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  1. zerolight

    FM3 Mkll?

    My presets are never large so I have no issues with my FM3. That said, there were some very amp like profiles I had on my Kemper that I miss, like the Lee Jackson Marshall from TopJimi. I had a Kemper to tide me over for a year after selling my Axe2 just before the FM3 was delayed a while. I...
  2. zerolight

    FM3 VS Quad Cortex

    The QC seems to be a Kemper like product with profiles. When I had my Kemper I only found a couple of profiles I really liked, didn't get on with the rest. I imagine the QC will be similar and I wonder if it'll end up being a Commercial Profiles device like the Kemper before it, which can get...
  3. zerolight

    Presets for new firmware

    you use Fractal Bot to send all the banks at once to your FM3. you don't need to do them one at a time.
  4. zerolight

    Help a newb program a Dual Switch

    First you need to go to Setup, IO, Pedal. Then you setup the switches based on their polarity. It sounds like you already have this as you have them controlling FX. Next go to settings, FC/Onboard switches, and page along to stand in switches. Here you basically point the switches to an...
  5. zerolight

    FM3: G66 availability?

    I took a year away from Fractal when the original delays kicked off last year. Went Kemper. Enjoyed it for what it was but ultimately found that most profiles didn’t really do it for me. A lot of users like overly bright and fizzy high gain tones. I enjoyed some Top Jimi profiles, particularly...
  6. zerolight

    Headphones and Atomic CLR MkII Neo

    It's not about volume. It's about frequency and control. There are some low-fish impedance headphones (Mr Speakes / Dan Clarke) for example that you'd think would be easy to drive, but they don't really start to show their stuff without a big amp. The impedance of a speaker varies over the...
  7. zerolight

    [EDITED] AWESOME Van Halen on your FM3!!

    Yeah, that preset is a kitchen sink preset with several amps across two amp blocks, several delays, several reverbs, a bunch of stomps. It's almost every EVH tone. It also has some modifiers applied that the FM3 doesn't like. As you say, it is so much it crashes the FM3. Most of that stuff isn't...
  8. zerolight

    Headphones and Atomic CLR MkII Neo

    HD6xx is really nice but it’s hard to drive. Most interfaces struggle as does the FM3. It prefers a high power dedicated headphone amp. I tried a Schiit Asgard 2 amp which worked well until I turned on the computer and it picked up and amplified amp noise. In the end I sold the HD6xx a couple...
  9. zerolight

    FM3: G66 availability?

    This is why I went for non hp version. The wait list is long, even the US list isn’t clear yet. It’s going to take a good while to get through the EU wait list. I’m sure some will still be waiting by Xmas. I had enough waiting and decided the non hp was a convenient way to skip the queue.
  10. zerolight

    Vendor Introducing the OwnHammer (r)Evolution Impulse Response Series!

    It was, sort of. It was the cab that one of the guitarists used on the Chinese Democracy album. I think he added the Greatly Neutral Response thing afterwards to avoid being sued or something. “This exact cabinet and speaker combination (as well as the other companion speakers used in this...
  11. zerolight

    Output 2 to Reaper DAW?

    You can’t have guitar from the FM3 plus audio from USB both through out2 at the same time, it’s one or the other. You can only do this with out1.
  12. zerolight

    Vendor Introducing the OwnHammer (r)Evolution Impulse Response Series!

    Yes. Price is a bargain too. https://www.ownhammer.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=192_200&products_id=454
  13. zerolight

    FM3 sounding better through headphones than monitors

    I ran my Axe Ultra through Monitors and preferred the sound that way. However the Axe 2, Kemper, and FM3 I prefer through headphones. Historically the DT 880 pro 250ohm have worked best, but I also enjoyed the Axe2 through Grado RS1i headphones too. I suspect it's just a case of ears adapting -...
  14. zerolight

    question for non-hp version owners

    There's more to it than that. The output impedance from a device feeding headphones should be an order of magnitude lower than the headphones impedance. The output from Output 2 is 600ohms, which is an order of magnitude larger than your headphones. That results in a lot of tone suck. Of course...
  15. zerolight

    Headphones and Atomic CLR MkII Neo

    880s are great, the 250ohm sound best, but the Beyers are easier to drive than most 250ohm headphones. I don't have a CLR, have my 880s plugged into a Focusrite 8i6 Gen 3 and get a good volume with the knob up half way.
  16. zerolight

    Vendor Introducing the OwnHammer (r)Evolution Impulse Response Series!

    Just picked up the M75-GNR pack for my new FM3. Awesome. So many different flavours of great just in the mixes folder alone.
  17. zerolight

    Favorite Multi-effect Pedal to Pair up with your FM3

    Unless you are going wild with reverb, there doesn't seem to be an issue. I can run Amp, Cab, Overdrive, Phaser, Flanger, two delays, and a spring reverb with CPU to spare. Switching to high quality reverbs has an impact - if I really need that I'd get a Poly Digit I reckon. All the other FX fit...
  18. zerolight

    Let's see those FM3 rigs!

    Here’s mine. No board yet, but I just use it at home so there may never be. :)
  19. zerolight

    Closed Word Clock

    OK. Well now I feel stupid. :anguished:
  20. zerolight

    Closed Word Clock

    Can we have an option to set word clock to spdif as per Axe2/3 please? I’d like to use my interface as master.
  21. zerolight

    SPDIF Level Help

    It is apparently good practice to record at -7db with SPDIF so I’m just ignoring this now. I don’t have an Axe3. When I had a 2 I used it as an interface rather than spdif to a different interface so can’t compare.
  22. zerolight

    FM3 as home studio centerpiece?

    If you need high quality mode reverb in addition to kitchen sink effects in one preset you could add a reverb pedal into the FX loop. Leon got some great sounds from the Poly Digit which is midi switchable, or you could go cheaper with a TC HOF or a Neunaber. Or use delay instead.
  23. zerolight

    FM3: G66 availability?

    The mixer has a headphone out. That will work fine. Some folk are connecting headphones directly to out2 using a y cable.
  24. zerolight

    FM3: G66 availability?

    Your tone will suck if you connect to Out 2 using a y cable. It's a 600ohm output impedance. You want it to much lower than your headphones, typically it's under 35ohm, usually under 10 ohm. An interface, or the cheap headphone amps will solve that issue though. Just be sure to connect via...
  25. zerolight

    FM3: G66 availability?

    Enjoy! I've not had much time with mine yet as super busy at work. I strongly suspect that the wait list is long and our names came up quickly only because most people passed for the HP version. I think there will be a long wait for the HP version, there's just so many more people queuing for...
  26. zerolight

    SPDIF Level Help

    So I've done some more experiments: - You can use the Output 2 EQ to apply gain to get the SPDIF level up, however what I find when I do that is that whilst the input level is fine on my Focusrite, the higher input level seems to clip the outputs on the Focusrite. At least I get little red...
  27. zerolight

    SPDIF Level Help

    When I said USB audio, I meant all within my Scarlett. The Scarlett USB audio level is as you'd expect, the SPDIF and Output 2 from the FM3 are around -7db.
  28. zerolight

    SPDIF Level Help

    Switching between -10 and +4 has no affect on the SPDIF level. I notice that using Output 2 is the same, with the output cranked, the level is low. I assume (but I have no way to try) that the XLR outputs at +4db probably make a difference. But I want to use SPDIF.
  29. zerolight

    SPDIF Level Help

    Hi guys, hope you can help. First time using the SPDIF out on a Fractal. I expected the volume level to be fixed line level, but it is linked to output 1. If I crank the output 1 level on my FM3, and max the input level on my Focusrite 8i6, I'm getting my input level is low - it's around -7db...
  30. zerolight

    FW 1.02 - Free Preset Pack

    Thanks Leon. My headphone amp didn't work out (picked up interference) so I sent it back, ordered Focusrite and a pair of 880 pros (again - this is what I used on Axe 2XL). Andertons have let me down so waiting until the weekend from another dealer before I can finally play my FM3 and check out...
  31. zerolight

    Gain Staging a headphone amp?

    So I have my FM3 plus an XLR to phono cable into my headphone amp. It'll expect a typical line level in - how do I get that from my FM3? Do I crank it or do I do some gain staging by setting the output at mid way and winding my headphone amp up a bit. Does it matter?
  32. zerolight

    FM3: G66 availability?

    Cable arrived this evening. I get to try it properly tomorrow. 😀
  33. zerolight

    OMG-9, Effects for idiots?

    Click on it and look in the area underneath. Don't right click, just left click. Underneath it shows you what press does and what hold does. It'll say something like Effects Select Delay1 and you could change that to Filter. You can also set per preset effects instead. Rather than the FC...
  34. zerolight

    TFW you forget how much pick choice affects tone

    Ultex Jazz III here too. I've tried their carbon version and the JP version, but that yellowish Jazz III sounds best.
  35. zerolight

    Help with Dual External Switch

    This thing is crazy configurable. I've set up my stand in switches to work off of the Perform layout, as stand in switches. I just re-programmed the first four slots there to my outboard quad momentary switch. Row 1 Sw1 - press for scene 1, hold for effects layout view 1 Sw2 - press for scene...
  36. zerolight

    Help with Dual External Switch

    Seems to have started working. I see they also pick up the hold controls set too.
  37. zerolight

    Help with Dual External Switch

    OK - I thought this would be straight forwards, but it clearly isn't. So I have plugged my two 2 button foot switches into my FM3: in IO, each are Follow Hardware, Normally Closed, Momentary Break in Stand In Switches, each are set to 1 Scene, Select, 2 Scene, Select, etc. If I double click...
  38. zerolight

    FM3: G66 availability?

    My headphone amp takes phono inputs only so that won't help. I did briefly use output 2 last night with my HD6xx headphones but the output impedance is too high and no doubt the current too low that it just can't drive them very well, resulting in a too bright sound (and in mono). I can wait...
  39. zerolight

    FM3: G66 availability?

    Not if your buying XLR to Phono cables to feed a headphones amp. No.
  40. zerolight

    FM3: G66 availability?

    Mine came today - can't use it as I bought the wrong sex XLR cables!!! Gah. Amazon say delivery on Monday.
  41. zerolight

    Does the MFC-101 mk IIII work with the FM3?

    You can add 4 more switches with a couple of dual momentary trs switchers. Doesn’t cost much.
  42. zerolight

    Things I love about the FM3 (from an Axe-Fx II user)

    We can save blocks as blk files any more to use in other presets like we could on the Axe 2? Really? That's a bit disappointing. Is this just because it's early days for the FM3 or a feature?
  43. zerolight

    FM3: G66 availability?

    Snap.
  44. zerolight

    FM3: G66 availability?

    Me too. :D
  45. zerolight

    FM3: G66 availability?

    I'm paid up to - ships Monday, all going well.
  46. zerolight

    Super wobbly USB type B slot

    I'd guess that a couple of ports on my Mac had little more than a dozen cycles of plugging and unplugging before the connector would fall out if I looked at it the wrong way. I'd rather have a connection that wobbles but stays put than one that won't maintain a connection. USB C really isn't the...
  47. zerolight

    FM3: G66 availability?

    I asked.
  48. zerolight

    FM3: G66 availability?

    They are hoping to be ready to ship them next week.
  49. zerolight

    Super wobbly USB type B slot

    I dunno. As has been posted in this thread by someone else, USB C ports seem to be prone to becoming ludicrously loose easily. All 4 on my last Mac came so loose that I had a hard time keeping the power cable in. I baby my stuff too. Never had that issue with any other USB port, just USB C.
  50. zerolight

    Super wobbly USB type B slot

    I think Type B ports are just wobbly in general, on any device. I have a Canon printer here on which I have never used the port as I connect to it WiFi but I just tried connecting a brand new cable and it's wobbly. I think it's just the design of the type B port, cables are not a tight fit to...
  51. zerolight

    Super wobbly USB type B slot

    Same here.
  52. zerolight

    FM3: G66 availability?

    My guess, it took about 2 or 3 months after US to get the Non HP version, it'll be the same again for the HP version, and as many more folk want that, it'll take longer to get through the list. I reckon August for those who were already on the AX8 list.
  53. zerolight

    The Multitap and Plex Delay are your friends

    Great stuff Leon. What would you do to add a little room into a distorted rock tone, just to make it a little bit less dry. I'm thinking more Guns N Roses Appetite than Eruption, but still in that 80s rock rhythm tone? On my Axe II and Kemper I'd just stick small room or plate reverb on, with...
  54. zerolight

    Headphone amp vs HP output

    Headphone Amp comes down to what headphones you are using. You want headphones with impedance that is higher than the output impedance of the amp. In the case of Fractal, it has a 35 ohm output impedance so you want headphones with a higher impedance than that. Typically a factor of 8 and above...
  55. zerolight

    Studio Monitors Setup Question

    You need to get XLR to TS cables so you can connect to monitors through output1. This will allow you to play along to backing tracks or whatever. So sound from both FM3 and Computer. Output2 is an either/or situation, not both simultaneously. You will need to have the FM3 on any time you want to...
  56. zerolight

    CPU Issues

    Do you use all 3 delays within a single song? If not I'd be tempted to split that across a couple of presets with just what you need per song in there.
  57. zerolight

    CPU Issues

    I'm fairly confident I won't hit the CPU limit as I'm not a heavy fx user. Usually a Plexi, OD, Phaser, Cab, Delay, Reverb. That said, I keen on getting a Poly Digit to take away the reverb load and maybe even delays too - for fun more than necessity.
  58. zerolight

    CPU Issues

    Thanks Leon, I'll be sure to try these as soon as my FM3 arrives. :D
  59. zerolight

    CPU Issues

    Well I'm assuming if you have a block that can only run either delay or reverb instead of having both blocks running then you'd have less cpu overhead since they could never be run together in that block. It's not like the reverb block is running every single reverb algorithm at once. Given the...
  60. zerolight

    CPU Issues

    I wonder if it'd be possible for Fractal to create a combined delay and reverb block that contains the algorithms for more straightforward reverbs and delays. You could then use either in a channel within the block but not both simultaneously. This would give you the ability to toggle between...
  61. zerolight

    FracTool - ultimate multitool for FAS devices

    Yes. I wanted to export them out to use later, assuming that's still a thing, I've been away a year but used to use the BLK files to create blocks on my Axe 2.
  62. zerolight

    FracTool - ultimate multitool for FAS devices

    Every block in that preset. I open the preset, click on a block in that preset, then click save as and choose any output format, choose a location, hit save, nothing happens. https://axechange.fractalaudio.com/detail.php?preset=7161
  63. zerolight

    FracTool - ultimate multitool for FAS devices

    Hi. I’m on the latest version of MacOS. I was trying to save the blocks from Burg’s Brownies preset from Axe III on Axechange so I could rebuild at least some of it as an FM3 preset. Doesn’t matter what location I pick, nothing is saved, but no error is generated. I’ll try it later on my other Mac.
  64. zerolight

    FM3 and external switch options?

    I bought one of these quad momentary switches from Bright Onion pedals in the UK a few months back for my Kemper head which I intend to use with the stand-in switch functionality on the FM3. It was a reasonable £50 including shipping and James will let you customise the switch labels to whatever...
  65. zerolight

    FracTool - ultimate multitool for FAS devices

    Ah OK. I'll just need to check each block manually then. :D I can't seem to export AXIII blocks either?
  66. zerolight

    FracTool - ultimate multitool for FAS devices

    @AlGrenadine Hi Al - trying to use this to export blocks from a preset (I don't have my FM3 yet, hopefully in a week or two). Every time I choose save block, FM3, and pick a location, it appears to do something, but no block is saved. Am I missing something? Does that feature only work with a...
  67. zerolight

    How to connect the headphones to FM3

    https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/solved-unable-to-hear-usb-audio-from-computer.159974/ Chris has responded to this in another thread. If you want to be able to playback usb audio from computer and play along to that with you guitar, you need to be using output 1 for headphones. So same...
  68. zerolight

    Post Here if You've Received A G66 FM3 Invite!

    Yours have a low enough Impedance to be OK with the M Audio thing Marco recommended. None will work well with just a Y splitter. You want to have a headphone output be much lower than your headphone impedance, the out 1 and 2 are much much higher than any headphone in existence. Conversely, your...
  69. zerolight

    How to connect the headphones to FM3

    Marco, just to be clear. I wasn't having a go at you or your video. It's very helpful, especially to those who have less demanding headphones. I was just posting for the benefit of users who haven't considered their headphones ohmage. Your channel is great! 😆👍
  70. zerolight

    How to connect the headphones to FM3

    I'm pretty sure there's a whole bunch of folk here using Sennheiser HD600/650/6xx on here. The 250 ohm Beyerdynamic 1880/1990s, etc. It's a pretty common hobbiest setup for Axe FX and for general Music playback. I used Grado RS1, DT1880 Pro, and now HD6xx with Axe FX Ultra, Axe II XL, and they...
  71. zerolight

    Post Here if You've Received A G66 FM3 Invite!

    I can see that being an issue for you. Mine will never leave my home. If I needed that portability I'd probably get some IEMs and that wee amp device Marco shared in his thread though.
  72. zerolight

    How to connect the headphones to FM3

    There's a world of difference between the 80ohm and 300ohm. It's less about volume and more about power, well current or more typically voltage. Underpowered headphones may go loud, but they may also sound thin or flubby. A little 5v USB powered amp great for portable use, particularly with IEMs...
  73. zerolight

    Post Here if You've Received A G66 FM3 Invite!

    I decided to order the Non HP version. My thinking is this: - we don't know when the HP version will come to Europe, they will no doubt clear out the US first. I think we are just seeing the non HP now because they've been through the list and folk passed on it. I could be wrong. - my...
  74. zerolight

    How to connect the headphones to FM3

    This is great if you have lower impedance headphones, but you are going to lose sound quality if you connect higher impedance headphones to that. Specs recommend less than 100ohm headphones, so not so good for my Sennheisers. I think you also lose the ability to listen to music or backing...
  75. zerolight

    Post Here if You've Received A G66 FM3 Invite!

    I‘m gonna wait, will regret it later I suspect. Between the need for an amp with appropriate impedance (the y splitter trick is going to alter the sound a lot at 600ohm output) and I think I read that usb audio from a computer can only be routed to output 1? That would be a total deal breaker.
  76. zerolight

    Post Here if You've Received A G66 FM3 Invite!

    Just received an invite. Am torn, I only use headphones. Debating taking it and getting a headphone amp. I’m guessing nobody wants one without the jack so resale in a few years will suck. An amp powerful enough to drive my HD6xx is going to add over £100 sadly. I may just wait.
  77. zerolight

    Suhr vs PRS vs ??

    Thanks muudrock
  78. zerolight

    Suhr vs PRS vs ??

    Yup - Pete Thorn Ocean Turquoise Metallic. Possibly the best neck of any guitar ever.
  79. zerolight

    Suhr vs PRS vs ??

    Returned my PRS. Had a weird dead spot on the g string at the 14th. Replacement was very bright and still had something of a dead spot. Then I tried this Suhr and oh my, I love how it sounds and plays. The neck feels so good in the hand too.
  80. zerolight

    Suhr vs PRS vs ??

    Here's my new PRS - simple top, not a 10, but it has some mojo. Weighs about 7.3lbs, and sounded the best of the bunch I played on Sunday.
  81. zerolight

    Suhr vs PRS vs ??

    It's a great guitar. One I regret selling. Very pimp daddy Elvis. If Vai played a PRS, it's be a Navarro.
  82. zerolight

    Suhr vs PRS vs ??

    I've owned a couple of PRS in the past - Navarro and a McCarty with a solid rosewood neck. They were nice, especially the Navarro. I don't have them now but I bought a Suhr Modern Plus Curly limited on Thursday last week. I didn't really gel with it - bit buzzy and just slightly off. Not sure...
  83. zerolight

    Who's moving from a Axe-Fx II to FM3?

    Just sold my II XL. On the wait list for the FM3. Hoping the G66 waitlist is not too long as I'm without any kind of amplification. I reckon the FM3 footprint will fit my needs better.
  84. zerolight

    Axe-Fx II Firmware "Ares" 1.00 Public Beta

    Awesome Cliff. Thanks. Updating tomorrow.
  85. zerolight

    III vs XL+: Please give me your advice.

    I notice people keep saying - the II is all you need. You don't need the III unless you want to dig into deep parameters and stuff. That's nonsense. The II is all you need if you want to jump onto the modeller train but probably never see another major firmware advancement. The III is the one to...
  86. zerolight

    Headphones without getting behind the unit!

    Your powered monitors must have power switches. Surely you don't leave them on all the time? I only turn mine on when I want to use them.
  87. zerolight

    III vs XL+: Please give me your advice.

    It seems to me that we are all going to spend the next weeks and months trying to convince ourselves that what we have, which does sound great, is all we will ever need, whether than be an XL or an AX8. Then the new firmwares will drop on the 3 and the II series will stop progressing and...
  88. zerolight

    Introducing: The ML Brit Family IR Collection

    Thanks Mikko. I'll give the sampler a go when I get time with my guitars. :)
  89. zerolight

    Introducing: The ML Brit Family IR Collection

    Hi Mikko. I've not bought any of your packs before but that sampler is mighty tempting. You say that it includes single mics and one mix per cab. What mics, how many IRs, etc. What am I getting or missing? Thanks!
  90. zerolight

    OwnHammer Core Tone Bundle

    Nice. I'm still holding out for the MAR 412 CB updates you hinted at. :)
  91. zerolight

    OwnHammer V4 Impulse Response Libraries

    Kevin, are there any new speakers coming to the Marshall 412 CB?
  92. zerolight

    OwnHammer V4 Impulse Response Libraries

    Cheers. I'll give the V4 a try on Saturday.
  93. zerolight

    OwnHammer V4 Impulse Response Libraries

    Yeah, I like Greenbacks. I always have a Greenback or a Scumback variation in my IR. Sometimes I mix in a V30 or a Lynchback in. The MAR 412 is Greenbacks so the EVH cab seems like duplication and doesn't sound as nice as the Marshall in Kevins clips. The Bogner ST seems like a nice option but...
  94. zerolight

    OwnHammer V4 Impulse Response Libraries

    Rock. GnR, Van Halen, Kotzen, Motley, Ratt, Slash, etc. Just for fun. I noticed Kevin says he has news about the Mar 412 CB cab a couple pages back so I might wait for that. However the V4 Marshall is probably looking like a newer version of what I have so I may just grab it. A couple of those...
  95. zerolight

    OwnHammer V4 Impulse Response Libraries

    Just realised I have a whole bunch of V3 IRs from Ownhammer that I forgot I'd bought, and the few I sampled sound pretty killer. Maybe I don't need V4 after all? Pretty sure all these are V3 except the bottom two right? I have: 212-GTR MAR-66 Multi-Speaker Collection 412-GTR MAR-TV EDVH V3...
  96. zerolight

    OwnHammer V4 Impulse Response Libraries

    I have a bunch of their stuff too. I have most of the studio mix collection from back when you could pick and choose the stuff you wanted separately. It was nice sounding at the time but the MAR66 212 pack sounds much more natural so I use that on every patch, mostly the scumback H and M, some...
  97. zerolight

    OwnHammer V4 Impulse Response Libraries

    Who has the V4 Marshall 412 Lynchback extension pack? Thinking of grabbing that with the regular Marshall 412 pack. Also interested in the Bogner 412 ST - anyone tried that?
  98. zerolight

    FREE ML Cab Pack 20 Preset-Cab Bundle: JMPre-1 & Brit PR75

    Definitely buy when Fractal have a sale!
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