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  1. FractalAudio

    Forgot How Loud Tube Amps Are

    I almost exclusively use tube amps into a load box or a speaker in an isolation box or room. I finished updating the Blues Jr. today. Probably one of the quieter tube amps made. For yucks I decided to compare it with it's built-in speaker to the Axe-Fx through monitors. All knobs on noon...
  2. FractalAudio

    Are there ANY limitations with AX3 ?

    Only your imagination.
  3. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    Turn down the Preamp Bias Excursion to reduce it. The problem with those "Mid Stage Drive" designs using a Plexi drive network is that if you bypass the drive pot with a cap (bright cap) you also bypass any grid stoppage and the next stage goes into blocking distortion very easily. There's...
  4. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    That's the way those amps sound with the bright switch on. It's due to the location of the drive control.
  5. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    I will recheck the model. I did a cursory check this morning and nothing appeared amiss. When I get back to main HQ I will get the amp out and compare. Remember there are two versions. Dirty Shirley 2 is the brighter of the two (has a 2.2nF cathode cap instead of 4.7nF).
  6. FractalAudio

    buttons functioning as on amps

    It's not strange. The sensitivity to pot value is very high. Consumer potentiometers have a 20% tolerance on end-to-end resistance and another 20% on midscale resistance. If the taper of the pot is Log10A and the pot is a nominal 1M then the midscale resistance should be 100K. If the pot is...
  7. FractalAudio

    buttons functioning as on amps

    We have two of them. One sounds amazing, the other not so much. The model is based, naturally, on the amazing sounding one.
  8. FractalAudio

    buttons functioning as on amps

    Yes, the graphic EQ sliders aren't accurate in terms of position but they ARE accurate in dB and response. If you've ever used Mark series graphic EQ you'd notice that the sliders do very little in the middle and then rapidly change as you get near the top/bottom. This sucks so the Axe-Fx uses...
  9. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    Real amp behaves the same way. All the distortion comes from the power amp so the tone controls don't do much.
  10. FractalAudio

    buttons functioning as on amps

    The controls are very accurate with exception of the Presence which has been elucidated upon numerous times. If you are not experiencing this accuracy then something is wrong in your evaluation.
  11. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    I've studied amps for over 15 years now and I've looked at the schematics so many times that I have most of them memorized.
  12. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    They are very dark amp when used with the matching 16-ohm cabinet. The feedback is off the speaker jack (don't ask me why, doesn't make sense). This results in a lot of negative feedback at high frequencies which makes the sound dark. The amp is modeled assuming a 16-ohm load. If you use...
  13. FractalAudio

    Can the Origin Effects RevivalTrem be replicated?

    That's exactly how the bias trem in the Amp block works. Play harder and the effect is reduced. Just like a real bias trem because that's what it does, it modulates the power tube bias.
  14. FractalAudio

    What is the meaning of "staging from sex"?

    Audiophile power cords are total snake-oil.
  15. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    It doesn't matter what I use. Trust your own ears.
  16. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    I don't know. Try it. I find that Cygnus has much more low end thump than before and the vast majority of others agree. No.
  17. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    If I'm playing softly I like it. At louder volumes I don't use it. That is, btw, precisely the intent as it simulates the acoustic reinforcement of a guitar played near a loud amp.
  18. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    Exactly. If you've been playing tube amps for years you recognize these qualities. I can't please everyone. So what I do is try to replicate a real tube amp as accurately as possible as that is the gold standard. Cygnus is demonstrably more accurate. I have the math and measurements that...
  19. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    I much prefer the SLO in Cygnus.
  20. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    You have to turn down the Normal Volume. If you didn't update Axe-Edit that control won't be visible.
  21. FractalAudio

    Cyngus Gain

    Pretty much. The circuits are virtually identical otherwise.
  22. FractalAudio

    Something's amiss and seems to be devolving

    It does not.
  23. FractalAudio

    Cyngus Gain

    There's a resistor/capacitor network that hangs off the tone stack. It's a treble rolloff filter.
  24. FractalAudio

    Cyngus Gain

    The primary reason for the very different sound is the R/C network hanging off the tone stack.
  25. FractalAudio

    Cyngus Gain

    Turn the Normal Drive to 0.
  26. FractalAudio

    Cyngus Gain

    I bought a Dual Rectifier some years ago from Guitar Center. Returned it two days later.
  27. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    I've added a non-jumped version of the 5E3 with both volume knobs for the next release. Now we can wait for the inevitable "When I turn the Bright Drive all the way down the Normal Drive doesn't do anything" comments.
  28. FractalAudio

    Not liking the H9 for Reverb ... need MIDI ... Ideas?

    My vote would be for Strymon.
  29. FractalAudio

    Cyngus Gain

    5153 Red has a mistake in it that has been fixed for the next release. Rectos are just fuzzy. That's part of the charm I suppose.
  30. FractalAudio

    Distance parameter

    It's psychoacoustic. The added delay changes your perception of the sound. The effect is multiplied if you are playing relatively softly because you are hearing the acoustic sound of your guitar also and now there is added phase shift.
  31. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    No, you aren't hallucinating. One of the hallmarks of a good tube amp is that there are multiple sources of distortion and each frequency band distorts differently. You have to model everything and do it right to capture this accurately. FWIW "black box" approaches can't capture this because...
  32. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    It's on the docket for this week but I don't expect it to change much. The power amp side of things was already updated and the preamp was partially updated.
  33. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    Great video. The "knock" is readily apparent on the JCM800 and Cameron models.
  34. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    What amps have changed drastically? Who claimed things were perfect? Have you tried Cygnus or are you just in here trying to pick a fight?
  35. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    Just bought this: https://reverb.com/item/39003644-mesa-boogie-jp-2c-mkii-c-reissue-2019-john-petrucci-signature-iic-pre-gibson-tube-amp
  36. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    Rent an AFD, compare it to the Axe-Fx III and then do your talking.
  37. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    Cygnus is not Ares. To expect them to behave the same is silly.
  38. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    It's working properly. Don't get caught up in semantics.
  39. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    Well, 100% compression would be nearly 0% signal so...
  40. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    Cygnus is demonstrably more accurate. Whether this improved accuracy pleases you or suits your style of music is a different story. For certain genres, perhaps thrash metal for example, the more polished sound of 15.01 may be more desirable for some individuals.
  41. FractalAudio

    Fast pick attack amp

    CAE3+ would be a good one to try. Higher B+ (about 50% IIRC). Cameron would be another.
  42. FractalAudio

    What’s up with the EV2?

    Potentiometer shortage due to COVID.
  43. FractalAudio

    Fast pick attack amp

    Bogner's are notoriously "slow" due to the low B+ voltage. Main reason I can't get along with them. You can try increasing the Variac.
  44. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    Reread the very first post in this thread.
  45. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    The amp models are automatically updated upon preset load. However if you've adjusted advanced parameters like Dynamics, Speaker Compression, Speaker Impedance, etc. those parameters are not updated. A soft reset of the amp will reset those parameters.
  46. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    Dirty Shirley 1 is actually the latest version of the amp.
  47. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    Dirty Shirley is off the speaker jack so depends on the speaker.
  48. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    Some of the amps I dread. Diezels in particular. The Herbert weighs a metric ton. When I retire I might make tube amps as a hobby/side-job. I have a design that would yield a 50W tube amp that weighs less than 20 lbs.
  49. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    I'll recheck the model but it should be accurate. If you read reviews of the amp the red channel is polarizing. The blue channel is universally liked, the red channel not so much.
  50. FractalAudio

    Cygnus 50W Plexi VS Real 50W Plexi

    1st clip is louder, most people will choose that.
  51. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    Maybe COVID, I dunno. There was a B-stock on eBay a week or two ago but it was one of those NY music stores and I don't trust them.
  52. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    I don't have a JP2C. JP lent us one of his personal units for that model. I've been looking to buy one but they're out of stock everywhere.
  53. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    They haven't been update per se' but they are using the new algorithms. ALL amps will benefit from the new algorithms but only those on the list have had their parameter sets updated. Some amps are in a partial state of update. If they are only partially updated they won't be on the list...
  54. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    That's for the clean channel.
  55. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    Friedmans don't have a bright switch so behavior is undefined.
  56. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    Are you accusing us of this firmware release being a marketing ploy?
  57. FractalAudio

    What Are Trophies?

    Well, nowadays they're something everyone gets just for participating so...
  58. FractalAudio

    Cygnus Tech Notes

    General notes: 1. The power amp bias algorithm is changed and the bias control works differently now. As with a real amp as you turn the bias down the gain also goes down. Typical values for bias are between 0.45 and 0.5 for fixed bias amps and 1.0 for cathode biased. 2. Dynamic Presence and...
  59. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    Another good example. This one demonstrates the "yowwww" vs. "yeeeee" very clearly. Chug, chug, yowwwww.
  60. FractalAudio

    Cygnus Beta - first impressions

    Perfect illustration. Rocks vs. sandpaper. Notice the vocal quality of the notes.
  61. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    I'm sure some will complain.
  62. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    All the Friedman models are now based on the latest amp. Our reference amp was made in 2018 and has the feedback off the 4-ohm tap.
  63. FractalAudio

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    https://www.fractalaudio.com/downloads/firmware-presets/axe-fx-3/16p0/axefxiii_dsp_rel_16p00_beta4.zip IMPORTANT - READ ME - DON'T IGNORE - LISTEN UP CHUCKLEHEADS 1. This is BETA firmware. It is not guaranteed to be flawless and bug-free. 2. It WILL change the sound of your presets. 3. The...
  64. FractalAudio

    Cygnus Beta - first impressions

    We have a winner!
  65. FractalAudio

    To Pull This Off at Age 69 Is Incredible

    The Nightfly is in my Top 10 albums of all time. It's a masterpiece.
  66. FractalAudio

    To Pull This Off at Age 69 Is Incredible

    Video killed the radio star. Prescient.
  67. FractalAudio

    To Pull This Off at Age 69 Is Incredible

    Oh man, that was the golden age. That was the age of Journey, Boston, Wings, The Cars, Rush, Heart and on and on. Then you had the mellow "AM Gold": Bread, Player, Ace, Ambrosia, America, etc., etc. Since I'm old I get to say "Today's music is crap! Get off my lawn."
  68. FractalAudio

    Cygnus Beta - first impressions

    If you listen closely to the parts where it's just amp you can hear the thump and punch on the attack. At "Fractal HQ North" I have a pair of Focal Trio11 Be and the thump rattles the windows.
  69. FractalAudio

    To Pull This Off at Age 69 Is Incredible

  70. FractalAudio

    Cygnus Beta - first impressions

    This is a proper video because that amp model has been fully updated. The Archon hasn't been updated yet. It will still benefit from the Cygnus improvements but the model data is incomplete.
  71. FractalAudio

    What's the Blinking Red Light Under the Fan Mount on the Motherboard of my Axe III MkII?

    The LEDs are just debug LEDs for development use. They don't mean anything to the end user.
  72. FractalAudio

    What's the Blinking Red Light Under the Fan Mount on the Motherboard of my Axe III MkII?

    OP is probably sorry he asked the question by now.
  73. FractalAudio

    If you play metal don’t buy the Helix

    Mehegama's posting history brings into question who he is and and his motives: https://forum.fractalaudio.com/search/591699/
  74. FractalAudio

    Cygnus Beta - first impressions

    Note that Axe-Edit is not updated yet and the 5E3 model is now "jumped" by default so it has both Normal and Bright drives. The Normal defaults to 5.0 so in the video the model is actually in jumped mode with the Normal drive at noon. That's why there's still plenty of gain with the drive at 9...
  75. FractalAudio

    If you play metal don’t buy the Helix

    Depends on the level of your hearing acuity. Everyone is different. If you have a high level of hearing acuity the differences are readily audible. I don't think it's proper for me to give my opinion so I'll leave it at that.
  76. FractalAudio

    1980's STUDIO RACK CLEAN TONE (w/ free patch!)

    I love the 80s VCR look. Last great decade. Been steadily downhill since.
  77. FractalAudio

    Cygnus Beta - first impressions

    Triaxis LD2 Green or Yellow. Pretty much everything at noon. Adjust Overdrive and Bass to taste.
  78. FractalAudio

    AXE FX 3 input issue

    Contact support. It looks like the DSP module might not be seated completely. But that shouldn't happen as there are (supposed to be) locknuts holding the module down.
  79. FractalAudio

    Windows 10 Automatic Updates are Baffling and Infuriating

    LOL, this workstation (the one that notified and asked about when to update) spontaneously updated and rebooted sometime overnight without warning. Fortunately didn't lose any work but most of my windows are gone.
  80. FractalAudio

    Windows 10 Automatic Updates are Baffling and Infuriating

    I'm not a OS expert but I know my way around a Windows machine and I've been using and building computers since the first PCs. I have two PCs running the exact same version of WIndows 10 for Workstations. Installed from the same binary image. One of them spontaneously updates and reboots...
  81. FractalAudio

    Cygnus Beta - first impressions

    I just finished up the Mesa Mark models and fixing some mistakes in the Triaxis models. My lead tone in the 80s/90s was Triaxis LD2 Yellow so I dialed that up and got instantly transported back in time. The other thing I'm noticing is that it seems I can use almost any IR now and it sounds good.
  82. FractalAudio

    Windows 10 Automatic Updates are Baffling and Infuriating

    Several days ago my primary development computer decided to spontaneously update itself and reboot while I was away from my desk. No warning. No "Updates are ready to install. Please choose a time to install them". Didn't lose any work fortunately as I had saved everything but as I routinely...
  83. FractalAudio

    Cygnus Beta - first impressions

    The mid-gain thing is the hardest to get right and digital modelers historically HAVE been bad at this.
  84. FractalAudio

    Cygnus Beta - first impressions

    The purpose of showing these cleanish to mid-gain clips is to illustrate the improved dynamics. If you listen closely you should be able to hear the "punch" on the attack and release. That's what is giving that AITR thing. I'll try to get Justin York to demo some "chug".
  85. FractalAudio

    Cygnus Beta - first impressions

    Morgan AC-20 Bass. Turned bass down to 3, rest is all flat. Gibson Les Paul (sorry gets pitchy somewhere in there) 1:00 I turn on the bright switch 2:08 turn on 12 dB Neutral Boost
  86. FractalAudio

    Cygnus Beta - first impressions

    That's already in there.
  87. FractalAudio

    FM3 Firmware Version 3.01

    Porting Cygnus to FM3 as we speak.
  88. FractalAudio

    Fractal Audio and amp profiling

    As I said on Facebook: Profiling is a patented technology and any unit implementing it is infringing on that patent. We personally believe that patent infringement is a serious offense. We also believe that modeling is superior to profiling. Others may disagree with one or both those points.
  89. FractalAudio

    Fractal discount in EU?

    The issue is that we own the distribution in the US. There's no middleman. If we sold through Sweetwater, GC, etc. the price would be higher and inline with the price in other markets (adjusted for exchange rate, etc.). In foreign markets there's a middleman who has to mark up the cost to...
  90. FractalAudio

    Brady, Brady, Brady

    It was a joke. Matt wasn't even with the Pats for their first SB. The DC was Romeo Crennel.
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