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  1. Brock

    Axe-Fx II "Ares" Rev 1.00 Firmware Release

    Any chance for the TriChorus too? :D
  2. Brock

    Anyone interested in developing a simple VST plugin?

    I didn't know that. Why is this? It seems Fractal Bot and Axe Edit can run at the same time....insert Office Space quote here... :tearsofjoy:
  3. Brock

    Anyone interested in developing a simple VST plugin?

    There are A LOT of users who have not switched to the III - thousands, I'm guessing? Either way, my proposed solution to that issue is if the preset's FW is different, some sort of dialog would pop up announcing that fact.
  4. Brock

    Anyone interested in developing a simple VST plugin?

    @pauly - that's the whole point. There are several steps in having to open Axe Edit and saving the Preset/Cab bundle and then steering it to the project directory (this part would take longest for me). With the plugin, it's automatically saved in your DAW as part of the project by simply...
  5. Brock

    Anyone interested in developing a simple VST plugin?

    Hey bro, if you want to stay in 1960, go ahead. The whole point of all this technology is to be able to get better results faster, to be able to facilitate creativity more efficiently. Personally, I enjoy the fact I can recall plugins, projects, instrument presets, etc. I'm not alone here...
  6. Brock

    Anyone interested in developing a simple VST plugin?

    I am pretty confident anyone who records with the Axe-Fx and thought about this for a minute would be interested. Bricasti has something similar for their M7 reverb. Regarding the FW, it would be stored as part of the data - it would display the firmware and maybe provide a pop up dialog box...
  7. Brock

    Anyone interested in developing a simple VST plugin?

    That's the whole point - for those of us who tweak presets endlessly, all we'd have to do is open the plugin (in the DAW), press a single button, and it would store all the preset settings in the plugin on the channel on which it's inserted. Then, if we want to recall it later, open the preset...
  8. Brock

    Anyone interested in developing a simple VST plugin?

    A fellow Axe owner agreed it's something he's been wanting for years. I can't imagine anyone who records with the Axe-Fx not wanting such a capability. I think it would simply workflow tremendously.
  9. Brock

    Anyone interested in developing a simple VST plugin?

    A fellow Axe-Fx user and I have been talking about how great it would be if there was a plugin that could be inserted in a channel in a DAW that would offer two simple features: (1) capture a preset (plus IR and FW version) and (2) recall said preset to the Axe-Fx. The plugin would have no...
  10. Brock

    Super-Djent-y Atomica Tone

    Wow, talk about about face-melting Uber-Djent! Nice work, @Recon24! :D
  11. Brock

    Porcupine Tree cover - firmware 3.0

    Hey, hey @fremen - I saw you did a Psychotic Waltz cover -- don't see that too often! I love those guys, hometown heroes of mine. A Social Grace and Into the Everflow are two massively influential albums to me. For those prog fans who don't know about them, definitely worth looking into IMO.
  12. Brock

    Axe-Fx II Firmware "Ares" 1.00 Public Beta

    Thank you @FractalAudio. The continued dedication and support you've provided for discontinued products is a testament to your love of the craft and a model for which other companies should strive. It's no wonder your products are widely considered the new benchmark in guitar gear and...
  13. Brock

    Porcupine Tree cover - firmware 3.0

    @fremen Great work on the tones! Any chance you'd be willing to share the tremolo/rotary preset? (Also, is there a way to convert them for a II XL+?)
  14. Brock

    Best Studio Headphones for AX8

    I think best bang for the buck option is the DT880s. They're balanced, full sounding, and super comfortable. I like the DT770s too, but find them to be less balanced sounding. I also enjoy my Focal Spirit Pros. But if I had to choose just one, I'd do the 880s. I personally HATED the Mo-Fis...
  15. Brock

    ML SoundLab LEGENDS - Mixtest

    Spectacular as always, @ProgressiveRocco!
  16. Brock

    Owen Davey: The latest Axe-Fx III Artist is also one of the YOUNGEST!

    @Admin M@ ...what do you mean "one of the youngest"? Is there someone younger on the Fractal roster?? :O
  17. Brock

    Axe-Fx III sounds JUST LIKE MY MESA BOOGIE MARK V!

    I think the III sounds better. It's tighter in the lows. I did a similar test and had a similar result, although the differences were far more drastic. I did a shootout comparing the Axe-Fx II XL+ to the TriAxis/2:90 into a Captor (Two Torpedoes) load box. In my comparison, the II was...
  18. Brock

    AustinBuddy possible Bass Presets for the Axe-Fx III - what do you want to see?

    Nolly - "Prayer Position" Eddie Jackson (Queensryche) - "I Don't Believe In Love"
  19. Brock

    Axe-Fx 3: Ambience & Special FX

    Very nice Holdsworth tribute throughout. For me, your playing here and in all the other videos is so impressive. Thanks for sharing this one - made my night!
  20. Brock

    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 10.01 Firmware Release

    I noticed something strange. I was tracking bass, recording the DI signal out of Output 2 and the wet signal out of Output 1. I noticed in Cubase in 10.01 the DI signal is much louder than in 9.04. I checked the I/O settings and dropped the Input 1 level down to about 10% to get rid of the...
  21. Brock

    New Alice in Chains

    I definitely liked Layne. That said, as sacrilegious as my opinion comes off, I think the new stuff is better. To me, the new singer does Layne better than Layne did. More, I think their songwriting has improved - Black Gives Way To Blue is by far their strongest and most consistent album IMO.
  22. Brock

    Scaling?

    On the original Axe Edit, you just need to grab the lower right corner and you can scale it to any size you want. Is this design aspect not preserved?
  23. Brock

    Axe-Fx III + GetGood Drums Modern & Massive: 1h Song Challenge (Preset)

    KILLER tone, Mikko! I dub this sound: ML Crunch Labs (this joke works on a couple levels). I'm looking for the Friedman 2018 in my XL+...no luck. :(
  24. Brock

    NGD - Skervesen Shoggie DC NTB 8 string

    I started playing 7-string in 98, 8-string in 2013, and 9-string in 2014. My main guitar has been my 9-string since then (and it doesn't have any fret markers) so I'm fine with all that. I'm still getting a bit used to the fanned frets. That said, I definitely prefer the FF approach as when I...
  25. Brock

    NGD - Skervesen Shoggie DC NTB 8 string

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  26. Brock

    NGD - Skervesen Shoggie DC NTB 8 string

    I got this guitar a while ago and finally getting around to sharing it with the world. To say I think it's spectacular is an understatement. Hands down, it's the best playing guitar I've ever played and the workmanship is second to none. With the "World Domination Mod" pickup selection...
  27. Brock

    Three Allan Holdsworth songs arranged for big band

    Amazing - just like your transcriptions. :D Love the tone too. Thanks for sharing!
  28. Brock

    Obligatory NGD Tune, Video, pics

    Nice playing - very fluid! Regarding swapping the PUs - I used to put DiMarzios in all my guitars. Since, I've switched over to Bare Knuckle PUs and found they offer a lot more note clarity - they seem to shave a lot of the mud around each note off, so everything just sounds cleaner and...
  29. Brock

    Windows 10?

    I replaced my 12-core late 2013 Mac Pro with a custom built PC. While the overall usability isn't nearly as enjoyable (with the PC I feel like I'm using a PC, whereas with the Mac I just do what I need to do), the PC is much snappier than the Mac was. To me W10-64 is a much prettier, more...
  30. Brock

    My entry for #DreamRigSoloContest - [Horizen Devices]

    Hey Amin, I might have provided similar feedback to you before... While your technique is great, I think there's a marked absence of flow in what you're playing here. To me it just sounds like hopping from one trick to the next. It's like watching a magic show versus being immersed in a magic...
  31. Brock

    Power amp modeling question.

    Probably a dumb question, but I just wanted to be sure. Power amp modeling only affects the sound when there's an amp block in the patch, correct? I have my Triaxis/2:90/Two Notes Captor loadbox in the FX loop. Obviously on the patches that use the FX loop, I don't want power amp modeling...
  32. Brock

    Goodbye Old Friend

    I'm sorry to hear that Cliff. :(
  33. Brock

    After giving Studio One an earnest go, I’m sticking with Cubase

    I’ve used Cubase forever. While it’s certainly had bouts with serious quirks/bugs from time to time, all in all, it’s been very stable for me for the past several years. As much as I love it, I feel it’s getting bloated - new code built on old code, repeat, repeat, repeat for around a decade...
  34. Brock

    Fretless Guitar Orchestral Prog

    Hey Jon, I absolutely LOVED that song. It's very rare I listen to a track all the way through here and yours kept me captive. I'd buy an album of this in a second. Is there one available? :D
  35. Brock

    Calling all ART X-15 experts...

    Thank you for the thoughtful reply. I guess my next best option is to program it to function like a "stomp box" mode then? Any suggestions as to how to do that?
  36. Brock

    Calling all ART X-15 experts...

    What I'd like to be able to do is use the secondary mode of the X-15 to do scenes 1-8 in the preset, button 9 to activate the tuner, and 0 to do a tap tempo. Is this possible? If so, how do you recommend I do this? Thanks!
  37. Brock

    axe edit keeps timing out and/or not connecting

    Check this post/thread: https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/axe-edit-connection-problems.112450/#post-1344778
  38. Brock

    Allan Holdsworth. RIP. One of a Kind.

    :(:(:( By far my favorite guitarist of all time and one of my favorite musicians and composers. He had a special understanding of harmony that created a depth to his music that made it beautiful in a way that touched my core. I feel very fortune I met him (and helped him carry his amps in to...
  39. Brock

    How to get Axe-Fx to send program changes to Triaxis via MIDI

    Any chance the firmware could be modified so the Axe can transmit program changes? :D
  40. Brock

    The new Brit 800 #34 WOW!! (Preset included)

    I don't know how you do it @ML SOUND LAB - seems like you know how to make anything sound so damn amazing!
  41. Brock

    How to get Axe-Fx to send program changes to Triaxis via MIDI

    But it's not working from the wheel on the front (nor does it change the Triaxis if I change the patch in Axe Edit). Is it supposed to? The only way I'm able to get it to work is by having the Triaxis control the Axe-Fx, but I'd prefer it the other way around.
  42. Brock

    How to get Axe-Fx to send program changes to Triaxis via MIDI

    What needs to be set to what on the front panel?
  43. Brock

    What input level should I use for my DI signal into my soundcard?

    Thanks - I don't record at 48K though so I don't use the USB audio.
  44. Brock

    What input level should I use for my DI signal into my soundcard?

    I'm not splitting it. I taking Output 2 of the Axe-Fx into my soundcard.
  45. Brock

    What input level should I use for my DI signal into my soundcard?

    My soundcard's control panel has the options -10dBV, +4dBu and Lo Gain. Which of these should I use for the (analog) DI'd signal from the Axe-Fx? It seems +4dBu gives the highest levels.
  46. Brock

    How to get Axe-Fx to send program changes to Triaxis via MIDI

    Thanks for the replies everyone. For now I'm able to use the Triaxis to control the Axe-Fx. Just to be clear, if I get a MCF and hook the Axe MIDI Out to the Triaxis MIDI In, will the Axe cause the Triaxis to switch patches then?
  47. Brock

    How to get Axe-Fx to send program changes to Triaxis via MIDI

    I don't have a MFC (yet) - is that required or shouldn't just turning the big knob and switching patch numbers on the Axe-Fx be good enough?
  48. Brock

    How to get Axe-Fx to send program changes to Triaxis via MIDI

    I have a Triaxis in the FX loop of the Axe-Fx. My goal is for the Axe-Fx to change the MIDI program/preset number on the Triaxis. I presently have the MIDI Out of the Axe-Fx going to the MIDI In of the Triaxis. When I change presets on the Axe-Fx, nothing happens on the Triaxis. How can I...
  49. Brock

    Am I the only one who doesn't care for full range systems?

    Just got the Triaxis back from repair from Mesa today. I am LOVING the tone (running it through a 1x12 Recto cab). That said, based on all the reading I've done it seems most people prefer going direct. As such I plan on getting two of FAS's direct boxes once they're released so I can go...
  50. Brock

    Why not have a built-in "test file" for TM

    Just saw this and thought it was pretty interesting. Quite a few thumbs down - maybe the Kemper fanboys didn't like it? That said, it seems like what the guy played to refine the tone match didn't cover much of a range. Makes me wonder though - does this video demonstrate the limitations of...
  51. Brock

    Reamped tone always sounds worse

    I've also experienced the same phenomenon as described by OP. That said, I do it via analog connections and I think the gain staging is different. The line level fed into the Axe for re-amping is lower. I stopped doing the USB thing because it forces to me to run 48k which I don't (due to it...
  52. Brock

    FR: Always on top option for Axe Edit

    I'm pretty sure UAD's meter has an always on top function on Mac. Regardless, I'm on Windows so my interest is for the function to built into the Windows version of Axe Edit.
  53. Brock

    FR: Always on top option for Axe Edit

    I'm on Windows, but I've had Mac apps stay Always on Top - e.g., the UAD meter.
  54. Brock

    FR: Always on top option for Axe Edit

    @Michael Pickens I'd love to see an "Always on Top" option in Axe-Edit so when I'm editing in my DAW, I don't have to keep Alt/Command-Tabbing between the programs. Is this possible?
  55. Brock

    FR: Always on top function

    @Michael Pickens Do you prefer I post this request in the Wish List forum?
  56. Brock

    FR: Always on top function

    Of course it would be an option.
  57. Brock

    FR: Always on top function

    I'd love to see an "Always on Top" function in Axe-Edit so when I'm editing in my DAW, I don't have to keep Alt/Command-Tabbing between the programs. Is this possible?
  58. Brock

    How to prove the value of an amp that is over 10 years old and discontinued?

    I asked a person at M/B if a replacement was around the corner and his answer seemed to suggest there is, but that it won't see the light of day any time soon.
  59. Brock

    Can we get a mix knob for the Tremolo block?

    Ahhhh! Yes, I see now. That makes sense. I don't know why, but I feel like I fight with this block in terms of getting the sound I'm looking for - e.g., a Steven Wilson wavey sound:
  60. Brock

    Can we get a mix knob for the Tremolo block?

    I believe this is correct. If the depth is reduced, how far the signal modulates is reduced. What if I want a deep modulation and want it blended with the dry signal? I believe that calls for a mix knob.
  61. Brock

    Can we get a mix knob for the Tremolo block?

    Agreed. To me depth does not equal mix %.
  62. Brock

    Can we get a mix knob for the Tremolo block?

    You sure about that? I was playing around with this and that does not seem to be the case.
  63. Brock

    What DAW should I get?

    As much as I hate it (verily!), I have to give Logic credit for offering it for $200 with free upgrades.
  64. Brock

    Can we get a mix knob for the Tremolo block?

    ...or am I missing something? I rarely want the Tremolo/Panner at 100%. And creating parallel paths gets tricky and takes quite a bit of time as compared to what a single knob can do.
  65. Brock

    What DAW should I get?

    FWIW, I recommend against Logic. Its workflow is awkward (ironically, ilLogical) and unlike that of many others DAWs. That said, when it comes down to it they all mostly do the same thing. It you want the kitchen sink in terms of features, get Cubase. It's remarkably complete and deep. If...
  66. Brock

    How to prove the value of an amp that is over 10 years old and discontinued?

    Not that anyone cares (except us Alaska folk), but shipping up here is outlandishly expensive when using UPS and FedEx - as in 2-3x that of USPS. And I'm not sure their success rate is any better from my experience. The Triaxis is the first thing of value I've received from USPS that's arrived...
  67. Brock

    What DAW should I get?

    Steinberg is building on 17 year old code. It's starting to feel bulky. Too much clicking. Studio One is clean and efficient and light. It's missing some features I love in Cubase, but it seems faster. I think what's most important is because it's not being programmed with 17 years of...
  68. Brock

    What DAW should I get?

    I've used Cubase for almost 17 years. I love it but think I'm going to switch to Studio One.
  69. Brock

    The Ultimate Amp Tweak Guide: "ML Method"

    For what it's worth, I wasn't wearing pants when I watched your video. ;)
  70. Brock

    The Ultimate Amp Tweak Guide: "ML Method"

    Hey Mikko, thanks for posting this great video. I like that you demonstrated your process on high, mid, and low-gain amps. A few questions: 1. How would you do the balance for extended range guitars? For example, my main guitar is a 9-string and goes down to C#. 2. Do you think using this...
  71. Brock

    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 7.01 Firmware Release

    Since the previous amp model versions have been removed, does that mean all our presets are "updated" - meaning we don't have to switch to another amp model and then switch back to get the Q7.01 sound?
  72. Brock

    Why not have a built-in "test file" for TM

    This makes total sense. Thank you for taking the time to clarify. Now that you say it, it seems obvious. Of course the sound isn't pure. There is a mic, a mic position, room mics, all going into a mixer which could have a variety of settings as well. A lot more in the signal chain than just...
  73. Brock

    Why not have a built-in "test file" for TM

    Exactly! And applying the 5-band V EQ curve in the Amp block simply doesn't sound the same. The EQ in the Axe-Fx sounds like an EQ on a Mark-series amp (like it's supposed to). Like I said, to me it sounds like the Dynamic Voice settings is doing more than just EQ. I almost wonder if it's...
  74. Brock

    Why not have a built-in "test file" for TM

    Presumably his guitar is close mic'd in this clip and it's the same sound. I know it's a matter of the Dynamic Voice control. While the manual says it's just doing a 5-band V EQ blended with the original signal, I think there's more to it. Even without the 2:90 in the signal chain (so no...
  75. Brock

    Why not have a built-in "test file" for TM

    I agree - the LM video was amazing. That said, the amps they TM'd were simple - and every control was copied 1:1. The Triaxis is not simple. It has controls the Axe-Fx model does not have: Dynamic Voice, as well as the Deep and Modern voicings on the 2:90 power amp. Petrucci uses all of...
  76. Brock

    Why not have a built-in "test file" for TM

    Nah, I've already done it. I've copied it setting for setting. I've tried a variety of @ML SOUND LAB's IRs. I've done a tone match using Cliff's tone matching guide. Bottom line, it doesn't sound the same. The original owner of the Triaxis I just bought, a very capable Axe-Fx, user did the...
  77. Brock

    Why not have a built-in "test file" for TM

    @Rex Do it - post a preset. I'll one-up you - his settings are attached below (I recommend the Rhy2 settings). It simply does not sound the same. If I'm wrong, prove it - attach a preset. I'll even help you by providing DI tracks with a Steve's Special in the bridge position of an Ibanez...
  78. Brock

    Why not have a built-in "test file" for TM

    I think the Axe-Fx is incredible. But there are still differences. I suspect a tone-matching system like this might be able to bridge some of these differences. E.g., The Triaxis has controls the Axe-Fx does - Dynamic Voice. While you can argue you can achieve the same results using the...
  79. Brock

    Worked on the Avenged Sevenfold guitar rig!!

    Is this the beginning of a second coming of @Admin M@ ? :cool:
  80. Brock

    Why not have a built-in "test file" for TM

    I don't know what you mean tone mach "just whatever". I'm talking about matching the amp in a way that takes into account the existing Amp models but then "fine tuning" the sound using a TM block through a more scientific process (e.g., using a "test audio file" which would be built into the TM...
  81. Brock

    Why not have a built-in "test file" for TM

    I'm not saying they're the same process. I'm just wondering, maybe having both options would be more useful. E.g., I have 6 electric guitar, all different with different pickups. In fact, there's a huge variance in tone between my guitars. Maybe the "vanilla" approach would be more broadly...
  82. Brock

    Why not have a built-in "test file" for TM

    My understanding is the Kemper matches both EQ and gain structure in its tone matching process. I believe it uses some sort of noise it sends through the original unit that covers the spectrum of frequencies and levels. It seems the Axe's Tone Match block is the same except it doesn't have the...
  83. Brock

    How To Tone Match Pre Gain Differences?

    Interesting thread. I wonder if any of the super pros have any input here. @simeon ?
  84. Brock

    Need your opinion! Comparing three different 4x12 cabs.

    #1 for me - sounds the most open and balanced. It is a tad bright but I'm sure some highs could be attenuated.
  85. Brock

    How can I work an Axe-Fx, TriAxis, and 2:90 into a recording and live rig?

    The problem with the wiring diagram I came up with is it always has the 2:90 coloring the sound. So, for example, say I wan't to use an amp model in the Axe-Fx. It already has the power amp coloration built in - so that'd be doubled with the 2:90 at the end of the chain. And even if I...
  86. Brock

    How can I work an Axe-Fx, TriAxis, and 2:90 into a recording and live rig?

    I think I might have figured it out. The only issue I can think with this is it's placing the IR after the post/stereo FX (e.g., Chorus). Is that an issue?
  87. Brock

    How can I work an Axe-Fx, TriAxis, and 2:90 into a recording and live rig?

    Hey guys. I appreciate the feedback. For reasons detailed here https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/triaxis-eq-algorithm.124011/#post-1475961 I feel I've never been able to recreate the sound of the TriAxis and 2:90 with the Axe-Fx.
  88. Brock

    How can I work an Axe-Fx, TriAxis, and 2:90 into a recording and live rig?

    Ideally yes, but it doesn't need to be.
  89. Brock

    How can I work an Axe-Fx, TriAxis, and 2:90 into a recording and live rig?

    I am buying a TriAxis and 2:90 power amp (thanks, @GotMetalBoy!). I want to work it into my rig so that I can record directly into my soundcard for tracking and out to a cab (or, ideally, two cabs) for playing live. The issue, far as I can tell is the placement of the power amp: For tracking...
  90. Brock

    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 7.00 Public Beta #2

    How are you guys going about updating the amp blocks without losing your settings? Should we write all the amp block settings down first? There has to be a more practical way to do this than unload, reload, and then reprogram the block, right? I'm thinking of Larry Mitchell who uses around...
  91. Brock

    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 7.00 Public Beta #2

    Rather than unloading and reloading the amp block, does Refresh after new FW do the same thing (like in a universal way, so the amp block in each preset doesn't need to be reloaded manually)?
  92. Brock

    Triaxis EQ Algorithm??

    @FractalAudio Based on one of the responses on this thread, I looked at the Fractal Amp Wiki (https://wiki.fractalaudio.com/axefx2/index.php?title=Amp:_all_models#USA_PRE_LD1_RED) and it reports "I did NOT use a Boogie power amp model with these as I always preferred using my Triaxis (I have two...
  93. Brock

    Triaxis EQ Algorithm??

    Well, we're not talking about the same thing. Other than the Triaxis, your gear is different that what John (and I) used. I had the Triaxis, 2:90, Recto cab (1x12 and 4x12), Lexicon, dbx, and effectively the same guitar John used then. To me, it sounded fantastic.
  94. Brock

    Triaxis EQ Algorithm??

    I also used to have this combo. Going back and listening to my old tracks using it and also listening to Petrucci's (old) Triaxis tones, I really miss them. I've tried over and over again to get the same sound with the Axe-Fx, but just can't. For example, listen here: To me, the Axe-Fx is...
  95. Brock

    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 7.00 Public Beta

    Not to derail this thread (because I know it won't), but Atma Anur!! Man, I remember loving that guy's drumming from back in the Shrapnel days. Great to see he's still killing it!
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