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  1. shasha

    New Zealand: tips?

    Been to Christchurch a few times on my way to and from Antarctica (just got back last month actually). It's nice enough and the people are fantastic, but it didn't seem like there was a lot to do after the earthquake a few years ago. They still seem to be rebuilding and a lot of the historical...
  2. shasha

    Overwhelmed by Cabs

    I tried to come up with a way to add metadata to each cab back in the Ultra days so that we could sort and filter through something other than file name. I am far from an expert, but I do know enough to understand Mic type and placement will do to my tone. If we could have done something like...
  3. shasha

    So far I'm not entirely sold on the Axe Fx 3....

    The difference between the last update for the ultra and the first release of the II were not dramatic. By about the 3rd update it was massive. Fast forward a couple years and a tin of updates later and it's light years different. The reason? The original hardware couldn't support further...
  4. shasha

    Presenting... The Axe-Fx III

    \ Apparently it was a smaller container than originally expected.
  5. shasha


    It sounds like a ground loop to me. Did you try lifting the ground on the xlr cable? It sounds to me like the guitar is the path for ground when you turn the volume down and the rest of the time it is going through the audio cable and circuit.
  6. shasha

    Late 70's Marshall JMP Master Model 50w Mk2. Lead

    I love my AxefxII. It' stuff like this that basically means I'll be upgrading even though I don't need to. It's too much fun to be a part of. The more FAS products we buy the more amps and stuff Cliff can buy and we get a stream of continuous return on investment. How is this not the best...
  7. shasha

    Axe II vs Axe III... DIFFERENCE now vs Difference in 6 months from now??

    Went through this during the last lifecycle. I loved my Ultra and wasn't planning to upgrade. Now there were things with the ultra that we'e still shortcomings but not end of the world stuff. The AxefxII was initially a modest improvement but there were a few things that were implemented that...
  8. shasha

    Wish USB Driver that is stable

    Not all cables are created equally. If the driver works over one and not another that doesn't sound like a driver issue in my opinion.
  9. shasha

    Things about the III you may have missed

    On the cab block there is a parameter for mic distance. It looked like they were using standard ir's. Would be interested in hearing a bit more on that.
  10. shasha

    Is it me or is the Axe fx 3 aesthetically unpleasing?

    Been accused of being an ass man myself so...
  11. shasha

    Who's Planning To "Eventually" Move Up To The III?

    Don't need it. I only use about 10 patches and 10% of what it can do. But I am on the list and I will buy one because I can and I want to continue supporting the company. My son just picked up the guitar and I may just give him my AxefxII. It would play much better with the wife.
  12. shasha

    Fractal Facebook page

    I was on facebook for about a week until I realized that I really didn't want to know how stupid my friends and family were. Makes holidays really awkward. I also think that there is this competitive thing where people try to say things that they think will trend or make them look special...
  13. shasha

    Fixed 48k Sample Rate Impedes Recording Studio Integrations

    I literally spent months complaining about the 48kHz locked sample rate and spent even more time and a lot of money trying to remain in the digital realm. What I found was that the only time that digital was necessary for me was with recording the dry signal for reamping. It's too low for...
  14. shasha

    Presenting... The Axe-Fx III

    Going to USB3 wouldn't provide any performance advantages for audio but it would limit comparability for people. I mean there just isn't any benefit for limiting it to USB3. It wouldn't make it any better.
  15. shasha

    Axe FX III as a Platform

    Neat idea but we're talking about someone who is not only a guitar player but someone who can code as well. That's going to be a pretty small market. Of course plenty of people could benefit but would it be worth the pain of opening that door be worth the net gains? The other thing is that...
  16. shasha

    Presenting... The Axe-Fx III

    The integration of CabLab features is probably going to be too much for me to ignore. The full blown sound card is a nice touch. Having more cabs is always nice. Channel switching on the amps is cool. The labeled foot controller is pretty badass. So yeah wasn't really needing to upgrade...
  17. shasha

    Prepare for your computer to slow down with your next OS update

    I believe that AMD is susceptible to Spectre, but that the hacker has to be on the actual hardware. Not a code monkey so I am not sure why that is a difference or even accurate.
  18. shasha

    Re-amping Analog 96kHz

    Rex brings up a great point about the filtering. The higher the sample rate the cheaper the filtering can be. It's really hard to evaluate a device spec' d for 96 or 192kHz at lower sample rate because the filters are typically optimized for the highest capbility....i.e., not as accurate or...
  19. shasha

    NGD - My First P90s

    If you decide to go noiseless look into kinmann. The HX90 is a great pickup.
  20. shasha

    19 IRs compared, choose your prefered one ! :)

    5, 8, 12, and 16 seemed to be the most soothing and relaxing to my ears. :)
  21. shasha

    AustinBuddy Naked Amps Tone Pack (still) Rules! ... New Website up...FM3...coming soon(ish)

    I picked these up a few days ago. I haven't had time to read all the comments, but I'm pretty sure I know what they are saying. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about a dry set of presets, but it's been really easy to add my go to stuff like reverb and delay and it all really translates to just good...
  22. shasha

    midi phantom power adapter -fcb1010

    I did one years ago. Pretty simple. I got the wiring diagram from the fcb1010 Yahoo user group....back when those were a thing.
  23. shasha

    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 8.02 Firmware Release

    I try to explain that to people all the time. They want to know why the AxeFXII cost so much. It's because of the money that is invested in the hardware. I mean if the box had been built to a specific price point then it would have been limited to whatever the capabilities of the code were at...
  24. shasha

    Headrush Pedal board. Eleven modeling

    I just remember how easy it was to access everything with the 11R from the front panel in terms of dialing in a tone. I also remember how frickin' frustrating it was to actually dial in a tone because it just wouldn't ever get to where I was trying to go. One of the few units that I have ever...
  25. shasha

    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 8.01 Firmware Release & New Bank A Presets

    I got nothing to add here....just wanted to reiterate the new presets are killer and the effort is much appreciated as always!
  26. shasha

    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 8.01 Firmware Release & New Bank A Presets

    I just can't get over how good the fender amps have become over the last few updates.
  27. shasha

    Bad hum when AX8 is connected to USB

    There are optically isolated usb hubs out there that may help. I actually have one that I used with an old variax guitar when I'd edit the patches through the usb dongle. Worked really well. They aren't cheap though.
  28. shasha

    When you update firmware is they're a reset for all amps?

    You know I thought that it was an option, but it may have been one of those things that I thought up when I was reading the features of FracTool. If it works let us know.
  29. shasha

    When you update firmware is they're a reset for all amps?

    I think that fractool can do it.
  30. shasha

    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 8.00 Public Beta

    I understand what you are saying from the end result, but the release notes are usually pretty good at explaining the "why" for a given update. You don't even really need to understand electronics or physics to get the overarching objective that drives most of these changes. It's not "I added...
  31. shasha

    What Brand of strings do YOU like best ? ( include guitar type )

    I prefer EB .10's on just about everything. A couple may have .09's depending on scale length and what I've got laying around, but I'm pretty much on .10's for all the last few years.
  32. shasha

    Tired of Axe-Edit problems

    Not trying to sound cool, but it's been literally years since I've had a connectivity issue with AxeEdit. Like many years. Are there still buffer settings in the program?
  33. shasha

    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 7.02 Public Beta

    Gotta call total BS on this. I've tried motor drive in the past. I know motor drive. I've known motor drive in the AxeFXII for years. We don't see eye to eye and I've never really had a use for it, but I am pretty familiar with it. This my friend is no motor drive. This is what could only...
  34. shasha

    Hum-Free Single Coil Options 2017

    I like the zexcoils. If anything they are a bit brighter than regular single coils. I've got some Kinman noiseless P90's that are outstanding, but never tried their regular single coils before. Those have been the two best I've come up with after years of trial and disappointment.
  35. shasha

    Is the love waning?

    It probably has a lot to do with the AX8 being available as well. A lot of people that would be looking for the FAS stuff used are probably going to be looking for a good deal and the AX8 kind of fits the bill for what most people need (apparently including yourself). Could be the economy...
  36. shasha

    How to get this sound from the AXEFX?

    The funniest part is that the pedal was pretty obscure, but after the video Korg was backordered for months or something for these things. I'm not kidding here. They actually thanked the Anderton guys for the video.
  37. shasha

    New Amps? How often do they get added?

    Its slowed down considerably the last few years as there just aren't many out there left to do. I mean most amps tend to fall into specific classes and styles based off of similar circuits and unless something like the Hook pops up that is fairly unique it becomes pretty redundant.
  38. shasha

    Axe-Edit 3.12.0 Released

    BUG: Amp is detected as 0.0% as the name.
  39. shasha

    I have Slash's Guitar Tone

    It's a good tone, but I think that there's a touch too much preamp gain and compression. Then again it's like 6AM and I may be talking out of my ass. :)
  40. shasha

    Artist amp settings resorce?

  41. shasha

    whats wrong with gibson and fender ?

    For the life of me I will never understand how the most important component for tuning stability is almost always made from the cheapest crap and typically the worst finished part of the guitar. And yes I am talking about the nut. A good bone nut that is cut for your preferred string gauge...
  42. shasha

    Blue Headphones?

    Yeah, it's pretty easy to figure out when your ears are bleeding and or ringing. :)
  43. shasha

    Blue Headphones?

    I've got a set that I use at work for music. They work fine with the AxeFXII, but I don't need powered headphones with it and I have a 15 year old pair of Sennheisers that are still my old go to set of cans. They're just super broken in and I am used to their sound signature. Plus the cable...
  44. shasha

    Front Input vs Rear Input

  45. shasha

    Amp design tutorial

    Someone should start a "parameter a day" series. And by someone I mean someone smarter than me. :)
  46. shasha

    New Axe-Fx II Factory Presets - Quantum 6.01

    The XL has X/Y on some of the blocks that the MkI/II do not have; rotary is one of them if memory serves. It's part of the reason why the presets aren't compatible from the XL unless you convert them with something like FracTool first.
  47. shasha

    New Axe-Fx II Factory Presets - Quantum 6.01

    There were a few that had XL presets that didn't work so Matt took it down and is going to fix them.
  48. shasha

    Question for the Fractal Audio Team: is it legal to actually sell presets made with your products?

    Yeah, we've had this conversation a number of times over the years and while I was originally pretty much against the practice, I was convinced otherwise for one simple reason.....there is work involved and work deserves compensation. As far as how much that work is worth; well the market can...
  49. shasha

    How does amp modeling work?

    From what I have been led to understand the problem with going with a pure VST is that a CPU doesn't have the same basic code or instruction sets that a full blown audio DSP has. Add the overhead of the operating system and variations in system configurations and you end up having to write code...
  50. shasha

    I am new and Thinking about getting the Axe-Fx II XL+ For Black Friday or should I?

    I had an 11R while I was on the wait list for the AxeFXII when it first came out. I got used to it over those couple of months time. When my name came up on the list I bought it figuring that I would just sell the AxeFXII on e-Bay for a nice profit and stick with the 11R. When it came in I...
  51. shasha

    What's the best DAW for a guitar player with an AxeFX II XL+ and Windows?

    He needs ProTools. Just kidding of course, the answer is probably going to be Reaper. A completely functional demo with no time limit and supports almost all hardware. Their forums are pretty good and Kenny Gioa has a bunch of fantastic training videos available on YouTube and Groove3.
  52. shasha

    Axe-Edit 3.10.0 Released

    If you are using a MKI or II it is no longer included in the firmware.
  53. shasha

    Legacy Firmware Solution

    Uhh, he lost his left leg in 'Nam.... And a big thank you as always to Cliff.
  54. shasha

    RAC 12 equivelent for Ultra?

    I did this many years ago with an old Behringer BCF2000. The BCR2000 probably would have worked better, but the main thing is that it isn't just standard MIDI data; it's sysex and at least for me it was pretty tough to decipher and then program....but I'm not an expert so that may have...
  55. shasha

    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 5.01 Firmware Released

    You're a madman....in the best way possible.
  56. shasha

    So I'm writing a second review...

    I did a bunch of A/B'ing of monitors a few years ago at our local GC and ended up with the Yamahas. There were things that I heard in songs that I have listened to for years that I had never heard before. They don't have tons of bass and they can actually be a bit fatiguing for some, but for...
  57. shasha

    What will you do when no more firmware updates?

    It's real simple for me. There isn't anything else that I need that the MKI doesn't have already so I'd be fine if there were no updates from this point on. I can't really imagine anything else that I'd need. But I know that if there was something that the XL+ could do in a future update...
  58. shasha

    Acoustic patch - Ernie Ball Game Changer-based... other stuff... Video.

    I had one of those (minus the piezo) when it first came out. I don't remember why I sold it, but I remember how much it reminded me of my Axis which is one of my favorite guitars....maybe it was too similar....I don't like redundancy. If I had that piezo pickup though things may have been...
  59. shasha

    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 4.01 Public Beta

    It's a user IR; not sure which pack it's from, but it's labeled: 4x12 Pre-Rola GB C414 C. Ironically I was looking it up and found out that there is one very similar in the factory (F069) and may even be the same one....in which case I'm wasting a user slot. :)
  60. shasha

    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 4.01 Public Beta

    I haven't seen any MKI/II owners "demanding" anything (granted I don't read every thread though)....well other than the one guy who lost his damn mind or was really bad at being sarcastic. Do you all really want to know what the problem is? The fact that none of us clearly know for sure...
  61. shasha

    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 4.01 Public Beta

    There is an ignore function......
  62. shasha

    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 4.01 Public Beta

    So this was something that I didn't know. That does make a difference; I just assumed that since there were two different sets of code that he could keep the legacy versions with the XL and have them stripped in the MKI/II version. Oh well, I guess that I'll just sit back and see what happens...
  63. shasha

    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 4.01 Public Beta

    OK, so you are an XL user so there may be a chance that he wouldn't have to remove it from those firmware updates. And as for the "ME ME" generation comment, I think that's a bit silly since the old firmware versions were packed back into the latest versions as a consolation to the few who...
  64. shasha

    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 4.01 Public Beta

    Let me just see if I understand this correctly because there are a lot of comments on this. 1. The amount of space available in the MKI/II boot rom is nearly full. 2. Because of this FAS may not be able to release any other firmware updates. 3. This means that the MKI/II is pretty much going...
  65. shasha

    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 4.01 Public Beta

    Another for latest modeling only. What's the point of updating if you aren't going to use the latest and greatest improvements?
  66. shasha

    MK1 & MK2 owners: How many FW upgrades have U done?

    I think that I missed the first 4 while on the wait list and then there was one that was re-released as a quick bug fix within a few hours that I missed. That's it; I think that I ended up using all of them, including the betas. It's insane to think about it.
  67. shasha

    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 4.01 Public Beta

    Damn Cliff, that Capt Hook 34 is no joke. It's got it's own thing going on....what an addition.
  68. shasha

    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 4.01 Public Beta

    Not sure of how accurate this demo is, but it sounds pretty damn good to me.
  69. shasha

    Halloween Party - band costume ideas ?

    I don't think this would work, but I'm thinking about dressing up like a high school football coach (those stupid shorts with the high waist band, whistle, tube socks, hat and white t-shirt) and then going to work and make everyone run wind sprints till they puke. I can dream can't I? :)
  70. shasha

    R.I.P Michael Casswell

    Damn man, that sucks. I was just watching some of his gear reviews on GI the other night and thinking to myself what a genuinely gifted person he was. He always came across as a hell of a nice guy. R.I.P. Michael. :(
  71. shasha

    *BRAND NEW* MFC-101 Labelling System imminent!! Next gen KickTags launching in September!

    I have to ask....what the hell is the deal with the Doner Kebabs? I miss them so much and there isn't anywhere to get one in my area.
  72. shasha

    Finally removed the screen protector

    But did you keep it and put it in the original box with the rest of the original packaging?
  73. shasha

    Can we make it a standard thing when sharing a preset....

    I don't share a lot of patches because I don't use a lot of patches, but I wouldn't bother with this personally. However this could be something that someone that sells presets (like TAF) did. It might be a really good selling point.
  74. shasha

    Axe Fx just for home: who else does it?

    I play exclusively at home for my own enjoyment. The way I look at it is that my time is valuable and I can walk downstairs, put on my headphones and flip a switch and have immediate access to unlimited virtual rigs made up of gear that I will never own either because of price or space (or...
  75. shasha

    Why do you like Reaper?

    I've had a chance to put my hands on just about everything over the years at work. I don't use them at work; we have people that use them, I just build it and fix it for them. There's just nothing that I need that Reaper can't do. I like the business model, I like the price, I like the...
  76. shasha

    Blue Mo-Fi Headphone review.

    I've had to deal with them twice; once for a lost cord and the other time the headphone's wouldn't charge. Neither were the fastest, but they took care of it and they were pleasant. Doesn't seem to be the biggest staff on the planet, but I had good experience with them and was satisfied with...
  77. shasha

    Wish Auto level adjust

    If you are hooked up to the computer already try using the Orban Loudness meter and selecting the AxeFXII as the source. At least you won't have to lean down to read the levels on the front of the unit. http://www.orban.com/meter/
  78. shasha

    How old is the Redwirez Big Box IR set?

    I wonder if you can mix them with an UltraRez and get an UltraRez type of file.
  79. shasha

    How old is the Redwirez Big Box IR set?

    I think that they were shot in 2010. They were never redone. They aren't UltraRez, but they still sound good even though I haven't messed with them for quite a while.
  80. shasha

    Reamping. Any suggestions to boost dry signal

    You don't want to boost the signal of the dry guitar. If you look at the last page of the owner's manual you will see that the digital and USB output of the AxeFXII goes through a small buffer and then straight out. When you send that signal back into the unit it is inserted right after those...
  81. shasha

    I love/hate noise gates... (YouTube video)

    I never thought of doing that. I steer clear of the gate for a whole lot of reasons (like I suck at setting them up), but that's pretty brilliant.
  82. shasha

    YAAEHST (Yet Another Axe FX Holy $#!+ Thread)

    I had an Ultra for several years and sold it when the AxeFX2 was announced. I bought an 11R to hold me over and it was pretty hard to get used to coming from the FAS world, but I managed to get some decent sounds out of it. I ended up waiting for a little longer than expected and I got more...
  83. shasha

    FracTool - ultimate multitool for FAS devices

    Another vote for FracTool
  84. shasha

    Setup question...

    Either take the output of the AxeFX and run it into your soundcard or connect the monitors to the output of the AxeFX. The AxeFX has it's own soundcard and the audio will have to be physically routed to the soundcard in order to use it. The digital settings are explained here...
  85. shasha

    Classic Rock Amp Suggestions

    I'm a big fan of the Plexi's for this style, but the new 65 Bassman is really, really good at this stuff.
  86. shasha

    Got mine in Germany on Thursday. I'm overwhelmed!

    I'm not trying to come across as snide or insulting here, but just trying to make a general statement that is kind of relevant to your comment, so don't take this the wrong way. :) I'm surprised that we don't see more posts like this though. "Good tone" is just another way of saying "the...
  87. shasha

    Axe-Fx II Quantum Rev 3.00 Public Beta

    Not sure if this is what you are looking for, but in the UTILITY menu under PRESETS all the way at the bottom is the option to SET ALL AMPS TO DEFAULT.
  88. shasha

    CPU safe zone?

    I overclocked mine and now it plays a note before I pick it. Is that normal?
  89. shasha

    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 2.04 Firmware Release

    Word around the water cooler is that this v3.00 has run into some problems. Apparently FAS has had to delay it until they can fully beta test a new app called "AxeAmpRepairShop" to deal with many of the amp models failing just like the real life counterparts they are modeled from. I mean at...
  90. shasha

    My general thoughts on Axe Edit and the Fractal Approach.

    This comes up every now and again and I understand the sentiment, but I probably have been using the FAS stuff too long to even consider doing it differently. The mere suggestion that it isn't intuitive is just bizarre to me because it is just such a logical device in my opinion. That doesn't...
  91. shasha

    FracTool - ultimate multitool for FAS devices

    There is a small group of people in this community that have contributed their time and talents to make this place what it is today. Al is one of those people. I've used just about everyone of his apps at some point and while I don't use a lot of other people's presets the simple fact that I...
  92. shasha

    Guide: Re-Amping with external sound card/audio interface

    I know that you can create aggregate devices and so long as you can route the signals correctly it should work. I know that you can do something similar in Windows using ASIO4All, but I had trouble with the clocks not maintaining proper sync (this was years ago, before the AxeFXII would take an...
  93. shasha

    Presets - Factory Banks Quantum 2.01

    I just downloaded and loaded into a non-XL version. To me it looks like they were probably made on the original version and then imported into an XL and then saved because I don't have any of the block enabled issues others here are talking about. It's been a long time since I really messed...
  94. shasha

    This is the result of rampant outsourcing

    I don't think that Cliff is going to open up a political thing here, but in my opinion the answer would be none of them. The government doesn't run the economy no matter how much they try to tell you otherwise. So long as the consumer chooses price over quality there is no incentive to change...
  95. shasha

    So Manning retired today

    Love him or hate him, this is one of the funniest SNL sketches I've ever seen. https://video.yahoo.com/snl/snl-digital-short-united-way-000000258.html Couldn't have had a better ending to his career if they wrote it in a movie script.
  96. shasha

    Song to my Wife

    They say the best art comes from raw emotion....you must be really hurting because that's a really good song. I won't lie; it was a bit tough listening to it knowing the story behind it. I'm struggling to come up with something positive or inspirational that isn't cliche as hell, but I'm...
  97. shasha


    He also comes off as a bit awkward in his word selection too....that's not a diss, but an honest observation/opinion. I would not be shocked at all that he would honestly misspeak a bit, especially if he's excited and trying to promote a new product that he is proud of. I'm just saying that...
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