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  1. dr bonkers

    Dr Bonkers' Guide to Using Fractal Axe-FX 3 for Bass

    Jazz 120 amp with the Legacy tone stack works well. Pair with a GK cab ir and enjoy.
  2. dr bonkers

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 16.01 Beta 1 Public Beta

    As one Rick player to another, I salute you for an outstanding job.
  3. dr bonkers

    Dr Bonkers' Guide to Using Fractal Axe-FX 3 for Bass

    Coming soon You can always substitute your favorite Marshall for the hi frequency amps in the preset I posted. The amps I posted though are good on their own. No low end loss.
  4. dr bonkers

    odd exercise in tone most people probably wouldn't want

    Did you try the Jazz 120 model, don't touch the power amp section, but swap out the tone stack for the JTM or one of the other amps? You can modify the preamp section at will. Then you have the solid state power amp with a tube front end.
  5. dr bonkers

    Dr Bonkers' Guide to Using Fractal Axe-FX 3 for Bass

    Please see this part of my original post:
  6. dr bonkers

    Dr Bonkers' Guide to Using Fractal Axe-FX 3 for Bass

    The only things I do in the power amp section is make note of the current bias settings, switch to the KT 66 or KT 88, and set the bias to the original settings. It tends to open the sound a little. Other than that, I really don't alter transformer match, mid shift, and negative feedback. I...
  7. dr bonkers

    Dr Bonkers' Guide to Using Fractal Axe-FX 3 for Bass

    You should post a clip. I would get a big kick out of it.
  8. dr bonkers

    Dr Bonkers' Guide to Using Fractal Axe-FX 3 for Bass

    Another cool discovery for bass players that might not know this trick. With delay, reverb, and modulation effects, if you have problems with those effects washing out the bass frequencies in your tone, then use the EQ or tone tab in the effect block. Go to the low cut tab and crank that low...
  9. dr bonkers

    Dr Bonkers' Guide to Using Fractal Axe-FX 3 for Bass

    I discovered that trick when trying to emulate the feel of my big muff in the Fractal, but it works with most drive simulations when trying to get a more dynamic feel to the drives.
  10. dr bonkers

    Dr Bonkers' Guide to Using Fractal Axe-FX 3 for Bass

    It's really amazing for bass. How did you like it paired with the 5150 Blue?
  11. dr bonkers

    Dr Bonkers' Guide to Using Fractal Axe-FX 3 for Bass

    @Budda & @RevDrucifer Here's some preset I threw together that gives you 8 scenes of variations with the crossover block, drives, and even a DI that is engaged in some scenes. I put a volume block before the multiple paths. In case your pickups are way hotter than mine, you reduce the gain to...
  12. dr bonkers

    Dr Bonkers' Guide to Using Fractal Axe-FX 3 for Bass

    Stay tuned. I have to port over a 2 preset to the 3 and see your it sounds in Cygnus.
  13. dr bonkers

    Dr Bonkers' Guide to Using Fractal Axe-FX 3 for Bass

    That's a great tip & thanks for your support Are you using a crossover block to split the signal in parallel to the two amps simultaneously or are you running a path from the clean amp into the distorted amp on a separate path?
  14. dr bonkers

    Is there an update for fractool?

    For a couple years now, Fractool supports it. Make sure your FAS unit is on and hooked up to USB before you launch FracTool. You need to drage your AXe-FX2 file over to the send to Axe-FXIII. When the display for your preset opens, click on this is a menu. Select Send to FAS Device.
  15. dr bonkers

    Dr Bonkers' Guide to Using Fractal Axe-FX 3 for Bass

    That's great. Thanks for this.
  16. dr bonkers

    Vendor Dr Bonkers IR Files Cab Pack - 1980 Polytone® Model 101™ 1X15+2X8 Bass & Guitar Amp Combo

    Releasing now is the Dr Bonkers Guitar Cab-Oddities™ Volume 25: POLY101 1X15+2X8 Guitar Cab IR pack based upon 1980 Polytone® Model 101™ 1X15+2X8 Bass & Guitar Amp Combo. This cabinet included 1 CTS® 15 inch and two 8 inch speakers manufactured in USA. Available in Fractal Audio file and various...
  17. dr bonkers

    Dr Bonkers' Guide to Using Fractal Axe-FX 3 for Bass

    If you are struggling with dialing out guitar honky mids in some of the Mesa amp models, find a cab IR file or mix that incorporates an Audix D6. That mic has the deepest and widest mid scoop that I have ever seen in a properly functioning mic. If you still have guitar honk in your bass after...
  18. dr bonkers

    Axe-Fx 3 worth to use only for bass?

    All in this thread may find this thread helpful: https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/dr-bonkers-guide-to-using-fractal-axe-fx-3-for-bass.172532/
  19. dr bonkers

    Dr Bonkers' Guide to Using Fractal Axe-FX 3 for Bass

    For drive blocks set in front of an amp model, the low cut and high cut parameters are crucial to experiment with to see if a drive works for you or not. The mix parameter in the drive block is is also something you should play with. What may seem awful with 100% mix may become magical when...
  20. dr bonkers

    Dr Bonkers' Guide to Using Fractal Axe-FX 3 for Bass

    Hi All, Thanks for letting me be a part of your community for so many years. This thread will share some of the knowledge I've gained through my years in as a recording engineer and as a tinkerer with both the Axe-FX II and the Axe-FX III in order to get the most out of the unit for bass...
  21. dr bonkers

    Vendor Presets with cab packs feedback for future releases!

    I'm fining the presets help people find ideas of what "works" with certain cabs from an amp pairing perspective. Sometimes people have difficulty figuring out which amp works with X cab, which may not have an amp model that jumps out at them as as the peanut butter to the amp's jelly as it were.
  22. dr bonkers

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 16.00 "Cygnus"

    Cool, I'll start documenting some stuff. Thanks
  23. dr bonkers

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 16.00 "Cygnus"

    If the mods are ok with it, I could share more of the results of my experiments. I have to walk a fine line as a vendor though. For every person that may find such tips and tricks helpful such as yourself, there may be others that find it bad form that I am a vendor posting content about...
  24. dr bonkers

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 16.00 "Cygnus"

    4 really useful tone stack swaps that bass players should experiment with if they want to dive deeper: Skyline Deep Leggy/Legato Euro Blue JC 120
  25. dr bonkers

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 16.00 "Cygnus"

    The more I play in Cygnus FW, the more I come to a realization that more of the guitar amps will work great for bass if paired with the right cab. But prescribing the right cab is as a personal preference for bass players as it is for guitar players.
  26. dr bonkers

    pickup emulation technology?

    The much maligned Gibson Dusk Tiger did that with a combination of programmable coil split, phase switch, and either two or three band EQ. It didn't sound bad, but it was hamstrung by having one eg for both pickups, a P90 in neck and humbucker in bridge. I think that soured a lot of users on...
  27. dr bonkers

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 16.00 "Cygnus"

    I'm in love with the final release. Bass players looking for more bass amps in the unit, check out the following with your favorite bass cab IR files and you will be happy: Triple Crest 2 Buddha Duo Master Double Verb Normal Solo 100 Clean Fox ODS Deep (especially if you are looking for that...
  28. dr bonkers

    Ares vs Cygnus - if it was perfect - how can it be better now?

    It's the concept of MVP, most viable product. You release a product thinking you have the best you can make. Post release, you have an epiphany that you think would be an improvement. You work and test to confirm that the epiphany indeed is an improvement. Lastly, you release the...
  29. dr bonkers

    Why Don't People Talk More About the FAS Amps?

    I would love to see Cliff's ideal Model T. Perhaps he could call it the FAS Doom or Seal Clubber?
  30. dr bonkers

    Why is this forum superior to all others?

    Thanks for your continued help over the years! I really appreciate it.
  31. dr bonkers

    Vendor Presets with cab packs feedback for future releases!

    I am looking for user feedback on which types of Axe-FX presets you want as interesting amp & cab plus effects presets that you want to see in my cab packs going forward in a post Cygnus official release FW . Thanks for your help and support!
  32. dr bonkers

    Advice on simulating 1176 Nuke mode

    Does anyone have some tips for simulating the 1176 nuke mode in the Axe-FX III? I really love it on bass and am struggling with how to simulate it with the JFET compressor.
  33. dr bonkers

    Discovery of the Day... 058: 5F8 Tweed

    It's really good for clean or edge of breakup bass tones too when paired with the right IR.
  34. dr bonkers

    Fractal bass amps integration

    There's a whole new amps thread in the wish section that lists these amps. Vote early and often.
  35. dr bonkers

    Effects to supplement your AxeFX 3?

    I have an EHX Rams Head Fuzz that I run in front of the Axe-FX III. That impedance loading of your pickups feeding a fuzz interaction is tough to model in the box. To save on CPU, I also have a loop with the following chain: Crybaby 535 (non Q version) EHX Black Finger reissue Protone Paul...
  36. dr bonkers

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    My friend and I played the same riff on the same guitar, same strings, and same rig with same IR and BMT hitting the same levels on the VU meters. His tone is more upper mids and sounds like there is a bass roll off at 150 Hz. My tone sounds like it has a bass boost at the same frequency and a...
  37. dr bonkers

    Wish Message about axe 3/fm3 preset portability

    One of the reasons I don't support the FM3 is I cannot predict how the preset will translate. This wish would solve that issue.
  38. dr bonkers

    Stupid question but still a question

    The manufacturing tolerances on A/D and D/A converters are so low as to be negligible by design. Otherwise CD players, cable boxes, cell phones, etc. would all sound different from unit to unit within a model line. That doesn't happen. Besides that you have the hum buster tech and a signal...
  39. dr bonkers

    Some King's X on bass

    The 8x10 IR files that @austinbuddy mixed came from this pack: https://www.drbonkerssoundlab.com/product/dr-bonkers-bass-cab-classics-volume-10-mbbc-8x10-bass-cabinet-ir-collection/
  40. dr bonkers

    FM3 + FC36 = WTF-39

    It doubles as a controller for Cliff's biggest Easter egg, a hidden version of Dance Dance Revolution!
  41. dr bonkers

    Wish Wish: Add Lynch Mod to Amp Block Ideal Page

    This would be very exciting. Like we currently can add the Jose mod to any amp model with the ideal page and dial in the amount, adding the Lynch Mod to any amp to add a gain stage and dial in the amount of that stage would also be pretty cool...
  42. dr bonkers

    Tactics for dealing with certain amp characters

    A very handy tool is the passive 5 band EQ in the amp block. If you find a few IR files are giving you the same boxy sound issues with your pickups, that EQ post power amp is a very powerful tool to bend the amp to your artistic will.
  43. dr bonkers

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 11 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #8

    I use the 1970 Plexi a bit with my Rickenbacker 4003. It definitely has more oomph with Cygnus.
  44. dr bonkers

    Wish User memory slots for impedance curves

    +1 or at least upload .ZMA curves
  45. dr bonkers

    Wish Wish - Lasoo amp parameters, copy & paste

    +1 very useful. It would eliminate many notepads or screen shots of settings.
  46. dr bonkers

    Song Exploder on Netflix

    The Alicia Keyes Song Exploder was a big disappointment. Three writers for a meh song.
  47. dr bonkers

    Best power amps for Axe fx 3

    I have the old Crown too for playing. It's great. I tried the Matrix but didn't find it as neutral as the Crown.
  48. dr bonkers

    Fender Ultra Strats - HSS vs SSS for Axe FX III?

    I find myself gravitating towards lower output pickups or physically backing off the distance on higher gain pickups with Cygnus FW. The amps seem to be more expressive and reveal interesting character that way.
  49. dr bonkers

    You guys are in for another treat.

    Any chance that we can have a preview or hint on this new epiphany? I'm really enjoying the betas and how everything is developing. Now when I go back to the Area 2.0 in the Axe-FX II, it's a nice reset of my ears and how far things have progressed, not that it's a bad sound, but the bloom has...
  50. dr bonkers

    Mutt Lange footage

    Some producers and engineers tend to want to be known for their work rather than for any words they may say. Another famous producer who is a bit of a ghost on the internet is Max Martin. That they both built such careers without a public presence shows just how good their industry word of...
  51. dr bonkers

    FSOT Acoustic Model 301™ 1x18 Bass Cab 1978-79 w/ Cerwin Vega® AC188L™ $575 USD

    For local pickup in Paramus, NJ USA area. Willing to trade for other interesting bass or guitar cabs. Listing has many pictures and sound sample: https://rvrb.io/1978-79-model-301-nmr3ia I'm out of area right now on family emergency, but will be back shortly.
  52. dr bonkers

    Vendor Dr Bonkers IR Files Cab Pack Tribute to Acoustic® 301™ 1X18 Bass Cab

    Releasing now is the Dr Bonkers Bass Cab Classics™ Volume 19: ACS 1X18 Bass Cab IR pack based upon a 1978 or 1979 Acoustic Control Corporation® 301™ 1X18 Bass Cab, this cabinet is voiced with the original Cerwin Vega® AC188L™ 200W RMS 3ohm 18 inch woofer in a folded horn reflex design. This...
  53. dr bonkers

    Which vaccine (if any)?

    I got the J&J vaccine 3 days ago. The day of the vaccine was OK. The next day I literally couldn't get out of bed due to my joints being on fire and dehydration. 64 ounces of Gatorade, 30 oz of water and 12 hours of sleep brought me back to normal. I wish they would have told me to double my...
  54. dr bonkers

    deep-ish question for the most well-versed of amp builders/modders, & general alchemists

    It's all about the following question: are you hearing the sounds that you hear in your head? If you are, then it doesn't matter if you are using 3% or 98% of a given unit. If you aren't getting the sounds in your head, that's where analyzing sounds that people achieved that are close to that...
  55. dr bonkers

    Wish Mesa boogie V twin pedal

    I loved this pedal. An old boss used to own one and it was instant good times.
  56. dr bonkers

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 5 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #2

    I would prefer log15 for all master volume controls. On real amps there's too many hair trigger mv controls. There's no value in replicating flawed manufacturing.
  57. dr bonkers

    EV SRO Pro 150W speakers (+ other free gear I received)

    If you live close to me, please PM me.
  58. dr bonkers

    Do major firmware updates make commercial preset packs obsolete?

    I never even thought of not updating presets when necessary.
  59. dr bonkers

    Hum

    Are there any dimmers, compact fluorescent light, or regular fluorescent light on the same circuit as the outlet your Axe-FX III is plugged into? They output varying amounts of noise that only serious power filtering or circuit intervention in terms of running an isolated grounded outlet will...
  60. dr bonkers

    The Elusive "Tube-ry Feel" of Axe-Fx III

    @Mark Al I had the Helix and subsequently sold it when I got my Axe-FX III. The Helix reminded me of my old DigiTech GSP 21 in two ways: 1. The feel was very stiff and felt like it had training wheels on in terms of a very stiff feel and non chaotic distortion in terms of getting the bloom. 2...
  61. dr bonkers

    SMH. Sirius XM.

    The best bet after the first misunderstanding is to ask to speak to their supervisor as you need to talk deal with a manager. That's in most call centers' scripts. You get to speak to a person with a better grasp of the language (except if it's Verizon, then you need to talk to someone between...
  62. dr bonkers

    Vendor Dr Bonkers IR Files Cab Pack Tribute to Aguilar Amplification® DB412™ 4X12 Bass Cab

    @iaresee can you move this to the IR Forum? I don't know how I accidentally posted this to The Lounge.
  63. dr bonkers

    Vendor Dr Bonkers IR Files Cab Pack Tribute to Aguilar Amplification® DB412™ 4X12 Bass Cab

    @Triaxis75 , @warlockII , & @improb_driver here you go.
  64. dr bonkers

    Vendor Dr Bonkers IR Files Cab Pack Tribute to Aguilar Amplification® DB412™ 4X12 Bass Cab

    Releasing now is the Dr Bonkers Bass Cab Classics™ Volume 18: AGI 4x12 Bass Cab IR pack based upon a 2000s Aguilar Amplification® DB412™ 4X12 Bass and Guitar Amp Cab. This cabinet is voiced with proprietary Eminence® 12 inch bass speakers and Aguilar ® phenolic tweeter. Available in Fractal...
  65. dr bonkers

    How Will My Preset Translate Between Firmwares? Ares 2.0 & 15.01 + Cygnus Beta 4

    @Triaxis75 , @warlockII , & @improb_driver if you liked the bass sounds, keep an eye out tomorrow night for an announcement in IR section of this site for something that may interest you.
  66. dr bonkers

    How Will My Preset Translate Between Firmwares? Ares 2.0 & 15.01 + Cygnus Beta 4

    Here's the wet effects comparison video that uses the same amp & cab settings:
  67. dr bonkers

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

    I was playing around with the Beta today. It's really good. If I had to characterize it, the amps have mid bass bump, but they are tight rather than flubby. Also the distortion is a little bit hairy without being abrasive or blurring any string definition. Here's a comparison using bass and...
  68. dr bonkers

    How Will My Preset Translate Between Firmwares? Ares 2.0 & 15.01 + Cygnus Beta 4

    This video attempts to answer the age old question that occurs when Fractal Audio Systems comes out with a radical new firmware: How will my preset translate? I re-amped to the Axe-FX II and Axe-FX-III using the same dry guitar and bass performances via USB to both devices. I used the same...
  69. dr bonkers

    Are there ANY limitations with Axe-Fx 3?

    The only short comings I could find are: * Lack of classic bass amps to the degree that guitar amps are represented. You can use a lot of the guitar amps as bass amps to get those sounds, but you need to know your amp history to do it. * Lack of solid state or tube+SS hybrid amps. The pre-1990...
  70. dr bonkers

    Legendary guitarists doing Bohemian Rhapsody

    That was really cool. When I first heard Tosin was on it, I thought they were going to have him do the piano parts tapped in his inimitable style. It was very cool arrangement and great to see how all these very different players blended in harmony.
  71. dr bonkers

    Adrian Smith and Richie Kotzen collaboration

    Loved it. I too am shocked that Adrian Smith has that voice. I'm surprised Maiden never took advantage of it. He was always my favorite Maiden guitarist.
  72. dr bonkers

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

    Cabs are no fun either slinging them around. When I decided to keep the Soldano 4x12 slant, I put the sucker on casters to make moving it easier.
  73. dr bonkers

    Need to purge my tube amps. What about guitars?

    Ask an oil painter to only use cyan, magenta, and yellow for expression when the artist is used to a broader color gamut with extenders as well as various flavors of white or black. You may get buy in from the artist for one piece as a back to basics experiment, but usually the artist will...
  74. dr bonkers

    Cygnus Tech Notes

    You can attach dynamic modifiers to each band of the amp block EQ.
  75. dr bonkers

    WTB Sunn 1x18 cab empty or loaded

    Does anyone in the southern NY, eastern PA, or NJ have one of these for sale or rent?
  76. dr bonkers

    Block Libraries for Effects?

    It may be a little OT to say this, but thanks for your support! I'm glad and humbled that I could help in your tone quest.
  77. dr bonkers

    Cygnus Beta - first impressions

    Ares for Axe-FX Ii as the final firmware dropped on us with no public beta, if I remember correctly.
  78. dr bonkers

    Best complement to Axe-Fx III

    I agree. The FC-12 is great for studio stuff. It's less clicking than using my brother's FC-6 for studio antics.
  79. dr bonkers

    You Guys/Gals Are in for Another Treat

    I just spent November & December ensuring compatibility with 15.01 on 44 cab packs. This should be fun when this FW drops.
  80. dr bonkers

    OK so I have to ask...before I just say...bleh...and stay with the II

    FC-12 is way more capable & user friendly than MFC-101 ever was. I could program the FC-12 by myself. MFC-101 was timeout errors galore, Mike had to help me program it, and I still wanted to throw it out the window after a year but ended up selling it.
  81. dr bonkers

    Cygnus Beta - first impressions

    @FractalAudio Is it possible for one of the beta team to do a bass demo through the AC-20 since that seems to be converted to Cygnus now? I'm wondering if the low end is even more solid than it currently is.
  82. dr bonkers

    Bass factory presets

    There are bass cabs in the unit. https://www.drbonkerssoundlab.com/sound-sample-archive/dr-bonkers-soundlab-bass-and-guitar-cab-impulse-response-ir-files-are-licensed-in-your-favorite-hardware-and-software/ Unfortunately I was never asked about bass presets. I would totally do a few if Fractal...
  83. dr bonkers

    Best complement to Axe-Fx III

    FC-12 works well for me.
  84. dr bonkers

    Dealing with hot guitar

    I make it standard practice to have a volume block in all my personal presets. My Les Paul Triumph Bass and Music Man Axis guitar are 20% hotter than my other basses and guitars. As a solution I have volume block channels dedicated to each to knock down levels so that the rest of my...
  85. dr bonkers

    What is your favorite Virtual drummer or Drum VST?

    You forgot option f) drummer doesn't show up to the practice/session sloppy drunk.
  86. dr bonkers

    Worst Thing About Axe-Fx III is Location Confinement

    A Marshall or Mesa half stack with pedalboard are infinitely more awkward and heavy to move than Axe-FX III, FC, and FRFR. Put your Fractal in a wheeled road case, put your FRFR on wheels and roll with it. It's much more portable than a half stack or full stack or Fender Twin. If Fractal...
  87. dr bonkers

    Cygnus Beta - first impressions

    @Patzag How did Cygnus react to your 15.01 presets? Did you totally need to redo the amps?
  88. dr bonkers

    You Guys/Gals Are in for Another Treat

    I would love to be a beta tester at some point because you know I will find strange things.
  89. dr bonkers

    Steve Stevens rocking Super Bowl

    And Steve Stevens gets a kiss on the cheek from Miley at the end. Very cool.
  90. dr bonkers

    New single is live!

    Great song, great playing, and great vocals... The production is top notch. It really has the groove and interplay of a band rather than one guy playing everything. That's quite an accomplishment! Best of luck with this project. It's nice to see a Jersey guy do well. Congrats on the wedding...
  91. dr bonkers

    Top Gun 2 Extended Super Bowl Trailer

    This looks amazing! I want to know what happened to Iceman!
  92. dr bonkers

    Setting up presets - recording ready or no?

    @Rekster If you make your presets recording ready to fit in a mix, then you will have an easier time fitting into an FOH mix without disappearing or getting radically EQ shaped by FOH to fit in a mix. Live drums should never sound like beating on pizza boxes. Bass and drums need to work...
  93. dr bonkers

    Speaker Impedance Curve measurements

    Here are the impedance curves for 1980s Peavey® Bandit™ 65 1X12 w/ Peavey® Scorpion™. If anyone at Fractal needs the zma file, just let me know where to send it.
  94. dr bonkers

    Vendor Dr Bonkers IR Files Cab Pack - 1980s Peavey® Bandit™ 65 1X12 w/ Peavey® Scorpion™

    Releasing now is the Dr Bonkers Guitar Cab-Oddities™ Volume 24: BND 1X12 Guitar Cab IR pack based upon 1980s Peavey® Solo™ Series Bandit™ 65 1X12 Guitar Combo, this cabinet is voiced with an original Peavey® Scorpion™ 12 inch 8 ohm 200w speaker. Available in Fractal Audio file and various WAV...
  95. dr bonkers

    Kemper user here who just got an FM3 - blown away

    @Jimmykonsta Welcome to the wonderful world of Fractal! As you get used to different parameters, it gets better!
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