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  1. Sharka

    The Immigrant Song - How the West Was Won

    Found some old video of a show done with the Axe-Fx II. I don't remember what preset was used, but I think the amp model was with Carol-Ann or Marshall (Plexi?) type. I do know I used a Mesa 2:Nintey power amp and 2 real cabinets(4*12 Recto and 2*12 Recto). This was a bit before I got into...
  2. Sharka

    Post Here if You've Received An FM3 Invite!

    The (masked) driver place the package at my doorstep, rang the bell and (from 10ft away) asked my name and signed for me. It doesn't matter who signs, it's just validation someone received the item at the specified address. It was a non-issue.
  3. Sharka

    What Did Hubble See on Your Birthday?

    Oops, my bad... I thought you said "Hubba Hubba!".
  4. Sharka

    What Did Hubble See on Your Birthday?

  5. Sharka

    Let's see those FM3 rigs!

    OMG! Talk about weapons of mass destruction. That case just makes it look so "Jame Bond" serious! Good luck explaining that to the TSA at the airport...! =:·D Then again, these days, it would just be nice to have such a problem now. (sigh)
  6. Sharka

    What Firmware version are we on??

    Not strange at all. This is what's called a "soft-launch". Target your power users first, then go mainstream with certainty that any bugs are worked out. This typical in software development practice. As for the government, at this particular juncture... really?
  7. Sharka

    Axe-Fx 3 better through Apollo Twin Mk2?

    ^^This^^ I don't own an Appollo, however, I find using the SPDIF into an audio interface (PreSonus in my case) as good as using the AXE-FX III directly. Not so much about "better", but the right approach for your recording needs. I just (discovered) started doing this to record vocals and...
  8. Sharka

    [Solved] SPDIF question

    OMG! As if the "stay in place" wasn't bad enough! You just saved me from losing my mind! My recordings sounded like I was playing through a ring modulator! I was up all bloody night trying to figure it out. That "Word Clock" tweak did the trick! Thank You!!! Stay safe brother!
  9. Sharka

    Euro Red Modern + Plex Delay

    Very angelic! Parts of that reminds me of Jeff (who else? LOL). Bell well and safe over there! Thanks!
  10. Sharka

    Wish Preset "Notes" Field

    BUMP =:·O
  11. Sharka

    FM3 Now Shipping

    Tour? Who's touring now...? Personally, I don't give a shit. This nothing new here. The real issue... Some people just feel slighted with the notion that their place in the queue has been proceeded by someone out to make a profit. Yes, it's seemingly unfair, however, there is no rule...
  12. Sharka

    FM3 Firmware Release Version 1.02

  13. Sharka

    Help the Fight Against COVID-19

    ...and the only thing truly growing faster than the spread of the virus.
  14. Sharka

    Help the Fight Against COVID-19

  15. Sharka

    Help the Fight Against COVID-19

    I'm so not into politics, government, right or left, however... I just watch NY gov. Andrew Cuomo's (unscripted) live press conference from the Javits center. Being I have such contempt for the average politician, I found it surprisingly very impressive. A high-level summary; He addressed...
  16. Sharka

    Help the Fight Against COVID-19

    ...er-uh, not sure that's the right visual a company would want to promote at this particular juncture. Just my immediate thought.
  17. Sharka

    Help the Fight Against COVID-19

    Really...? Feel free to stop by Bellvue and visit the new massive makeshift morgue. This is not a conspiracy to sell new papers... This not about one hospital. - Updated 2 hours ago "NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- A New York City nurse is among the 280 deaths from coronavirus in the city as the...
  18. Sharka

    FM3 Now Shipping

    Yes, we are under "shelter in place" here, however, as of this moment USPS and UPS are still in full operation here (and by here I mean NYC). Mail, UPS, and other random stuff have been delivered all week. Even this morning we had deliveries in my building. So if they can make it here...
  19. Sharka

    Yek's Guide to the Fractal Audio DRIVE Models

    Nah... let them continue arguing over timezones and the length of their waitlist dates. HaHa. Seriously though, thanks @yek for your tireless efforts and contributions. This is quite an amazing attention to detail. Technical documentation can be/is like another level of hell. What's more...
  20. Sharka

    FM3 Now Shipping

    Even though no one has reported being recipient lately, @Admin M@ has assured us even though he is not posting it, invites will/are going out every day and they are sticking to the plan. However, I would assume that statement is true provided there is still inventory to support those invites...
  21. Sharka

    SLO100 Lead - Gary Moore Style

    Oh yeah, that's sweet! I really needed to hear that right about now. Thanks!
  22. Sharka

    FM3 Blank Template

    Balsamiq or illustrator (Adobe). Personally, I think time would be better spent practicing or writing music.
  23. Sharka

    FM3 Now Shipping

    You're right, it's not important That should be the least of your worries at this point. Cliff's message say's it all...
  24. Sharka

    FM3 Now Shipping

    LOL! I hear you, brother! So true. Thanks for the heads-up on the Amplifire... I may give it another go. Peace
  25. Sharka

    FM3 Now Shipping

    I don't know if you tired one, but I recently bought a Strymon "Iridium" for the meantime for that reason. It perfect for on the fly like an AFB. Obviously it's not as versatile as my Axe FX 3 or AX8, but it does fit in a gig bag. It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but for me, it covers my...
  26. Sharka

    FM3 Now Shipping

    Yes, I think that's what was (the point) missed by my response to the OP, "it doesn't automatically deserve to be viewed as no good or inferior". It's not that we disagree, just looking from different angles. Obviously never a day goes by without the use of Chinese products. =:·D Cheers!
  27. Sharka

    Let's see those FM3 rigs!

    MARCO MADNESS!!! Nice shop bro!
  28. Sharka

    FM3 Now Shipping

  29. Sharka

    FM3 Now Shipping

    That wasn't the point. Every company has it's slugs or bad years of production (Apple included)... However, have you played or owned a Chibson? I would never own or buy an iPhone... good luck to those with one kidney.
  30. Sharka

    FM3 Now Shipping

    Really? Ha! Obviously you've never played a (piece of junk) Chibson Les Paul.
  31. Sharka

    Do I keep my audiointerface once I get the FM3

    Yes, for "guitar only" I would agree the FM3 should have a preferred quality. Of course, I'm basing my assumption on the quality of the Axe III at this present juncture. However, as others have pointed out, for vocals and micing other instruments, you may want to take advantage of the wider...
  32. Sharka

    Would these footswitches work?

    It clearly says it's for use with Laney Ironheart and Nexus Amp switching. I would agree with @chris, that box is not midi (or programmable), it's a proprietary switcher. IMHO, it'd be cheaper and easier to just get a DIY kit or buy something else out there that is specifically midi compatible...
  33. Sharka

    Post Here if You've Received An FM3 Invite!

    No assumption, you are correct. @Admin M@ has firmly assured us there is no creative-crafty line cutting. It's by date, not by product.
  34. Sharka

    FC 6/12 Alternatives for your FM3

    Morningstar MC6 and MC8
  35. Sharka

    3 switches Vs 11

    I would like this comment n+ if I could! Yes, it really is all about the guitar playing! Even though I don't own the FM3 (as of yet), and neither do many others, too many people are jumping to conclusions about the minimalistic approach of only 3 buttons without even trying it. I...
  36. Sharka

    FM3 Now Shipping

    As per @Admin M@, no. ...and yes, it is a federal US holiday. (presidents day observed)
  37. Sharka

    FM3 General Discussion Thread

    Wanting to know is not the problem... asking repeatedly is. Here is all you need to know....
  38. Sharka

    FM3 Now Shipping

    Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?...
  39. Sharka

    Firmware 12 Beta Overview

    One thing I knew I could count on when I woke up this morning. :) Thanks, Leon!
  40. Sharka

    II 2 III migrator let down by FAS USB Win driver

    Windows 7 is due to reach End Of Life (EOL) on 14 January 2020 (Yes, tomorrow). So you better get cracking on downloading any driver updates. Regardless, even "if" you get it working, you can enjoy it for the remaining "supported" few hours. It might just be time to move on. Upgraded...
  41. Sharka

    Free HJ 4x12 RCA Cab Pack

    Try aligning the "distance". That should put the in phase in a usable state. Try a few IR's, some will mix (sound) better than others. e.g. I hope that helps.
  42. Sharka

    Would a nearby lightning strike possibly fry my Axe-Fx 3’s USB socket?

    Off-topic, but OMG... That all sounds too eerily familiar. Yes, development is hard enough. WFH is a real lifesaver (meaning it prevents me from killing my co-workers ). Glad to hear you at least get that option!
  43. Sharka

    Problem with starting audio on Windows

    Not really a fix, but more of an explanation/workaround... Your other (internal) sound card is the default, so first in wins. You can select (switch) over to the Axe III from the tray, or control panel. Or just remember to turn it on first. BTW, I've had this issue too with the Ultra and...
  44. Sharka

    Scene Swapping is AWESOME!

    To be clear, you'll need firmware 8. Release notes: 8.00 Improved amp modeling. Added Swap Scene function to Layout->Tools. Fixed Plex block Shimmer Verb causing NaN if Reverb Size set to 0%. Fixed Tone Match block erroneous results on preset recall due to uninitialized data. Fixed sluggish...
  45. Sharka

    Best way to go from AX8 to Axe-Fx III

    It's not necessary to start from scratch... You can convert your presets with FracTool (ver 3.25 latest). It's essential and a must-have if you are migrating up from a previous version (II, AX8). It can make your life much easier. ...and don't forget to donate. =:·)
  46. Sharka

    Carrying Axe-Fx III to gigs/jams without rack. Is the unit robust?

    I just use bungee cords and strap it to the roof of my car. Just make sure you keep a shammy cloth in your gig bag to wipe off the insects that get splattered on the front panel while driving, you'll thank me later. Rain may be problem too, or not if you drive really fast. Good luck!
  47. Sharka

    Is it me? Does 6.03 suck? My live sounds are now terrible.

    Sounds great to me, your declaration is a bit vague. Need more details. Tell us more about your preset(s), setup, amp block, etc. Maybe even post your preset. That will perhaps help find a solution to the issue you are experiencing.
  48. Sharka

    Build a rock rig in 5 minutes

    (as always) Excellent video... I also enjoyed the nod to Schenker at the end, great tune!
  49. Sharka

    Lead volume boost question

    Another option, I personally like for "lead" boosting is utilizing Amp Block's input boosting feature (in the preamp section) via scene controller. A lot of tonal options to choose from in the "Boost Type" dropdown. I find this can really bring out some screaming lead tones. What's nice is...
  50. Sharka

    Heart 'Magic Man' - Can the Axe-Fx 3 pull it off?

    There's no flanger in "Magic Man", but there is some phase shifter on the rhythm. I was asked to fill in with a Heart tribute band a few weeks ago and we did play Magic Man (surprise!). I played rhythm using an Axe 8, and the lead player used a SansAmp FlyRig. He seems to nail some decent...
  51. Sharka

    Orange Pedal Baby or Seymour Duncan PS170 (and other small power amps).

    ...and the (great?) Fryette Power Station also weighs 15lb (vs. the 170's 2lb). At only 200 watt's and dimensional much larger, not sure how much greater that is. Not really pedalboard friendly either (IMHO). If really need more power, the PowerStage 700 is still only 6.3 lb, smaller and...
  52. Sharka

    Orange Pedal Baby or Seymour Duncan PS170 (and other small power amps).

    For a small power amp with plenty of headroom; Seymour Duncan Powerstage 170. I've been using it constantly at rehearsals and gigs. Mounted the 170 on my board with my AX8 and Mission pedal, easy and it sounds great.
  53. Sharka

    AX8 "ARES Rev"... ?

  54. Sharka

    The Right Factory Presets?

    It's worth noting historically after "x" amount of firmware updates, at some point Fractal will recalibrate them and release the factory presets as they see fit. Not saying we're there just yet, but it's plausible it will happen in the future (...and by future that could mean several if not...
  55. Sharka

    The elusive Pitch Block

    One word... @Moke I'm willing to bet "if" anyone can do it, he can. I've been using some of his other harmony preset packages, and their pretty bad-ass.
  56. Sharka

    Ares 1 for AX8?

    Axe II update is already been released... https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/axe-fx-ii-ares-rev-1-00-firmware-release.148248/
  57. Sharka

    Three Amp Blocks?

    Well played, well played...
  58. Sharka

    Ares 1 for AX8?

    I posted the same question a few days ago... https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/ax8-ares-rev.148280/
  59. Sharka

    AX8 "ARES Rev"... ?

    Yes, I'm well aware of all al the previous requests., I only asked because I see Axe II has an ARES update, was an unexpected pleasant surprise Being it was said it was likely not possible for the II. Maybe it will be plausible now for AX8 too, just was a general question. As mentioned, I...
  60. Sharka

    AX8 "ARES Rev"... ?

    Greetings, Pardon if it's been asked, but I haven't found a thread on the subject matter... Just curious, being the "Axe II" has had an ARES Rev (1.00), is there one in the works for AX8? I have an Axe III, but it's so much easier doing gigs in the city with the AX8. It would be really...
  61. Sharka

    Drive Block Status

    That would be the "PUSSY" Melter. Please be specific, wouldn't want confusion over all the other "Melter" pedals out there...
  62. Sharka

    Power amp recommendations

    I had the same experience with the Power Stage (170 and 700). I sent the Matrix back, I thought it fell far short of all the hype.
  63. Sharka

    Power amp recommendations

    Seymour Duncan - PowerStage - 170 or 700. I have both, they sound great with either FRFR or real cabinet.
  64. Sharka

    Protective film?

    Mom would approve!
  65. Sharka

    Protective film?

    There's actually a checkbox on the order form for the protective film option. I order mine with.
  66. Sharka

    FC Controllers Now Shipping!

    My FC-12 arrives tomorrow! I was lucky enough to slip through and order while site was in a rogue state. What's funny, I wasn't even in there for that, I was shopping for cab packs and was like; "Oh, what's this FC-12 available for purchase?, I'll take one of those, thank you!" :D
  67. Sharka

    Anyone use Input Dynamics?

    This is just crazy talk.... another version for firmware/interface? Axe-Edit already has "Realistic Settings" (if you think about it). Just stay at the top level and you're a "non-tweaker". No one if forcing you to delve into low-level areas. Problem solved. Having the advanced params there...
  68. Sharka

    This may sound silly... Reading

    Manual...? Is that new firmware feature?
  69. Sharka

    Wish Preset "Notes" Field

    How so... ? My request is for "Axe Edit" local app storage, wasn't suggesting unit storage. To quote my original post... "A simple 512 or 1024 character text area would probably be sufficient. I realize this would likely affect memory space, so perhaps it can be stored locally in the...
  70. Sharka

    Wish Preset "Notes" Field

    I've also made this similar suggestion in the past.... https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/axe-edit-preset-comment-text-area.129051/#post-1531617
  71. Sharka

    The Axe and Guitar Volume Controls

    I'm also a Les Paul/Marshall guy, however, I beg to differ. I feel this was addressed many firmwares ago on the II with the Quantum firmware. If anything, I think it rolls-off even better with the III Ares firmware. Maybe you need to see if the gate threshold is interfering or some other...
  72. Sharka

    Coming soon...

    Actually no... It really is guitar with some whacked out chorus or whatever. Someone has already done this with the Axe II, and I think he pretty much nailed it...
  73. Sharka

    1.19b3 pitch block first impressions

    Misinterpreted the post... thanks for the clarification!
  74. Sharka

    1.19b3 pitch block first impressions

    My experience is quite different... the "Virtual Capo" does nothing when selected. I'm using "axefxiii_dsp_rel_1p19_beta3" and have reset the blocks and all the other new firmware rituals. Still nothing. When I turn the mix to 100% there is no audio at all, if that offers any clue. The other...
  75. Sharka

    Heavy amps. Beyond the usual suspects

    Very comprehensive list for Marshall. While I fully agree, I would also add the (Soldano) x88 and x99. They've been my "go to" for Marshall (like) tones (along with the Friedmans).
  76. Sharka

    Using Switch pedal to inc/dec presets?

    This was big disappointment for me with the III,that the rear expression pedal (1 + 2) you are no longer able to inc/dec presets as you could in the II. I use to use a Boss pedal (FS-6U) and a TRS cable with the II and I was good to go. Yes, I know you can do scenes, but I can already do...
  77. Sharka

    FC12 timeline?

    Shouting won't help. read on...
  78. Sharka

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 1.16 Beta #2

    That did it... You get a cookie! =:·D
  79. Sharka

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 1.16 Beta #2

    Ditto. Same experience using Windows 10 Pro, so we can rule out an OS issue. Rebooted the device, app, computer several times. Tride changing the buffer speed too, no dice. It's worth mentioning beta 1 loaded without issue. Never had any issues in the past either,
  80. Sharka

    Timing on availability of exact specs/photos of FC-6/12

    Perhaps, however, please bear in mind; This is not a Fractal, but "available" resource issue. Have no doubt Fractal is far more distraught about this than anyone. I prefer to express more empathy for Fractal. Soon...
  81. Sharka

    Axe-Fx lll - Fret buzz really noticeable now!

    May not be your action or the Axe FX. It just might be time for a G&P (grind and polish). Depending on how old, or often you use the instrument, sooner or later it's going to need some (unavoidable) maintenance. If done properly by a good guitar luthier/tech, it can make an unbelievable...
  82. Sharka

    Boys are back in town harmony

    A testimonial... I've recently purchased a "Boys are back" preset from Moke. Totally worth it, he meticulously worked out the details of each section. I love it! Thanks again Moke! =:·D
  83. Sharka

    Judas Priest tone

    Hi Carpercen, The "Das Metall" preset seems to work well for me (circa "Screaming for Vengeance" era). In fact; it sounded like instant "Priest" to me. I tweaked the preset a little and added some chorus (Dimension 1), but that "Das Metall" amp block alone (preset) just feels right. Here's...
  84. Sharka

    FC12 timeline?

    ...and that's what separates Fractal from all the rest! Thanks for that great news! Cheers!
  85. Sharka

    Wish MIDI Block - Ability to Assign Controllers

    As the title says, I think it would be cool if you could assign controllers to the MIDI Block "value" parameter. Maybe even the "number" parameter as well. While I think the MIDI Block offers whole new perspective of possibilities as is, I think it would offer even more expressive...
  86. Sharka

    Wish Wish List: New Amps

    Time for something different... AMPEG V2 and V4 I own both, great amps.
  87. Sharka

    What’s your favorite new feature of the III?

    I like and agree with most of the responses. However, the "MIDI Block", even though I haven't used it yet seems like it holds some very exciting possibilities of extending out to other devices. Really looking forward to experimenting with this block.
  88. Sharka

    Moving Axe-Fx II user presets to the III?

    Instead, support the cause and make a donation!!! :creditcard:
  89. Sharka

    Using Pitch block to drop a semi-tone

    Touché! ...and he told you read the manuel. I don't think the braille version is available yet.
  90. Sharka

    Post Your Axe-Fx III Rigs Here!

    Yep, I seen Jeff Beck a few times... He has a big box of talcum powder he keeps near his rig. One night he was clowning around throwing handfuls at Vinnie Colaiuta. Was pretty funny... but nonetheless a great show!
  91. Sharka

    Timing on availability of exact specs/photos of FC-6/12

    Ha Ha... and you think the Helix under the "best" of circumstances will outperform a proprietary unit from Fractal...? Good luck with support and firmware updates, or any intrinsic benefits from FAS link. In fact; you're "probably" not going to be able to leverage FAS link with any 3rd party...
  92. Sharka

    Timing on availability of exact specs/photos of FC-6/12

    So buy "cheap" Line 6 products to go with your "Helix 12 controller" ... problem solved, be happy. For me; I'll gladly pay for "Fractal" quality over "cheap" any given day.
  93. Sharka

    Axe Fx II XL Plus + Matrix + Cab Orange Ppc410

    I did all of that... Aside from the obvious (turning off the cabinet modeling), I even worked directly with Matrix, it still wasn't happening. If you like it and it work for you, that's great. However, there are a lot of other options out there, and it makes a noticeable difference.
  94. Sharka

    Axe Fx II XL Plus + Matrix + Cab Orange Ppc410

    I've had no luck with a Matrix and a real cab (Mesa jumbo 4*12 Recto, and Marshall 1960 4*12). Try a different amp. For me, It made all the difference.
  95. Sharka

    My Axe FX III is back at the factory :(

    I had an issue with my III and it was replaced and in my hands within a week (to be fair, I'm on the east coast). Shit happens, as with any company. Fractal gave me unprecedented customer support and that's all one can ask, really. The first thing I did was open a support ticket, and from...
  96. Sharka

    Overwhelmed by Cabs

    It's funny, but out of the myriad of cabinets choices I too have only a couple of goto favorites. However, I do love having all the excess of options, but I guess once you find what fits your needs you tend to stick with it. Yes, it can be a bit overwhelming, but it's a lot of fun hearing...
  97. Sharka

    Is the Big Hair amp based on the ADA MP1???

    I still have two MP-1's collecting dust. Haven't used them in years, but when I did I loved them. What I didn't love a was the noise, but once you get past that the units sound great. Love it or hate it... The ADA MP-1 is a notably distinct sound and it has been largely requested here...
  98. Sharka

    Any FC release time info ?

    I got my MC6 to change the scenes on the III (which is basically all I needed). It wasn't all that difficult, and seems to work fine. I may try bank (preset) up/down when I get a chance.
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