindly release said kraken.
  30. Robboman

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00 beta 5

    Thanks Matt. I feel validated, that’s what I figured and chose to do myself (not reset). I was thinking between the lines that suggesting the reset is required is mainly a good way to reduce support confusion! This beta is awesome! All happy here!
  31. Robboman

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00 beta 5

    The other thing is, if the temp sensor fails, or if any other firmware issue prevents reading the sensor properly to confirm it really IS cool enough, then the design should be that the fan goes 100% and stays there until the sensor works again. This is how datacenter infrastructure is, (my...
  32. Robboman

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00 beta 5

    Nice, beta 5 confirms my FM3 actually has a fan and it works. I think this boot is the first time I've heard it spin :)
  33. Robboman

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00 beta 4

    I predict this thread will be loaded with confusion soon: 1. Issues from guys who did NOT "reset system parameters" as instructed and required 2. Guys who DID reset system parameters, but now have new issues as a result (depending on whatever they changed in the past that has now been "reset"...
  34. Robboman

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00 beta 4

    Will Reset System Parameters cause us to lose our custom Layouts setups and have to re-do?
  35. Robboman

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00 beta 4

  36. Robboman

    Cygnus is the holy grail

  37. Robboman

    Unboxing most powerful floor modeler in the UNIVERSE

    I love it! It's a crazy and cool one-off custom build and get's my respect. I've been going on about the idea of a higher-end floor unit for many years. People keep shooting me down saying it will overheat, that's why Fractal won't make one. I still think something right in-between FM3 and...
  38. Robboman

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00 beta 2

    Thank you. I'll wait for the next FW to try the 16.02 aligned amp block. (I'm not even using Out2 currently...)
  39. Robboman

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00 beta 2

    Thank you! OP still says "Amp block is aligned with Axe-Fx III 16.01". Is that accurate? Or does it really align with Axe-Fx III 16.02? Release notes in this thread look to be copied from beta 1, so I'm wondering if that was a typo/omission. Thanks for the update! Hoping for presets soon...
  40. Robboman

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00 beta 1

    I say.. no way it will be that long! Optimism :) Matt posted the finished Cygnus preset banks for the III yesterday, so...
  41. Robboman

    The Cygnus Limelight M@ preset appreciation thread

    Re: karaoke-version.com multi-tracks. A few years ago I bought a bunch for a project, they seem to have LOTS that are way higher quality (not all generic GM instruments). Not sure how/where they source all their material, but in general I found that newer, more recent songs have the pro...
  42. Robboman

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00 beta 1

    I'm not sure if it's been said, but I can't imagine them NOT releasing new FM3 presets. I'm assuming new banks soon, released right before or along with 'final' FM3 4.00 Cygnus firmware.
  43. Robboman

    Let's Groove with Cygnus

  44. Robboman


    I'm just trying to be the first to post that word here :) What do I win? CYGNUS is the latest innovation in amp modeling from Fractal Audio Systems. It uses new SpectrumTrack™ Technology to improve the response of amp models from clean to high gain. Cygnus delivers truer and more dynamic...
  45. Robboman

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00 beta 1

    Over the lifespan of a Fractal product, this tends to be required again and again as it evolves. You either embrace it and get good at re-tweaking, or stick with the previous gen product. I'll never have to re-tweak presets on my AX-8 again! It's good to go, just doesn't sound quite as amazing...
  46. Robboman

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00 beta 1

    Yes indeed. It fixed it for me.
  47. Robboman

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00 beta 1

    Waiting on 4.00 beta 2.... https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/axe-fx-iii-firmware-release-version-16-02-public-beta.173334/#post-2097776
  48. Robboman

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00 beta 1

    Yes. I haven't had time to dig into the issue, assumed someone else would post and fix, but I wondered as well.
  49. Robboman

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 16.02 Public Beta

    I agree, but turning off power amp modelling by setting sag control to 0 has been the Fractal way since the dawn of Fractal time. I wonder why change now and not years ago, or a decade ago? Neat. Anyway, with tube power amp I ALWAYS ended up preferring power amp modelling ON in my presets. I...
  50. Robboman

    Celestion Alnico Cream IRs. Why so few?

    The Celestion Alnico Cream IS a great speaker (I've got a single real one), but it's only been out since 2015 so my guess is there just aren't all that many cabs out there to be IR-ified.
  51. Robboman

    FM3 Firmware Version 3.03 beta 1

    Public? Link or admit typo please!
  52. Robboman

    Any Apple Airtag Users?

    I'm curious what makes them any better than Tile which has been doing this many years. :veryconfused:
  53. Robboman

    Ever give up playing?

    Maybe it depends how you define "playing". Does picking up a guitar and noodling for 5 to 10 min count? Because I do that many times daily, even in down periods where I go months without actually writing or recording. I haven't gigged or had a band practice since March 2020, but all this...
  54. Robboman

    Bluechip Picks

    You can also read pages and pages of positive reviews for Monster brand cables, including those stupid gold plated $100 HDMI cables that transmit a digital protocol stream of data identical to a $2 cable. Yet the user reviews will glow on about "improved color and vibrant detail". Facepalm! I'm...
  55. Robboman

    Bluechip Picks

    Nope. Not for me. Kinda reminds me of Starbucks. They didn't invent coffee, they invented really expensive coffees with fancy names, and a lot of people like that. It's actually a great idea, lots of older guitar players already have boutique amps, expensive guitars and Axe-Fx-es, so why not...
  56. Robboman

    Drum VSTs - how do you program your MIdI??

    Good thread. Drum programming is THEE most tedious part of my home-made song making workflow. I've used EZD2 and Addictive, combination of midi patterns and playing fills with keyboard. I've also done a few things with .wav drum loop libraries. Good to read about how others do it. I'm not a...
  57. Robboman

    FM3 Firmware Version 3.03 beta 1

    This. Work time is my only forum time :)
  58. Robboman

    FM3 Firmware Version 3.03 beta 1

    Won't be today IMO: https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/axe-fx-iii-cygnus-factory-presets.172951/#post-2091231 My guess is they want all new FM3 presets to be ready before release. Might come quick on the heels of new III presets, but not 'today' quick.
  59. Robboman

    FM3 Firmware Version 3.03 beta 1

    No, never have before, it's just that Cygnus happened before 3.03 went final so we have this odd limbo state with the extended beta. Think about all the FM3 users NOT on this forum, NOT following the beta news or bug discussions, or the Axe-Fx-III news at all. They would be running 3.02, or...
  60. Robboman

    FM3 Firmware Version 3.03 beta 1

    I'm with those guessing 4.0 Cygnus will drop next, but I wouldn't rule out a public beta first. I'm also predicting new factory presets will coincide with final release.
  61. Robboman

    Time to say goodbye...

    Watch out for beer-spilling drunks approaching that beast! Why say goodbye? It's only a gear forum, free to stay. I have yet to gig post-Covid but I still have tube amps, pedalboard, a CLR, FM3 and my older but still trusty AX8 to play with. I've gone back and forth between rigs for years, I...
  62. Robboman

    FM3 Firmware Version 3.03 beta 1

    Axe-Fx-III will tend to have more detail-invested, deeply technical pro users. FM3 will tend to have more users that just want a great sounding box that works. Not saying users of either type are exclusive to one or the other, just what is likely most predominant. Myself, I've been sliding...
  63. Robboman

    Hard Mounting to Pedalboard

    Do this with stock screws. This is from my years-old post in the AX8 legacy sub-forum: https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/removing-ax8-feet-for-velcro.110879/post-1330656
  64. Robboman

    FM3 Firmware Version 3.03 beta 1

    They might want to redo all the factory presets before releasing FM3 Cygnus, even in beta. That would take time, but would help prevent a lot of the "my amps don't sound right!" posts.
  65. Robboman

    Mission Pedals: to spring or not to spring, that is the question...

    EDIT: I looked in my parts bin, found the inner tube I originally cut up :) It says "Axiom - MADE IN TAIWAN 1.9 / 2.125". Just now I cut a new 1" cross section, used 3 fingers from each hand to stretch as hard as I can pull with all my strength to try to snap it.. it wont snap! It does reach a...
  66. Robboman

    FM3 Firmware Version 3.03 beta 1

    I'd say it's more like "probably". There's no "has to". They can do whatever they like. Nitpick over words :) Actually, I was half expecting the Cygnus firmware for Axe-Fx III to be 1.0 instead of 16.0. Way back when Ares first came out for the II, they called it it Ares 1.0 instead of...
  67. Robboman

    Could today be finalized 3.03 Friday?

    Personally I'm having a hard time getting all stoked for it knowing Cygnus is coming later to change everything, again. I think I'll just chill until then (4.0?)
  68. Robboman

    In Praise of Dirty Shirley

    I've got a nice DS40 combo going up for sale soon, since the model hits the mark as well as it does. :)
  69. Robboman

    Mountain Bikers?

    Over the weekend I put a new Nukeproof wheelset on my 2015 carbon hardtail 27.5 XC bike and tried running tubeless for the first time. The new wheels came pre-taped with a tubeless valve, so I thought I'd give that a try even though I don't have much trouble with flats up here in Alberta Canada...
  70. Robboman

    You guys are in for another treat.

    All my years with Fractal rigs have had me waffling between real guitar cabs and FRFR for loud live band context. I would LOVE to become 100% satisfied on FR and do away with cabs for good. Any detail that might get us a smidgeon closer to ideal is SO welcome, can't wait for this :) Exciting times
  71. Robboman

    Bug in Cygnus Beta 5?

    At least it doesn't catch fire or electrocute you
  72. Robboman

    To Pull This Off at Age 69 Is Incredible

    HOW do you know the set list for a show you saw 43 years ago? I would only remember the bigger ELO hits that replayed on radio for the next few decades, but I am most impressed with this video and the quality of production. Good stuff!
  73. Robboman

    You Guys/Gals Are in for Another Treat

    I haven't read Cliff expressing this level of excitement over a recent epiphany in a long time. Always loved reading about these Cliffpiphanies. Can't wait to hear how this one turns out.
  74. Robboman

    You Guys/Gals Are in for Another Treat

    Is this guitar related or is Cliff have a new pandemic hobby brewing craft beer?
  75. Robboman

    FM3 Firmware Version 2.00 Public Beta 1

    Just want to say thanks very much to all you beta testers, private and public. I don't seem to have time these days, but I appreciate what you're doing while I wait for the stable release. 🤘
  76. Robboman

    Real amp into FM3 for cabs. Levels?

    No idea, but when you try it out please livestream it.. we wanna watch in case your FM3 goes up in smoke :)
  77. Robboman

    Anyone want Improvements in Axe-Fx User Interface?

    Amplitude has come a long way. Impressive video. Wow! I'd still favor even slightly perceptible auditory improvements over max eye candy, but it does look really nice.
  78. Robboman

    FM3: Can it Blues?

    I don't know! I'm just a white dude in Canada, happy and rather well-adjusted. Don't tell the internet Blues Police. Regardless, here's a song I just made. Bass and two tracks of guitar are direct FM3. Would love to hear what you think. Bass: Me into Fender Jazz into FM3 SV Bass 2 Rhythm...
  79. Robboman

    Prevent FM3 Output knobs from moving

    This ☝. I've put o-rings or rubber washers under other pedal knobs for years, usually it works fine but it is certainly creating upward pull on the pot shaft. I did have a few analog pots that didn't like this solution, they would cut out or crackle with too much up-pressure. Knobs too close to...
  80. Robboman

    Triumph Live - much kickassery

    Triumph was huge back then here in Canada, big influence on me when I was first learning guitar.
  81. Robboman

    Using a conventional guitar cab and speaker.

    Ears may vary, but even though it seems intuitive to turn p.a. off while powering guitar cab with real tubes, I've ALWAYS found better results with p.a. on and various degrees of sag. Simply more natural and amp-like. My 2-bits.
  82. Robboman

    Axe-Fx III mkII spiffy logo LED

    Does the MK2 (or Axe-Edit) boot/load slower because it needs to enumerate twice as many presets?
  83. Robboman

    Wish III SE

    No screen, wifi Axe-Edit touchscreen on your phone or tablet would be nice. Idea mentioned many times over the years. If it works for all those rackmount digital mixers it should be workable for a guitar processor. Personally, I'd still want a screen and controls but I was hoping someday a...
  84. Robboman

    Cable cooking - people believe this bs?

    Wow. I looked at the website, the whole thing looked like an elaborate April fools joke but then I Googled some more. Boatloads of idiots propagating this cable break-in nonsense. Just... wow!
  85. Robboman

    New Fender Brent Mason Tele

    Sweet! Brent Mason IS Nashville. His Tele is heard on basically everything, by every country artist, since the 90's. Famous for routinely "dumbing down" his solos so that the touring guitarists would be able to play them live :)
  86. Robboman

    You don't have natural ability

    I very highly recommend the intense 2014 movie Whiplash. It's about a jazz drummer, not a guitarist, but the premise is this relationship between student and teacher where the teacher is incredibly cruel and ruthlessly torments the student as a means of motivating him. Explores the notion that...
  87. Robboman

    Disscussion| Higher rate for the cab models

    Which is a "better" digital camera, a 15 megapixel or a 25 megapixel? All else equal, which will give you better picture quality on your PC monitor?
  88. Robboman

    Drive Pedal Heaven

    Hoping some form of the drives update can be squeezed into the FM3 eventually. I've always been a drive pedal guy, minimum of two on my boards, into Fender amps. Early on it was because it's what I had and could afford. Later on I tried several two-channel amps, could never find one that...
  89. Robboman

    Fractal Audio AMP models: Suhr Badger 18 and 30

    Yes old thread. Funny it popped up now.. this was always one of my faves in Axe-II and AX8. Last night I noticed a used Badger 30 head and cab for sale in my local area for a pretty good price. This prompted me to load up the model in my FM3 and put it through it's paces. Wow, it's better than...
  90. Robboman

    What is your favorite beer?

  91. Robboman

    Any Kemper Experts Here?

    No help here, but interesting for me. I thought I knew my monitors and ears pretty well, I guess not :) I listened to the clip a few times on desktop mons at low volume, thought all three sounded pretty good and pretty similar except for the Kemper being lower volume. Then I put on my trusty AKG...
  92. Robboman

    If a guy's standing there, facing you...

    The pants argument fails on the selfish. Who wants to be covered their own pee? NO PANTS FOR ME GOOD SIR!
  93. Robboman

    Removing all guitar strings for about a week?

    Yeah, you'll be fine, I'd do it with no worries. But if we wanted to go full-nerd on the topic for argument sake, there are reasons you might not want to take all string tension off. Most would apply only to a poorly made neck and then only when leaving strings off for a longer time, through...
  94. Robboman

    What is your player level?

    If the goal is making music, advanced guitar skills do more harm than good past a certain point. My own music making improved a lot around the time I realized this. I mean, Tom Petty sold a lot more records than Steve Vai, and I bet literally every single one of us on this forum can play better...
  95. Robboman

    Live Aid...35 years ago today!

    I was a star struck kid and air-guitar playing wannabe rockstar but I remember it well. Magical day of TV! I was just reading this - great stories from the tech side about how the live sound production came together on both sides of the pond...
  96. Robboman

    Ultrares IRs?

    I'm curious too, but since I've got my FM3 and have heard how great it's IRs sound I'm much less concerned. It's kind of academic to me at this point.
  97. Robboman

    That's just not fair

    Wicked monster technique, he's great! I wonder if he'll ever learn to play any music?
  98. Robboman

    Iconic Kurt Cobain Acoustic guitar sold for over SIX MILLION $$$

    https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/kurt-cobain-unplugged-guitar-auction-1018229/ Record for Highest Price ever paid for a guitar has been smashed to pieces. And it's an acoustic that was ruined by drilling holes in the top for electric controls, and played by a guy who could hardly...
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