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  1. Alex C

    Amazing female vocals on Dream Theater-ish prog metal

    This is like Dream Theater with a powerful female singer, and her voice is just incredible. The riffs are proggy and melodic and I really like the musical side of this, but I keep coming back for that voice and I can't stop listening. I love DT, but I can't help feeling like this is what "The...
  2. Alex C

    Max Ostro

    Thanks for sharing; I hadn't heard of him. This is crazy good. 15 years old?! The speed and technique is incredible, and he seems to have dynamics and feel too. Picking, tapping, legato, everything is so clean. Here's another one:
  3. Alex C

    CABBAGE Tuning

    It looks like that list left out one of the classics:
  4. Alex C

    So I tried an Ibanez guitar.....

    Yeah, it took about $200 and a decent amount of work replacing or modifying the pickups, tuners, nut, string trees, selector switch, and volume pot in order to get it playing and sounding like I wanted, so it's more like a $399 guitar now. :) Interestingly, I was expecting the frets to be...
  5. Alex C

    So I tried an Ibanez guitar.....

    Some of us are playing a $199 Ibanez. :) https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/mother-and-daughter.136461/
  6. Alex C

    Right handed playing a lefty guitar!

    The idea of retraining the brain to keep the fundamentals and just apply them in a different direction reminds me of the "backwards bicycle" - a bike modified to steer in the opposite direction from where the handlebars are turned.
  7. Alex C

    Neat Christmas cover: Mr. Grinch

    It's that time of year again.
  8. Alex C

    Ghost

    Here's a thread from when the Nameless Ghouls started officially using Fractal gear (in 2015): https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/ghost.105843/
  9. Alex C

    Matte Jazz III picks

    Dunlop Carbon Fiber Max Grip Jazz III https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/471P3C--dunlop-471p3c-carbon-fiber-max-grip-jazz-iii-black-guitar-picks-6-pack https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003MXE4JU I discovered these 5 or 6 years ago and now they're all I use, even on acoustic and bass...
  10. Alex C

    Audacity question

    https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/tutorial_vocal_removal_and_isolation.html
  11. Alex C

    Neat Christmas cover: Mr. Grinch

    Bump for Christmas weekend in case anyone missed it the first time. I've been listening to this a few times a day this whole month and still really enjoying it.
  12. Alex C

    Neat Christmas cover: Mr. Grinch

    Here's a thread from a few years ago where this was discussed, with a preset too: https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/anyone-had-any-luck-replicating-the-pog.44405/#post-583926 However, that's focused on single-note stuff, and I'm under the impression that the POG does a better job than the...
  13. Alex C

    Neat Christmas cover: Mr. Grinch

    To me it sounds like a an Electro Harmonix POG or HOG. (But I've never played either, only heard clips online and on some studio recordings.) EDIT: Maybe something like this: (timecoded link to 65 seconds)
  14. Alex C

    Neat Christmas cover: Mr. Grinch

    Great vocals on this.
  15. Alex C

    Short scale?

    Here's a link to a post I made a few months ago reviewing the Ibanez Paul Gilbert Mikro short scale (22.2"): https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/mother-and-daughter.136461/#post-1668468 I'm still enjoying it a lot, and still find it seamless to transition between it and my Kiesel 7-string.
  16. Alex C

    Random Guitar Player List

    I saw some Blues Saraceno posted above. I've always enjoyed this video:
  17. Alex C

    Is This The End Of Solid State?

    Encroachment into a personal residence is a Class A misdemeanor.
  18. Alex C

    Is This The End Of Solid State?

    I think this situation can be explained by frustration related to being the backup quarterback. - Always on standby - Talent scouts only rated him "B+" - Couldn't get decent grid(iron) blocking - The team nutritionist had him on the "starved plate" diet
  19. Alex C

    Jason Becker

    "Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet" is a solid documentary that tells the story of his childhood, big break, illness, and what he's doing these days. http://www.jasonbeckermovie.com/ Amazon link
  20. Alex C

    [NGD] Kiesel...But Pickups Sound Terrible! Help!

    I have a Kiesel DC727 with what my sales guy called late-stage prototypes of the Lithium pickups; I think the design was finalized and named just a month or two after my purchase. There has always been a bit of a nasal or honky quality that I've never been thrilled with, especially on the...
  21. Alex C

    Yngwie at Sweetwater

    I feel like he's capable of being "musical" and not just mindlessly shredding, and I think he was in his element when accompanied by the New Japan Philharmonic orchestra. The "crazed virtuoso" thing suits him in this context and his classical influences serve him well here.
  22. Alex C

    Mother and daughter

    I ended up buying a PGMM31 Paul Gilbert Mikro of my own and I wanted to update this thread and share my experience with it. Out of the box, I would rate this guitar at something like 3.5/10. It came with 0.010 gauge strings and had pretty poor tuners, and it was nearly impossible to get the...
  23. Alex C

    Advice on selling a PRS with damaged tremolo knife edges

    Thanks for all of the responses. This is exactly the kind of info I was looking for.
  24. Alex C

    Advice on selling a PRS with damaged tremolo knife edges

    I'm planning to sell a 2002 PRS Swamp Ash Special, natural finish, PRS tremolo bridge, no birds. I'm the original/only owner, and I got this guitar when I graduated from high school in 2003. Around that time, in a moment of youthful folly while attempting to lower the action, instead of...
  25. Alex C

    Is there a name for this common D-chord thing?

    I don't know the right terms to use here, but there's a D chord "enhancement thing" that is used in a number of popular songs and is usually played by an acoustic guitar. That thing where you hold a D chord shape and add and remove the 4th and 2nd (pinky and middle) fingers. One way of writing...
  26. Alex C

    311 Flowing Intro sound

    I think a starting point could be a filter block controlled by the sequencer, as seen in this video starting around 9min 30sec:
  27. Alex C

    Best way to setup a volume pedal pre everything

    I know the first block in the grid is after the input noise gate; is the global "input volume" before or after the noise gate? EDIT: After checking the manual I still can't tell. It says: 5.35 Input Noise Gate Every Axe-Fx II preset includes a “built-in” Noise Gate connected directly to the...
  28. Alex C

    Mother and daughter

    Thanks. This aligns with a few other reviews I've come across as well. Part of the fun Mr. Gilbert seems to be having in the video posted above is due to the ability to do bigger bends than usual. I'm assuming that he's using the 9-42 strings that he normally uses on his full size PGM models*...
  29. Alex C

    Mother and daughter

    This looks like a lot of fun. How does it play? I've seen a few reviews that mention intonation or tuning issues, but it's hard to tell how qualified the typical reviewer is when it comes to guitar setup and adjustment. I'm seeing a price point of US$200, which seems great if this is a...
  30. Alex C

    Mother and daughter

  31. Alex C

    Crackling sound in the tail off

    Does it sound like what can be heard on the intro of "Drop Dead Legs" as the notes ring out? Or on this amp demo starting around 3:00 (link below should be time-stamped) There have been some threads on the forum in the past about this "ghost fizz", and the conclusion seems to be that...
  32. Alex C

    14 Heritage Guitar Workers off the job as company heads in new direction

    I think we're on the same page; I should have clarified that in my previous post. The "man" in the quote is the worker who has done things by hand for decades and is resisting technological advancement (and improved efficiency, consistency, etc.) because he fears that he could find himself out...
  33. Alex C

    14 Heritage Guitar Workers off the job as company heads in new direction

    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." - Upton Sinclair (sources because quotes on the internet are usually wrong: 1, 2, 3)
  34. Alex C

    CAPS LOCK MADNESS & WHAT'S YOUR DAY GIG?

    ELECTRICAL ENGINEER, BABY, YEAH!
  35. Alex C

    How does one find the various frequencies that make up a complex waveform?

    @Stratoblaster recently shared a really good math/science Youtube channel and included the following excellent video as an example:
  36. Alex C

    Clean tones without a cab?

    There was a thread with a similar topic a few weeks ago that has some more examples and additional thoughts. https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/using-clean-amps-without-a-cab-good.134834
  37. Alex C

    NUX Cerberus - Multi-function effects pedal with presets and IR loading

    Does anyone have any experience with this? I just learned about it and can't quite tell if it has been fully released or where it could be purchased (it's out of stock everywhere I've seen, or maybe not yet in stock). Overdrive, distortion, tremolo/phaser/univibe, mutliple chorus types, delay...
  38. Alex C

    Here's a make you feel old post for the old guys...

    "I don't feel tardy."
  39. Alex C

    Small request for Guthrie Govan Charvel owners

    This looks like a useful thread: http://www.dimarzioforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=6294.0 Someone on there wrote: "Now that I own a Charvel Govan, I can say with certainty that the guitar’s “single coil simulation” is achieved by having a .1uf metal polyester film cap along each shunted series...
  40. Alex C

    12 year old with AX8 playing Petrucci!!!

    Yes, this is fantastic. Great tone and incredible, smooth, clean playing. Thanks for sharing.
  41. Alex C

    Using clean amps without a cab = good?

    I've heard/read many times that the guitar on "Under the Bridge" by RHCP was recorded direct (through a compressor first).
  42. Alex C

    97% CPU and Getting Static

    There's a nice wiki page on CPU usage here: http://wiki.fractalaudio.com/axefx2/index.php?title=CPU_usage It includes a section with suggestions for reducing CPU load.
  43. Alex C

    Headrush FRFR $349

    The seemingly-equivalent Alto has a version with Bluetooth for $349, so maybe Headrush will have a model with that option for that price as well. https://www.amazon.com/Alto-Professional-TS210-Loudspeaker-Integrated/dp/B018W31TM4
  44. Alex C

    Any Meshuggah or Fredrik Thordendal fans out there??

    This "Nail the Mix" video features engineer Tue Madsen demonstrating the mixing process for the guitar tones on TVSoR. This interview with drummer Tomas Haake gives some good background on their approach to recording this album...
  45. Alex C

    Any Meshuggah or Fredrik Thordendal fans out there??

    Here's the "Meshuggah tonematch extravaganza" thread from @Guitarjon https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/meshuggah-tonematch-extravaganza.88840/
  46. Alex C

    Any Meshuggah or Fredrik Thordendal fans out there??

    Here's the Koloss making-of documentary (with time-stamped link to the Axe-FX mention). "We play through Axe-FX. To get a digital signal out via S/P-DIF. Then into Cubase. In Cubase we use a plugin (VST Amp Rack) where we set up pedals, amps, cabinets, effects and microphones manually...
  47. Alex C

    At first I thought this was stupid...

    I wonder how similar this is to the Stewart MacDonald Black Ice: http://www.stewmac.com/Pickups_and_Electronics/Components_and_Parts/Black_Ice_Overdrive/Black_Ice.html It's a passive circuit that seems to be composed of clipping diodes to ground, and is intended to replace the capacitor on the...
  48. Alex C

    Black Friday GAS

    This looks like a pretty good deal: http://www.proaudiostar.com/featured-deal/prs-se-standard-22-st22ts-tobacco-sunburst.html $299 for a PRS SE Standard 22 ST22TS- Tobacco Sunburst
  49. Alex C

    Any Suhr guitar players out there?

    https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/why-did-i-wait-this-long-to-buy-a-suhr.131534/
  50. Alex C

    Axe-FX III on the horizon?

    These would look good in black with a little green screen and blinking tempo LED.
  51. Alex C

    Effect type here? Good ears please

    The presets used on Koi No Yokan were posted on the forum at one point. If the effect was part of the original guitar tone (and not added in post-production) there could be a clue in the relevant preset...
  52. Alex C

    commercial jingles??

    I don't watch TV, so I only hear commercials when I'm around someone with a TV or radio on. How accurate is my perception that commercial jingle writing is a dying art form, and the majority of commercial background music these days just consists of a ukulele with a xylophone and/or whistling...
  53. Alex C

    Amp models that took over

    "Nun's Undies" has a nice ring to it.
  54. Alex C

    New band for old-timers/Zeppelin fans: Greta van Fleet

    This band sounds like the reincarnation/second coming of Zeppelin. They only have a 4-track EP so far.
  55. Alex C

    Electric guitar melodies over synth pads

    Joe Bonamassa - Django from Live at the Royal Albert Hall
  56. Alex C

    Electric guitar melodies over synth pads

    Neal Schon solo, from the "Journey Live 2001" DVD (the beginning is a bit "shreddy" but it gets more melodic)
  57. Alex C

    Electric guitar melodies over synth pads

    The first three and a half minutes of Octavarium by Dream Theater are like this. (Fun fact: it's actually not a guitar; the keyboard player is using an instrument called a Continuum.)
  58. Alex C

    Boosting Mids: I do not think that means what he thinks it means

    There are programs out there that allow Windows programs to be run on other operating systems. I've used one called Wine on a Linux installation before, and it looks like it can possibly work on Macs as well. https://www.howtogeek.com/263211/how-to-run-windows-programs-on-a-mac-with-wine/
  59. Alex C

    Boosting Mids: I do not think that means what he thinks it means

    That tone stack calculator is a timeless classic. Note: the passive Baxandall circuit in that program is called "James."
  60. Alex C

    Ambient In-Ears

    @Tremonti just posted about his positive experience going direct for the first time with with the Westone Ambient 30s. https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/went-direct-with-no-cab-stage-monitor-for-first-time.130866/ This was the first I had heard of ambient IEMs, and I'm intrigued by the...
  61. Alex C

    Since no one will directly ask Cliff about potential new FW...

    Hi Cliff, In a previous post I shared some info I was able to gather on the Darkglass B3K at the time. Since then I've come across some more possibly-useful information and I'd like to pass it along in case it helps you in the circuit tracing/replication process. Anyone with more info is...
  62. Alex C

    Still learning this thing

    Owner's manual: http://www.fractalaudio.com/downloads/manuals/axe-fx-2/Axe-Fx-II-Owners-Manual.pdf Other useful documents here: http://www.fractalaudio.com/manuals-and-docs.php The forum is great for info, support, and comaraderie, and the wiki that was linked above is an incredible resource.
  63. Alex C

    Can the Axe FX be used as a tool for electronic music?

    http://simeonharris.co.uk/Blocks/blocks.html
  64. Alex C

    some self promotion

    Your self-promotion just earned you a new fan. I really enjoyed this song and I just purchased eScape on Bandcamp; I look forward to hearing the rest. Thanks for sharing.
  65. Alex C

    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 8.02 Firmware Release

    This is especially true if you're still more amused by tv shows/prank phone calls and you still act like you're in freshman year.
  66. Alex C

    Effects to use for Ambient Guitar Noises

    It really is a great shimmery sound. The video was made by forum member @Bruce1448 and first posted in this thread: https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/clean-shimmer-preset-tutorial-ambient-post-rock.106261
  67. Alex C

    Effects to use for Ambient Guitar Noises

    As others mentioned, Simeon's presets and blox are excellent. This video may also be useful:
  68. Alex C

    Help in understanding Pre/Power-Amp Clipping

    Someone with more information can chime in to correct this if necessary, but I believe in most cases when people talk about negative feedback with the Axe-Fx it's referring to the power amp. The sentence right after your first red underlined section mentions that any preamp negative feedback is...
  69. Alex C

    Guys, where's them Deftones presets? (FW603)

    Stephen released the presets + cab that were used on KNY. https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/working-with-stephen-c-from-the-deftones-this-week-check-out-our-progress.67140/page-10#post-884889 That whole thread is interesting, but the linked post is where discussion of the KNY presets...
  70. Alex C

    Tue Madsen mixing Meshuggah's guitars

    I had read that tip here on the forum and tried a crude version of it with EQ blocks in the Axe, but I'm new to the production side of things and still learning what works in a mix, so to see it demonstrated in a real mix with music I'm familiar with was really interesting. Also, hearing some...
  71. Alex C

    Tue Madsen mixing Meshuggah's guitars

    Very neat look into the mixing process behind the new album. I especially liked watching the process of boosting a narrow frequency spike and sweeping that around to find particularly offensive frequencies, then dropping those by several dB. The original EQ initially sounded fine to me, but...
  72. Alex C

    New Fractal Pedal

    I think the age-old proverb that relates to expression pedal travel is "different sweeps for different peeps."
  73. Alex C

    Motor Drive Suggestions for FRFR

    Just a slight correction to the good info HarrySound posted - the motor drive in the amp block is on the "Power Dyn" page (not the "Speaker" page).
  74. Alex C

    Splitting Output 1 w/ Y-Cable

    That link isn't showing up correctly for me, but here's where I think it pointed: (It looks like Amazon links are auto-formatted by the forum to display like this instead of just a link.)
  75. Alex C

    Bass Guitar>AxeFx>FRFR

    This thread from the Bass subforum seems relevant: https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/frfr-and-monitoring-as-a-bass-player-i-need-some-advice-please.121282/
  76. Alex C

    250k volume pot coil-split mod, retains 500k for humbuckers [diagram included]

    Good catch. That's an error in my diagram; the circuit is wired with the cap on the third lug of the volume pot.
  77. Alex C

    250k volume pot coil-split mod, retains 500k for humbuckers [diagram included]

    I'm the proud owner of a Carvin/Kiesel DC727 that I received about two years ago and I've been very pleased with it. I ordered it just before the Lithium humbuckers were available, but I was able to get a late prototype version of them, which I'm also pleased with and which are still in this...
  78. Alex C

    Keep effect on/off state across presets?

    This can be done with the MFC by setting the switch to be a General Use IA switch (instead of an Axe-Fx function), mapping it to be an external controller, and using the "Global IA switch" setting for it. Then the bypass modifier of the chorus block can be assigned to the external controller...
  79. Alex C

    Best way to remove a broken 1/4" adapter from Axe-Fx rear output?

    I didn't get around to it that night a few months ago, but I had the Axe-Fx out of the rack earlier this week and I was able to remove the stuck pieces by slightly lifting the three jack contacts just as you described. Thanks!
  80. Alex C

    Recommendations for a case for the MFC-101 and a couple pedals?

    Several people on this forum had recommended the Diago Showman, and it has worked well for me for several years. MFC + Roland FV500 + Moog EP3 + a small switch box (Hammond 1590B size). Good pictures in this old "for sale" thread...
  81. Alex C

    No One Really Knows Why—Is This True? (Science Geeky)

    I'm in agreement with your last bit. :) However, the implication of the video seems to be that the pickups are directly "picking up" the vibration of the wooden body in addition to the string vibration, and that the question in the first part of the title ("Does Wood Affect Electric Guitar...
  82. Alex C

    No One Really Knows Why—Is This True? (Science Geeky)

    I think Paul Reed Smith's quote is more philosophical than scientific (as you noted). I'm certain that the huge majority of the sounds we're hearing in this video are the result of the vibration of the tremolo springs, which are within the magnetic field of the pickups and whose vibration will...
  83. Alex C

    Danny Carey (drummer from Tool) sitting in with a teenage girl cover band

    Apparently this was at a charity golf event. The girls' band was the entertainment, and after his round of golf Danny offered to sit in when he learned that "The Pot" was on the setlist.
  84. Alex C

    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 7.00 Public Beta #2

    Hi Cliff, I've also been scouring the web for a schematic for the Darkglass B3K or the B7K (which appears to be a B3K with more EQ options), with no luck. However, I was able to find a schematic for the precursor to the B3K, called the Microtubes 2K (attached). It was originally posted here...
  85. Alex C

    Headphone Adaptor Snapped Off!

    Absolutely; I should have emphasized that in my post. I agree that this is surely a case of cheapskates like me using the cheapest adapters possible, and the Axe-Fx actually having solid, robust jacks that properly grip the plugs that are inserted.
  86. Alex C

    Headphone Adaptor Snapped Off!

    I had this problem a few months ago, and @mr_fender provided some helpful instructions on how to remove the broken part. https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/best-way-to-remove-a-broken-1-4-adapter-from-axe-fx-rear-output.121233/ I haven't gotten around to fixing it yet (since it's not...
  87. Alex C

    Phil X is amazing

    I had only seen one gear demo video with him a while ago, but never got around to looking into him more. Thanks for mentioning him; I've been enjoying a lot of his videos, especially the ones with him just jamming and noodling on different guitars. High energy is right, and he seems to have a...
  88. Alex C

    Happy Birthday Wah-Wah

  89. Alex C

    My Alice In Chains Tribute playing at Bogart's In Cincinnati 01/06/2017

    I wish you had posted this with a little more notice; I would have come out for sure! Two years ago I saw RATM2 and a Pearl Jam tribute (called "Ten" I think) at Bogart's and it was pretty enjoyable. Maybe next time. Have fun!
  90. Alex C

    "Ocean Avenue" by Yellowcard - full studio instrumental cover with Axe Fx & Toontrack Drums

    The drum pad work is pretty impressive too. Good stuff. You might want to post this on the "Axe-Fx Recordings" subforum if you haven't already. It will probably get more attention there, and I think a lot of Fractalites would appreciate hearing some nice Axe tones like this in a mix...
  91. Alex C

    "Ocean Avenue" by Yellowcard - full studio instrumental cover with Axe Fx & Toontrack Drums

    Sounds great, and nice filming and editing. I know that stuff takes a long time to put together. Thanks for sharing.
  92. Alex C

    whats wrong with gibson and fender ?

    While we're on the topic, here's a link to an earlier thread discussing an interview with the current CEO of Gibson. It seems like some of the issues at the company might be coming from the top, although I don't know how long he's been there and how long Gibson quality has been declining...
  93. Alex C

    Wah keeps turning on when switch presets

    As s0c9 mentioned, you might want to check and see if the "auto-engage" parameter in the wah block is enabled. If so, the wah's bypass state will be controlled by the position of the expression pedal (or whatever controller is assigned to the wah)...
  94. Alex C

    Where does he hide the Axe?

    I spotted an Axe-Fx three times in the first few minutes, but it might be Mike Keneally's. :) http://i.imgur.com/yUoVdqv.jpg http://i.imgur.com/OZffroC.jpg http://i.imgur.com/59XiBXh.jpg
  95. Alex C

    How does amp modeling work?

    Very interesting reference; thanks.
  96. Alex C

    Best way to remove a broken 1/4" adapter from Axe-Fx rear output?

    I appreciate the detailed reply, and I'll give this a try tonight. Thanks!
  97. Alex C

    Best way to remove a broken 1/4" adapter from Axe-Fx rear output?

    I recently ran into an issue while testing different connection configurations using a standard 1/4" to 1/8" TRS adapter (like this) in a rear output of the Axe-Fx. When I pulled on the base of the adapter to remove it, the tip portion remained in the jack while the rest came out. The tip...
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