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    Some photos of when I was on tour with The Dead

    Wow! Is that Grateful Dead's famous PA that I've read about? Was way ahead of it's time appearently.
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    I want my FM3!

    It was very good but 70's was #1
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    Blue Box Effect a la Pat Travers

    Love this one - very smoooth! in my preset.
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    CPU Usage, Safe limits and Longevity

    Thanks for confirming this - much appreciated as your test confirms my unit is not having an issue. I think this also confirms that the amp side cpu can be red lined with some dual amp preset configurations. This will not be reflected in the current cpu metering. It's already there but I...
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    CPU Usage, Safe limits and Longevity

    The cpu readout is only showing a status on 1 of the 2 cpus (the fx side cpu). The amp side cpu status is not visible - hence the discussion here, and wish to have an amp side cpu status meter.
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    CPU Usage, Safe limits and Longevity

    Agreed - need to be clear on terminology: - This is not output clipping - it is cpu clipping which manifests as pops and crackles when cpu is getting too high. I've owned 2 previous axefx units (ultra,II) and they sounded the same when the cpu ran too high (too many blocks/ modifiers getting...
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    CPU Usage, Safe limits and Longevity

    Hey I've not had any feedback on this issue from Fractal. My understanding of this issue is based on the testing I've done - since there's no visibility on the status of the amp-side CPU, it's all guess work really but I've narrowed it down quite a bit. See the attached simple preset which...
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    CPU Usage, Safe limits and Longevity

    Not that rare if running 2 amp blocks with a moderate amount of modifiers. Try the preset noted in the post I referenced above - it is not an over the top preset. I'm surprised at the lack of concern for cpu levels on what is arguably the much more important cpu (the amp side one) while we...
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    CPU Usage, Safe limits and Longevity

    You'll just start hearing the odd pop/snap.
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    CPU Usage, Safe limits and Longevity

    A key point to note is that the CPU meter is only providing a status for 1 of the 2 cpus in the Axefx3. The other cpu, is, as I understand, is dedicated to Amp blocks, modifiers, and system functions. My dual amp presets with moderate # of modifiers are pushing the limits of the amp side cpu...
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    Any Tips using the pitch block

    Yes - thanks - no separate amp for downtuning - separate amp for harmony parts (panned opposite to the amp used for the unshifted signal)
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    Any Tips using the pitch block

    For distorted tones, run the pitch block signal into its own separate amp block. Expensive, yes, but sounds much better than mixing, essentially what are two separate guitar signals, into one amp
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    Wish Have the ability to set a block channel to Type = 'None' for CPU efficient scenes

    My experience has been to sometimes have clipping in dual amp presets with low to moderate numbers of modifiers. It's possible I am wrong since there's no Amp Side CPU status to verify my testing against, but I've checked for other reasons (i.e. output clipping / other possible issues like fan...
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    Ares 2.0 verdict?

    Yes - our attention was diverted to 51 whilst the real aliens were being examined in 2.0
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    Wish Have the ability to set a block channel to Type = 'None' for CPU efficient scenes

    I'm often puzzled by the level of focus on monitoring and controlling cpu usage on the Axe III's Fx side cpu while there is no monitoring at all available to users for the amp side cpu (arguably the more important one), particularly for those using duel amp presets (even if only one amp is used...
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    VAI hears 1/1000th of a second latency in Modeling (No Way cheap shot)

    Interesting the focus on Steve's statement about latency! When I saw this vid (I'm a big Beato/Vai fan), my only thought was: "How does Vai NOT notice the absence of power amp characteristics that are true to the preamp being used? At his level, how does he tolerate a generic power amp across...
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    Wish White Axe-Fx III

    Only if Fractal adds blood pressure monitor😁
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    Good TV shows “worth watching”

    The Outsider
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    Fixed Modifiers Not Showing up in the List

    Is anyone else having this issue? I'm now on AxeEdit III v 1.04.01 with 11.02B4 and still having this problem - modifiers are there but do not show up in AxeEdit modifiers page.
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 11.02 Public Beta #5 (Beta_4)

    Check your filter controls in the cab block. I had what seemed like some odd values there after upgrading which, if changed with the update, would impact tone (I'm using 3rd party irs in this cab block instance). I'm not 100% sure as I did not remember their pre-update value and can't hear a...
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    FW11.02b3 - Cracks and pops when using wah on Marshall type amps

    Your preset comes up blank when I try to load it but from your description it sounds like you are running into what I have encountered recently with CPU1 overloading when using 2 amp blocks. See attached preset which starts clipping for me at 25% on the CPU meter with Axeedit open (and will...
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    FW11.02b3 - Cracks and pops when using wah on Marshall type amps

    Do you have 2 amps in your preset? - If yes, CPU1 can overload while CPU2 (the one you have a meter for) still has capacity - it's hard to diagnose without seeing the preset.
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    Wish CPU Load Balancing / Dual CPU Meters

    Can't be 100% sure this is the way it works but all evidence points this way: IE - you will notice that if you add a 2nd amp block and/or increase amp block processing (i.e. use output compression in amp block), the CPU reading you see will stay the same and not be impacted since that CPU...
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    Fixed Modifiers Not Showing up in the List

    They exist but do not show up in the modifiers list in the controllers section MacOS Catelina AxeEdit III v 1.04
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    Wish CPU Load Balancing / Dual CPU Meters

    - Ability to allocate/balance amp blocks across Cpus (1 amp block per Cpu in a dual amp preset) to help avoid possibly overloading Cpu1 particularly when using several controllers in a dual amp preset). - Ability to monitor Cpu usage on both Cpus as opposed to just on Cpu2 as in the current design.
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    Vendor "MIKKO" - Next Gen Cab Sim | Shoot your own IR's [ML Sound Lab]

    Anyone know how we do the update within full license? I don't see any "Updates" function, and, I'm nervous of re-installing anything as I don't want to overwrite my paid license with an unpaid one (I got an email indicating there is an update but the link just brings me to the free "Player"...
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    Some People Think our beloved Axe-Fx is just a glorified iPad

    The title is misleading - he gives Axefx credit for being very good at what it does, but he makes the distinction that gear which is more technology based (modellers) will become obsolete / be replaced by newer versions faster than more traditional gear (tube amps). True or not? - I don't know...
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    Anyone using Speaker Compression?

    No, I go to it when tweaking/exploring tones, however, since I'm always able to find tones I'm happy with by sticking close to the more standard controls, I tend to leave speaker comp at default.
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    Vendor "MIKKO" - Next Gen Cab Sim | Shoot your own IR's [ML Sound Lab]

    I filled in another contact form around the time of your post here today - Thanks.
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    Vendor "MIKKO" - Next Gen Cab Sim | Shoot your own IR's [ML Sound Lab]

    I'd used the contact form mid last week but did not hear anything back - thought I'd get some sort of request confirmation but didn't so maybe it did not go through - I'll resubmit today - thanks.
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    Who all is running out of CPU?

    Couple of things I've learned about AXe3 cpu: The cpu readout you see is not the full story as it does not seem to include what's happening on the "amp side cpu". Running dual amps with lots of controllers can start to clip the amp side cpu with the overall cpu readout showing a very low...
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    Vendor "MIKKO" - Next Gen Cab Sim | Shoot your own IR's [ML Sound Lab]

    ya - only been a few days but so far I'm really happy with it. Glad I waited (almost went for a 15" a few months ago). Love the "new" keyboard -i9 8 core very fast compared to my older dual core.
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    Vendor "MIKKO" - Next Gen Cab Sim | Shoot your own IR's [ML Sound Lab]

    Just to further clarify - I'm not looking to run MIKKO on 2 computers - just got a new mac (16" whohoo!), so need to move MIKKO over and remove from the old machine.
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    Vendor "MIKKO" - Next Gen Cab Sim | Shoot your own IR's [ML Sound Lab]

    Anyone know how to transfer MIKKO full license from one mac computer to another? - tried using same activation code, uninstalling old before installing to new, checking for info on ML website / in created ML account - no luck on any of these.
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    Intermittent Pops / Crackles but CPU only at 75%?

    Agreed that the controller impacts are probably often spikes that a separate read out would not necessary show, however, I do suspect (it's impossible to know for sure) that once you have 2 amps in a patch, cpu1 is pretty loaded up depending on the amps you've chosen and the settings - adding in...
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    Intermittent Pops / Crackles but CPU only at 75%?

    After fiddling with this for some time, even getting down to a dual amp preset with only 11 blocks and 12 controllers which still clipped after some exercising of the controllers, I've come to the following hypothesis: Running 2 amps takes a significant amount resources from the 1st of the...
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    Intermittent Pops / Crackles but CPU only at 75%?

    Thanks all for the input - I'll post my findings here when I get it figured out.
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    Intermittent Pops / Crackles but CPU only at 75%?

    thanks for investigating - I'll look into the controllers as I agree that those are a likely culprit. I know there's a lot, but I'm not sure about "too many" as the unit allows for 7 more than I have. If the controllers are maxing amp/system side cpu, then the overall cpu readout is very...
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    Intermittent Pops / Crackles but CPU only at 75%?

    Not sure I underatand your logic - it matters in that if a preset is using 98% of the amp-side cpu and the overall CPU status (based on the non amp side cpu) indicates 70%, then the user would be led to proceed thinking there's lots of cpu breathing room (based on the one status available), when...
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    Intermittent Pops / Crackles but CPU only at 75%?

    ya - would be nice to have an "amp side cpu" metric somewhere - only having the one can be quite deceiving (your axe is telling you 70%, but your dimed on the amp side cpu).
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    Intermittent Pops / Crackles but CPU only at 75%?

    Thanks - that does help since your patch does not pop for me either so gives me a basis of comparison to figure out why mine is causing issues.
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    Intermittent Pops / Crackles but CPU only at 75%?

    That makes sense, since just removing one of the 2 amp blocks solves the popping. Interestingly, replacing 1 of the 2 amp blocks with a shunt does NOT impact the overall CPU readout at all - even replacing both amp blocks with shunts leaves the overall CPU readout the same which leads me to...
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    Intermittent Pops / Crackles but CPU only at 75%?

    Nope - I just removed all controllers but 1 and still get popping although there less of it (exercising the one remaining controller (wah) brings it out more - sometime I have to play a while to get a few pops). To me it looks like we can max one cpu while the other still has capacity and the...
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    Intermittent Pops / Crackles but CPU only at 75%?

    Yes - tons - 25 Controllers (and as noted above I'm using 2 Drives / 2 Amps and Stereo cab blocks) I'm not in much doubt that I'm hitting one or the other cpu too hard - but given that I can get the unit "popping" at 65-70% on the visible CPU readout, I'm wondering if there's any way to...
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    Intermittent Pops / Crackles but CPU only at 75%?

    Here it is. I will acknowledge in advance of the inevitable comments that, this kitchen sink patch has probably gotten too complicated but it works perfectly for me other than the digital "pops" that are occurring, so I'd like to keep everything in it if I can. An obvious solution is to...
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    Intermittent Pops / Crackles but CPU only at 75%?

    I have a large preset (stereo path thru 2 drives / 2 amps / stereo cab + numerous fx blocks) which is exhibiting CPU max out characteristics (intermittent pops / crackles) but my cpu is only at 75%. I've removed the following culprits from the equation but it still persists (removed usb...
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    Am I the Only One Not Using High or Low Cuts Anymore?

    Always use 121/57 IRs for home studio (I like selecting mic positions with Mikko in real tome). Have been hicutting cabs at 5.5k based on a previous recommendation - forgot I was doing that - will remove those and see how it sounds.
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    Why is using the Amp Level Parameter the best method for Gain Staging?

    I generally set non-amp/drive blocks to 0 and then adjust amplevel so that the final output block set to 0 hits the horizontal line on the output block meter with hard strums. Then I activate drive and adjust drive mix/level to keep the same output level from the previous step. Thirdly, for...
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    Building Axe-Fx III rig - sell or keep the following?

    I use a podhd500 as an extra midi switcher for Axefx. The pod has some nice midi features - in particular the ability for switches to send different midi commands depending on the current pod patch setting, and, the ability to toggle pod switches on/off remotely. With the PosHd paired with...
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware 10.00 Public Beta #2

    Seems the modelling has moved onto a whole other plane when tone oddities are noticed in amp models (ie Trainwreck today, and with the ghost notes in the Ac20 a few days ago) , and are suspected to be possible bugs only to be confirmed to be characteristic of the real amps. The amp model...
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware 10.00 Public Beta #2

    Wow! Noticing a more balanced overall tone now compared to before - I hear all the strings more equally, and, as frequently has been the case for my rig here with these overall poweramp modelling improvements, all the Fx seem to sound a bit better to my ears in 10b2. A few weeks ago I watched...
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    Axe-Fx II Beta USB Driver for Mac OS X Catalina

    Working here - wish other larger companies would be as proactive on this as you guys are - I've got some recent in-market gear here that's totally dead under Catalina with not a peep from the manufacturer about when the drivers will be updated (yes - I know - I could have waited to upgrade, but...
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    [Resolved] Upgrade to OS X Mojave - Now No Signal In Reaper From Axe-Fx III

    same here - AxefxII editor no longer functioning after upgrade to catelina. I'm on 3.14.5. In AxeEdit Setting the ports for AxefxII don't show up even though USB is plugged in correctly. AxefxIII Axeedit seems to work fine.
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    Which hardware pedal did you keep since getting your Axe-Fx III and why?

    Still Used Often: TC Mimiq, Digitech Freqout. L6 PODHD500 (used with MFC for Axefx switching). Keeper pedals used intermittently: Eventide H9, SA Nemesis, L6 M5, Mooer Radar. Handful of others never used.
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    1978 early Van Halen Live video clip

    Saw DLR era VH a couple of times here in Ottawa Canada (3rd / 4th album tours i think) - what I remember about both concerts was that the sound was really baaad, mainly because the PA was way too blisteringly loud for anything to be heard properly. Seeing SH era VH in the early 90s in Montreal...
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    What’s better than an Axe-Fx 3?

    it has pretty lights
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    What’s better than an Axe-Fx 3?

    3+2>3
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    Axe-Fx Firmware Version 8.00

    EIGHT is GREAT!
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 7.02 Public Beta

    The latest firmware peaked my interest in rotary specifically with respect to having it placed at the end of the chain after stereo delays containing a lot of separation. Since I like my rotary very wet it will typically muddy my preceding stereo fx since the wet rotary signal sums to mono. To...
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 7.02 Public Beta

    Same observation here. Rotary sees left input regardless of input select setting
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    Tony at it again...smh, Axe-Fx III inside and out video review

    Ya - Don't think he ever got over being called a chucklehead (though he does seem to chuckle a lot for no apparent reason). I actually get a kick out of his vids - the way he reviews the products laid out on what appears to be the dining room table, poking at the insides with his pointing...
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    Global Blocks Issue / Bug

    I use global blocks a lot in my presets. Most of the blocks in my presets are linked to "G1" Somehow when I restarted my Axe 3 this evening, every block tied to G1 is opening in a state with every control set to 0 (or lowest level). Of course this has obliterated pretty well all my presets...
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    Vendor "MIKKO" - Next Gen Cab Sim | Shoot your own IR's [ML Sound Lab]

    Tried the demo - absolutely great! - what's kept me away from most IR packs is too many files to wade thru (I've only been getting the Celestion ones because they keep the number of files fairly reasonable and intuitive to sort through). Even the stock Axe3 cabs, though well organized and...
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    Wish Global “Output Mode”

    I have both Frfr and SSPwrAmp/Cab rigs here (non-gigging). My patches are all set up as frfr but sometimes I want to go out to SS/ real cab. To do that I can switch off cabinet modelling easily enough (global), but, for output mode I have to go to every channel of every amp block in my patch...
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 6.04

    My kitchen sink patch is down 2.4% Merci FAS!
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    Spdif Out - Static

    Yes Axe is set to internal. It seems to be related to order of powering items on in the rack. After power cycle of both Axe and Octa, I sometimes get static, sometimes not (good news to me as it suggests the issue is with spdif handshake and not an Axe hardware problem of some sort). I'll...
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    Spdif Out - Static

    Octacapture is the slave as indicated by Clock="External" I've also tried: Changing spdif cable (though I knew the cable was ok since it works fine on AxefxII). Switched from front to rear inputs of AxeIII - no change. Routed Output2 of AxeIII through spdif instead of Output1 - same issue...
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    Spdif Out - Static

    I'm getting static from my audio interface (roland octacapture) when monitoring spdif output from Axefxiii. Headphone out from AxefxIII does not yeild any static (so I know it's the spdif). Spdif source is Output 1. Octacapture is set to 48k sample rate. The same cable from my AxefxII spfdif...
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 6.03

    Thanks - Happy Canada Day! 🇨🇦
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 6.01

    In the words of: Laurence Olivier: Q: "Is it safe?" Dustin Hoffman: A: "Yes it's safe, it's very safe, so safe you wouldn't believe it"
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 6.01

    Thanks all - I +1'd a wishlist item to give global control to output mode which is a better solution for what I want to do (easily change output mode for all amp blocks / channels)
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    Wish Global “Output Mode”

    +1 for global control of "output mode".
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 6.01

    k - I thought there was more to this feature. So, to set up performance controls of "Output Mode" on Amp1 snd Amp2 I would have to set up 8 of them?
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 6.01

    Trying to set 2 Perform Controls for "Output Mode" on Amp1 and Amp2. The settings do not seem to hold across all scenes; and setting these in the "Global" tab does not keep them set from one preset to another. Not sure if I understand well how these control settings are supposed to work across...
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 6.01

    Definitely feelin some mojo added!
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 6.00 Public Beta

    Same opinion here. As per past practice, FAS pulled the beta when more serious issues were uncovered. It did stay up a bit longer than in past instances but it is the weekend so ... I did software development for 30 yrs and from what I see FAS has a well disciplined software release...
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 5.09 Public Beta

    Doh! That was it - working now - Thanks
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 5.09 Public Beta

    Installed firmware and AxeEdit beta but can't add any controls to perform section using shift f1 - f10 (MacOs) - nothing shows up - any suggestions what I'm doing wrong?
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 5.08

    Got it - thanks
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 5.08

    I'd also like to know the length equivalents. 256=5.3ms 512=? 1024=? max (2048?)=? Also, what was the equivalents in "hirez" / "lowrez" terminology. Great updates - thanks FAS!
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    Problem Updating to 5.07

    Interesting that cables are so often cited to be culprits. It's not been my experience unless a cable is obviously physically damaged (my Axe usb is running to a hub thru 2 old usb cables coupled together, The hub has 9 other items running on it. The hub goes to a monitor hub with 3 other...
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    Duty / Shipping to Canada?

    Used a canadian $ credit card to pay FAS whose prices are in US$. The credit card company converts to Canadian$ based on the exchange rate on the day of purchase. As noted above - everything was included in the $ I paid to FAS on the initial transaction - easypeasy!
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    Greatest band of all time?

    Anvil #1
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    Any bedroom only players using an Axe-Fx 3?

    Basement (unfinished) amateur player here also. As inferred earlier, Axefx sounds best so relieves GAS and is therefore cheaper in the long run (not to mention no cost updates).
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    New super lightweight wireless...

    I got tired of my Line6 G30 wireless disrupting my home router (2.4ghz). Considered the Carvin 5.8ghz version but decided to go with the Donner units which operate on UHF at 1/2 the latency of 2.4 or 5.8ghz units (I guess due to not needing AD conversion?). Also the Donners cost quite a bit...
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    Muffled Tones

    I'm feeling major Déjà vu here
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    Studio Monitor Recommendation

    Thanks all for the comments - much appreciated
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    Studio Monitor Recommendation

    I'm a home based player using Axefx 3 in a mostly untreated corner of my basement (a space kindly authorized by my wife). I mostly play for enjoyment, sometimes along with backing tracs, and sometimes I will jam with other friend/family guitarists. I dabble in recording (Logic) and use guitar...
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    Other People's Presets

    OMG! I have wimpy hands! I'm doomed!
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    Other People's Presets

    Though I agree with Joker III above that tone is basically in the gear (a slowly strummed open E should sound roughly the same thru the same rig whether I or JP slowly strums it), a better/different player may be able to coax the character of the rig out in their playing differently than I in...
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    Other People's Presets

    My guess is that, although you could not replicate the tone with your own playing, the experiment was successful in that it removed any doubt about your own rig being able to produce those tones, thus freeing you to have more focus on those elements that are really making the difference.
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    Other People's Presets

    I've been intrigued by this question also - ie, I can't seem to get close to Leon's tone using the same preset and similar guitar thru descent studio monitors. As an experiment, perhaps Leon, Burgs, Mark... might agree to post a copy of the dry signal that goes along with one if their upcoming...
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    Assign Color to More than One Cab at a Time

    Not working here - Command+Click just selects the cab back into the cab block.
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    Assign Color to More than One Cab at a Time

    How do I select multiple cabs in "Picker" to set to a given color. (I'm using a Mac computer) Another thread on this subject suggested right mouse click on the first cab and then shift-click on the last cab, then assign color but I'm finding that "shift-click" just selects the cab and goes back...
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 5.00 Beta #2

    Thankyou FAS Really enjoying being part of the AxeFx development cycles. The improvements in "feel" seem to somehow result in a boost for my playing ability.
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 4.03

    +1 - If you are nervous, wait a while before jumping into a new software release - whether it’s your phone, computer, axefx3 or whatever. ALL software has bugs in it - generally fewer as time rolls on and it gets exercised more and more.
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    Messin' with the Pitch block "Tears Are Falling" Solo

    +1 - Can you give us some insight on how you set up the pitch block? (before distortion / after?, pitch levels?).
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 3.02 Public Beta

    Nice update. Great to have more control over the Dry signal. I guess I must be sensitive to it but hearing a little too much dry signal mixed in with the distortion for my taste is a common issue I've had with OD/DS pedals and one of the main reasons I have never liked using them in real...
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    Can the Mic be eliminated by sum and difference?

    Interestingly, I am a bit of a rare bird around here who has always preferred the Mic'd Cab sound (probably because I started playing guitar for individual leisure later in life with my whole idea of guitar tone being what I heard from commercial recordings and/or concert PAs). Knowing nothing...
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