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  1. smilefan

    Smilefan says "Goodbye"!!

    I regret to announce that the end has come for me. Events have occurred such that I am no longer able continue my contributions to this Forum. A large company in the music industry, you all know, is entering the modeling arena. They took notice of me, and I have been asked to join their...
  2. smilefan

    Part III: Smilefan Patch Thread

    Myself, in conjuction with my friend, and 2nd pair of ears, Austinbuddy, present a ‘famous player’ patch written to showcase Firmware 5.0 improvements. Malcolm Young of AC/DC fame, is not only the true sound of that band, but one of a tiny handful of players who embody the ‘feel’ of rock...
  3. smilefan

    Part III: Smilefan Patch Thread

    Mark Day has excellent VH patches here: http://forum.fractalaudio.com/axe-fx-ii-preset-exchange/40603-mark-day-presets.html Might be a little redundant for me to make more. There are alot of other great tones to break ground on.
  4. smilefan

    Part III: Smilefan Patch Thread

    "Did fire come first, or this patch trick?" Here is a totally cool trick which dates from the 70’s. The guy who taught me rock guitar showed me this one. Its been around for a long time, but is pretty much forgotten these days. You can get a very ear-catching oscillation sound by feeding a...
  5. smilefan

    Part III: Smilefan Patch Thread

    Thank YOU, LMO, for all your diligent work keeping up with my ramblings! Stay tuned. Patchmaker-extraordinaire, AustinBuddy, and myself have a few "famous player" patches in the works that will really show the kind of string 'feel' and attack dynamics you can get out of 5.0! EDIT...
  6. smilefan

    Part III: Smilefan Patch Thread

    There is a slight difference in the sound of each, but its SO subtle, it hardly bears discussion. The best way I've found to conceptualize it is, if the lower Triode 2 is set higher than Triode 1 the more "Marshall-y" it will sound, adding in upper midrange emphasis. If Triode 2 is set lower...
  7. smilefan

    Thank You smilefan

    You are very welcome. I feel that, while the development of Axe II is amazing, its present complexity is verging on moving beyond the grasp of the average player. I think we need to pause for a bit and bring everyone's knowledge/info level along for the ride.
  8. smilefan

    Part III: Smilefan Patch Thread

    TUTORIAL: AMPLIFIER ‘ADVANCED’ PAGE PT. 3 IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST I know everyone wants to hear about the new 5.0 parameters now. Having spent many hours last week working with the new Dynamics and Bias settings I can tell you these controls are subtle “icing on the cake” for an already...
  9. smilefan

    Part III: Smilefan Patch Thread

    Nile Rodgers uses Japanese-made Tokai Strat replicas (really good guitars) with Music Man amps, or direct into the board. He plays mainly on the 2nd position (Bridge & Middle PU, out of phase). All his effects are post production tricks (like gating his guitar track for use as a trigger for...
  10. smilefan

    Part III: Smilefan Patch Thread

    ****NOTE: EFFECTIVE 01/27/2012 ALL POSTED PATCHES ON PTS. I, II, & III OF THIS PATCH THREAD ARE NOW RE-WRITTEN AND RE-EDITED FOR FIRMWARE 5.0!!*** You'll see a couple missing. I'm not happy with them, and they'll be back after an overhaul. Most patches got a detailed re-edit, and now have...
  11. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    NOTE: Effective 01/27/2012 all patches on Smilefan's Patch Thread are now fully updated to Firmware 5.0! My 5.0 updated Zip File with all 90 of my patches (and 2 IR's for the top row cabs of "Gibson FlatTop" and "Axe Cello", as their names will imply). This includes some retired patches no...
  12. smilefan

    Smilefan's Axe II Patches Thread

    NOTE: Effective 01/27/2012 all patches on Smilefan's Patch Thread are now fully updated to Firmware 5.0! My 5.0 updated Zip File with all 90 of my patches (and 2 IR's for the top row cabs of "Gibson FlatTop" and "Axe Cello", as their names will imply). This includes some retired patches no...
  13. smilefan

    Part III: Smilefan Patch Thread

    There are nuances (mostly in string attack and compression) that volume brings out, that do not survive a significant drop in level. The same is true of tube amps, especially with clean signals.
  14. smilefan

    Part III: Smilefan Patch Thread

    Lots of folks noting the very hot levels. Unfortunately, if you turn it down, you lose the tone. There really isn't a way to reproduce the clean Steel String Singer sound at a low listening level. The real thing will rattle the windows on "1"!
  15. smilefan

    Part III: Smilefan Patch Thread

    I tried like hell to get it to work with the stock Dumble clean, but that's based on an Overdrive Special and just doesn't have the girth of frequency response anywhere near the real Steel String Singer I heard. Only the Twin model got me close, so that's what I used.
  16. smilefan

    Part III: Smilefan Patch Thread

    John Mayer's Dumble Steel String Singer Forum members, Smilefan and AustinBuddy present Fractal Audio Forum firsts! A full patch collaboration between two of the experienced patchmakers on this Board, plus the first patch designed to take full advantage of Firmware 5.0 sonics! AustinBuddy...
  17. smilefan

    Part III: Smilefan Patch Thread

    You are correct, and I have edited my tutorial accordingly (trying not to be over-technical). Pure Class B and Class AB amps are nearly the same operation except that in Class AB a small bit of current operates opposite the main waveform in the push-pull function. Wiki-speak: "In class-AB...
  18. smilefan

    Part III: Smilefan Patch Thread

    I recall reading a guitar mag in the 90's where Damon Johnson said he was using a Stereo Fulltone Dejavibe. That sounds right to my ears. Especially at the beginning of "And Fools Shine On". You can hear a strong Rotovibe/Univibe device set with a fast Rate to get a rotary speaker sound...
  19. smilefan

    Part III: Smilefan Patch Thread

    TUTORIAL: THE AMPLIFIER “ADVANCED” PAGE – PT. 2 MASTERING YOUR MACHINE OK, last time we got thru the ‘Tonestack’ options on the Advanced page menu, and learned about the 33 different tonestack voices we have available. Charging down the parameter list: TONESTACK FREQ - Tone controls are often...
  20. smilefan

    Part III: Smilefan Patch Thread

    TUTORIAL: THE AMP MODEL “ADVANCED” PAGE – THE FULL MONTY GEEK-OUT ** PT. 1** Next in our tutorial series, we are going to start in on the mother of all micro-tweak menu’s. The “Advanced” page of the Amplifier models. First, let me say, I’ve heard it commented that small changes don’t seem...
  21. smilefan

    How about a Tweed Twin?

    You can use this as a starting point, if you like. It's supposed to be an early high powered Fender (ala Blonde Twin/Blonde Showman/Hi-Power Tweed Twin). Big, open, and fat. The 80W High Powered "Big Box" Tweed Twins were very different sounding amps from the 40W "Low Power" Tweed Twins...
  22. smilefan

    Smilefan please help

    Here is my 4.0 Zip http://dl.dropbox.com/u/42749093/Smilefan%204.0%20Patches.zip Latest (and questionably greatest) patches change constantly. Any recent updates not in the Zip (and there are some) would be posted here...
  23. smilefan

    Any supro, valco, Victoria regal patches out there?

    Got it. In your patch, the use of the Princeton model, cranking the Sag all the way use of the 'Vintage" Amp Voicing was excellent. You didn't edit alot of the stock settings in the Advanced paged which would have helped your fat, smooth, saggy vibe. I redid the SPKR page impedance curve...
  24. smilefan

    Part III: Smilefan Patch Thread

    The Mighty Oz says, “here is your patch, Dorothy!” This is really basic patchmaking. Not going to leave this one up long, as I am at the end of the Welfare line of attachment space. Among our amp models, the one most closely fitting your description is the “Vibroverb”. You control an...
  25. smilefan

    Part III: Smilefan Patch Thread

    I redid the SPKR impedance page for another well known patch of mine to make the "chime" quality in that amp really pop out. Just another example of how you can manipulate and showcase the specific qualities of the amp models using the Impedance curve. Stock "Boutique 1"/ Smilefan's...
  26. smilefan

    Part III: Smilefan Patch Thread

    Stock AC30 / AC Glory Low Freq- 110.0Hz / 110.5Hz Low Q- 2.50 / 3.425 Low Res- 4.17 / 4.06 I tightened up the bass by raising the Q quite a bit. This causes a narrowing (needle shaped peak) of that band, and dropped the height of the peak a bit. Mid Freq- 1000Hz / 986.6Hz Mid Q- 0.707 /...
  27. smilefan

    Part III: Smilefan Patch Thread

    As an addendum to my SPKR impedance page post, I took one of my patches many of you have heard, “AC30 Glory”, and redid the Impedance settings considerably from stock. The patch now sounds better than ever. As a quick comparison: Stock AC30 / AC Glory Low Freq-...
  28. smilefan

    Part III: Smilefan Patch Thread

    TUTORIAL: AMP MODEL SPEAKER IMPEDANCE PAGE - THE PROGRAMMER’S PAINT BRUSH I have noticed in the patches I see posted on the Board that few are delving into the mysteries of the SPKR ‘impedance’ page on the amp models. I have even read a few mention that they didn’t want to mess with those...
  29. smilefan

    My crunch patch....

    Hey, funny name coincidence. There used to be a guy named Ed DeGenaro in the German Metal band, Accept. But that can't be you......right? ;) When did you move in to Malibu?
  30. smilefan

    Patch Request - Gimme Shelter

    Download this "Keef's Tweeds" patch I posted on my thread. Turn both DRV blocks to "Bypass", then at the end of both chains, turn on the TREM/PAN blocks. This will give you a huge, atmospheric trem sound like he got on "Gimme Shelter".
  31. smilefan

    Part III: Smilefan Patch Thread

    Forum member, Barhrecords, did this! He got me thinking about Neil Young. Now I have to do a full post. And once again you get a patch. But this patch is really versatile and great-sounding, so its worth giving some of my remaining attachment space for. I know you younger readers are...
  32. smilefan

    Part III: Smilefan Patch Thread

    That tone you want that Xavi gets in the song you mentioned is the sound of a hi gain amp model with a ton of mids (the Carol Ann model) played with a one piece maple-necked Strat-style on the 4th position (Neck & middle - out of phase-y 'notch' sound). That's the combo of elements that makes...
  33. smilefan

    Part III: Smilefan Patch Thread

    If ALL the patches sounded dark, you can be sure its the differences in our systems. You didn't say what system you played back them back thru, so hard for me to guess what the difference is. My rig is on the warm side, compared to razor crisp FRFR systems. Plus my patches are mixed with...
  34. smilefan

    Part III: Smilefan Patch Thread

    That's all English equipment he's using from when he played with Free (he took Paul Kossoff's place). A Plexi or early Metal Panel 100W, and probably a Colorsound overdrive and a Vox wah from the sound of it, with a Les Paul. There are alot of patches out there similar to this that could be...
  35. smilefan

    Paisley Tone Video

    Liked your patch. OK, less mids, thinner, not so blues-y. This should be alot closer. Twangier, punchier.
  36. smilefan

    Part III: Smilefan Patch Thread

    Dedicated Tri-Chorus mode. Our current Axe II chorus voice options are: Digital Mono Digital Stereo Analog Mono Analog Stereo Japan CE-2 (Boss pedal) Warm Stereo 80's Style (super clean) Triangle Chorus 8-Voice Stereo
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    Part III: Smilefan Patch Thread

    There is a dedicated Triangle Chorus emulation in the Axe II chorus block presets.
  38. smilefan

    Part III: Smilefan Patch Thread

    TUTORIAL: FORBIDDEN SECRETS OF THE DRIVE BLOCKS! I’ve harped on various details of Drive block use for most of this thread, but I think it bears repetition, now that many have their Axe II’s. So here is my lecture on real world patch-making with the drive blocks. Why use drives at all...
  39. smilefan

    Part III: Smilefan Patch Thread

    Smilefan’s Patch Thread, Part III EDIT: Effective 01/27/2012 all patches updated to 5.0 Firmware! If you just joined us Parts I & II are here: Pt. I: http://forum.fractalaudio.com/axe-fx-ii-preset-exchange/39713-smilefans-axe-ii-patches-thread.html Pt. II...
  40. smilefan

    Paisley Tone Video

    I reworked my Paisley Dr. Z rig patch to be more treble-y and aggressive like this video.
  41. smilefan

    Favorite Vintage Fender Tweed amp Sounds -- Here's mine, Where's yours?

    Me some too! Got Tweed. The first one (Rev Billy G) is actually a model of a '62 Brownface Deluxe with a DOD overdrive into a Bender Fuzz. People assumed he was playing Tweeds, but many videos attest it was Brown Deluxes in the early days (with multiple stacked pedals). The other two...
  42. smilefan

    Needs To Be Asked: When are we getting more Drive models?

    Fuzz! We need more fuzz! So many cool vintage fuzzes with DIY schematics available on the web: Ampeg Scrambler Roland Bee-Baa (if you've never heard one, the most evil fuzz of all!) Fender Blender Univox Super Fuzz (my personal fav vintage fuzz - super thick) Mosrite FuzzRITE
  43. smilefan

    U2 Presets and Effect Models

    Also, just wanted to say to Axeman that your U2 patches are simply great. I'm really glad to see some "experts" coming up in our Forum.
  44. smilefan

    U2 Presets and Effect Models

    Here is my "Elevation" attempt. The fuzz models we have now need some work/upgrades to sound more real world IMHO. This is the best I could do. There is a Filter Block at the start of the patch, which is intended to be the foot pedal of the Kay fuzz. You have to change its Frequency...
  45. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    I believe Part II of the Smilefan Patch Thread has come to a natural crossroads. Its now 21 pages long. I just Zipped up all patches to date. Both trsaudio and LMO have produced great Word/PDF documents recapping all the relevant text to date Time to close Part II. Feels bizarre to be...
  46. smilefan

    Needs To Be Asked: When are we getting more Drive models?

    We now have 75 amp models (!), 68 speaker cab models, and ........23 Drive models!? Not complaining, but when's the last time we got a new Drive model? The Bit Crusher? Pedals are alot easier to come by than boutique or vintage amps, and, I would guess, much simpler to model. So many...
  47. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    NOTE: In addition to trsaudio's PDF file with Part II descriptions and pics, Forum member, LMO, has created a comprehensive, and beautifully indexed, Word document with all patch descriptions and comments from both Part I & II of this thread, to date. Here...
  48. smilefan

    Incoming! Incoming! Incoming!

    Yek, I had time today to go thru your patches one by one. Your patches just get better and better. You are one hell of a patch writer! The following patches I thought were particularly brilliant: Flashback Violin P1=maj (this one is spectacular) Super Phaser Synth Leads 1 & 2...
  49. smilefan

    Some more coveted amp models

    Like some old TV Front tweeds! Killer amps. Except nobody on this board, except fossils like me, is old enough to have heard one!
  50. smilefan

    Some more coveted amp models

    Might want to check your amp models. When I downloaded 3.0 Firmware, I distinctly noticed a "Prince Tone" model. Blackface Princeton Reverb, I believe. Now we need a Tweed Champ!
  51. smilefan

    U2 Presets and Effect Models

    Here is my crack at "Mysterious Ways". You can see if it measures up to Axeman's when he posts his version (this patch is now edited for 4.0 Firmware):
  52. smilefan

    Incoming! Incoming! Incoming!

    Bump for my bro, Yek. I checked out your 4.0 patches. They sound great and I am in awe of your organizational abilities. Amazing that you are up to 78 patches! I'm at 83 now. Maybe more a reason to seek therapy than a point of pride! Between your presets, mine, and Raca's, I hardly...
  53. smilefan

    Wish So it's at least registered on Wish List...two requests, one vintage, one boutique

    I'd be happy with any old Gibson, Oahu, Valco, Magnatone, Silvertone, ancient Fenders (TV-front tweeds, old Champs, Dual Professional, etc.). Totally agree, a Steel String Singer would rule. Would love a super clean tube amp model.
  54. smilefan

    Some more coveted amp models

    I'd like to see some more Fenders. We have 10 Marshalls, plus many "Marshall-inspired" gain monsters, but only six Fenders. What about a Tweed Champ? We don't have any single-ended amp models yet.
  55. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    Yet another vintage amp history lesson today. Up to bat is the immortal Fender Blackface Deluxe Reverb. Manufactured from 1963-1967, at the time it was released, it, along with the other amps of the Blackface series, were game changers. It sounded great for every kind of then-popular music...
  56. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    Thanks so much for the support. I am really happy you guys want to know all the otherwise useless guitar info in my head. Donna Summer's famous "Hot Stuff". Do you know who played that bad-assed solo? Jeff "Skunk" Baxter of the Doobie Brothers! It was quite the scandal for a pro of his...
  57. smilefan

    Here's a Stevie Ray Vaughan 'Live at the el Mocambo" patch with FW 4.01

    Fantastic Austinbuddy! Great patch! Worthy of anything I ever did! Now I can retire from patch writing, and let you guys write patches for me ;). Cragginshred is right about the TS808. Reset it this way: Drive Block pg. 2, Lo Cut = 550Hz, Hi Cut = 650Hz That will make it smooth and...
  58. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    Pat Metheny with Roland's GR808 synth guitar. Forum member, Patzag, had a great thread a while back concerning jazz guitar legend, Pat Metheny, and his use of the Roland GR300 guitar synth. I was so intrugued with Patzag's GR300 patch, that I used it as a starting point to do my own take...
  59. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    Forum member, Funeral, had a great idea while we are on the subject of “Fuzz” (he didn’t request a patch, but he’s getting one anyway ;) ). Ernie Isley’s sweet, intense, high octave flavored fuzz tone on The Isley Brother’s, “Who’s That Lady?”. If you don’t know the song: The Isley...
  60. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    Dave Ellefson of Megadeth rocking his Fender Jazz Bass This should be a fun and practical patch. Readers of this thread from Part I might remember a couple sims of a Fender Precision and a Fender Jazz bass I did. The “J” bass came out very well. Except that patch is crystal clean...
  61. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    Guitar legend, Ritchie Blackmore Today we’re taking a look at the legendary guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore. Founding member of the seminal hard rock band, Deep Purple, and band leader of his own hard rock creation, Rainbow. He is one of the most interesting and historically significant...
  62. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    A. I drop the cab size when I want to focus a tone, and bring in more treble response. B. Compressors do more than just stretch a signal's response time. I configured one of those two as a transparent gain boost, along the lines of a ZVex SHO pedal. This lets me gain up the signal...
  63. smilefan

    Mysterious ways help!

    I think this is what you are looking for. This is a juiced up, gained up version of the Mysterious Wahs patch I posted on my thread. The effect you are wanting to hear is called a "notched envelope". It comes from inverting the Filter block's Frequency and "Q" LFO slopes. The Freq slope...
  64. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    The one with the Fulltone drive has more gain, but isn't as accurate sounding as the one with two compressors and the FET drive. If you listen to Mike's recorded tones, they are pretty thin.
  65. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    Here you go. A Mike Campbell-style, driven AC-30. You should be able to play open first position chords, and still be able to hear every note. There is an optional FET drive for leads in the patch as well. Try turning off one or both of the compressors to get cleaner tones. Helps if you...
  66. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    Keith Richards with his famous '53 Tele, "Micawber" Another labor of love for me today. And a reminder/refresher course for you younger players who might not have been well exposed to him. The immortal Keith Richards. He’s a little forgotten these days, but he is almost certainly the...
  67. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    Forum members toasterdude and theblogjammers wanted steel drums. Here is my crack at it. In broad strokes you simulate steel drums sounds with a detuned, octave up Pitch Block into a wide Chorus (around 40ms delay), with all the modulation dialed out. Play single notes without bends, up...
  68. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    Yes, on our sim the master should be close to '10' for any AC-30 tone. Note that, even though this is a very clean tone, the master is still at '10'. Real vintage AC-30 amps were never completely clean. They always had a little treble grind happening at volume, even on clean settings. If you...
  69. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    Rex is correct. If you are talking modern hi gain amps, then yes, set the master low, but old school non-master volume amps (and even most of the early master volume amps), in real life, must have the master set around 8-10 to get the goods. You must start to clip their power sections before...
  70. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    You are right. If you listen to the studio version of "Stone in Love": Journey-Stone In Love - YouTube The stock patch isn't even close. The recording is much more trebley and spare. He's using fairly clean amp settings, two amps panned stereo L & R. He was using the Boss DS-1 OD at...
  71. smilefan

    Smilefan's Axe II Patches Thread

    I played with this a bit. You may have something there. I don't think our looper is stereo. I think if you feed it a stereo signal, it sums both sides to mono. The Manual doesn't say one way or the other.
  72. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    A youthful Neil Schon? Or Ben Stiller doing a 70's parody? (That's Neil and his 'fro in 1979) This one is for new member Rick Axis. He wants early Journey, and that's a sound I know up close and personal. I was working concert security when they were on the "Infinity" tour, and saw...
  73. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    There are TWO famous Vibroverbs that Fender made. I'm not sure which the Fractal model is supposed to be. There is the Brownface '63 Vibroverb and the '64 Blackface Vibroverb (which Stevie used). The Brown was fat, middy, and grindy. The Blackface was bass-y, punchy, and snappy. Fender...
  74. smilefan

    atomic vs. matrix gt800 vs. tube power amps...?

    I did nearly the same thing as paulmapp. Used a VHT 2/90/2 until I tried the Matrix. The deciding factor for me was, running them side by side in the same room, I could tweak the Axe EQ's such that I couldn't tell the difference between the two.
  75. smilefan

    Frampton's Do you feel tone' with rotary effect

    If you mean the rotary effect at the end of the attached video, that's a Leslie (you can see his big white Leslie cabinet on stage behind him), which we have already in the Axe. (and the Rotary block is highly tweakable now!) Where on the song are you referring to? You aren't talking about...
  76. smilefan

    Organ-ish sustain assistance?

    Rock organs with a sustain-y sound? I made sim patches of two very famous rock organs, the Farfisa and Vox Continental. The 'sustain' in my patches is actually a function of the Volume block with an envelope-controlled Level, to cut note attack. Take a look at how I did these in Axe Edit...
  77. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    You said a mouth full brother. I've never heard any technology other than tube be able to get the tones that a great, short signal path tube amp has. And there are tonal elements that volume and feedback bring, which can't (yet) be digitally emulated. Here is what a great tube amp sounds...
  78. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    Very funny, Cobbler! I'm going to start playing "Stairway" now.
  79. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    Love to take a crack at that tone. Only problem is, the tone you are talking about isn't a Dr. Z model we have in the Axe II. I could get very close to his gritty tones if we had a Z-28 model. The model we do have, the MAZ Sr., is what he uses for his semi-clean tones. That we can do...
  80. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    Forum member Axeman was messing with some Keith Urban tones based on the song "Till Summer Comes Around". Thought that was a great idea, as his tones are really good. I came up with a clean, warm-sounding Hiwatt rig (which Keith uses often - see the video) with a TS808 in front set for...
  81. smilefan

    Keith Urban 'Til Summer Comes Along Preset

    Messed with this a bit, as Keith Urban's tones really are great. I hear alot about him using Hiwatts in the studio (he uses alot of amps). Based on this video: Till Summer Comes Around by Keith Urban I came up with a clean, warm-sounding Hiwatt-based rig with a TS808 pedal in front...
  82. smilefan

    Wedding gig-but no Santana to be found :-(

    Yes, just bypass the Synth blocks.
  83. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    Here is a tribute to one of the greatest guitar players of all time, Carlos Santana. My best take on Carlos’ famous Mesa Boogie Mk. 1 rig, with a separate ‘rhythm’ and ‘lead’ amp channels. Carlos Santana grew up in Tijuana, until his parents moved to San Francisco. Which landed young Carlos...
  84. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    Smilefan seeking beer after a hard day's patch writing! A little something for the holiday. The most horrifying of all intervals....3rds!!! With a Pitch Shifter and Recto Orange model providing the drama. Happy Halloween everyone! EDIT: 02/22/2012 Another undercover Pitch patch for those...
  85. smilefan

    Smilefan's Axe II Patches Thread

    Its appreciation like this that makes it so rewarding for me to do this. Part I of the Thread is retired. We are all over on Part II now: http://forum.fractalaudio.com/axe-fx-ii-preset-exchange/41772-part-ii-smilefans-axe-ii-patch-thread.html
  86. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    Kfliegner wants guitarist Adrian Belew’s famous “Elephant” trumpet sound off King Crimson’s classic, “Discipline”. Here you go, but fair warning. I have taken some practical license to make this sound more usable and controllable. Everyone I know who’s seen Adrian do this up close told me...
  87. smilefan

    Any bass patches posted yet?

    Here are my two bass patches. The J Bass came out perfect. The P Bass, not so much.
  88. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    Before we get started on the attached patch I need to give a huge public thank you to two people. First, forum member Levipeto for his help and patience in getting my old computer-illiterate butt up to speed with Soundcloud byte files. Second, thanks to Don Peterson for allowing me to...
  89. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    I'll tell you the 'secret' to bringing out that cut. Its in the Fuzz Face's. I kept their Hi Cut and Lo Cut values between 500-800Kz, which puts all the warm fuzz in the midrange and keeps the treble register clear. This is a great feature of the Drive blocks that lets you put the grind...
  90. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    Duane Allman at the Fillmore with his "Hot 'lanta" darkburst Les Paul Forum member, Drama, had a great idea for a patch. He wants Duane Allman’s legendary “Live at the Fillmore East” tone. Who doesn’t? ;) I couldn’t resist taking a crack at this, since I’ve heard so much about...
  91. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    Wikified! Wow! Thank you, Yek! I'll have to look at the cabs in my presets vs. the text. I keep experimenting, so might have made some changes without documenting.
  92. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    Matt Bellamy of Muse with his Korg Kaoss equipped Manson guitar. This is another ‘by request’ for Mark Melling, who wanted a patch to duplicate the effects Matthew Bellamy of Muse uses on the song ‘MK Ultra’ off “The Resistance” album. This was a tough one as Matt uses a lot of...
  93. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    Axe Edit software. Download the patches into a file in your PC (I use "Documents"). Then open Axe Edit. Select "Source", then "Preset Folder". Hit the pulldown menu, and select "Documents". Then double click on the patch name and it will pop up on the Axe Edit main screen. Then using a USB...
  94. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    This one is by request for Kfliegner and Yek. Seems no one has nailed the elusive U2 “Mysterious Ways” Korg A3 “FunkWah” sound. I did some poking around at other people’s attempts and now I see why no one is quite getting it right. There is a programming trick to it. Not a hard one...
  95. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    A classic Raga band lineup, with tabla drums, veena, and sitar. Thanks to everyone for all your support. I do this for you guys. You make it fun. This may be one of the coolest Axe patches ever. Before we get started, equal credit goes to two Forum superstars. Yek, for his...
  96. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    Making the Ship Ahoy effect was fun! Anyone want me to take a crack at any other strange/signature/impossible tones or effects? Feeling cocky now! ;)
  97. smilefan

    Technoid Vocoder - for smilefan

    Thanks so much Don! Now let's see if I can adapt this to Axe II.
  98. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    Right then. I'm down for a challenge. So, based upon what I hear in the Dweezil clip, and Matman's description, it would be something like the below patch. An envelope controlled wah into a Low Pass filter with a Random LFO attached to its Frequency control. EDIT: The posted patch is...
  99. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    That's an amazing anecdote. First time I've heard it, and I got the info on the Vocoder use out of the trades (Billboard mag.). So I see it was just the "official" explanation. Make sense. Great story, thanks for posting that.
  100. smilefan

    Part II: Smilefan's Axe II Patch Thread

    In my never ending quest to bring you ever more whacked-out sounds, I stumbled across a great combination. I love messing with the Vocoder block. Its so exotic to have something like that at our disposal, I feel compelled to drag something cool out of it. They were originally designed...
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