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  1. xarkon

    Let’s see those guitars

    Wow. Looks like the "2020 Award for Advancing the Art of Audio DSP" went to Fractal Audio. ;)
  2. xarkon

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 12.08

    Or a slippery toilet seat.
  3. xarkon

    Cliff's Reviews

    Coconut Chocolate Chip FTW.
  4. xarkon

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 12.08 Public Beta 3

    Don’t forget the Blueberry Crisp Clif Bars.
  5. xarkon

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 12.08 Public Beta 3

    I've never used the pitch block before. Loaded the new firmware yesterday; dropped the pitch block into a Plexi patch; Virtual Capo at -1. Played along with "Purple Haze". Awesome. Excellent work. Thank you!
  6. xarkon

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 12.08 Public Beta 3

    Would someone who has an EHX HOG2 confirm whether that functionality can be duplicated in the Axe III?
  7. xarkon

    Has my Axe FX III a problem? Clean is Good But High Gain?

    Take a look at Beginner's Guide to Acoustic Treatment from Sound on Sound magazine. Most of the their Studio SOS articles are about fixing room problems.
  8. xarkon

    I think my Les Paul is a dud

    this could be a suitable replacement for your Silverburst LP: (at Used PRS McCarty 594 Wood Library)
  9. xarkon

    I think my Les Paul is a dud

    Yes. Faber also sells the longer threaded rod directly, avoiding the Dremel steps if you're not so inclined. Note the disclaimer about some recent LPs not having the deeper holes. Faber Extra Long ABR-1 Bridge Posts
  10. xarkon

    I think my Les Paul is a dud

    They're always awesome in the sales description. ;-) Seriously, most bursts (58-60 LP standards) aren't a million dollars. Page's would be, as would a few others. Having played a few back in the day (when they were under $5,000, and still ten times the price of a used LP standard from Norlin)...
  11. xarkon

    I think my Les Paul is a dud

    Agreed. Sell it. Consistency is not a thing with Gibson. Unfortunately, some stuff comes out of Gibson USA that should never even make it to the wall at the local guitar emporium. That said, my luck has been much better with the Custom Shop (Historic LPs). Granted, you're paying quite a bit...
  12. xarkon

    When You Turn ON Your AXE FX III

    Deluxe Reverb. 50w Plexi. Twin Reverb. Sometimes, AC30. You know, it's great that there are many, many amps in the Axe, but so many of these were to try to address the problem of having both Fender cleans and Marshall crunch in the same amp, or to have insane amounts of gain. I don't need them...
  13. xarkon

    Drive A/B comparison

    There is an extensive discussion of the Big Muff version history here: http://www.bigmuffpage.com/Big_Muff_Pi_versions_schematics_part1.html
  14. xarkon

    [fixed] Where did the manual go?

    From the description on the downloads page, it appears the manual is updated as of today - but the link stalls for a moment and returns to the home page. Probably just not uploaded yet.
  15. xarkon

    Pickslanting ?

    I bought the basic package a couple years ago. It helped. However, I found that I was able to increase speed dramatically more on the same links by reading (and absorbing into my practice) parts of this guy's book (which is free): https://www.gtroblq.com/book And a post linked from the book...
  16. xarkon

    Help the Fight Against COVID-19

    https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-thinking-error-at-the-root-of-science-denial?utm_source=pocket-newtab
  17. xarkon

    Help the Fight Against COVID-19

    It's the mad cow.
  18. xarkon

    Why does using a colored boost tend to make different amps sound so similar?

    EQ. Try hitting the AC30 model (not the top boost model) with the treble booster drive block.
  19. xarkon

    Anyone know Stock Market software (ThinkorSwim) procedures? Options Trading?

    It is not always 15%. It is 15% for most. It depends on your earned income. Those with high earned income eventually enter a 20% rate for capital gains. https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc409
  20. xarkon

    Axe 3 cycles thru scenes non-stop

    Is there an FC connected?
  21. xarkon

    My take on Shatteredsquare's modulated tape idea

    I think it needs a new title: Whales on Acid Edit: very, very cool, BTW.
  22. xarkon

    How’s Win 10 treating you?

    I suggest an edit: It mostly works but it is cobbled together like a bunch of different teams worked on different things with no unified vision or guidance.
  23. xarkon

    Bad, Intel, Bad...

    And the crowning touch for today is this post in my Facebook feed, uh-huh, sure Mark...
  24. xarkon

    Bad, Intel, Bad...

    Bookmarking this and the linked article to go clean up my studio computer. More time sunk on fixing nonsense.
  25. xarkon

    How’s Win 10 treating you?

    Liked this quote from that post: "Only in software, it’s fine if a program runs at 1% or even 0.01% of the possible performance. Everybody just seems to be ok with it. People are often even proud about how inefficient it is, as in “why should we worry, computers are fast enough”:" For years...
  26. xarkon

    Monitors VS FRFR cab. Differences?

    Another vote for the HS8.
  27. xarkon

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 11.02 Public Beta #5 (Beta_4)

    Dropping it is guaranteed to cause data loss.
  28. xarkon

    Will MIDI 2.0 - Require Axe-Fx III redesign soon?

    My business partner would call that display a “science fair project.”
  29. xarkon

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 11.02 Public Beta #5 (Beta_4)

    When new firmware is posted, it will most likely have a new thread title, whether another beta or the final release.
  30. xarkon

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 11.02 Public Beta #5 (Beta_4)

    Depending on your inclination: or: I still have my 15C - just used it a minute ago. Perfect form factor. However, I think only the 12C (financial) is still in production.
  31. xarkon

    Wish A few wishes about Delays

    There’s a nice demo of vinyl artifacts right before the guitar entry at the beginning of this:
  32. xarkon

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 11.02 Public Beta #5 (Beta_4)

    I think that was the first pedal I bought after I started playing guitar. Wish I still had it...
  33. xarkon

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 11.02 Public Beta #5 (Beta_4)

    I have a Pigtronix EP2 Envelope Phaser if you're interested in modeling it - happy to ship it to you.
  34. xarkon

    Suhr Modern

    So the Collings guitars must be behind this?
  35. xarkon

    Delay in production *SCAM* - Mystery Solved.

    OK, I'm NOT an attorney, but it seems that would meet the definition of tortious interference.
  36. xarkon

    The 25 Greatest Riffs of the 2010s Decade!

    I'm almost there, as I didn't recognize anything except the Dream Theater bit. And there were better candidates for Dream Theater IMHO - e.g. the opening bit from Breaking All Illusions on A Dramatic Turn of Events. Nothing from Rush's Clockwork Angels. And lesser-known bands with great guitar...
  37. xarkon

    Help - Mac keeps crashing, requires hard reboot each time PLEASE HELP!

    I had an interesting thing happen after the Mojave upgrade. If I opened the Terminal, it would periodically display a malloc error, without any input. The problem turned out to be a kernel extension. I believe it was the one installed by the antivirus program run by our IT vendor, which hadn't...
  38. xarkon

    After 10+ years of wanting one, I finally pulled the trigger!

    Congrats. It really is an awesome tool (and toy). Enjoy!
  39. xarkon

    Today’s corporate gig

    Look again.
  40. xarkon

    Do you stand up to edit your presets?

    Maybe. However, the pole easily detaches from the base, and the rack portion from the pole.
  41. xarkon

    Today’s corporate gig

    PRS Paul's Guitar, it seems; plus a Strat clone of some kind. Nice.
  42. xarkon

    Do you stand up to edit your presets?

    At the current stand settings, the center of the Axe front panel is about 3 feet from the floor. I'm 5'7". If I'm standing in front of it, with my upper arm straight down and forearm perpendicular to that, I can directly manipulate the front panel controls. Pretty sure it can be raised some...
  43. xarkon

    Do you stand up to edit your presets?

    https://on-stage.com/products/view/12562
  44. xarkon

    Wow, Headrush company is acting creepy

    I assume you're talking about the HeadRush PedalBoard, which was based on the Eleven Rack from Avid/Digidesign. The Eleven Rack had some interesting stuff. I had one. However, once I got an Axe Ultra (its contemporary), it was pretty clear which unit was superior. The Eleven's only particular...
  45. xarkon

    Let’s see those guitars

    Gorgeous top on that one.
  46. xarkon

    What is the next big modelling nut to crack?

    "Never" is a long time. Remember Arthur C. Clarke: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
  47. xarkon

    What is the next big modelling nut to crack?

    I want to add two options: leather smell from a Ferrari smell of a genuine 58-60 Les Paul Standard when you first open the case
  48. xarkon

    Is Amazon Rigging the Ratings System?

    One of the threads I found useful when building my last PC (several years ago!) was at the Digidesign (now Avid) site where people post info on working and non-working Pro Tools builds. Of course, there's misinformation to sort through there, too, but it has examples of things that have usually...
  49. xarkon

    PRS McCarty 594. Update: One Inbound 😳

    To each his own. I think those knots are beautiful - add a lot of character.
  50. xarkon

    [Update, no fix yet] Axe-Fx 3 Insane Hum From PC?

    If the electrical boxes themselves are grounded, then it may simply be a matter of replacing the receptacles (much less expensive) rather than rewiring (more expensive). An electrician can test and figure it out.
  51. xarkon

    PRS McCarty 594. Update: One Inbound 😳

    I went in 2018 and had a great time. I did the Signature Club thing so was able to get in the day before, which was nice. Though there are a lot of Signature Club members, it still wasn't as crowded as it was on Saturday - though even that wasn't bad at all.
  52. xarkon

    PRS McCarty 594. Update: One Inbound 😳

    If you've never been to PRS Experience, go. (OK - it CAN be expensive, depending on your willpower.) Music, workshops, factory tour...and yes, dealer displays and purchase on the spot if you want...
  53. xarkon

    Idiots

    They spend too much time sniffing gas fumes. It's hard to find competent repair people for this stuff. My go-to guy is probably close to retirement age, shop looks a disaster, but when I order parts or ask him to fix something, he does it properly.
  54. xarkon

    PRS McCarty 594. Update: One Inbound 😳

    Wow. Awesome looking guitar. I have a 594 myself. Love it.
  55. xarkon

    Is Amazon Rigging the Ratings System?

    Are Newegg's reviews any better? or worse?
  56. xarkon

    Is Amazon Rigging the Ratings System?

    The other issue in the ratings is for media - as far as I can see, the same ratings are used for Kindle, paperback, and hardback versions of a book. Unless the reviewer specifically mentioned the medium, you wouldn't know what they reviewed.
  57. xarkon

    Am I setting my Axe-Fx up wrong, or is something wrong?

    It might have been mentioned in this thread before, but this problem exists in real amp land, too, with the Mesa Mark series being a prime example. To achieve a tight sound on those amps, a common approach is to set bass around 2 or 3 on the channel, then add it back using the graphic EQ. The...
  58. xarkon

    [Update, no fix yet] Axe-Fx 3 Insane Hum From PC?

    So glad that Cliff responded to clarify this. I think it's time for that meme again "That's not how this works...".
  59. xarkon

    [Update, no fix yet] Axe-Fx 3 Insane Hum From PC?

    This might or might not be responsible for the noise, but still points to a possible concern. I've had to fix a few wiring problems in my own house where outlets were wired wrong, stupid decisions made by electrician regarding wire runs, etc. Suggest you get one of these and keep it handy - and...
  60. xarkon

    Let’s see those guitars

    Well, that looks awesome. My local Collings dealer stocks only the acoustics...
  61. xarkon

    Let’s see those guitars

    My Custom Shop Les Paul DC Pro (1998). Hated the factory pickups (490R/498T); now has 57 Classics in it. Much better.
  62. xarkon

    Contemplating Getting Axe-Fx III - Input Welcomed

    Exactly - OP, note that because it's not a traditional mic preamp, you won't have 48V phantom power, so you'll need to use a dynamic mic; or, you can get a preamp.
  63. xarkon

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 11.00 Public Beta

    Generally agree. I had a question about this that I encountered while looking at the list of impedance models. I went to the USA Mk IV clean and reset the amp model. The default impedance model now seems to be a 1x12 V30 (unless I did something wrong?). This mostly makes sense to me - I have...
  64. xarkon

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 11.00 Public Beta

    It's mentioned earlier in the thread - post #95.
  65. xarkon

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 11.00 Public Beta

    While it might not be an issue, it may be worth trying: did you bypass the hub and plug in directly to the Mac, while on FW 11 beta?
  66. xarkon

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 11.00 Public Beta

    I've read most of the thread. Seems like some are having confusion about how this links together (or maybe I'm inferring that incorrectly). And I wasn't quite sure myself; so I made a sketch. @FractalAudio or others who understand this, is this more-or-less correct? If so: I can see some manual...
  67. xarkon

    Let’s see those guitars

    This one followed me home last weekend. I went to look at another LP advertised on the website. Played this one: it stood up, wagged its tail, and barked. ;) 2013 R9, Custom Buckers.
  68. xarkon

    Let’s see those guitars

    I remember seeing one of the first silver burst LPs in the shop I worked at in '78 or '79. We thought that was just the coolest finish. Yours looks great. And in that shop - here's a '59 burst, double-whites. Awesome guitar. It was sold to Steve Lukather - so this is the "Rosanna Burst". Sorry...
  69. xarkon

    Let’s see those guitars

    I'm about an hour away from Wildwood. It's a good thing - you can try many guitars in a relaxed, small shop setting. (If you walk in the door, you would never know that they have a few thousand guitars available to try.) It can also be painful to the wallet... :oops::)
  70. xarkon

    Let’s see those guitars

    He both saved the company and nearly destroyed it.
  71. xarkon

    Let’s see those guitars

    Close enough; it's a single cut with a carved top. Beautiful guitar - love charcoal bursts.
  72. xarkon

    Let’s see those guitars

    So...what is it, exactly?
  73. xarkon

    How many just adjust these parameters in the amp block?

    Yes. And if it doesn't sound "just like the amp", it must be the IR, or I'm not matching the actual acoustic level of the amp.
  74. xarkon

    Let’s see those guitars

    Already been made. With a slightly different headstock. And at a consistently high quality level...
  75. xarkon

    Let’s see those guitars

    I wondered for a minute whether that was even the same guitar, till I looked for a couple obvious matches in the flame. That first photo seems to have had some serious color adjustment - more than just brightness/contrast. In my experience (as a satisfied customer, no other affiliation)...
  76. xarkon

    Let’s see those guitars

    The rapidly increasing prices and demands of Gibson have caused dealers to walk away from the brand.
  77. xarkon

    Let’s see those guitars

    All gorgeous. The color on that Standard is awesome.
  78. xarkon

    Let’s see those guitars

    Thanks - wondered about the dark rim.
  79. xarkon

    Let’s see those guitars

    Is that Wine Red? I have GAS for a wine red LP...
  80. xarkon

    Let’s see those guitars

    Well, of course! 👍 Nice guitar. Agree on the Gibson, but even great ones are not a PRS or Suhr. I have three Historics. Seems a truss rod tweak is in order every time I take one out of the case. And happy birthday!
  81. xarkon

    Let’s see those guitars

    Consider a PRS McCarty 594, too.
  82. xarkon

    Let’s see those guitars

    Agree with this. I would avoid 2012 reissues; many/most have laminated fingerboards.
  83. xarkon

    Look what I just got...

    Don't panic!
  84. xarkon

    I had a Sobering Experience Last Night

    Yes. I still have real amps for several of those that I use in the Axe. When doing comparisons, I use a dB meter to set equivalent volume.
  85. xarkon

    FC-12 Case

    That is helpful. I have to measure my pedals to see whether they will fit. Will report back, in case it helps someone else. Thanks!
  86. xarkon

    FC-12 Case

    Thanks for posting this info. If you don't mind: what's the distance between the right side of the FC-12 and the inside of the case opening? I'm trying to determine whether my existing pedals will fit. Thanks! Dave
  87. xarkon

    Axe-Fx III Firmware 10.00 Public Beta #2

    Maybe "Livin' on a Prayer" is in the set list?
  88. xarkon

    Axe-Fx Firmware Version 8.00

    There's much evolution of the Axe platform to be completed before the rig for the band Disaster Area can be built.
  89. xarkon

    ....really fractal? EDIT: Solved

    And they (at least IMHO) do support older devices for awhile - still running an iPhone 6 (but iOS 13 will not be supported) and a late 2013 MB Pro.
  90. xarkon

    LOOPER block dream

    There is an epic thread at TGP about looping: https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/looping-for-guitarists-an-open-letter-to-fx-manufacturers.1539563/ It's not a typical TGP thread :) - while it certainly wanders at times, there are many great points discussed along the way. I've...
  91. xarkon

    How to get warm round high end

    https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/axe-fx-iii-firmware-version-8-00-public-beta.153955/
  92. xarkon

    How to get warm round high end

    This might (or might not) help with where you want to cut:
  93. xarkon

    Guide to designing delays

    I just finished reading the article "Designer Delays" in the May 2012 issue of Sound on Sound. While it's probably beginner-level material for those experienced in using the different Axe delay blocks, I found it interesting enough to bookmark for experimentation. It's written from the...
  94. xarkon

    FC6 not responding - 2 middle switches “DOA”

    Have you tried replacing the cable?
  95. xarkon

    Axe-Fx III does not remember MIDI settings :(

    I wouldn't worry too much about this part. A CR2032 lithium battery lasts for years (buy new brand-name ones from reputable sellers); they are commonly available in pharmacies, grocery stores, and discount stores in the U.S. Throw a couple spares and the proper screwdriver in your gig bag and...
  96. xarkon

    [closed] Have there been any more 6.x beta sightings ?

    Are there any tools that would enable a system dump that you could compare between a unit that hangs and one that doesn't? While I haven't tried 6.0b, and therefore don't know whether it would hang on my unit, I'm happy to act as guinea pig given that recovery is straightforward and that it...
  97. xarkon

    Forum Maintenance 2019/06/07 - COMPLETED

    Well, that's pretty. Nice job, @iaresee & Co.
  98. xarkon

    What do you guys usually do with Xformer Match?

    See https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/the-secret-weapon-transformer-match.98527/
  99. xarkon

    Fan Noise

    Funny. "The new torque spec for the fan nuts is n newton-meters."
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