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    EVH tone deep dive feat. DAVE FRIEDMAN and PETE THORN

    Wow, awesome video! That may be the most legit VH tone I've even heard, probably because it's done correctly and not half ass. Great knowledge in this deep dive.
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    Using a Rockman Tone Match (Leon Todd) for some righteous 80s jams!

    Unreal playing, really great!
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    Thankgiving thanks

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    NGD - Charvel

    I bought a Charvel San Dimas Pro Mod on Reverb in essentially new condition for $650. I've had to do nothing to the guitar, played great and sounded great out of the box. Neck feels awesome and no tuning stability issues at all. Incredible value for money.
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 14.05

    Stoked to try this out.
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    Axe-Fx III Waitlist

    Waitlisted 9/10 1:57pm. Gettin' excited, should be any time now.
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    Tribute to Eddie Van Halen (w/ free patch)

    That was Epic! Great job, can't wait to take this patch for a ride, thanks.
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    It's just so fucking sad. He's the reason I started playing guitar 35 years ago. I know his music will live on forever, but it's still really hard to take.
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    AC/DC - "Back In Black" Tone Match

    Sounds great. Just curious, what guitar did you use?
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    Van Halen - "Panama" tone

    Sounds spot on, great job Mark! You can't have too many VH preset posts IMHO so please keep 'em coming.
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 14.01

    Could make for an interesting FAS Archon version perhaps...
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    Snarky TGP Nonsense

    I've seen so many TGP posts that start of with an interesting topic then go horribly wrong when someone chimes in with their uninformed, worthless, and offensive 2 cents, and the whole things spirals out of control, totally off topic. That rarely ever happens in this forum, thank God.
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    Plexi 50W 6CA7: Killer factory cabs

    OK, I just tried this cab combination with this amp and it is really good.
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 14.00

    Oh, and was born in 72. I thought I was old until I read the last few posts. My fingers are definitely slower now than when I was 20, but they still work OK. Whenever I think age is the issue with my playing I just watch one of Marco Fanton's videos and realize I just don't practice enough.
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 14.00

    The Marshalls sound really good to me, just played for 2 hrs and they sound and feel awesome. And I really like the new Plexi 50W 6CA7 amp - it gets a little closer to "that" sounds to my ears. Very happy right now.
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    Van Halen - "Somebody Get Me A Doctor"

    Sounds great Mark! Nice guitar also :fire:
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    Van Halen 1 Preset - "I'm the one"

    Thanks for sharing the preset!
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    Van Halen 1 Preset - "I'm the one"

    Any chance of sharing the preset? I think the tone is spot on.
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    Van Halen 1 Preset - "I'm the one"

    Sounds great! Tone is spot on. Please share the preset.
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    This is the most beautiful sound I've ever got

    Sounds amazing Marco, you really get a lot of tonal range with that guitar! You should put that preset on your site, I'd buy it.
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    Friedman 2018 C45 and Double Verb Amp

    Marco, what is the pickup you have in that guitar? Sounds really great!
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    Soldano 100 All Channels With Stock Cabs; 7 Scenes

    Just tried this today and wow, really great preset! I don't know the SLO very well but am very impressed. The clean is amazing, and I just lost 2 hours playing on the lead tone scene #7, which is a professional grade recordable tone right out of the box. I had to lower the OUT1 level a bit...
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 12.14

    This is what I do, and often I'll use different scenes and channels of the amp, cab, etc between scenes in the same preset to try out changes and compare to the original base scene. It's amazing how my ears change from hour to hour or day to day, so it's also good to listen back with fresh ears...
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 12.13

    Said another way, power is proportional to voltage squared. The log of a squared number is the same as 2*log of the number, which is why 20*log not 10*log when concerning voltage.
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    Van Halen "Hot for Teacher" Patch

    Thanks. Yeah, I heard the same thing about the Flying V, but could have also been his Ibanez Destroyer. Definitely the neck pickup for the cleaner part. I used my Wolfgang's neck PU for that part.
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    Van Halen "Hot for Teacher" Patch

    Was having fun today jamming on Hot for Teacher and decided to share the patch with you guys since it sounds close to my ears. I lowered the gain on this patch based on feedback I got on the Panama patch, and blended in a D120 cab per Simeon's advice for some more sizzle (only factory cabs...
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    In the style of John Petrucci

    Great playing and tone!
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    Led Zep Cover

    One of my all time favorite Zep songs. Great job!
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    Van Halen Panama Tone Test FW12p09

    Thanks, I have that one in one of my VH1 presets mixed with some other cabs. The tone on Panama is different than VH1 and needed a different IR to my ears.
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    Van Halen Panama Tone Test FW12p09

    Thanks Simeon I'll try that.
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    One Axe to Rule Them All

    That is a beautiful guitar. Congrats!
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    Van Halen Panama Tone Test FW12p09

    Your welcome. I really don't know the Balance album at all but people on the forum talk about that tone all the time being really cool. So I had an hour last night to work on this and thought it would be a good challenge to try, which was pretty funny listening to YouTube tracks off Balance...
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    Van Halen Panama Tone Test FW12p09

    Thanks man. To reduce the gain, the best way is to reduce the input trim on the amplifier page as this is just an ideal gain boost before the amp. The other thing to try is to turn off the Sat switch on the amp page which reduces the gain a few dB but that has the effect of reducing the...
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    Van Halen Panama Tone Test FW12p09

    Here's my attempt at the Balance tone. Please excuse my playing in the clip as I don't know these songs at all, but I think the tone is pretty close. The preset is attached also. It is based on the same core Plexi tone as my Panama preset (as there is a rumor that Ed only recorded using the...
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    Van Halen Panama Tone Test FW12p09

    Thanks, I'm stoked that it's translating well to your setup. Cool guitars. Rock on :cool:
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    Van Halen Panama Tone Test FW12p09

    Here's the preset. A quick thanks to Mark Pritchard for some ideas I got from his VH1 preset for setting up the amp. Scene 1 is what I used to record the clip. Scene 2 adds a tape delay in the right channel, which makes it more fun to play. Scenes 3-6 just duplicate these first 2 scenes...
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    Van Halen Panama Tone Test FW12p09

    Thanks Willowdale! When I listen on my laptop is sounds a bit bright (like all VH) but through my 3-way Event monitors the base and thump becomes much more evident. I'll share the patch tonight after work. I don't remember which pre-rola off-hand but it is a factory IR and it will be in the...
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    Van Halen Panama Tone Test FW12p09

    Thanks! I listened back to the isolated track and I agree with you, a little too much gain. I have the "ideal" sat switch on which does boost the perceived gain up a bit, as well as this input trim up a bit (but no drive, all Plexi distortion). I'll include some lower gain scenes in the patch...
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    Van Halen Panama Tone Test FW12p09

    Thanks! I love how that tone really cuts through the mix on that track.
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    Van Halen Panama Tone Test FW12p09

    Thanks! Sure, I'll post it tonight after work.
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    Van Halen Panama Tone Test FW12p09

    With all the attention being given lately to VH 1 tones I thought I would try my hand at one from 1984 - Panama. One of my favorite tracks off that album, I wanted to see if that tone could be achieved using no tricks, just a 50W plexi amp using preamp / poweramp tubes he supposedly used, with...
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    Loving those 6CA7s...

    This exactly! 6CA7, 50W Plexi, bump up grid bias, heaven.
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 12.09

    Please don't ever stop the improvements to the amps and all these other areas. If you stopped now, as you once said, "where's the fun in that?". I for one hear a very noticeable improvement in this FW (and usually all the others too). The 6CA7 tube additional sounds great, put into a 6550...
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    Axe-Fx III vs The real deal tube amp

    Man I love this company!
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    Van Halen "Ice Cream Man"

    Great job! Love the beginning stretch descending lick, one of my all time favorite Eddie licks, wish I could play it.
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    Van Halen I (Free Preset)

    I've been able to spend some time playing with this preset and I gotta say this is the closest I've ever been to this iconic tone. I can tell this took a lot of time to create. It's only taken minimal tweaks to get it working with my super-strat style (non-LP) setup. Incredible job Mark!
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    Van Halen I (Free Preset)

    Sounds great Mark, nice job!
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    Vendor Slash - “Use Your Illusion”

    That sounds really good, great job! I'm curious - what pickups do you have in that guitar? Is it an R9 or a standard LP.
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    Lok-N-Roll Compensated Locking Nut

    I'm curious to know if this compensated nut will work for a guitar tuned 1/2 step down to E flat, or if the compensation only works for standard E tuning.
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    Pete Thorn Plexi preset

    Where can I find that Pete Thorn Plexi preset? Would like to try it out.
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    [fixed] Strange thing going on with AF3

    Clip sounds OK to me too.
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    Friedman JJ-100

    Thanks dude!
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    Standing on the shoulders of GIANTS (more VH I & II content)!

    Thanks Willowdale! It's really been interesting seeing all the different VH presets people are doing in the last few weeks. I broke out the Wolfgang guitar with Frankie pickup and jammed on some old VH, which I haven't done in long time. I've uploaded the different presets and need to spend...
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    Standing on the shoulders of GIANTS (more VH I & II content)!

    Just tried this preset and I gotta say it sounds awesome! Definitely has some VH1 mojo going on. Well done pulling all the different pieces together. Phaser & flanger are great.
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    Friedman JJ-100

    Sounds great! Please post the preset when you get a chance.
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 12.02

    Nah, I was just kidding, I don't hear any amp differences, just was laughing when Cliff gave that cryptic reply about it earlier in this thread. This FW really does sound killer to me though.
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 12.02

    Just loaded this FW. Man it sounds killer! Could swear that preamp sounds better... ;)
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    Monitors VS FRFR cab. Differences?

    I too combine my pair of Event 3way monitors with a single CLR Neo wedge and feel that this combination gets best of both worlds for my home setup. The monitors provide clear accurate stereo referencing detail and the CLR gives that oomf and thump that I think adds a lot to the guitar in the...
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    Noise gate at input vs sidechain to input

    I can’t wait to try this.
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    Stanky C++

    I too got inspired to buy a PRS from watching your videos. Even with a large stable of great guitars you seemed to play the PRS more than any other, so I figured that there must be something to it. I can say that it has become my favorite guitar, great neck feel, quality, spot on intonation...
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    Stanky C++

    It may be that you need the latest Beta #5 version of 11.02. When a preset comes up blank it is usually because it was created on FW that is a more recent version. I know this preset loaded for me on this latest FW beta #5 and sounded great. So give that a try, otherwise I'm not sure what it...
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 11.02 Public Beta #5 (Beta_4)

    I'm not a pro guitar player and I absolutely obsess over tone. I am enjoying the hell out of the AF3, much more so than my AF2 which I had for years, as the tone and especially the feel have improved a lot. Especially on the latest FW releases, like this awesome Beta. BTW - I finally have...
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    Stanky C++

    Just download the latest firmware 11.02 Beta #5 and it will work (I did this and it imported fine). Remember Leon will always be using the very latest FW including betas. This preset is awesome by the way.
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    Stanky C++

    Thanks Leon! Happy New Year!
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    Stanky C++

    Dude, that sounded great! If you get a chance, please post that C++ lead preset, would love to play with that as a New Year's gift! Happy Holidays, gotta go drinking now...
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    Axe-Fx III Longevity

    This. I bought an AF2XL when it just came out, enjoyed it for like 5 yrs, then sold it for around 70% what I bought it for when I upgraded to the III. Buy it, it’s a no brainer.
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 11.00 Public Beta

    Anyone want to buy my Kemper? I’ll give you a great deal 😎
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    FW 10 Stuff

    Hey Leon, Great vid! I'm loving the Marshalls in FW10, especially the 1959SLP Treble for my main Marshall rock patch. I'm curious to see how that patch translates to your PRS since I'm using a very similar guitar (SC245 but different year and different stock pickups than yours). Check out...
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    "Ask The Lonely" - Journey full band cover

    Nice Mark! The guitar sounds great as always but I'm truly blown away by the 3 part vocal harmonies.
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 10.02

    What a beauty! R9?
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 10.00

    A beautiful Sunday, watching football, cooking a ribeye, drinking a beer and updated to FW10 (from FW8). My favorite Marshall preset sounds glorious. Just only had to tweak hardness and negative feedback to taste, grid bias to 0.7, and it's better than before, and I thought it was perfection...
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware 10.0 Public Beta

    It's funny. Some days I like the authenticity of the ghost notes and some days they bother me, so I just switch to DC supply type and they're gone. It's really great that it is this easy to make such problems go away.
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    High-shielded cables and EMI noise

    This exactly. And also make sure the all ground wires inside the cavity are connected together. I took the time to properly shield my guitars and it made a huge difference in rejecting EMI noise.
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    Hmmmm, bias point...

    Tried 0.7 on my favorite Marshall plexi patch and can confirm it sounds better to me.
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    John Sykes tone with my JP2C

    Hi Franco, I have to say that this preset really nails the John Sykes tone, best I've ever heard. I loaded it up with FW 8.0, used the factory cab Factory 2 # 776, which is a 4x12 MES-ST V70 U70 OH and that works great with my SC PRS. I found the 57 version of that IR a little too bright for...
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    Axe-Fx Firmware Version 8.00

    Just downloaded 8 (from 7.01) and my AxeIII sounds the best ever. Congrats Cliff, you really nailed it!
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    Unchained patch, nailing the flanger timing

    Sounds great on 7.01, nice work!
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    Play a Backing Track

    Yes, I also raised that point about a month ago as well. I would love to have the ability to set which USB channels route to which outputs as a menu item in the global setup. Probably should add it to the wish list.
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    Herbie & Friends - FW5.02

    Awesome, thanks Leon!
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    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 5.00 Beta #2

    I just updated to 5.00 Beta #2 from 4.03 and cannot believe how good the Marshalls are now! I've been playing Milo's Classic Marshall patch for like 2 hrs and it is soooooo good now! The highs are sweeter, less brittle, and the lows are deep and not muddy at all. The palm mutes sound natural...
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    How to copy USB 1&2 to OUT2

    Thanks, just tried this but it didn't seem to work. USB laptop playback still just going to OUT1 only, while my guitar is coming out of both OUT1 and OUT2. I read the manual too but can't seem to figure this out.
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    How to copy USB 1&2 to OUT2

    I need a little help form the brain trust in this forum. In my setup I'm running OUT1 to a pair of studio monitors and OUT2 to a CLR cab that provides the cab-like thump for achieving a more amp in the room feel. I have been trying to figure out how to get my laptop USB playback from sources...
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    Gig video: Ozzy's "I Don't Know" & "Mr. Crowley" presets included

    I've gotta ask - since you have all those different FRFR cabs, which do you think is best in a practice/bedroom volume situation and which is best in a gig volume live situation?
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    Music Man Luke III + Fractal Axe-Fx III = <3

    Sounds great! Please share the preset if you don't mind, I think I would really enjoy that.
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    IRs for amp-in-the-room / far field (through Studio Monitors)

    That's too bad. A little volume really helps with amp in the room feel and feedback. Hopefully the far field IRs will help.
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    Axe-Fx 3 & Kemper users advice

    One other option to consider is to use the Fractal Reactive Load Box and AF3 together as this gives you the best of both worlds with your existing amps. There are players on this forum like Guitarjon who put their real amps in the FX Loop of the AF3 whcih allows you to use all the AF3 effect...
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    IRs for amp-in-the-room / far field (through Studio Monitors)

    What I found significantly improved the amp in the room feel was to add a single CLR wedge on the floor to my setup that already has two 3-way Event monitors at head level on iso stands. The wedge provides a significant low-mid thump that you can feel in your gut when playing that is very...
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    Help Using Kemper with Axe-Fx III

    Yes, I have the OUT3 knob dimed for exactly that reason. I just make sure that my guitar input to the Axe just tickles the red, and made sure the Kemper input levels are set right too. I haven't tried using a Humbuster cable yet, just use a regular TS now, but seems to work and sound great...
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    Help Using Kemper with Axe-Fx III

    Awe man, you solved it before I could jump in to help. I am running that exact configuration right now, OUT3 to Kemper input and Kemper mains back to Input 3. I didn't reverse them on the grid (though it looked backwards when I first did it), but my issue was that I forgot to turn up the OUT3...
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    Axe-Fx 3 & Kemper users advice

    I have both the Axe FX III (for 2 weeks now) and the Kemper (for 2 years) and just recently sold my AFII XL which I had for 4 years through all the major FW changes. Here is my perspective. I really liked the AFII XL but found that I had to do a lot of tweaking on advanced amp parameters to...
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    I might drop the dime - Kemper, Helix users and Axe-Fx III now?

    I just dropped the dime on a new Axe III myself (just sold my Axe II XL). I do own a Kemper still which I love for a few (10 or so) great amp profiles and I run it in the FX loop of the Axe for those occasions that I want those specific amp tones, but playing with the Axe III for just a short...
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