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    Anyone play doom?

    Doom (the game) is still very much a thing.. amazing soundtrack too from Mick Gordon, very guitar heavy.
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    Remote Music Teaching tools for those in Lockdown due to COVID-19

    I did my first online lesson just this afternoon and it went surprisingly smoothly. I used Zoom which I've been using all week to train animators to use a 3d animation program (my day job). My setup was as above, using the Axe FX (II XL in my case) as the computers soundcard via USB. I have a...
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    When did the guitar became a pariah instrument?

    Watched an old movie last night. In it there were several scenes where doctors were smoking cigarettes while working. That was normal once. Now it's not. Things change.
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    Greatest band of all time?

    Zep made classic recordings but the live versions of their songs are a boring and indulgent reminder that drugs really don't work long term when it comes to creativity.
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    Axe-Fx II "Ares" Rev 1.03 Firmware Release

    I'm still on Ares 1.0 and find that just selecting the PortaBass model will lock up the Axe FX requiring a power off to get it usable again. Was that fixed in this version?
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    Modern Metal makes me laugh...

    Glenn Fricker is always ranting. That's pretty much his whole thing. As for more new music in a metal style - Check out the new Devin Townsend album Empath, amazing stuff.
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    Yngwie blues album

    Yngwie always said he didn't like blues. And now he's proved that. Sounds like one of those indulgent jams at the end of a G3 concert where everyone throws taste out the window and mindlessly shreds over a 12 bar for 10 minutes. Much more fun for them than the audience.
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    Axe-Fx II Firmware "Ares" 1.00 Public Beta

    Aha! That makes sense thanks. I've lowered the input drive from about 6 to 2.5 and now I've a similar level of grit to my old patch and it sounds great. I also use the SVT model as the basis for my electric Cello patches so I get two instruments sounding better today with one update, nice!
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    Axe-Fx II Firmware "Ares" 1.00 Public Beta

    Very exciting to see a new firmware for the II. First impressions are that the more gainy presets sound bigger and 'realer'.. I'm noticing some changes with my more bluesy patches though that I'll have to dial back in - I have an edge-of-breakup patch using Shiver Clean that seems to be a bit...
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    Electro guitar shred cover

    Very nice!
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    Pluging passive Piezo pickup into Axe II XL?

    I'm considering getting an electric Cello, but don't want to go crazy with money as it's definitely not going to be my main instrument (which is guitar.. obviously ;) ). I'm looking at a NS Wav which has a passive piezo pickup, in the manual it mentions that it's output is high impedance and...
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    What are you using for sustain?

    Yeah that definitely has a flimsy feel to it here, could be better indeed.
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    What are you using for sustain?

    Surprised to hear reports of tone-suck with Vibesware, don't get that here. You can unplug the power supply and the signal still goes straight through it. I just A/B-ed it with a Loop Switcher and honestly with my eyes closed can't tell if it's in or out of the loop after switching it a random...
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    What are you using for sustain?

    I have one of these and it's amazing, takes a bit to get used to but gives very natural sounding sustain, even when playing on headphones. The guy in the video is using AxeFX :) I also have an EBow and the Gamechanger Plus pedal, those are great too but the Vibesware Resonator gives the closest...
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    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 10.01 Firmware Release

    Many thanks, great to see (and hear) another update for the II.
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    Wow! New EHX midi mod project for B9, C9, Mel9 etc

    Pardon me your majesty in that case :)
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    Wow! New EHX midi mod project for B9, C9, Mel9 etc

    Erm.. you literally said 'our reason for being here..".. Unless you were talking about yourself in the plural 'our' usually means other people apart from yourself..
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    Wow! New EHX midi mod project for B9, C9, Mel9 etc

    That might be the whole point for you but you don't speak for every Fractal user. I don't use EHX pedals myself but I still find there are pedals out there that do specific things that the Axe FX doesn't and I see no reason to rain on someone elses' parade because I don't personally have a use...
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    Is it me or is the Axe fx 3 aesthetically unpleasing?

    I look forward to the iii XL which I hope will have a more hires screen.. 800*480 is a nice step up from the ii but I have a phone in my pocket that has almost 10x that resolution. A nice feature would be the option to load your own custom start up screen images so you could customize them for...
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    Orchestrated Guitar WIP

    Lots of layers, E-Bows etc.. all Axe FX XL. Hope you enjoy it.
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    Unbeatable Blues Tone

    FW 7.02 beta.. I often can't believe this is not a 'real' amp. All guitars and bass are Axe FX XL.
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    Looper demo

    Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it!
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    Looper demo

    Here's a piece of music being born before your eyes. A birds-eye view of how I create my looper pieces. Hope you enjoy it! The guitar is a Chapman RS 8 string, looping and all effects are from my Axe FX II XL. Drums are a Vermona Kick Lancet for the kick drum and an Alesis Sample rack for the...
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    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 6.00 Public Beta

    Really like the new amp modeling by the way, just seems 'bigger' in some way, especially on my more gainy patches.
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    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 6.00 Public Beta

    All kinds of pickups here (Strat/PRS/Gibson etc).. I tweaked the settings in the wah and it's working a bit better for me. The older settings just didn't seem to work with the new modeling. Thanks for replies guys.
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    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 6.00 Public Beta

    My wah seems to have less range than before now, I'm using the Clyde type with a Mission expression pedal and Auto-On mode. Now it seems to come on with the wah mostly open and just gets a bit more trebly from there, it's like the lower part of the sweep is missing now. Hmmm..
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    New Looper Jam.

    Continuing to explore what's possible with the Axe FX looper. Now with drums too :) Hope you enjoy it.
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    Dynamic presence settings getting disabled?

    Thanks I guess I'll try the latter (I use X/Y a lot too). It's weird though I'm seeing the graphic eq section of the amp block resetting to flat too, just trying to figure out how/why/what gets changed on a firmware update so I can preserve my patches.
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    Dynamic presence settings getting disabled?

    I noticed that several of my presets seemed to have lost a bit of life over the last few firmware updates so I dug around and realized that the Dynamic Depth and Dynamic Presence settings were reset to zero on all of them. Once I brought those back up I seem to be closer to the tones I was...
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    Looper Madness

    Working on my live looping setup which now incorporates a drum trigger driving percussive sounds attached to my 8 string guitar. Everything is played live into the Axe FX and modified from there. I'm still working on the setup so it's in a state of flux right now but I'm having lots of fun with...
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    Drive 'Envelope' from FX Loop input instead of main input ?

    Yes exactly that. Re 'local/global'.. hmmm I'm not sure, where would that option be if it exists? I've looked around but didn't see it, it's not on the 'Control' page.
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    Drive 'Envelope' from FX Loop input instead of main input ?

    That won't work because the Envelope controller is only fed from the main input, I need to drive it from the envelope of the signal hitting the Effects Loop. In a nutshell - I have a guitar plugged into the main input and a sampler connected in via the Effects Loop which has a separate signal...
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    Drive 'Envelope' from FX Loop input instead of main input ?

    Thanks, that's what I feared. Pity there isn't a dedicated Envelope block, seems like a feature that would compliment all of the existing modifiers and would be more useful in some case than several of them. Good to have confirmation rather than continuing to search for it, thanks again.
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    Drive 'Envelope' from FX Loop input instead of main input ?

    I'm trying to create a particular effect here where I use the Envelope modifier to drive a parameter but I need that envelope to come from the signal hitting the Axe FX from the FX Loop input rather than the main input. But it seems this is not possible, or perhaps some routing gurus can advise...
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    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 4.01 Public Beta

    Thanks, but I did that, still sounded really muddy. Maybe it doesn't suit the cab I used but the regular Cali Leggy sounds great with it.
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    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 4.01 Public Beta

    Finally got a chance to try the Legato 100, I'm guessing I'm not bonding with it because to me it's just a flubby mush, like the worst parts of the JCM 800 tone (the farting on the low notes when really pushed) without any of the good parts. I'm surprised because I love the Cali Leggy model, but...
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    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 4.01 Public Beta

    Ok I've not read all 36 (!) pages here but I seem to have a bug and not sure what it is.. I upgraded to 4.01b (XL) and my usual 'bluesy-clean' tone which is based on a Shiver Clean seems to have lost some gain. I have it set up so that on a strat it's just on the edge of break up and with a...
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    Chapman 8 string first test

    Just got my new Chapman Ml-8 RS this morning and had to do some jamming with it. Very noodly and sloppy but wow I love the guitar, fantastic instrument. I'm more of a post-rock/prog guy rather than a djent guy so it really feels perfect for me. All tones and effects are Axe FX II XL, Quantum 4...
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    Ambient guitar #432

    Soft, meditative mood to this one, hope you enjoy it. All Axe FX of course, FW 3.03
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    Two new soundscape videos with some percussive guitar loops

    Very nice, I like to do stuff along these lines myself, the electric guitar is the ultimate synth really, especially when combined with great effects :)
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    Ambient guitar #427

    Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it. There's not a whole lot of point in sharing the patch though as a big part of this is my Vibesware Guitar Resonator, that's what creates the infinite sustain. This shows it in action, this was a very simple test I did when I first got it, all Axe FX too of course :)
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    Ambient guitar #427

    Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it
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    Ambient guitar #427

    All Axe FX of course, FW Quantum 3.03 Hope you enjoy it.
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    'The Secret to Steve Vai's sound' (new article)

    Can't say if the Legacy model in the AFX is accurate but I love it all the same, great chunky tone for down-tuned riffing on my Explorer.
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    Guitar Resonator + Axe FX = Epic

    Trying out the amazing Guitar Resonator from Vibesware, just got it yesterday and already I love it! This is a quick track I put together to learn the basics. I'm already very familiar with the E-Bow so this felt very natural, so nice to have both hands free while using it, it opens up a lot of...
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    E-Bow+GoProMount+Ibanez Kaos guitar -these are the droids you were looking for..

    Trying to take my guitar playing to a galaxy far far away.. Using a modified GoPro mount to attach an E-Bow to my Kaos guitar so that I can play one handed with my right hand free to use the control pad.
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    Tremolous

    Going for a moody soundtrack kind of vibe.. Guitars, bass and Kaos guitars all recorded with Axe FX II XL, Quantum 2.01 Hope you enjoy it!
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    It Begins.. Quantum 2.01 test

    Many thanks guys!
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    It Begins.. Quantum 2.01 test

    Thanks! I used the CA Tucana Lead, my favorite for high gain stuff. The 'pad' you hear is some reverb hold recorded into the looper :)
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    It Begins.. Quantum 2.01 test

    Many thanks! Glad you enjoyed it.
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    It Begins.. Quantum 2.01 test

    Love the new firmware.. I recorded this standing on the lip of a volcano while dragons circled overhead...
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    Valve amp vs Axe FX.. or playing a little joke on the 'purists'..

    I'm running the Axe into an old Marshall Valvestate 160w poweramp (solid state) set to 'linear' mode into a Marshal 1922 2x12 cab. I only play at home so haven't sprung for a FRFR setup so far. I find my DI sound from the Axe sounds pretty close to what I get in the room though with a minor bit...
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    Valve amp vs Axe FX.. or playing a little joke on the 'purists'..

    Someone just asked me what settings I'm using on the Peavey as they have the same amp and want to get the same sound.. now I almost feel a little mean.. almost! But I think it helps prove my point!
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    Valve amp vs Axe FX.. or playing a little joke on the 'purists'..

    I posted a shorter version of this video on a Guitar forum on Facebook as an experiment. In that version I cut the video just after I play the last chord..before I reveal that it's not actually the valve amp you see that I'm playing through :) I'm sure I'm not the first person to do this but I...
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    prs guitars. where to start ?

    Maybe you're not finding them in searches because you're spelling it incorrectly - it's standard with a 'd' not a 't' at the end..
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    12 gauge strings

    Totally agree. I posted this on Facebook a year ago (FW 17!) and asked people to guess what gauges I was using. Most people said '11s' or '12s'.. But I'm using 8-46 in Eb :) It does take a while to adjust to different tensions for sure and different gauges suit different kinds of playing and...
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    Memory Maaann.. Quantum 1.02 delay

    Yeah for sure, I'm sure vintage strat purists would dismiss them but to me they are fantastic, very responsive and of course much lower noise than regular single coils while still being quite 'stratty'. I put one in the neck of another guitar here and it works great in that too.
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    Memory Maaann.. Quantum 1.02 delay

    Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it.. and yeah she has to steal the show :)
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    Memory Maaann.. Quantum 1.02 delay

    They take a little getting used to (you have to use a lighter touch) but it wasn't a big adjustment for me as my other guitars have jumbo frets. They are amazing for bending and vibrato :)
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    Memory Maaann.. Quantum 1.02 delay

    Many thanks, glad you enjoyed it! And yeah, the new delays are fantastic, great work from Fractal as always.
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    Memory Maaann.. Quantum 1.02 delay

    Thanks, and yeah, it's a 2014 YJM, with the Seymour Duncan 'fury' pickups, I love this guitar.
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    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 1.02 Firmware Release

    Love the new delay, fantastic.
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    Memory Maaann.. Quantum 1.02 delay

    Love, love love the new delay types in the latest firmware. Amazing work from Fractal as always. Had to have a jam, with a little prog/soundscape guitar. Hope you enjoy it. Fans of cats should watch to the end ;)
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    New video: "Gun Fetish"

    Great! Really enjoy how you approach melody, some really cool ideas in there.
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    Fifth Chances - emotive soloing, Quantum firmware + PRS

    Ok, enough with the licks and the exercises, sometimes you have to put all that to one side and just emote :D Gets a bit shreddy in the middle but I think I reigned it back OK ;) Hope you enjoy it!
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    Guitars are Forever/Quantum of Firmware.. Bondesque epic 8 guitar video

    It's just a little Akai midi pad, I'm using it to trigger EZ Drummer. In fact I didn't play the whole thing live really though, I recorded a few bars and then did a little editing to tidy up the timing ;) I still find that more fun though than programming from scratch in the grid editor...
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    Guitars are Forever/Quantum of Firmware.. Bondesque epic 8 guitar video

    My tribute to guitars, Bond themes and throwing all restraint out of the window. If you love guitars like I do you'll probably understand. If not then this is definitely the wrong video for you.. All guitars and bass recorded with the Fractal Audio Axe FX II XL, Quantum firmware. [Edit -...
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    Four Guitars Of The HipHopacalypse

    Thanks guys, I was having fun trying to do something with a less typical drum groove for rock stuff. It was just one repeated loop though so very simple, next time I'll try and elaborate more on that part of it. Really liking the Quantum firmware by the way, I seem to do a lot less EQ'ing on...
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    Four Guitars Of The HipHopacalypse

    Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it!
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    Four Guitars Of The HipHopacalypse

    Gibson Vs Fender, rock vs hip hop.. it's all good if you're having fun with it..
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    Some Midnight Blues.. raw and uncut.. Quantum firmware, naturally

    Some blues on a Sunday night.. just around midnight appropriately.. A one-take-wonder so a little raw around the edges but if blues is about expressing how you feel this is probably about right just now :) Guitar is a late 90s PRS Custom 22, amp is a Fractal Audio Axe FX XL recorded direct...
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    Quantum Wail.. OH YES!

    I got asked to share the patch by the way, so here it is (XL) http://www.graphite9.com/temp/TucanaShredPatch.zip
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    Quantum Wail.. OH YES!

    Many thanks! The cabs are Factory 35 and 37, both basketweave 4x12s.
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    Quantum Wail.. OH YES!

    Thanks! Oh, and yeah I'm a huge Gilmour fan :)
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    Ambient Guitar - Quantum FW FTW

    Thanks guys! Glad you enjoyed it. It was pretty straightforward really, just the Axe FX looper mainly and layering different parts with volume swells for the parts that sound like strings. Everything was recorded in one take out of the XLR outs to a Tascam portable recorder (I use that a lot...
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    Ambient Guitar - Quantum FW FTW

    A short ambient guitar piece. If you're having a bad day (or even a good one!) I hope it might help you chill out for a moment. No synths or samples used, everything here is coming from a Fender Strat through the amazing Axe FX II XL, FW Quantum Beta. Hope you enjoy it.
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    Quantum Wail.. OH YES!

    Many thanks guys! Really glad you liked it! Hey I'm a huge fan of Jan Hammer so that's totally a compliment in my book, thanks!
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    Quantum Wail.. OH YES!

    Many thanks guys! Glad you enjoyed it!
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    Quantum Wail.. OH YES!

    Thanks, there's a short delay with a low mix level and 'Deep Space' reverb giving the ambience.
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    Quantum Wail.. OH YES!

    Thanks guys! It's my existing lead patch I've had since FW 18 or so I guess with minor tweaks here and there (didn't make any after installing the latest FW though). The clean is Shiver Clean, distortion is CA Tucana, I have them set up as X/Y in the same amp block.
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    Quantum Wail.. OH YES!

    Had to take the new firmware for a quick spin. Just LOVE it, such a nice feel to the response and the breakup between the notes is so pleasant and 'tubey' to me. Fantastic work from Fractal!
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    Even the Axe FX tuner is brilliant!

    Another nice thing about the Axe tuner is that it has no problem tuning the low B string on a 5 string bass just playing the open string. With my stand-alone tuner I always had to play the harmonic at the 12th fret instead.
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    Soft Day Blues - The amazing Shiver Clean + PRS (video)

    Definitely try it out if you have external buttons, I really like having them always ready to go. You never know when inspiration is going to strike :)
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    Soft Day Blues - The amazing Shiver Clean + PRS (video)

    Thanks! and yeah, I absolutely love the looper in the Axe FX, I have 3 boss pedals in front of my MFC101 dedicated to it (Record/Reverse/Dub) and any time I get an idea or just want to jam they are right there ready. I know you can switch the MFC to looper mode but I like to leave it in the...
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    Soft Day Blues - The amazing Shiver Clean + PRS (video)

    Many thanks guys! There's both a medium reverb and a short delay to add a bit of ambience/snap to the tone. Re the last chord, I guess it's a 9th, the fingering would be something like x32333
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    Silver faced Axe ?

    Very subjective I guess, I thought Vai did ok for a non-blues guy really but Satch kind of stunk up the place.. his phrasing didn't seem to groove at all with the backing. Sounded like a bunch of disconnected stock blues riffs to me.
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    Soft Day Blues - The amazing Shiver Clean + PRS (video)

    Thanks guys! Great you enjoyed it :) @USMC Trev - great image, that works for me! My day job is as an animator so I like to try to conjure up images of situations and places when I play guitar, that one feels spot on :)
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    Soft Day Blues - The amazing Shiver Clean + PRS (video)

    If it's not raining outside wherever you happen to be right now, please humor me and pretend it is as you listen. Hope you enjoy it. FW19.
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