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  1. Kidmag

    Learning Curve?

    For bedroom level sounds the presets are great. You’re done, just find some you like. Live use is where it gets trickier. At volume you’ll have to figure out how to tweak to make them sound great and fit in the mix. That takes time and skill. At least for me. In general the base presets...
  2. Kidmag

    Layout 3, "Effects", went universal?

    Ok - I just read the section on Per - Presets of the switches guide. So the default is that layouts are universal, but you can, with effort adjust things in the layouts on a per preset basis directly on the FM3 (as opposed through the editor). That's good to know. Would be a nice upgrade to...
  3. Kidmag

    Layout 3, "Effects", went universal?

    Sounds like you're saying that is just how it works? Not the end of the world, but it would nice if I could have a custom "effects" layout / set-up for each preset. I guess I can rethink and lean on "scene's" more.
  4. Kidmag

    Layout 3, "Effects", went universal?

    When I modified my effects in my layout 3 of one of my presets, it got applied to all of my presets. So now in every preset, my "effects" layout/menu is the same. I must have done something wrong - I thought that would only happen if I used the #9 Master layout. Any thoughts? after 30...
  5. Kidmag

    Looking For Recommendations for External Two-Switch Set-Up

    Thanks! that worked!
  6. Kidmag

    Looking For Recommendations for External Two-Switch Set-Up

    Hi Philo/All - I'm having a problem with my external 2 switch pedal; whether I tape or hold, it is defaulting to my hold function setting. I'm guessing I need to do step 1) Philo described above. I went into the FM3 menu for "FC Controllers/Onboard Switches" and tried to find the submenu to...
  7. Kidmag

    tutorials on using buttons

    I found this helpful..
  8. Kidmag

    "Cherub Rock" - Set-up suggestions

    yep, used the script 90, but changed the order to 6 or 10 (can't remember), slowed it way down to .200. Tried taking the depth down, but then it just disappeared to me, so depth is back up to 4 I think. It's ok - not totally happy with it. Feel like I'm missing something. needs more work...
  9. Kidmag

    Looking For Recommendations for External Two-Switch Set-Up

    I'm planning to install a two button footswitch. Is it possible to assign one of the switches as follows: Press ==> turn on/off GEQ block (2-3 db boost) Hold ==> Flip between Looper view and Screens view Thanks!
  10. Kidmag

    "Cherub Rock" - Set-up suggestions

    Thanks - I will check that out tonight. Curious to see how you set the Phaser or other effects for the solo. Last night I played the few presets I'd created at volume down at the studio. Anything with the Big Muff pedal was kind of a mess. Little discouraged even trying to dial that in any...
  11. Kidmag

    "Cherub Rock" - Set-up suggestions

    Great info! thanks you guys! Will be testing at volume tonight!
  12. Kidmag

    "Cherub Rock" - Set-up suggestions

    I hear you there! Such a sick album, wish my band was up for another song from either Siamese Dream or Gish. I got some good bedroom level tones last night with the simple Big Muff into a JCM800 with gain set very low, maybe 1.2 (I can't remember the cab, but its not vintage - modern H&K 4x12...
  13. Kidmag

    "Cherub Rock" - Set-up suggestions

    Fuzzyoctaves - have you used the Mimiq block in the FM3? I remember reading that thread but wasn't sure anyone got it work translating from the AXE3 to the FM3. Being a 3 piece and always trying to sound as big as possible, I've been considering giving the Mimiq a try. Would be great to get...
  14. Kidmag

    "Cherub Rock" - Set-up suggestions

    hmm. I'll have to check with him, I don't think he has such a pedal, but he is not shy about investing in gear so maybe that would be a good option to fill in the big warm fuzzy. I've set up a preset with both the JCM800 and the Bogner Shiva clean noted above with the big muff pedal out...
  15. Kidmag

    "Cherub Rock" - Set-up suggestions

    I haven't tried that yet, but good idea. Might mess with two cabs, one closed back and one open back for more of a looser feel. Also going to mess with fatten via the haas method.
  16. Kidmag

    "Cherub Rock" - Set-up suggestions

    Hi All - hoping for some ideas to try - I'm tapped out. My band covers Cherub Rock and I'm searching for the rhythm fuzz/overdriven sound. Obviously Smashing Pumpkins layers about 10 guitars when they recorded that song, and my band is a 3 piece. But I'm trying to get a big big sound, with...
  17. Kidmag

    FM3 Firmware Version 3.01

    Loaded last night - no issues. That one blackface fender twin reverb on preset 4 sucked me in last night! I probably played that one amp for an hour. Crazy beautiful!! Hey Mom, I own a 66 fender twin reverb!
  18. Kidmag

    Taming the High End via the Cab Block With One Slight Tweak - Any IR

    I set the high cut about 6500-7500 depending on cab, and also bump the low cut up to 80-100. I find the high cut keeps the ear fatigue down and the low cut keeps me from stepping on the bass players toes (just a little :)).
  19. Kidmag

    FM3 Arrived Yesterday!

    Just looked up the Fletcher Munson curve - found this below. That explains why my live presets sound lifeless in the bedroom, and the presets that I build at home sound amazing in the bedroom but get buried live. "The Fletcher Munson Curve is a graph that illustrates an interesting phenomenon...
  20. Kidmag

    FM3 Arrived Yesterday!

    Long time AX8 user here who just bit into the FM3. Wow - I'm pretty darn impressed and overwhelmed! Just the sheer number of presets! I gave up last night , bleary eyed at about preset 300. I didn't want to get into the FM3 editor, I just wanted to feel/listen and go through the presets...
  21. Kidmag

    Pedal Sweep - best pot resistance?

    I used the Y cable with no issues with the VP Jr. - but I primarily use it for gain / volume adjustment. I think I remember not being totally happy with the sweep for whammy or wah, but I rarely use those effects. When my original AX8 board got stolen, I bought the EV-1 with my new AX8. It's...
  22. Kidmag

    Pedal Sweep - best pot resistance?

    Hi Robberns, thanks for the thoughts. I have a EV-1, and its great, but the thing weighs a ton and has a bigger footprint than the VP Jr. Ideally with my switch from the AX8 to the FM3 I want to get the size and weight of my pedal board down to fitting into my smaller pedal case.
  23. Kidmag

    Pedal Sweep - best pot resistance?

    Ok - sorry I should have checked the manual first. I found it. " Expression pedals should have a linear resistance taper and must have a maximum resistance in the range of 10–100kΩ "
  24. Kidmag

    Pedal Sweep - best pot resistance?

    Hi All - I'm going to purchase a new pedal for use with my incoming FM3. I really like the small size and feel of the Ernie Ball Jr. which you have the option of purchasing with a 25K, 250k, or 500K pot. Do you know which resistance would function the best with the FM3? Thank you!
  25. Kidmag

    FM3 Now Shipping

    WOW - maybe it just seemed too good to be true. Somehow I definitely misread that, like 5 times in a row.... Anyway - she's ordered! excited. :) Sorry for the head-fake fellas.
  26. Kidmag

    FM3 Now Shipping

    You are receiving this email because you joined our waitlist notification system. The FM3 is a compact, all-in-one, Amp Modeler/FX Processor/Foot Controller based on the award-winning Axe-Fx III and FC foot controllers. This unit DOES have a headphones jack. (A number of first-run units were...
  27. Kidmag

    FM3 Now Shipping

    That's what I would have thought, but there is nothing in the invitation email. So that's why I'm asking. :)
  28. Kidmag

    FM3 Now Shipping

    Quick question. I received my purchase invitation today, but its for a no headphones jack version. If I choose to wait for the headphones version, do I just wait and eventually a second invite will come? I don't see anywhere to select or notify them of that I'd prefer to wait for the...
  29. Kidmag

    Pan Different Cabs?

    Great, good to know, thanks!
  30. Kidmag

    Pan Different Cabs?

    Hi - I'm on the FM3 waitlist. I know we get one amp block (with 4 channels), but how many cab blocks? Wondering if I can send one amp to two different cabs panned L/R to fatten up a live sound. To take it a step further, I'm wondering if I can send the signal out through the effects loop to...
  31. Kidmag

    Would you sell your AX8 to buy a new FM3?

    I've had the AX8 for >5 years. I just jumped on the FM3 waitlist. My concern is that it took me about a year to get my sounds dialed in correctly with the AX8 and the band, to fit in the mix correctly but then cut when I needed it. Since then, however I've mostly just been playing, I almost...
  32. Kidmag

    FM3 3-button vs AX8 11-button, reflection after 6 months or so

    Great write-up thank you! The AX8 has been my only "Amp" that actually has gotten used for over 5 years now. I've just jumped on the FM3 waitlist, and I have definitely been wondering how I'm going to transition my switching. I too use the AX8 almost exactly as you describe above. I have...
  33. Kidmag

    Ugh - AX8 got stolen

    Great call, tks!. I emailed fractal audio's sales customer service yesterday with my order confirmation and they were able to send me the serial number. Unfortunately my homeowners insurance deductible is $2K. No luck there.
  34. Kidmag

    Ugh - AX8 got stolen

    Unfortunately, car insurance only covers theft of items attached to the car, not personal items in the car. I've been watching craigslist. Also going to check a few pawn shops. I looked around and don't have the serial number. I have the original email confirmation of when I purchased it...
  35. Kidmag

    Ugh - AX8 got stolen

    No I live in San Diego, but spent 10 years in SF. Had my fair share of bikes stolen there. The thing that is killing me is that I carried my guitar into the house but left the AX8 case in the car because I was too lazy and hate putting stuff down to pull out my keys, then try to edge into the...
  36. Kidmag

    Ugh - AX8 got stolen

    out of the back of my car. I'm a retard and left it in there overnight after band practice.. so bummed. Beyond the cost, I also don't have a recent back-up of my presets.... Must be at least 100 hours of work that went into the 6 main presets I used. I got it all dialed about 8 months ago and...
  37. Kidmag

    Input trim...

    I'd be interested to hear how the experienced users would describe it. I think of it as like pre-amp gain on a boost pedal that is sitting in front of your amp.
  38. Kidmag

    Hollow body flavor - Thoughts / Tips?

    Hmm.. Sounds really interesting. Way above my pay scale at this point. I've not even begun to get involved with CabLab. Maybe I'll poke around and if the learning curve doesn't seem too steep I'll dig into it. I've been trying to get back to practicing at night instead of tweaking presets -...
  39. Kidmag

    Hollow body flavor - Thoughts / Tips?

    Thoughts on how to tweak my JCM800 preset in the AX8 to have my solid body guitar adopt some of the flavor of my semi-hollow body guitar? I play mostly mid level overdriven alternative and blues rock stuff. My two primary guitars are an 80's Yamaha SA-700 (ES-335 copy) and custom Jazzmaster...
  40. Kidmag

    Spitball - Boss FS-5L Use

    Hi all, I generally learn so much from you guys, I figured I'd throw this out there and suck more info from the collective. I just found a Boss FS-5L latching footswitch deep in my pedal drawer and thought hey, I bet I could assign something useful in the AX8 to this. So anyone use an extra...
  41. Kidmag

    AX8: How long before I can have it ready for a gig (tweaking)?

    Only because I didn't read it here already, I would make sure you can rehearse with a band first at least twice prior to your show. The tones you create at home are not going to cut through pr sound the same once the band kicks in. Now arm yourself with the very good advice available from the...
  42. Kidmag

    Looper controls assigned to footswitches

    I'd be interested in what you find out here. I've only had the AX8 for a 3 months or so, but so far just messing around I haven't found a solution. Would love to put key looper controls across the top switches and have scene controls on the bottom.
  43. Kidmag

    New to the fractal family!

    Best of luck! I'm only a few months into this digital experiment, but I have found that with enough research and patience I've been successfully dialing in a whole new amazing world. The live sound has taken more time to get right but I am really digging it now and so is my band. So good luck...
  44. Kidmag

    FracTool - ultimate multitool for FAS devices

    Just downloaded and rehearsed tons of presets - this thing is amazing! Dropped a few coins in the bucket. Thank you for the hard work and a great tool - super cool!
  45. Kidmag

    Trouble cutting through the mix

    I went through Yek's Amp Series last night through my monitors at slightly higher than bedroom levels.... WOW... I ended up saving 18 amps down to my AX8 to try out at gig volumes.. So much good stuff, I can't wait to get back to the studio and turn it up.
  46. Kidmag

    Trouble cutting through the mix

    Quick Update and Thank you! I didn't have a lot of time last week to tweak things before rehearsal last night (I was out of town skiing with family all week; tough life I know). But taking all the great advice given I quickly did the following the night before: * Reduced reverbs, shortening...
  47. Kidmag

    Trouble cutting through the mix

    Ok - I also will be checking that out. The harsh high-end, was probably the second largest problem I had. Thanks for tip. I'll look into the cab block as well.
  48. Kidmag

    Trouble cutting through the mix

    That's pretty much exactly what I needed to hear. Back to lab tonight. And funny you guys mentioned using your own presets. The one I spent the least amount of time having to tweak was a preset I made with the Dr. Z Route 66 amp, an amp I'm very familiar with..
  49. Kidmag

    Trouble cutting through the mix

    Barhrecords - Good question on the CLR - not sure I'll check that. Also I'm not familiar with the GEQ block, so that's something to research tonight. Also I do love being able to just turn the Amp dials (which helped), but I struggled last night to quickly find and edit FX parameters (reverb...
  50. Kidmag

    Trouble cutting through the mix

    I actually had to dial back presence and high's on a lot of my crunch tones, they were sounding thin and rattly. So I was boosting mids and lows to try and get more punch - which improved things. As they are someone else's presets basically, its clear I need to set them relative to my...
  51. Kidmag

    Trouble cutting through the mix

    Well.... a little depressed this morning. Played my AX8 for the first time with the band last night (running through an Atomic CLR on floor in front of me and through the PA). There was good and there was bad. Clean sounds were for the most part great. Lead tones for the most part were good...
  52. Kidmag

    Marshall JVM Presets

    I own a JVM205h. It's a pretty sick amp. I'll check these presents tonight.
  53. Kidmag

    Tip: Adjustable Lead Volume

    Others with way more knowledge and experience should chime in, but I don't think switching x/y amps is a great way. In fact I try to avoid using the x/y at all. When I change x/y in a block, I notice a little silent gap as the new block loads - this hurts the internal mojo I got going. I think...
  54. Kidmag

    Faking two Amps w/ Cabs

    feels like the AX8 is a gateway drug.. what have I gotten myself into!
  55. Kidmag

    Faking two Amps w/ Cabs

    Ok. makes sense, thanks for info!
  56. Kidmag

    Faking two Amps w/ Cabs

    "Using stereo cab along with enhancer on classic setting will get you pretty far." I'm going to have to read up on "enhancer" blocks. I'll check it out. Do you know if what I suggested above is possible? or should I drop that idea. Thanks!
  57. Kidmag

    Faking two Amps w/ Cabs

    thanks Jeff Engler - I'll check your preset out tonight
  58. Kidmag

    Faking two Amps w/ Cabs

    Hi all, Working to get my hands around some stuff. I love the sound of using two separate amps, but I understand we only have 1 amp block in the AX8. I noticed you can do a "stereo" cab in the cab block and have two cabs to pick from (lets say cab A and cab B). If I go stereo and pan each...
  59. Kidmag

    New to the Party!

    Now you guys are just getting me excited! Seriously - I'm counting the minutes until the arrival of the "machine" (while trying not to clutter the board with useless posts...)
  60. Kidmag

    New to the Party!

    Thanks for the thoughts guys! That's a bit to chew on - but all makes sense. I'm going to give Philipacamaniac's suggestion a shot first by seeing if I can cover the ground I need by employing clean model amp set-ups and then running model effects pedals out front, and splitting my physical...
  61. Kidmag

    Rediscovered the Twin

    So many clips I've heard are metal or hard rockin, nice to hear the yang. Beautiful. The diversity of sounds are astounding to a recent modeler.
  62. Kidmag

    New to the Party!

    Thanks! Yeah the Z-28 doesn't have an effects loop, but it has an ef86 pre-amp tube that takes stomp pedals really really well. But we'll see. The Marshall has the loop, but also is way more work to lug the head and 4x12 cab around.
  63. Kidmag

    New to the Party!

    I just purchased the AX8 and obviously I'm very excited! I'm saying hi to and want to thank the forum and contributors as I recognize what a great resource you all are, and want to say thanks for what I've derived already in my research. I'm pretty new to the modeling game, but have some...
  64. Kidmag

    AX8 and FM3 owner. My band is a 3 piece that covers alternative 80's, 90's and 2000's.

    AX8 and FM3 owner. My band is a 3 piece that covers alternative 80's, 90's and 2000's.
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