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    GRAND FUSION: TEXTURES album in the making with gear walk-throughs

    Track 15 (keyboard and guitar ambient)
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    GRAND FUSION: TEXTURES album in the making with gear walk-throughs

    Track 14 (skipped ahead to make this video)
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    GRAND FUSION: TEXTURES album in the making with gear walk-throughs

    Track 7 (bluegrass + metal lead)
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    GRAND FUSION: TEXTURES album in the making with gear walk-throughs

    Track 6 - awesome F3 tone!
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    Kali LP6s - Definitely Great for the $ (IMO)

    I have the IN-8s... there's no power save on those. They sounds GREAT and are very loud for home practice and playing (I don't push them anywhere near what they can do... they are loud, and very flat/clear). Great for mixing, but also music listening... they have a very modest V shape in the EQ...
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    GRAND FUSION: TEXTURES album in the making with gear walk-throughs

    Exactly, if you watch the video I indicated that the concept originally was to pay homage to Iommi, and then things changed. That riff with the heavy vibe (FM3 preset by Larry Mitchell)? Originally, it was a heavy doom type distortion... and then I got Mitchell's preset and wanted to use it...
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    Metal/Djent Riff I did with the FM3, with an Easter egg at the end :)

    What would you compare it to that is stock, so that we don't have to buy the cab?
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    Metal/Djent Riff I did with the FM3, with an Easter egg at the end :)

    Not sure what happened... but there's no cab... just the PVH 6160 amp.
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    Metal/Djent Riff I did with the FM3, with an Easter egg at the end :)

    Could have sworn I saw III in a post. I'll look into it; thanks.
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    Metal/Djent Riff I did with the FM3, with an Easter egg at the end :)

    Crap... I'm using the FM3... what amp/cab are you using, and I'll try to tweak?
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    Metal/Djent Riff I did with the FM3, with an Easter egg at the end :)

    What preset are you using, or did you create it and what is the link if uploaded to Fractal?
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    GRAND FUSION: TEXTURES album in the making with gear walk-throughs

    Buckethead must suck. Seriously, thanks, but also... I love instrumental stuff, and it doesn't have to be super fast wankery, etc. I like things that are melodic, sometimes spacey, psychedelia, etc. Consequently, what album(s) do you suggest of his a solid starting point?
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    BluGuitar AMP1 Iridium into FM3 question

    To be clear, I am NOT using the speaker out. Not sure where you got that. I did indicate Headphone Out/Rec Out. No load box required... no BluBox required; I am NOT using the speaker out (which would require a real cab or load box). I'm merely using the AMP1 REC OUT (headphone out, as per my...
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    BluGuitar AMP1 Iridium into FM3 question

    Yes, as stated, the arrangement works fine with other pedals, and so I have to try something different, perhaps parallel routing. Thanks.
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    BluGuitar AMP1 Iridium into FM3 question

    Correct... I did disengage the built-in IR, which was 'ok' at best (when I did some sound testing I got a lot of 'sizzle' comments, and to get a proper IR). I ran it through the Suhr Reactive Load... did not like the results in the least. I then tried the Palmer ADIG-LB and found it better (had...
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    BluGuitar AMP1 Iridium into FM3 question

    No load box required... it's the headphone jack/rec out on the Amp1 I'm referring to (there's a separate speaker out that requires a load box); I did have the Suhr and thought it sounded like ass... direct to an AXE IR is much better... thick, meaty, etc. Now, what I did NOT do is the set-up you...
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    GRAND FUSION: TEXTURES album in the making with gear walk-throughs

    An album in the works, I'll be presenting the tracks with the gear I'm using:
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    BluGuitar AMP1 Iridium into FM3 question

    The IRs in the FM3 sound great with the BluGuitar Amp1 Iridium (Iridium direct into FM3). This is what I want to do... I want to place the Iridium into the FX Loop of the FM3, so that I can have wah or other effects before the Iridium. But it's not working. I can place any pedal in an FX Loop of...
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    Grand Fusion (recordings with FM3)

    I'm working on a number of recordings, and I love the tone I'm using in the composition Emotions in Motion (a Diezel amp with Cali cab). As I compose more, I'll be posting them here (other gear also listed below): I've done a bunch of stuff over the years, but just started putting some new...
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    Classic Rock (preset with 6 scenes & YouTube sound video)

    I'm not sure if I'm the best person for this... I'm an amateur messing around with the tones. If you give me something you want me to try, and maybe the type of guitar you have, I'll see what I can do. I do have single-coil guitars, as well as other humbuckers.
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    Classic Rock (preset with 6 scenes & YouTube sound video)

    Warning... I'm using the latest firmware, which came out around mid Feb 2021. Here is the preset: https://axechange.fractalaudio.com/detail.php?preset=8710 Here is the video demo:
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    Best high quality headphones for FM3?

    Meze Audio's 99 Classics. The clarity and crispness is unbelievable. Even when listening to pre-recorded music, every instruments stands out as though having its own frequency range. Superb... and they go for about $299 USD. And some of the most comfortable... I can wear them for hours.
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    Clean Machine (8 scenes with different effects)

    MK IV Live is Leon Todd's, and we're both using the same firmware, which is the latest 3.02 Beta (as per Unix-guy).
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    Clean Machine (8 scenes with different effects)

    Perhaps... I'm using the latest update, which was a week or so ago.
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    Clean Machine (8 scenes with different effects)

    Nope, it's there. HOWEVER, I did a quick update today, uploaded a new one and got rid of the old one (that was there yesterday). Maybe you had the old link? I ask because I downloaded it from the Axe-Exchange... and uploaded it onto the FM3, and all the settings are there.
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    Clean Machine (8 scenes with different effects)

    Thanks to Brett Kingman's recent clean tone, with a few modifications, this is an 8-scene preset with added chorus, phaser, tremolo, rotary and flanger. Here is the preset: https://axechange.fractalaudio.com/detail.php?preset=8692 Here is a YouTube video that demos the 8 scenes on both...
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    Marshall Satriani Preset (4 scenes) + looking for feedback

    Neither. I simply took his amp/cab and dialed in what I liked with my Majesty guitar. My interest is more in the overall quality of what I created in the preset (with suggestions) as opposed to mimicking a particular sound (since I'm not using his guitar/pickups).
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    All-In-One or Do you use Effect pedals as well?

    I would... but it depends how much you use reverb. Likely necessary with clean tones... perhaps a hint with higher-gain stuff (to add depth, etc.).
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    All-In-One or Do you use Effect pedals as well?

    The FM3 is a memory hog with reverbs, even if they are lower quality (try applying a high-quality and you can't use many more effects or blocks). Consequently, I have the Black Hole by Eventide in mind for this... to replace the reverb block with a pedal, which frees up a ton of memory for the...
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    Marshall Satriani Preset (4 scenes) + looking for feedback

    Sorry about that: https://axechange.fractalaudio.com/detail.php?preset=8648
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    Marshall Satriani Preset (4 scenes) + looking for feedback

    I don't think its anything new, for people to upload presets that you think sound a bit crappy... or that others rave as to how good they are, but you think they bite a little or maybe a lot. That may suggest how much playing style and guitar pickups contribute. On that note, I'm curious to hear...
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    FM3 (amp block removed) + Victory V4 tube Preamps

    I did put the Victory preamps in an FX Loop (so that the drive was before), and it didn't sound any better or any more effective. That somewhat surprised me.
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    FM3 (amp block removed) + Victory V4 tube Preamps

    A mix of analog with digital... the Victory V4 tube preamps running into the FM3 (amp block disabled):
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    Question about external footswitch operation

    Works... thanks... apologies for being a dolt with something simple.
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    Question about external footswitch operation

    It's plugged into switch 2... and then when selecting a controller (e.g., to add cut or fat, etc.), I select the switch to activate it on and off.
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    Question about external footswitch operation

    I have a single button footswitch. I know it works as I used it as a mute switch with a different piece of hardware. I was going to use this single footswitch as an off/on switch for different purposes, e.g., turning on the 'Fat' or 'Cut' on the amp, etc. I have an expression pedal plugged into...
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    Closed Preset Quality

    I agree with that.
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    Closed Preset Quality

    With vendors offering presets that are BETTER than what you get with the unit, why not license those presets, load them on the unit and increase the price slightly to cover the cost? In this manner, the presets from the Vendors would cost less (since it would be purchased for EVERY unit), we...
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    Van Halen I preset

    Ignore, I got confused as to who provided this preset... the guy who did both apparently only has Axe-III and can't try FM3, although he created an FM3... or something like that.
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    Van Halen I preset

    He has both Axe-III and FM3... two options as per above with the icons.
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    Van Halen I preset

    I'm also wondering if it's the latest FM firmware... I can't use the patch at all... mutes the unit due to CPU being taxed out.
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    Big 3 (clean, crunch + lead preset)

    Fender meets MESA... and for those who may have downloaded the initial preset, I made some changes (afternoon of Feb 11, 2021) to make it more amp-like and full. PRESET: https://axechange.fractalaudio.com/detail.php?preset=8610
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    Free FM3 Preset - PowerBalls! (six scenes)

    Factory 2: 4x12 ENGL V30 57 OH (#694) and Legacy: 4x12 German #63. They are not panned. I don't recall if I forgot to do so (by a bit) or it sounded better by not doing so.
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    Free FM3 Preset - PowerBalls! (six scenes)

    Hmmm, no idea. That was not intentional, but I presume it sounds OK, since Gibbons knows tone. Thanks.
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    Free FM3 Preset - PowerBalls! (six scenes)

    Yes. I don't recall which, but I think it was the Petrucci V30 (legacy) and likely an ENGL cab (Factory)... mixed, of course. I'll correct this if different, once I turn my gear back on.
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    Free FM3 Preset - PowerBalls! (six scenes)

    https://axechange.fractalaudio.com/detail.php?preset=8603
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    Free FM3 Preset - Heavenly Clean (with demo)

    PRESET LINK: https://axechange.fractalaudio.com/detail.php?preset=8571
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    FM3 Drives vs. Analog Drives

    You may want to read the beginning of the demo... the FM3 does NOT have the Hagerman OD, nor the Honker tube screamer... consequently, I cannot make exact comparisons. I tried to get close with EQ, drive, etc., but the idea (again, clearly explained) was to compare dynamics and realism of...
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    FM3 Drives vs. Analog Drives

    A short and fun video comparing digital vs. pedal ODs:
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    "Petrucci Rig" Factory Preset Update JPIIC+ and MIMIQ

    I get zero sound from the preset in my FM3... HOWEVER, I saved the Mimiq block and it works. Import the preset (even if it doesn't work) and then select the Pitch block (click it once to select). Then under Block Library (far left on the Edit software) you can then save it... call it Mimiq or...
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    Band in a Box 2021 (review with demos)

    I have dabbled with guitar for several years, off and on, and the one thing that keeps bringing me back and has sustained my interest was and is Band-in-a-Box (BIAB). Never a band-mate (minus six months as a bass player in a basement band, age 14), if it were not for having my own band at my...
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    Fremen Presets (acoustic & rock-metal) review with demos

    Fractal Audio already has very decent presets in the FM3, which is one of its strong points. Previous versions of Axe products had some give and take among the critics, when it came to the presets and tone quality, but few are complaining about Fractal’s latest offerings. Consequently, when you...
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    FM3 Review with Demo (from Ambient to Hi-Gain)

    If anyone is familiar with the Axe-Fx rack unit, it’s easy to suggest that this can be a very lengthy review, since so much can be done with the unit. The FM3, which is s a floor modeler version of the Axe-Fx III (same amps, cabs and effects) certainly is no different, and so I want to focus on...
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    What do you miss about the Axe-Fx III now that you have the FM3?

    Could you not change the amp among the scenes, and then simply flip the scenes to find the amp you like best? I'm just getting into this now, and so I may be wrong. I prefer a rack mount, as it sits on my computer desk (rather than on the floor), but the Axe III (I had the II - Mark II) doesn't...
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    Cheap vs expensive monitors - big difference, or over-hyped?

    I have the newer IN-8s and they are fantastic! Incredibly clear, but with a good tight bass and a tweeter that sounds very clear and not shrill. I had KRKs previously (albeit LPG2) and what a sonic difference.
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    Using Power Amp only

    Hello. I'm using a Kraken V4 Preamp... running that into my Axe-Fx II for cabs, etc. I noticed that when I run my Kraken into a power amp and THEN into my Axe-Fx the overall sound and bottom end is superior. Now, to get rid of my hardware power amp, is there a way to use one of the amps in...
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    Using Effects Only (no sound)

    OK... I figured it out... as simple as this may sound. When there is an active amp and you double click on it... it goes mute (or however you want to describe it... but the amp no longer is in the chain). This is where my problem is... I needed to replace the amp box with a shunt. Duh!
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    Using Effects Only (no sound)

    I'll get a screenshot later today. I'm not using the Axe Fx loop. I"m using the loop on my amp. I don't like the sound when my amp goes into the Axe. Regardless, it's a basic send and return from my amp and you can hear everything IF I have either an amp and/or a cab active. Once I...
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    Using Effects Only (no sound)

    I want to use effects like delay and reverb with a particular amp (Taurus amp). I have the AxeFx II running into the effects in and out of the amp. If I have an amp or cab active in the Axe, you can hear everything... but when I remove them and have only the effects (and there are...
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    Input and Output Questions

    Hi Brad... could not upload your file (I don't have an XL version of Axe). I have an amp on lines 2 and 3... two different amps. I go to the output page where the balances are. If I fully turn either 2 or 3 far right or left (like panning), I still hear it in both speakers. I do mute one...
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    Input and Output Questions

    By the way, I'm thinking you merely have to select the Amp's input (right, left or sum of L + R) to indicate what signal is going to what amp. But I'm still trying to figure out how to have the amp's output go to only one speaker.
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    Input and Output Questions

    Sorry if the answer is on the forum... couldn't locate anything. I have an output issue: I want to have to amps in a patch... no problem there. But I want one amp to go the right speaker and the other amp to go to the left speaker. How is that done? Also, if I'm running stereo to the back...
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    MFC-101 Substitute

    Is there a recommendation 'switch' that can engage and disengage the looper function (so I'm not triggering it via a mouse on the software)?
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    Amp and Cab for Acoustic

    I would like to know this as well... I've been fooling around with some combinations, but I don't like what I hear (my notes get cut off, too much distortion, etc.).
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    Saving a Patch to a New Scene

    Let's say that you have a patch that sounds good with a particular guitar, but then you want to use a different guitar and need to change the settings (less bass, more echo, less drive, etc.). You don't want to 'save' that patch, which is Scene 1, but would like to save it to Scene 2. Is...
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    Using MIDI controller for expression pedal

    There must be more to it... Even with the Voluum effects off, it's sending those effects (and I'm not affecting the wah, volume, pitch, etc. of the Axe Fx). Oh well.
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    Using MIDI controller for expression pedal

    Hi. I have a 'voluum' pedal by Sonuus. It has MIDI in and out and I was wondering if I can use it as an expression pedal with the Axe Fx II (Mark II). Is it the pedal's OUT to the Axe Fx II's IN? And do I set it up as I would an expression pedal (e.g., go through the usual menu items and set...
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