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  1. benvigil

    Squirrel Resistant Bird Feeders

    How tall is that? Our squirrels would just jump from the ground to the feeder if it's less than 5-6 feet or so.
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    Squirrel Resistant Bird Feeders

    My thoughts are this... anyone who has something that works are either in the honeymoon phase or are just lucky enough to have really REALLY dumb squirrels. We've tried everything, and most of it actually worked for about 48 hours -- slinky, expensive feeders, slick poles, slick barriers...
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    SteveTerreberry

    I still think my favorite Stevie T video is his Djent Zeppelin video, just because it's fun:
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    You Knew Etsy Would Ruin Reverb

    Ahhhh... cool! Thx
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    You Knew Etsy Would Ruin Reverb

    They've also taken away the ability to know how old a listing is. It used to show the listing age.
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    Celestion F12-X200

    ... so when is Celestion releasing an F10-X200? ;)
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    studio monitors

    Been wanting to try a pair of those.
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    Celestion F12-X200

    I hear ya... and you're probably right. But like you said, a "best compromise" is still a compromise. The question I'm curious about (just academic curiosity really) is where the failing is: is it in the modeling, or that truly great/accurate FRFR solutions are just too expensive, or . . . ? I...
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    Celestion F12-X200

    The benefit of the Kemper Kone (similar to the Celestion K12H-200TC), for example, is that the Kemper has a built-in processing that ensures it delivers a reasonably flat response from a known starting point (the speaker). That aside, my opinion agrees with yours. The goal of a FRFR solution is...
  10. benvigil

    p. 29 of the Manual

    Maybe it's referring to the headphone jack on the FM3 being all "in yer face", rubbing it in. Okay, okay, just kidding... but yeah it's a happy, but subtle little Easter Egg. I'll give it to 'em.
  11. benvigil

    A Little Steve Vai

    ...but seriously, that was pretty fabulous!
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    Post Here if You've Received An FM3 Invite!

    Ditto. April 23rd 2:22pm EDT
  13. benvigil

    Probably the most interesting guitarist today

    I don't think I've ever NOT been impressed with Mateus Asato's playing.
  14. benvigil

    Closest model to the REVV Generator 120 purple

    If you had to choose, what's the closest Axe-Fx III model to the REVV Generator 120, purple channel?
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    Posted as just FYI: Rhett Shull's best of 2019

    What @Karl Houseknecht said, plus... There is a LOT bigger market for guitarists wanting a few core amps (a.k.a. the Iridiuim) to use on an existing pedal board than those wanting to replace everything with a rack of gear... then realizing they need to add their favorite pedals anyway. Let's...
  16. benvigil

    What amp did the Axe-Fx III make you discover and fall in love with?

    No necessarily the AFIII, but it'd have to be the Carol-Ann Tucana.
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    Tone Vise locking nut - Amazing, Simple and Cheap

    I don't understand why the Kahler Flip Nut design wasn't more popular? No tools needed at all. This one is behind the nut, but no reason it couldn't be designed with a nut. Found one listed here... https://reverb.com/item/21688124-vintage-kahler-locking-flip-nut-chrome-ships-free
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    So, convince me to sell my Kemper...

    Lest anyone think otherwise, I really love that the FAS engine gives authentic control behavior AND all the deep editing. I just don't understand why people think the Kemper should be the same way. It just doesn't make sense to me.
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    So, convince me to sell my Kemper...

    There's always a flip side... sometimes you're glad the the KPA can do things the original amp cannot, like give you more gain. Or less. So "authenticity" is completely meaningless TO ME. There's a near 0% chance I'll ever play 95% of the amps in the AxeFXIII and I don't have enough nostalgia...
  20. benvigil

    So, convince me to sell my Kemper...

    I see that as a plus, not a minus. IMNSHO.
  21. benvigil

    So, convince me to sell my Kemper...

    Years ago you could reasonably make the case that the Kemper "sounded better" but at this point, the quality difference is so minute as to be irrelevant. In fact, logic would dictate that FAS's modeling will eventually surpass the KPA (or has), given that one is improving and the other is...
  22. benvigil

    The "Modelers Don't Clean Up with the Volume Knob" Myth

    Output compression is one of my favorites FAS features for mid-gain presets... makes them squishy when you dig in and they clean up all sparkly-like. In general, though, it really is problematic that many guitarists today have never played through a ripping loud half-stack to know how an amp...
  23. benvigil

    1978 early Van Halen Live video clip

    Man Eddie was off the charts at that time. It really is a sight to behold... so much talent and effortlessness. It's like a freight train.
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    "Digital modelers just don't cut through"

    Tom Abraham said the exact same thing on Tone Talk a while back, starting about 1:38:58...
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    Celestion F12-X200

    Same here. That design is 50%+ larger than a Thiele TL806 and 25%+ larger than a typical Boogie vertical 1x12 or EVH 1x12. Plus it's ported. I'd be willing to bet it sounds pretty beefy.
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    Celestion F12-X200

    Directed at nobody in particular... PSA: the F12-X200 isn't a traditional guitar cabinet OR a FRFR solution. Comparing the 3 is like plugging your mission control pedal board into a Marshall JTM and then a Fender Twin and saying it doesn't sound the same. So there's not much sense in expecting...
  27. benvigil

    Best FRFR solution for playalongs ?

    I love the sound of DB gear and the price is right on this one. Very interesting...
  28. benvigil

    Headphones rabbit hole

    I wouldn't argue with that.
  29. benvigil

    Headphones rabbit hole

    I thought the DT770 was very middy and the DT990 was too scooped, but I've always wanted to try the DT880. Everyone seems to like them.
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    Your Roku is Spying On You

    I like it a lot. the UI is somewhat pedestrian and once you get used to the traffic flow it gets easier to track down problems. For instance, say you have an app or a service getting blocked... it could be NAT or your port forwarding rules, the Firewall, the Ad Blocker, Application Control, SSL...
  31. benvigil

    Your Roku is Spying On You

    Personally, I just assumed that was taking place as part of the service trying to improve itself. A friend asked me if they should get an Alexa or Google home device. I told them that was like asking if I prefer the NSA or the KGB.
  32. benvigil

    LED "Bulbs"

    As a photographer, I'm with ya 100% @steadystate . I've bought a ton of different LEDs and you can put 10 different 2700k bulbs side by side and they all produce different colors. Sure the temperatures might all be 2700k, but the color cast (tint) certainly isn't.
  33. benvigil

    Any word of a new AX8?

    They won't announce or "leak" anything until a few hours after Kemper announces their pedalboard-format Kemper player.
  34. benvigil

    Your Roku is Spying On You

    My Untangle firewall is set up to block all outgoing DNS traffic and re-route it to the firewalls DNS cache.
  35. benvigil

    Love 3.0 , but....

    Comon man, you don't have to be like that. Nobody said anything about upgrading moments before a gig or anything stupid like that. If firmware modeling "improvements" affect you, like it did the OP, dialing things back in might take HOURS or days if you have a lot of gigging presets. Or you...
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    Love 3.0 , but....

    While pursuit of perfection is admirable, it's also true that Cliff's pursuit sometimes has real world [negative] consequences for some players, as the OP has experienced. There's nothing wrong with admitting it. I've felt these consequences in previous firmware amp "improvements" on the AX8...
  37. benvigil

    Do you like to crap on other's classifieds?

    @levipeto, @lqdsnddist you are both right. Bowing out.
  38. benvigil

    Do you like to crap on other's classifieds?

    That's the question. The reality is, neither you nor I have a pulse on omnipotence. Some people might be willing to pay more for an older product if they need it for some reason we aren't aware of (e.g. perhaps as a backup, or due to some compatibility issue, etc.) even though a new one might...
  39. benvigil

    Do you like to crap on other's classifieds?

    This is not about free speech. It's about not letting dicks ruin things for others. Every forum I sell on (never sold here) has a rule about making negative comments on price. I'd even suggest that it's the norm. Two examples:
  40. benvigil

    Do you like to crap on other's classifieds?

    I agree it makes sense to not allow people to comment on the price of an item. If you don't like the price, move on. There's no good karma to be had by dumping all over someone else's listing.
  41. benvigil

    A wish or reality?

    Did you read my post 2 posts above yours??? And the OPs reply immediately above yours? Nobody wants to take away your controls.
  42. benvigil

    A wish or reality?

    This has come up a bunch of times. There was a very similar request a while back for a "Reality Mode" that I supported. Still do. The idea was to create some kind of visual cue to represent canonical parameters of the real amp. My contribution to the idea was simply highlighting those...
  43. benvigil

    Fractal Audio App.. is there a possibility

    Do you mean a mobile app? Considering you can already get everything you listed via a mobile device already, I can't see FAS expending resources on building a FAS aggregator mobile app.
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    Thoughts on the Celestion K12H-200TC?

    Same boat. The Celestion K12H-200TC is used in the Camper Plus kits. All of the reviews on this page are stellar, English and German. I'm pretty sure they are using a Eminence APT:30 for the tweeter with a simple high-pass capacitor crossover.
  45. benvigil

    Experimented with Copper Foil Tape...

    I'll jump on the thread necro to say that I meticulously copper shielded my G&L "strat" recently and it's nearly dead silent now. I thought it might help, but I had no idea how well it would work. I was very pleasantly surprised.
  46. benvigil

    Paul Gilbert is god (as if we didn't know that already)

    It always killed me that his pinky is like 6 inches long and he could probably play bar chords with his thumb!
  47. benvigil

    AC-20 Match

    Yes. This is what the original Kemper profile (from 2012!!) sounds like...
  48. benvigil

    AC-20 Match

    Hehe... I'm super curious how it sounds compared to the one I made last year for the AX8 but I don't have access to the AxeFX III. Can somebody download both and give 'em a whirl?
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    the difference between 170ms and 500ms IR lenghth

    Reminds me of John Suhr's story about making an amp for Clapton... how they had to rebuild the cabinet out of cheap pine and make the baffles as loose and crappy as possible so it would "sound right." LOL
  50. benvigil

    King Crimson Rehearsal with 2 Axe-Fx II XL's

    Yeah Tony Levin is running a pair of Kemper toasters too. You can see them both in the BTS tour photos. I thought I saw an AxeFX3 too.
  51. benvigil

    Clean to Mean w/ the Volume Knob

    In that preset I linked, it's pretty aggressive. It is most effective with edge-of-breakup tones... Type: Feedback Threshold: -42dB Compression: 7.5 Just play with it. The "Feedback" (vs Output) setting is a LOT less subtle. It should be really obvious going 0 to 10. It starts overdriving and...
  52. benvigil

    Just got Axe-Fx 3...never been more frustrated

    Plus, FAS describing it as “Ultimate Flexibility” and “The center of your music workstation” doesn't help the matter. It's rather decidedly the opposite of both, in terms of how it compares with other USB interfaces. That's not to say it isn't awesome. It is. It's just not a typical interface.
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    Line 6 HX Stomp w/ 3rd Party Impulse Responses vs Fractal

    Scratch that. $444 shipped. Black Friday coupon deal: BF26. The AX8 is still $100 OFF too.
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    Line 6 HX Stomp w/ 3rd Party Impulse Responses vs Fractal

    To be fair, you can have the HX Stomp for $480 shipped... that's $620 LESS than the AX8 (actually, more like $645 because FAS charges shipping, and they have no retail channel options). In a couple weeks, the difference goes up to $745. If money wasn't a factor, the BEST backup is an entire...
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    Line 6 HX Stomp w/ 3rd Party Impulse Responses vs Fractal

    I think the +/- 20% tolerances was true back in the 50/60s, but the tolerances are typically 5-10% these days. The tolerance for what I just wrote is probably 45-50% though. But I agree with all the rest. ;)
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    This looks to be a bit of a game changer for Wireless IEMS

    I can see a number of problems with this system. I had to do a bit of digging to figure out exactly how you get audio INTO this thing, because, as if by magic, the "SoundCaster detects all available channels". I was expecting Dante or AES50/Ultranet support. Nope. You need to give their software...
  57. benvigil

    Clean to Mean w/ the Volume Knob

    AGREE 1,000,000%. The Output Compression was the key to dialing in my favorite AC20 tone that's become somewhat famous over in the Kemper camp. It does wonders for all kinds of amps.
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    Line 6 HX Stomp w/ 3rd Party Impulse Responses vs Fractal

    That would be: 32,592,908,273.049347% or... almost 32.6 million times better than the Axe. Say it isn't so! :D
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    Line 6 HX Stomp w/ 3rd Party Impulse Responses vs Fractal

    Well... I've been testing Helix Native and wasn't super impressed at first. It was good but not great. Then I threw in some Ownhammer IRs and some judicious post-amp GEQ and I must say, I'm mighty impressed. I think FAS and Kemper are both incrementally better, but certainly not by miles. Line6...
  60. benvigil

    My NEW All time favs

    Took me a sec to realize she was playing the kick too. Discovered them a few months ago. Respectable 75k followers. I'm always struck by how tight they are with each other in their live playing.
  61. benvigil

    Celestion F12-X200

    Can't wait to hear your thoughts @MicFarlow
  62. benvigil

    Pitch Block...

    Alrighty then... @Whookam, I'm not aware that FAS has ever explicitly stated they are planning on releasing better pitch algos. Perhaps Cliff has, but I haven't seen any posts to that end.
  63. benvigil

    Pitch Block...

    Dude, what are you even talking about? Where in the world did you see that I wrote, or even implied, that Cliff was lying? The AxeFX has WAY WAY WAY more CPU power than the KPA. Nobody disputes that. He's right. He's always been right about that. Yet the KPA pitch FX are still better. You do...
  64. benvigil

    Pitch Block...

    As to the OPs question... I have to think's a matter of will. Cliff has made a point in the past of belittling the processing power in the Kemper, and with the AxeFX3 now on the market, the difference should now be even more dramatic. Yet, the KPA pitch shifter is head and shoulders above...
  65. benvigil

    Pitch Block...

    Neither answer the OPs question.
  66. benvigil

    A "guitar speaker cabinet" that's close to a FRFR

    In addition to the already mentioned Celestion F12-X200 (coaxial 2-way speaker, not released yet), they also make the K12H-200TC which is under $100, pretty flat, 200W, and readily available. It uses a wizzer cone to extend the frequency response up to 10k or so. Xitone uses that driver in one...
  67. benvigil

    Comparison clips: Friedman Runt v AX8 Friedman v Helix Placater

    So my selection bias led me astray. In all 3 clips the one I chose as the AX8 was actually the Helix. At least I guessed the amp in 2 out of 3.
  68. benvigil

    Comparison clips: Friedman Runt v AX8 Friedman v Helix Placater

    @Random Hero you should post the answers.
  69. benvigil

    Comparison clips: Friedman Runt v AX8 Friedman v Helix Placater

    So only 2 people took a stab at this!?! That was my guess too. Oh come on... live on the wild side.
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    My honest review

    Perhaps you we're looking for a workflow on the KPA that doesn't exist. ;) I agree, from a routing and flexibility standpoint, that the Fractal stuff is CLEARLY superior. But I do find it surprising that anyone would be flummoxed by the KPA interface. I mean, it's as simple as it gets.
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    Comparison clips: Friedman Runt v AX8 Friedman v Helix Placater

    My complete guesses, based mostly on which sounded the similar, then sticking with it across all three. AX8 - AMP - L6 AMP - L6 - AX8 L6 - AX8 - AMP However, based on you saying the AX8 was harder to match, perhaps swap the L6 and AX8 in my guesses above. My selection bias told me the L6 was...
  72. benvigil

    Total Powered Run Time?

    Oh, and given his post count, he's a new forum member probably looking to jump into the Fractal waters for the first time with a used AxeFX II. Good showing.
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    Total Powered Run Time?

    Holy smokes! The guy (OP) asks a reasonable question and everyone, including a mod, jumps his sh%&. Total uptime on a tech device is a very, VERY common metric used for various purposes in various industries. Imagine a guitarist coming on this forum 2 years ago and asking if the AxeFX could...
  74. benvigil

    Headphone Listening Comparison - Audeze, Sony, Blue, Oppo

    I've never owned the ATH-m50x units. This is making me want to try them out. A comment on the DT-xxx line... The 770s sound super middy to me, which probably makes them good for tracking. The 990s sounded mid-scooped, amazing sound field, and really pleasing for most NON-GUITAR music. It's like...
  75. benvigil

    Headphone Listening Comparison - Audeze, Sony, Blue, Oppo

    The Sennheiser HD600 is just fabulous.
  76. benvigil

    Does your band run mono or stereo guitars live?

    Less phase issues than a purely mono signal.
  77. benvigil

    Momentary Solo Boost (Similar to TC Spark Mini feature)

    I requested a feature like the Spark over 2 years ago (Kemper also has this feature now): https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/latching-momentary-phrase-switching.116389/ But the behavior you're describing sounds like you just want a momentary switch and the delay is caused by Damping being...
  78. benvigil

    Your Roku is Spying On You

    Which Fortigate? The cheapest baseline Fortigate 30E with the Enterprise Bundle (seems pretty comparable to the Untangle feature set) starts in the $600-$800 range for the first year. But I'll admit I'm not familiar with the Fortinet NGFW offerings. Obviously, it's tough to compare performance...
  79. benvigil

    Your Roku is Spying On You

    More details... I can't remember the series, maybe Optiplex? Anyway, it's running an Intel Pentium D CPU @ 2.80GHz, 3GB RAM, 100GB SSD, dual GB NICs. It averages 55% RAM usage, spikes occasionally to 79%. Using 10% disk space. The load averages are typically: 65 35 17
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    Your Roku is Spying On You

    Try Untangle Home Pro. I've been wandering in the home firewall hell for 3 years! I've tried all the open source firewalls and they're either... • abandoned sourceforge projects • a mashup of great features and half-baked, half-working features • business products wth a severely feature...
  81. benvigil

    Why does getting blood tests require a doctor??

    To be fair, the OP never mentioned medication, only blood tests. I do think it's reasonable to require a doctors prescription for certain medications.
  82. benvigil

    Why does getting blood tests require a doctor??

    Reminds me of Theranos
  83. benvigil

    AX8 for home setup

    This ^^^
  84. benvigil

    Why does getting blood tests require a doctor??

    Totally agree. "Back in the day" (i.e. before I was born) docs were docs and insurance was for when you managed to almost die. Now you need a script to urinate. I really see no reason why you shouldn't be able to get any lab test done as long as you pay for it. As you say... it's YOUR blood. 2...
  85. benvigil

    Upgraded to Firmware 10.0 and all presets have more drive

    It could also be amp-specific, right @chris ?
  86. benvigil

    Upgraded to Firmware 10.0 and all presets have more drive

    I noticed it in one of Leon Todd's videos where he compares the two firmware versions.
  87. benvigil

    I accidentally left my AX8 on for 9 hours

    I never turned mine off. After 4 or 5 days it would freeze like clockwork though. I'm guessing it was some kind of integer timer that went out of bounds or something.
  88. benvigil

    Smallest FRFR speaker?

    I had some KRK's a while back at the same time as a pair of ZLX-12Ps. Even though I had the ZLX-12Ps tuned pretty well, I had the same problem as you. When I replaced the KRKs with JBL LSR305s, I was surprised to find the JBLs sounded much closer to the ZLX-12Ps than the Rokits. Even if you go...
  89. benvigil

    is there a way to determine how may watts I have per channel?

    Nope. Actually, it's pretty common. For example, these are all from published specs... Behringer F1320D 200W (160+40) RCF ART 310A 400W (300+100) Alto TS110A 300W (235+65) Yamaha DXR10 700W (600+100) Yamaha DBR10 700W (600+100) I'm sure the ZLX-12P is...
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    is there a way to determine how may watts I have per channel?

    Doesn't work that way. The input channels basically constitute a small mixer. The wattage numbers represent the peak/RMS output of the amp & speakers as a system. Now, how that wattage number is calculated and whether it's accurate or not a whole 'nother story.
  91. benvigil

    Fractal Audio AMP models: CA Tucana (Carol-Ann Tucana 3)

    I use an Ownhammer G12H Creamback IR ... smooth and versatile.
  92. benvigil

    Does your band run mono or stereo guitars live?

    @ChristThePhone watch the video I posted. We're not talking about IR phase. We're talking about phase issues stemming from the same signal coming from two different point sources.
  93. benvigil

    Does your band run mono or stereo guitars live?

    I think the original context was changing the IR, which is basically an advanced EQ. The differences between two IRs can be substantial. But if you're simply talking about subtle BMT adjustments, that's not going to change much in terms of the phasing and comb filtering issues. Anywho...
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    Does your band run mono or stereo guitars live?

    Agreed 100% Depends on what you mean by "true stereo somethings" -- if you're just talking stereo delays and such, then yes. But if you can increase the difference between each side of the stereo signal (different amps, IRs, etc), then I disagree. The spatialization will improve and you'll...
  95. benvigil

    Does your band run mono or stereo guitars live?

    The point of video is simply that even when dealing with "mono" signals, there are a lot of advantages to sending two distinct sources to each side of the house, even when those two sources are carrying substantially the same signal, in terms of our perception. You can create those sources with...
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    Does your band run mono or stereo guitars live?

    Did you watch that Dave Rat video?
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