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  1. chucma

    Rush. The Camera Eye solo played on a 1953 Les Paul Goldtop

    Frikkin love this video!!
  2. chucma

    AITR

    This definitely gets my vote! I have 10,000 cabs on my harddisk but only use about 20 in my patches, the rest are not used. More than happy to say goodbye to 1000 or more user cab slots for this feature!
  3. chucma

    Netflix Doc: Count Me In

    Yep, I would have picked a different movie if I had the foresight to see how deep the hole was actually going to be! Our next anniversary is less than a month away, I'm scrapping Rocky II from the options list and taking her out for dinner instead this time.
  4. chucma

    Netflix Doc: Count Me In

    To be fair, I made her watch the first Rocky movie on our Wedding Anniversary last year (she is not a fan).....! :D
  5. chucma

    Netflix Doc: Count Me In

    Such a good documentary! Watched the first half only so far (my wife wanted to watch something else)...! Really enjoyed the nice variety of interviews they had, so much insight into what makes a band sound like they do!
  6. chucma

    Announcing the New FM9 Amp Modeler/FX Processor

    Veeeery veeeery nice!!! This is going to be a best seller I am sure! Congrats FAS!!
  7. chucma

    Got some guitar hanging rails for the office....

    Looking good! What about LED light strips under/above the rails? More out of sight and hopefully they could light up the guitars themselves a bit more.
  8. chucma

    Need help with getting a beefier/thicker tone on my song. Please advise.

    Honestly I like the guitars, I don't think they sound thin, I wouldn't change them at all! The drums sound nice in the mix, but they do sound a bit programmed. There are some fast double bass runs which sound a little too perfect, and you maybe need to humanise them a bit by alternating the...
  9. chucma

    Need help with getting a beefier/thicker tone on my song. Please advise.

    Maybe I have missed it, but what amp sim are you using? I am guessing an AxeFX but now I'm not so sure.
  10. chucma

    Need help with getting a beefier/thicker tone on my song. Please advise.

    Your SoundCloud links aren't working for the first song anymore. Having said that, the other 2 links are working and to my ears the guitars sound just as good in each one. The 'Life Goes On' draft sounds great to me! Presumably that was on the Axe FX right?
  11. chucma

    Got some guitar hanging rails for the office....

    This looks great! I would be slightly worried if the lamp gives off a lot of heat though, might have unwanted results on the guitars if it is within close proximity. Unless if you have an LED bulb of course.
  12. chucma

    Welcome John Mayer

    You can't "oh baby" us and not share a link! :D Unless, is it the same AxeExchange link as the old one?
  13. chucma

    Static Crackle Guitar Noise Problem

    I don't hear any crackling however there are tonal differences between the videos. The amps in the videos sound like I would expect them to. The recording you did (the first one) does sound very bright through my studio monitors, I would suggest turning down the Treble or Presence in the amp...
  14. chucma

    School me on the Silver Sky....

    I had a PRS Silver Sky, one of the earlier ones, and I regret to this very day that I returned it within the 2 week return window. My reasons were because I was pleasantly surprised to find that tonally it was very close to my fav Strat (which is heavily customised), so whilst I loved the...
  15. chucma

    Mayer used an Axe-FX 3 for his new album

    This thread has gone way off topic, it should have been a constructive discussion about the fact that one of the biggest guitarists in our time (I said 'one of', there are many great guitarists alive today) has used one of the tools that we all enjoy using too (frankly, the fact that a factory...
  16. chucma

    OGD - 1980 Strat

    Do you have a chance to play it? I think feeling it and hearing it will help you a lot with that decision.
  17. chucma

    NuGD PRS

    Gorgeous!! How on earth do you pick one to play!? That must be a good feeling seeing that everyday!
  18. chucma

    Meteor Shower!!! Whoo Hoo!!!

    Same here, don't love the hot temperatures and don't even mind the rain; mostly cos I'm happy indoors playing guitar! :D I'm probably still going to take a chance and camp out somewhere with the kids to see if I can get a shot.
  19. chucma

    Meteor Shower!!! Whoo Hoo!!!

    Booo, cloudy nights forecast here in the UK for the next week at least! I've been practicing my timelapse photos and now that might all be in vain.
  20. chucma

    Mayer used an Axe-FX 3 for his new album

    Cory Wong used to be a Fractal guy, he posted on this forum a couple of times a long time ago. Would be great if he tried the new Cygnus firmware out! Get them both onboard here! :D
  21. chucma

    Mayer used an Axe-FX 3 for his new album

    It looks like he used the Studio Clean factory preset for some of the parts on his new album. Huge kudo's to the team that did the Factory Presets!
  22. chucma

    Welcome John Mayer

    So chuffed to hear this news! John Mayer is one of my favourite musicians/guitarists/song writers. Congrats Fractal, you guys are dedicated to getting the best tone we can imagine and this is a great testament to it!
  23. chucma

    Axe FX III DI vs. Dedicated DI Box (e.g. Countryman Type 85)?

    Be careful with Glenn, I like his videos but to be honest he has a dark side when it comes to the AxeFX. And his arguments about it are very biased to other gear, even though he acknowledges there are some good parts to it, I just feel he has a bit of a chip on his shoulder for some reason. All...
  24. chucma

    [SOLVED] My Guitar sounds incredibly fuzzy, flabby, and frankly awful with modern high gain tones - what can I do to fix the sounds?

    That 335 sounds sweet! Glad you managed to get those results! Have you managed to zero in on what the problem was with the Charvel? Following this thread with interest as I have a friend with a similar issue (not AxeFX related) and I'm trying to give him advice on what to check.
  25. chucma

    School me on Tele Saddles

    Thanks Andy! I'm happy converting the body if I can find someone I trust enough with a drill. If I put a set of the in tune saddles on this hybrid plate, do you think I would still get the tonal benefits of the saddles? I'm guessing the plate has less to do with it than the saddles as they are...
  26. chucma

    School me on Tele Saddles

    I'm currently in this camp, I own a 6 saddle USA Tele which I have always felt just doesn't quite do the Tele twang as well as I have heard/played with other Teles. I am thinking of getting one of these which seems similar to the Gotoh ones so I can convert to 3 saddle...
  27. chucma

    Happy Birthday @Burgs!

    Happy Birthday @Burgs!! Hope you had a smashing day!
  28. chucma

    Marshall Plexi time :)

    Love it! Awesome to watch!!
  29. chucma

    I Lost my wife last night

    This is very sad, I cannot imagine what pain you must be going through. Sending you and your family my wishes and prayers.
  30. chucma

    1961 strat build.

    Nooo I was so looking forward to more photos!! Loving the detail you are going into with these build threads Andy, thank you for sharing! I am keen to see how your paint job goes on that body!
  31. chucma

    Soundclips for reference purpose

    Awesome idea! Thanks Yek! Sounds like your Tele is loaded with single coils right?
  32. chucma

    In the Shadows

    Wow, that was just for practice!? Really cool production overall! I don't normally go for this style but enjoyed yours a lot! Curious how you did the video too, that must have taken some time to put together. Very nice!!
  33. chucma

    Cave Man Say Farewell

    Oh no! That sounds like a massive loss for you! I'm so sorry to hear this Cave Man! My condolences to you and your family!
  34. chucma

    Axe-Fx III Factory Presets 16.04

    This does sound suspiciously like a USB cable (or something connection wise). I had no issues at all loading them all in one hit.
  35. chucma

    Help convince me not to sell my FM3!

    I have KRK Rokit 6 monitors, they sound truly terrible for guitar modelling. I didn't realise this until I got some Atomic CLRs and also s decent set of headphones (half decent actually, BD DT770 PRO). My experience with my KRKs is that I struggled to dial in a good tone that I could use for...
  36. chucma

    Needs more chords

    Great video! I wish I understood half of it, but I do all my chord (decisions) based on shapes and very little theory.
  37. chucma

    Axe-Fx III Factory Presets 16.04

    Absolute stellar work guys! I love every single preset! Thank you for spoiling us and your hard work!
  38. chucma

    🆕 Axe-Fx III Cygnus Factory Presets "Enhanced" - Preview 1

    Good tip, thanks! Am ordering takeout food and moving onto scene 2 now! :D
  39. chucma

    🆕 Axe-Fx III Cygnus Factory Presets "Enhanced" - Preview 1

    Spandex & Hairspray is dangerous, I actually stopped eating because of it! That first scene (Dad Rock) cleans up to the most crisp cleans, it gives me that GnR Knocking on Heavens Door clean tone on my LP neck humbucker. Then when you give the guitar volume more gas it goes into meat mode and...
  40. chucma

    🆕 Axe-Fx III Cygnus Factory Presets "Enhanced" - Preview 1

    I'm definitely a corksniffer of sorts (but one with no clue what the cork should actually smell like), with that in mind thanks for the tips on the preamp as I have messed around with them but only sparingly as the more recent updates have meant I needed to tweak that level less so. Also just...
  41. chucma

    I just needed to make something.

    Ah man I love that recording! The riffs and the tones you used work so well together! Super keen for the pipes to be added!!
  42. chucma

    🆕 Axe-Fx III Cygnus Factory Presets "Enhanced" - Preview 1

    Right, I've been playing with these for a few hours now and am just loving how well they work with all of my guitars! Each preset has such a nice feel to it and the effects are out of this world good. I'm also discovering new cabs based on these, cabs that I have never used before but now I am...
  43. chucma

    🆕 Axe-Fx III Cygnus Factory Presets "Enhanced" - Preview 1

    Wow! Thanks guys! I honestly didn't think there was any way to improve on the Factory Presets, you guys have out done yourselves! Thank you!!
  44. chucma

    Free IRs: VOX AC30 6/TBX (clearer, more optimized for distortion)

    Very nice sound you are getting on your demos! Thank you for sharing!!
  45. chucma

    Dumble at breakup doin some "Little Richard"

    Sounds glorious!! Is that all amp or did you use any Drive Blocks?
  46. chucma

    Happy Birthday Mark Day!

    Happy Birthday Mark! Hope you got spoilt rotten!
  47. chucma

    My new guitar (I built)

    Beautiful looking guitar! It looks flawless too! Well done!!
  48. chucma

    Reamping Active Pickups - is this level normal?

    Thanks for all the good advice guys! I checked his process again and he is definitely not normalising his tracks when he exports them, it looks like his guitar records hot so we will have to make adjustments post recording before I reamp. As you guys have pointed out, this appears to be normal...
  49. chucma

    Reamping Active Pickups - is this level normal?

    I am a self confessed serial reamper of my own guitar tracks, but have come across something that I need some help with please! Firstly, I was going to post this in the lounge, but figured this is a question about reamping with the AxeFX so decided to put it here. Apologies if I have the wrong...
  50. chucma

    Returning my Axe FX? Or am I?

    Good to read this! I keep my old Marshall tube amp exactly for moments like this. I plug it in every year or so, wondering if I can catch that sound, then realise quickly I'm getting a better result from my AxeFX3. :) The reason I won't sell the Marshall is simply because it is a good reminder...
  51. chucma

    NGD: LTD EC-1000 BB Demo/Review (2021 Model)

    Ah sorry to hear that! However if you are able to keep pushing out videos like this LTD one then this could be the start of something very good for you! This is awesome, thank you for doing it! Immediately I noticed how close the 2 guitars sound to each other. For the rhythm I can hear subtle...
  52. chucma

    NGD: LTD EC-1000 BB Demo/Review (2021 Model)

    I think the SE probably won't touch the USA for tone/feel, but given that the pickups are the same (I think) it seems I need to heed the advice and make some adjustments to mine. Haha! I miss those days when I had nothing better to do...! :D If you get around to a basic video I would...
  53. chucma

    NGD: LTD EC-1000 BB Demo/Review (2021 Model)

    This is golden information for me! Thank you Justin!! Nothing better than getting a tip like this coming from the likes of yourself and the guy with his name on my guitar too! I'm going to give this a try tonight! :D
  54. chucma

    Is the IR Rabbit Hole worth it??

    It's all personal preference, and cab packs generally don't cost a lot, so if you see a pack that interests you then grab it and have a play. The learning experience will be that you either like it, or you don't (in which case you know to probably not go for that particular cab again so you have...
  55. chucma

    NGD: LTD EC-1000 BB Demo/Review (2021 Model)

    You probably have no idea how because you set up your initial tones so well you never need to mix them! :D Sounds amazing, you definitely know how to mix (maybe you just don't like doing it post tracking). I've always wanted a fun LTD as a players guitar. Thing is, I already have the PRS...
  56. chucma

    Need help improving sound/mix of my song

    Your post is showing like this: Maybe check the following to be sure you created it correctly: https://forum.fractalaudio.com/help/media/
  57. chucma

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 16.01 "Cygnus"

    This is one of my go to combinations I've kept using for years! Beautiful sonic match!
  58. chucma

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 16.01 "Cygnus"

    Cliff answered this earlier, here is the post:
  59. chucma

    NGD: Charvel USA Select DK24 HSS Autumn Glow

    :( That must be frustrating for you (it is for me for you!). Does it have staggered machine heads on it already? I see there is only 1 string tree. I noticed my DK24's neck would creak every now and then (only slightly), so I checked the neck screws and found they were a tiny bit loose. I also...
  60. chucma

    Curious: modeling & profiling. What’s the difference?

    Profiling is like taking a snapshot (or audio photograph) of your amp with the amp controls set to whatever they were at the time of taking the snapshot. Modelling however is reproducing the sound of of the amp based on the components that make up that amp. The advantage of modelling in the...
  61. chucma

    Happy birthday, Admin M@

    Happy 24th Birthday @Admin M@! Hope you have many happy returns!!
  62. chucma

    NGD: Charvel USA Select DK24 HSS Autumn Glow

    That is stunning!! Congrats! Love to hear your thoughts on the difference between the 2 once you have had enough time with it. I strongly suspect you won't be needing to remove the string tree on this one! :D
  63. chucma

    Wagakki Band

    I didn't realise I was going to like that so much! That was awesome!!
  64. chucma

    My System Makes No Sound After "successful" Loading of 16.0 - Anyone Know Why?

    Check your cables, just in case. Also, it will help us if you told us what is connected to your AxeFX (i.e. controllers, computers, monitors etc) and how they are connected.
  65. chucma

    Charvel Pro Mod dk-24 tuning issues

    Awesome, thanks very much! Placing more order tonight! :grinning:
  66. chucma

    Charvel Pro Mod dk-24 tuning issues

    Hi @unix-guy, sorry to keep bothering you with questions on this. I'm going to replace the tuners with staggered ones on my DK-24 as you did. Can you quickly check the link below to see if these are the same as the ones you bought please? https://www.thomann.de/gb/graph_tech_prl_9721_c0.htm
  67. chucma

    Charvel Guthrie Govan vs DK-24

    Cool thanks, it is cheaper to start off with just that than also replacing the saddles too! I'll try this before explaining to my wife that I need another guitar...! Very interested to see how you like the neck of the USA when it arrives compared to the DK-24.
  68. chucma

    Charvel Guthrie Govan vs DK-24

    That is great! I'm glad you are keeping it, I love my DK24 and might look to get a USA model at some point too! Did your tuning issues settle down completely once you made all those changes (I recall a thread you posted where you ended up using staggered machine heads and new saddles)? I'm...
  69. chucma

    Charvel Guthrie Govan vs DK-24

    Beeeautiful! Congrats!! What are you going to do with your DK24 now? This looks like a major upgrade on that.
  70. chucma

    Does this sound like a 5150?

    Nice playing and mix too!
  71. chucma

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

    I think this might be the same preset that Alex has on his site (it has the same video): https://alexstrabala.com/axefx-iii-presets/tweed-twin
  72. chucma

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

    I gigged with my old Marshall tube amp for years, and nearly everyday it sounded different to me. This is one of the reasons why I am glad I have switched to Fractal. Now the benefit is, I know if something sounds different on one day with my Axe-Fx then it will be down to my strings, or the...
  73. chucma

    Burg's Little Guys V2 - Cygnus update and rework - Video demo and free preset

    Awesome video, thanks Burgs! My favourite small amp is the AC15 which I used on my main live preset for a few years. It was my main goto amp because it cleaned up beautifully with my Les Paul's volume knob, and then went straight into this delicious gain breakup and sounded massive! It also...
  74. chucma

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 10 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #7

    Heh heh, me too, I turn mine off in the evenings when I go to bed. My post was more of a humorous (or my feeble attempt) angle on the boot times discussion. I play mine nearly all the time and so hardly ever turn it off during the day to see the boot time when I have to power it back on again...
  75. chucma

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 10 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #7

    Wait.....you guys turn your Axe FX off!? :grinning:
  76. chucma

    Your favourite Axe-Fx 3 “stuff”?

    Nice! I didn't realise we even had that as an option. Did a quick search and found this from 2014!!: Post PI MV Just tried it on the Solo 100 Lead amp I am currently using in a preset and PHWOAR it was good! I had a drive block going into that amp but with the Post PI MV the drive block is not...
  77. chucma

    You guys are in for another treat.

    I just love it when you get epiphanies!
  78. chucma

    OK, let’s be honest, which one are you?

    Sadly I am a bit of each one of those. :D Even a Digital Denier (my Axe FX plays like it has real tubes in it) so I snob off other digital gear instead!
  79. chucma

    Quick Mix: Rate this Guitar Tone...

    Ah very cool, I have the same PRS SE (presumably you mean Holcomb)! Thanks for the info and look forward to hearing more mixes from you!
  80. chucma

    Quick Mix: Rate this Guitar Tone...

    I like it a lot! That's a great amp/cab combination whatever it was, it works really well with your guitar. What guitar did you use out of curiosity? The way the 2 guitar tracks play off against each other panned left and right really widened up the sound stage for me through my desk studio...
  81. chucma

    Sit stand desks ?

    I was on the fence about getting one, so I ended up going halfway and bought one of these: Free Standing Desk Converter It has been really great as it is solidly made, and easy to adjust. I place both of my 15"MBPs with a single external keyboard and mouse on mine when I stand. Note that is a...
  82. chucma

    Embarrassing question

    There are no bad questions! :grinning: Blocks are different to cabs etc. Go to any preset and add that block type (say for example, the Amp block). Then in Axe Edit, click on that block and select the Block Library drop down, this has an option called 'Show Folder'. Just copy and paste your...
  83. chucma

    Anyone experience with Satellite Sessions?

    I haven't heard of 'Satellite Sessions', but we did give JamKazam a try (which seems similar in some regards) but it was an awful experience with latency. It was much easier to get the guys to pre-record and share stems afterwards.
  84. chucma

    Anyone experience with Satellite Sessions?

    We've been trading stems as well on GoogleDrive. Then I have the master project in Logic and I setup a call using Loopback with Skype/Zoom/FB Messenger (with a screenshare of my mix) and do the mix realtime with the guys. It works really well, but still not as good as in the same room. The...
  85. chucma

    "Prog Rock-ish" song, Fractal for all guitar and bass - Feedback appreciated

    Great work on this! I agree about the drums, although if you didn't mention that I would have easily thought they were fine and intentionally held back. That said, please do finish this track, it sounds so good even with current drums! Would absolutely love to hear the finished version! Great...
  86. chucma

    Cygnus Beta - first impressions

    This sounds exactly like how I imagine a perfect steak would be, soo meaty!! I could almost taste it whilst listening to that clip! :D
  87. chucma

    Wish Preset Level Hold Peak

    +1 Yes please!
  88. chucma

    Super Funk

    These guys are incredible! I've been to their live shows but never been able to see them play together. Mind blown!
  89. chucma

    Cygnus Beta - first impressions

    Ooof! This just sounds outstanding! Seriously impressed with the head room these guys are getting out of the beta, I am sure you guys are having fun testing! Thanks for sharing!
  90. chucma

    Shout out to RJM

    Ah I see what you mean. It does sound possible, however you would probably get a good answer in the RJM forum if you asked that there. I had no idea you were using Google translate, but you are doing that pretty well!
  91. chucma

    Worst Thing About Axe-Fx III is Location Confinement

    I have 4U Gator case (with easy carry handles), in the front the Axe FX takes up 3U, then I have a 1U patch bay where I have routed all the important connections from the rear panel of the Axe FX to the front. The best thing about this, is that I can stand the case upright with the screen of...
  92. chucma

    How to increase "amp softness"?

    +1 on what Dave said, keep in mind that this also increases the gain (or has that affect on your tone anyway, there is probably a better technical explanation that what I said). The way I normally handle this is either by those suggestions above, or I also like to set the Output Comp Type to...
  93. chucma

    Shout out to RJM

    Yes you can. Set an IA to 'Preset Menu'. On the GT22 this gives you access to select from one of 24 patches at a time. You can page up or down through groups of 24 using the Next/Previous buttons.
  94. chucma

    No-Edit Month?

    It's a good idea but I have way too many projects on the go at the moment.
  95. chucma

    Chet Atkins stuff on Axe-Fx 3 + Preset Inside

    Lush!!! You would fit so well right between Mr Knopfler and Mr Atkins on stage! Lovely playing and tone!
  96. chucma

    Anyone using a RODE NT2-A with their Axe FX III?

    I am, it's a very good mic for the price! It needs phantom power so I do use a very cheap preamp that supplies 48V...
  97. chucma

    Virtual Capo with a 7 String

    Pretty cool, I've been toying with the idea of a 7 string for a while now! Hope you enjoy it! On the mush/gain thing, what happens if you turn the level of the Pitch block up to compensate for the gain loss? Does that improve anything? I have a guitar in D standard which I use the VC to go to B...
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