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  1. Sleestak

    New FM3 - And Now For Something Completely Different...

    Not to brag, but my FM3 was personally inspected by Monty Python. See tag for proof.
  2. Sleestak

    SOLD AX8 for sale $850 - Original Owner - Includes Extras

    MY number came up on the FM3 list, and I'm selling my AX8 to fund the purchase. I'm the original owner of this AX8, and it will ship in the original box. I've always had this unit mounted on a pedalboard which travels in a padded ATA flight case. It's in excellent condition, and has zero issues...
  3. Sleestak

    Wireless Bidirectional MIDI

    This looks like an interesting product https://lite-time.com/wireless-midi It's not cheap, but would potentially solve one my onstage nuisances: dealing with long MIDI cable runs from my AxeFX III to my MMGT control pedal. I already have a good rechargeable power solution that would allow me to...
  4. Sleestak

    Live Nation to Halt All Tours, Broadway to Shut Down Due to Coronavirus

    https://consequenceofsound.net/2020/03/live-nation-stop-tours-coronoavirus/?fbclid=IwAR1u7xFJgdF4KRFjaA0RBs50Wq49unkJJ0QGpHtBH8q1rui9pPyt7_I07po This is a significant decision. I hope there is a plan being considered for all the people whose livelihoods are impacted.
  5. Sleestak

    Happy Birthday to Sukh Ryatt (a.k.a. ZenRigs Man) !

    A very happy birthday to fellow Fractalite @ZenRigs Man! For those of you who happen to use any of the KickTags or ZenRigs products, this is the wizard who makes all those awesome goodies. He's also a damned fine guitarist, and one heck of a good guy. That's Sukh holding the guitar, and me...
  6. Sleestak

    Implemented Wish List: Sort Presets by Name

    I would love the ability to view my presets sorted by the preset name. This would be invaluable for times when I want to access a specific preset by its name (example: rehearsing with the band, and jumping around between songs). If I could do this from the front pane of the AxeFX III, it would...
  7. Sleestak

    Axe-Fx III with FW 11: Magic

    I've been an Fractal user for many years, starting with an AxeFX II + MFC 101, then upgraded to the AxeFX III, and I also have an AX8. Every year during the holidays, I back up all my presets, then DELETE them from the AxeFX, and start completely anew, rebuilding every patch from the ground up...
  8. Sleestak

    NGD: Strandberg Boden

    Over the past few years, I'veI spent a lot of time looking at, and playing, various models of headless guitars. I decided to purchase a Strandberg Boden neck-through model, with HSH Suhr pickups. The guitar arrived a few days ago, and I've been putting this instrument through its paces with the...
  9. Sleestak

    Strandberg Alex Machacek Model

    Greetings. I'm considering the purchase of a Strandberg Alex Machacek Model 6 string. Does anyone have insight / recommendations about Strandbergs in general, and perhaps specifically this model? I'm a rock / fusion player, and this seems like a great guitar. OK... bring it on!
  10. Sleestak

    NGD: Suhr Strat

    I placed the order for this guitar via Rogue Guitar Shop, and then worked directly with Suhr to inform them I'd be supplying the side dot material (Luminlay) as part of the order. Suhr has a typical order time of several months, and this was no exception. They do a fantastic job of keeping you...
  11. Sleestak

    Axe-Fx III tone is amazing

    In preparation for upcoming shows, I've been making some adjustments to my AxeFX III. The band got together last night for a tech rehearsal, and my bandmates repeatedly complimented my guitar tone. The only changes I made since the previous shows were pretty minor - mostly tuning the gain...
  12. Sleestak

    RESOLVED: Output 3 / 4 No Audio Being Sent (User Error)

    Greetings. I'm adding an outboard effect pedal (Digitech Freqout) to my AxeFX III. I'm attempting to use Out3 as the source for the pedal. I can see in Axe-Edit that signal is present in the Out3 block, but nothing is actually being sent to my pedal. The pedal works. When I plug directly into...
  13. Sleestak

    FOH Reaction to AxeFX II (spoiler alert: LOVE)

    I played a show last night in a venue that recently upgraded their entire light and sound system. The new FOH and monitor crew is top notch, and did a great job. As we were getting set up, I asked for two XLR connections for my AxeFX, and the FOH engineer literally raised an eyebrow at me. I...
  14. Sleestak

    My AxeFX II XL Still Amazes Me

    Today I spent a few hours building new patches for songs we're adding to our set list. I absolutely love the way the II XL does its magic. I posted elsewhere that "yes, I'll upgrade to the III when the time comes", and it's still true. But if you're in the fence about the sonic quality and...
  15. Sleestak

    Transcription - Nailing the Part

    I play in a few bands in the Seattle area, one of which is a David Bowie tribute. In my opinion, the differentiator between "tribute bands" and "cover bands" is that a tribute should deliver a near-perfect replica of the music, complete with every nuance of the original artist's performance. We...
  16. Sleestak

    AX8 Arrived Today!

    I've been an AxeFX user for a few years, and I recently decided to order an AX8 for fly dates. I have only spent a few hours today with it, but oh man am I delighted! I was able to recreate several of my favorite patches, although I had to simplify the multi-amp setups. A big tip of the fez to...
  17. Sleestak

    AxeFX + XiTone

    I had two great experiences last weekend playing shows, and wanted to share some comments. My current touring rig consists of AxeFX II XL MFC101 Mk III with 2 Fractal EV-1 pedals, and 1 Mission EP-1 XiTone 1x12 wedge Line6 G90 Wireless Furman AR1215 I use a Sennheiser EW300 IEM system for...
  18. Sleestak

    AxeFX Brethren

    I played a couple of really fun shows this weekend in the Seattle area. One of them was a community festival on Friday night that involved music, arts, and food. We were the last band of the evening, and when I arrived for load-in, another band was set up and getting ready to play. The band was...
  19. Sleestak

    AxeFX II use in BowieVision

    One of my bands is a tribute to David Bowie. We have existed for over three years, and since Mr Bowie's passing, we've been busier than ever. Here's a little glimpse into our show : The AxeFX has been part of my rig since the beginning of this band. In fact, I bought the AxeFX system because I...
  20. Sleestak

    High Frequency feedback with FRFR - A lesson in diagnosing the issue

    There have been a number of threads on the forum describing the occurrence of high frequency / microphonic feedback with FRFR systems, and I've been noticing over the past six months that this is becoming a more regular issue for me. I want to outline what I have experienced, and offer some...
  21. Sleestak

    Wish MFC-101 Edit Lockout Mode

    I'd love to have an assignable performance mode that disables the MFC-101 EDIT button until explicitly re-enabled. The methodology should be something like "hold down the EDIT button and button #1 for five seconds until the screen confirms EDIT LOCK has been enabled. It should require two...
  22. Sleestak

    FW19 CPU Usage

    I updated to FW19 and noticed that some of my presets had intermittent crackling. This is a typical symptom of excessive CPU usage. Interestingly, these same presets did not exhibit this behavior in FW18. According to AxeEdit, I was only using 86% of the available CPU. I eliminated a few effect...
  23. Sleestak

    What's Your NON-FRACTAL Rig?

    I have an AxeFX rig that I love. I've posted a lot of detail about my setup, so I'll omit that from this post. My point is that I love my AxeFX rig and use it for the vast majority of my live and recording work. I also have a "grab and go" small rig that I use for one-off fly dates, and for...
  24. Sleestak

    Another AxeFX Triumph

    Last Saturday I performed in Portland, Oregon. It was the last stop on a quick tour of shows, and, like every other gig on this stint, we sold out the venue several days in advance. I had to do a bit of scrambling to squeeze a few extra guests into the show... glad that was even possible! The...
  25. Sleestak

    Is that an AxeFX?

    Last night I played a show in Seattle for a private event. The client has hired us for their annual "post-holiday holiday party" on a number of occasions. During our set break I was approached by someone who pointed at my MFC-101 and asked "is that an Axe-FX?". I said "well, yes and no..." and...
  26. Sleestak

    Wish WISH : MFC-101 Ability to move [Down / Up / Edit / Reveal]

    I'd like to be able to move the command buttons from the right side of my MFC-101 to other locations. I don't currently see any way to do that. The main reason I'd like to do this is in order to use the current "DOWN" button as a tap tempo, and move UP / DOWN to other positions on my board to...
  27. Sleestak

    Rehearsal with FW17.03

    Last night I had a great rehearsal with my bandmates. This is the first time we've rehearsed since our New Year's Eve gig, and the first time since I updated my firmware about a week ago. I had immediate comments from the band about the sound of my guitar being so punchy and solid in the mix. I...
  28. Sleestak

    Made A New Believer Last Night!

    Last night my band played a show in Seattle, and we had a really great time. After our second set, I made a quick trip to the bar for a glass of wine. A gentleman approached me and asked me about my guitar amp. When I told him it was an AxeFX system, his eyes widened. He said "I've heard about...
  29. Sleestak

    Thanksgiving Fractal Tracking

    This weekend I was planning to record a few guitar tracks for my band's upcoming CD. I decided to get set up this morning to ensure I could hit the ground running first thing tomorrow. And of course, I had to make sure it all worked, so I just plugged in and did a quick run-through... two hours...
  30. Sleestak

    Surviving The Unexpected : Your Backup Kits for Gigs and Touring

    Over in the AxeFX Discussion area, we are having a chat about on-stage disaster recovery in case of gear failure. I posted something over there about this, outlining my use of the Line6 M9 as my emergency backup, but I wanted to start a thread here in the Lounge about general planning for...
  31. Sleestak

    Phantom Power : Damage to AxeFX?

    At a recent show, one of the house engineers gave me a pair of XLR lines for my AxeFX. I patched him in and started my line check. The FOH engineer said the AxeFX sounded great and was really pleased with how easy it was to place in the mix. After soundcheck he said "I noticed that the phantom...
  32. Sleestak

    McMillen SoftStep

    Greetings. Has anyone here used a McMillen SoftStep as the controller for your AxeFX? I have an MFC-101 MkIII, and I really love it. However, I have several fly dates ahead of me and need to make my entire rig fit in a carry-on soft rack bag. So I'm looking for something like the SoftStep...
  33. Sleestak

    I love my AxeFX rig!

    It sounds great. It's fun to use. It's a treat to have such a flexible and powerful device as the nerve center of my rig. My bandmates keep telling me how good it sounds, and the FOH operator loves it. Best gear investment I've made in eons...
  34. Sleestak

    BowieVision featuring AxeFX II XL

    Here's a promo clip of one of my bands, called "BowieVision". We're a tribute to David Bowie with live music and video projection (mixed and processed on the fly by our live video technician!). The audio from this clip is direct from the board with no post-processing; all the guitar tones are...
  35. Sleestak

    Full Band Dress Rehearsals with new AxeFX II XL

    Last night we held the final full band dress rehearsal for our upcoming shows. I've only had my AxeFX rig for about a month, and this has been a very positive experience so far. Subsequent to the previous rehearsals, I've been tweaking tones and adding scenes to simplify getting around during...
  36. Sleestak

    AxeFX II XL + MFC-101 Mk III + Axe-Edit 3.x

    Greetings. Apologies if this has been covered elsewhere. I did look and couldn't find a definitive answer. When I'm preparing to run my Axe FXII XL with Axe-Edit 3.x, is there any need to power down and disconnect my MFC-101 Mk III first? I know Axe-Edit takes control over the AxeFX for...
  37. Sleestak

    MFC-101 MkIII : Delivered!

    Greetings. My MFC-101 MkIII has arrived. And is sitting patiently in my music room, waiting for an Axe FX II XL to become available :) So far, I'm impressed with the build quality and the flexibility of the system. I've been reading the manuals and am starting to put together a map of how I...
  38. Sleestak

    Extended Warranty : Yes / No?

    Greetings. I'm new. So new, in fact, that I haven't ordered my Axe FXII and MFC101 yet :) As soon as I get confirmation that the new MFC101 is ready to ship, I'll be reaching for the credit card. I'm sure that like all new users, I'll have questions as I delve into programming and refining...
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