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  1. zenaxe

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 17.00 Public Beta

    Same sentiment. LOL at people selling MKIs over this. UltraRes IRs are already way longer than what I use on any other device I own. On my Two Notes Captor X, I cut my IRs to like 40ms so I could fit more on it. My MKI is completely full in terms of IRs, too. You can use an arbitrarily long IR...
  2. zenaxe

    What´s with the Wizard W800 - is it just a super Marshall? Can we get close with Axefx3?

    You should pay them back by creating a great digital model of their crazy overpriced amps. ;)
  3. zenaxe

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 12 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Release Candidate

    Did the old Buttery get moved to a 'FAS Buttery' or similar? I haven't loaded any of the Cygnus stuff, yet. I understand progress and all, and am glad to have a new model based on the real deal, but the Buttery has been a long time favorite, so would love to see it still around. It's a keeper...
  4. zenaxe

    Axe-Fx 3 Rack Case Suggestions

    Dude. All that rack casing and no room for a 1U power amp? You have too much stuff! LOL. ;)
  5. zenaxe

    Cygnus Is Not Like Other Firmwares

    I love Fractal and the Axe, been here over a decade, through three generations of units, but; brutal truth: this kind of talk gets thrown around here with any major firmware update. It has been like this since the Axe 1. That said, I am sure it is great, just like the current firmware, is... I...
  6. zenaxe

    The REAL Mesa Boogie Mark IIC++

    The AxeFx c++ was just an old version of the c+ that Cliff restored to the firmware at Hetfields request. This was in response to one the axe II FWs. It is not a model of the Mesa IIc++ or one of James’s amps or anything exotic. Everyone went briefly crazy over it because of the Metallica...
  7. zenaxe

    Kee Marcello about Profiling and modelling

    It’s certainly difficult to refute something so eloquent and well thought out.
  8. zenaxe

    Possible Future Blocks

    Sadly, or rather joyously, depending on your perspective; there's a lot more differences between individual instruments than their sound. As a result, having played around with a number of them; I have found these types of tools variable in their usefulness and largely unsatisfying on the whole...
  9. zenaxe

    Anyone want Improvements in Axe-Fx User Interface?

    You can argue that the Axe's on unit UI is somewhat utilitarian but Axe-Edit is best in class in the industry as a preset editor. The grid, controllers, etc, pretty effortless given the level of complexity. Stuff like Amplitube does not have to interface with a physical hardware unit. Also, if...
  10. zenaxe


    Agreed. This is the wrong kind of tweaking to be doing backstage.
  11. zenaxe

    Share Your Favorite Tips for an SS Power Amp w/ Real Cab Setup

    Tune the impedance curve to your cab and set it the same on every amp model.
  12. zenaxe

    Want to speed up boot time? Delete all your presets!

    I always wondered why my 6505 booted so quick.
  13. zenaxe

    Which firmware made you say WOW the most?

    The one with the impedance curves and the one with the gain enhancer thing were big for me. But I have been largely happy since the Axe II days, so I do not get blown away every time an updated FW is pushed. Always love new models and FX but not gonna be 'WOW' over them. Always appreciate the...
  14. zenaxe

    Wish ADA MP-1

    If the MP-1 ever gets added I promise to stop requesting new amps. LOL.
  15. zenaxe

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 14.01

    New amp models? Heck yes! Happy NAD Fractal peeps!
  16. zenaxe

    Do most people record direct from USB from the Axe-Fx, or do you use an audio interface between?

    Interface (S/PDIF). I don't want my AxeFx chained to my DAW 24/7 and the Axe is not the only device I have.
  17. zenaxe

    Axe FX III mkII - will my mk1 get left behind with firmware updates? Answer - clearly not. Thread edited due to excessive negativity from one person.

    I complained about the space as well and a bunch of people argued I was full of it. :D Wonder how many of those folks will upgrade. LOL. Ironically, I don't think I will, though. I'd like the extra space but the OG III is killing it for me, and I expect FAS to do their best as they have in...
  18. zenaxe

    Wish Wish List: New Amps

    Yes, was going to mention that. They were never a production amp (the number of amps built was apparently 9), used these screwy ginormous military tubes that you can't get anywhere and Cliff probably does not have a simulation model for. It would be a lot of cost and effort for an amp block that...
  19. zenaxe

    Why still a Drive pedal and so many Amp models? (it’s not about the nr of Amp or Drive models)

    LOL. The “reading comprehension dig” the last bastion of the goofy thread starter.
  20. zenaxe

    Why still a Drive pedal and so many Amp models? (it’s not about the nr of Amp or Drive models)

    These posts where someone asks other people to justify theIr preferences Because they don’t “get” them, are goofy, IMHO. Not everyone has the same needs, tastes, or approach. I’ve seen enough “I only need 2-3 amps so everyone should only need or want that many too” threads to last a lifetime...
  21. zenaxe

    Wish A Klon-type Drive block

    I really hope @FractalAudio adds a Klon type. It is great to hear that Cliff is looking at a KTR. I really feel like this is an omission in the drives given how influential this ckt has been. Other unit do have a few solid emulations so it would be completely awesom to get Fractal's take on it...
  22. zenaxe

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 13.01

    In that case can we get a TS808 model? For clarity’s sake it please name it “T9 OD”. Thx.
  23. zenaxe

    Drive Pedal Heaven

    There’s a difference between doing something out of necessity and preference. I understand the necessity but have trouble understanding the preference. I can understand someone eating dog food to avoid starving, I have difficulty understanding someone eating dog food because they dig the taste.
  24. zenaxe

    Wish Wish List: New Amps

    LOL. There are a lot of non-sensical amp requests but this one is special. I want a Line 6 Helix model!?!
  25. zenaxe

    Implemented Exciter

    Pretty sure the Axe II had it, so yeah, been there a while.
  26. zenaxe

    Drive Pedal Heaven

    Not really into drive pedals for primary dirt when I have amp gain on tap but I'm all about ODs as boosts... Seems like most amps love that mid bump/low cut coming in... Never really understood "pedal platform" guys . Makes no sense to me; unless you are playing mostly clean, what is the point...
  27. zenaxe

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 13.00 Public Beta

    As an engineer, I deeply appreciate you sharing technical info like this. I do not work directly in DSP; but can appreciate a lot of the info you provide here and the insight into what is going on under the hood is pretty fascinating. Just another perk of being a FAS fan/customer, I guess. ;)...
  28. zenaxe

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 12.09

    To be fair, that company was not well run and their marquee endorser was murdered before he could cut any classics with their gear. So there's that. I generally do not assume a company being out of business necessarily means their product was bad... although that certainly can be a root cause...
  29. zenaxe

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 12.09

    So what I'm hearing is; there is a chance we are getting a Bogner Helios in the next FW? F*ck yes. Sign me up.
  30. zenaxe

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 12.09

    New Presets! Nice touch! :cool:
  31. zenaxe

    Retro looking AX FX III - Gator seafoam green picts

    The color has no bearing on the dimensions. They’re the same size.
  32. zenaxe

    Retro looking AX FX III - Gator seafoam green picts

    I don’t think it is any secret that they’re not difficult to make for someone with the tools. skills, time, access to materials/parts.... but not everyone has all that sh*t. The time alone is worth it to me, I don’t have any kind of tools or skills, either. :D These Gator cases are cool looking...
  33. zenaxe

    Retro looking AX FX III - Gator seafoam green picts

    I have a black one... they’re nice cases.
  34. zenaxe

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 12.08

    Probably a reference to a thread in TGP: https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/helix-3-0-any-chance-well-get-a-new-updated-hx2-audio-engine.2153972/ where one of the guys from Line 6 is saying naming your modeling tech is a form of 'Markitecture'...
  35. zenaxe

    Closed I wish Fractal Allows Me to Overwrite All Factory IRs

    Exactly. That is why we need 8192.
  36. zenaxe

    Do You Guys Mostly Use 3rd Party IRs or Are You Happy with Factory Cabs/IRs?

    The III is the only device with a good enough and well organized enough selection, that I could see not using any but those in the box. I had built a huge collection prior with the I & II, so I use them because I’m familiar. But the factory cabs are pretty much completely sufficient. It...
  37. zenaxe

    Van Halen - "Runnin' With The Devil" Intro (Van Halen preset in the making)

    Yes, it is amazing to think that a single digital device can come so close to replicating a mythical analog setup from 1978 that has vexed so many people for so long and where there has been so much speculation and lore surrounding it! Great times.
  38. zenaxe

    Wish REVV Red & Purple

    This... Line 6 have pretty much the same requirements to model something that @FractalAudio does; so I would suspect that Revv may be one of those makers who sees an upside to the exposure of being modeled by a big name rather than looks at it as competition. Speaking of amp designers named...
  39. zenaxe

    Deadpool’s FM3 Review

    Almost certainly one setting or another. Levels are a thing with loops, cab sims, power amp sims, global settings, etc.
  40. zenaxe

    Van Halen - "Runnin' With The Devil" Intro (Van Halen preset in the making)

    Well done. That's pretty darn close! VH1 is a grail tone for a lot of folks.
  41. zenaxe

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 12.08 Public Beta Part Deux

    "In" and: Stoked. I have held back on a Drop pedal for a while. Had faith FAS was going to make it a brick with a FW eventually. :)
  42. zenaxe

    Is arrived the time for Axe-Fx III to profile an amp?

    No, man, Cliff said he had a patent in the works that is along the lines of profiling earlier in the thread. We're speculating on whether it would be new hardware or a new capability for the III. So I was saying even if it is a new product maybe there could be a player block on the III that is...
  43. zenaxe

    Is arrived the time for Axe-Fx III to profile an amp?

    I'm hopeful, FWIW... Seems like the III should have the horsepower for just about anything. And I personally don't wanna drop more $ on a new box. so there's that. :D If the matching process requires new H/W to measure the amp, I would be perfectly happy with a profile player block in the AF3. ;)
  44. zenaxe

    VH Modded Marshall

    Give up the goods on the preset @levipeto we can't take the suspense anymore!!
  45. zenaxe

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

    No one can tell you what you are going to "feel", that is why we call it that. It's personal. If it's done properly it should vary from amp to amp. If the Axe models 200+ amps and it does so accurately, some should feel one way and others should feel notably different. Whether that is going to...
  46. zenaxe

    Axe III and Low Volume Power Amp/Cab Setup

    If you are using tube power at low volume it buys you very little, IME. In fact with an Axe and its power amp modeling it is arguably worse. Unless you want the tube power for when you turn up, I would recommend using an SS amp instead. The Axe can simulate the power amp running at a much higher...
  47. zenaxe

    af3 to iPhone

    Any class compliant USB Audio Interface will work with an iPhone and the USB camera connection kit as long as it is properly powered. If the interface is bus powered, some will draw too much current to be powered by a mobile device. I have used a Focusrite Scarlett desktop interface with...
  48. zenaxe

    Your top 5 brutal metal amp models

    I'm a modded Marshall guy and the FAS Hot Rod is utterly out of control. I would buy that amp if it existed IRL.
  49. zenaxe

    Any Love for the JC120?

    He's telling you to try turning off the power amp in the model unless you are already doing that globally. You'd do this by going into the amp model deep settings under 'Power Supply' and setting the 'Supply Sag' to zero. Or since you are using a tube power amp if you want to defeat power amp...
  50. zenaxe

    Your top 5 brutal metal amp models

    A few gotos: Engl Savage 5150 Block 5153 Red USA IIC++ Engl Powerball Worth a look: The almighty Uberschall, Rectos, Splawn Nitro, FAS Modern series, and of course: FAS Brootalz. Hard to keep it at five. ;) We have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the Br00talz. Although, that...
  51. zenaxe

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 12.08 Public Beta

    New 6505 channels are a pleasant surprise. Pitch tracking tweaks should be great too! Nice!
  52. zenaxe

    Why do I need a cab pack?

    All my cab slots are full, personally. :) But, if you are new and have no cab IRs, I would definitely avoid new ones until I felt I had explored the stock ones pretty fully. I built my IR collection with the II and other devices with less complete librarie!
  53. zenaxe

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 12.05

    NMD: New model day!! This is awesome. I seriously considered buying a TC50 last year but ended up getting a Les Paul instead... now I have an LP and a TC100 model! This amp was a seriously good call for an addition @FractalAudio!!
  54. zenaxe

    New amp models

    I would like a VHT Pitbull UL , Orange TH and OR series amps, Sunn (Cliff had mentioned possibly doing the Model T), Randall RG and some of the Fortin series, I don’t think we have Dumble SSS based model... there are others I can think of... I do think those listed are unique enough that they...
  55. zenaxe

    A/B With Guitar Cab and Matrix GT 800FX

    Actually I wonder if the transformer to speaker coupling and the associated resonances don't have a lot to do with it in addition to the accoustic/off-axis/mic thing you get into with FRFR... SS amps cannot do that on their own and I suspect most modelers do not get this right and they cannot...
  56. zenaxe

    A/B With Guitar Cab and Matrix GT 800FX

    Glad to hear that you continue to check models against their counterparts! A couple of questions: Do the “real” amps suffer with the same blanket over speakers effect due to FM at low volumes too? Or does FM affect real amps in a slightly different way? People in modeling land talk about FM all...
  57. zenaxe

    Power amp simulation on even with an external power amp

    This is like telling us coffee is so much better if you use water to make it rather than eating the beans straight out of the bag. You're SUPPOSED to make it with water. LOL.
  58. zenaxe

    FM3 General Discussion Thread

    Or sitting in a spam folder somewhere. o_O
  59. zenaxe

    FM3 Now Shipping

    Congrats FAS. I am sure everyone is going to find this product worth the wait.
  60. zenaxe

    FM3 General Discussion Thread

    This. Good tone today is good tone tomorrow.
  61. zenaxe

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 12.00

    Thanks, @jon ; that is a great explanation and I am indeed stoked. I have been hoping for something that could help with noise reduction in a better way than the existing gate for a long time!
  62. zenaxe

    Can the Axe-Fx III play clean or is it only for metal ...

    Of course it can't. It has 270+ amp models and every single one is a variant of the Mesa Dual Rectifier Red channel. Death to all but metal.
  63. zenaxe

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 12.00

    WTF is a downward expander and why should I be stoked about it? How are folks using it... Help me join the fun. :confused:
  64. zenaxe

    How to think about channels

    Yes, thanks. I was thinking of the II, I have been using my II a lot lately, it is in a second rig.
  65. zenaxe

    How to think about channels

    OP: Once you get the concept of channels down there is another thing wrt scenes. There are two ‘scene controllers’ in the Axe using the scene controllers actually side steps the requirement for channels to vary parameters they’re applied to... and their use can negate some of the things other...
  66. zenaxe

    What amp did the Axe-Fx III make you discover and fall in love with?

    Most of my discoveries are amps I never would have looked at in real life... I am interested in modded Marshalls and Modern high gains, so I will seek out those because they are the bread and butter stuff, but: Swart The Komets CA Tucana Supro Budda Never would have sought those out IRL. All...
  67. zenaxe

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 11.02 Public Beta #2

    Speak for yourself, these voices are driving me crazy.
  68. zenaxe

    Stay with me here, but wouldn’t it be awesome if............

    I’d prefer cup holders, TBH.
  69. zenaxe

    Axe-Fx III Longevity

    yup... I expect this generation of Axe to have even longer lags than the prior one (and I was perfectly happy with the II‘s life, I still use mine, also). As you note, as the tech matures the flagship platform will support more revision/evolutions of the software and hence stay live longer and...
  70. zenaxe

    Some People Think our beloved Axe-Fx is just a glorified iPad

    FWIW: I f*cking LOVE my iPad Pro. It is literally my favorite piece of mobile tech. So my gut reaction without watching the vid: I totally agree, the AxeFx represents the perfection of the current technology node in guitar just like my iPad does for mobile devices. :D That said, GF loves...
  71. zenaxe

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 11.01

    My New Band Name: Theory of Levity
  72. zenaxe

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 11.01

    I'm considering taking up "guitar". I've heard it's pretty fun.
  73. zenaxe

    Marshall Super Bass

    Reminder: Tone match is a thing.
  74. zenaxe

    Xvive wireless with AXE III?

    The Line 6 G10 is a good wireless for home studio use. IMHO. It has no issues with any of my guitars (6) including my Jackson with EMG 85/81s.
  75. zenaxe

    Ares vs FASpice?

    They’re not different at all AFAIK. My understanding was that the FASpice thing was an underlying technology in the FW so it is a component of ‘Ares’. There is probably a lot of propriety methods and technology in the FAS product, it is not just one thing. I <heart> FAS but these names are...
  76. zenaxe

    Speaker Impedance Curves for Axe 2

    I would expect so. It is certainly worth tryin.
  77. zenaxe

    Speaker Impedance Curves for Axe 2

    If the graphs are anything to go by, they are more detailed in the III ... in the 2 they only have two main points the user can modify. Whereas in addition to the different settings in the drop down, the 3 curves have multiple sub peaks and valleys so they are clearly not the same. So it is more...
  78. zenaxe

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 11.00

    No the Axe hasn’t been updated in like a year or more. It must be your imagination.
  79. zenaxe

    Wish Embedded hardware power amp

    +1. Given that it is a rack unit and there are many rack power amps, the only way a power amp would add much value is if it actually communicated with the Axe and behaved differently in some way based on the preset contents, etc. Not sure exactly what that would be since the Axe already has...
  80. zenaxe

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 11.00

    FWIW, I'm sure everyone understands this is generally what should be done in the absence of data. But knowing the speaker details would certainly make it easier to find a logical starting point. One might be able to reasonably guess them in a number of cases (i.e. certain cabs tend to have...
  81. zenaxe

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 11.00 Public Beta

    FWIW, I have some presets where I have tuned the impedance to be similar to my IRL cab. Other users may have consciously changed them for this or other reasons. I have always considered getting the Low resonance close to your cab important for it to sound/feel right when going Axe->SS Power...
  82. zenaxe

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 11.00 Public Beta

    This makes sense. Thanks for the clarification, in that case, I totally get it now. :D
  83. zenaxe

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 11.00 Public Beta

    So, no, they were weren't all the same or no, you don't plan to allow selecting the old default? I guess we could write the old values on a sticky note if the latter. Note that I haven't loaded this so I am not sure how it works but was assuming the null cab zeros the resonances, etc. FWIW it...
  84. zenaxe

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 11.00 Public Beta

    @FractalAudio wasn’t the old default curve the same for all amps? If so, you should just literally have a curve called “Old Default” in addition to “null”. This would cover like 99% of all concerns... I personally messed with the curve some prior but that is because I sometimes use a real cab...
  85. zenaxe

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 11.00 Public Beta

    Exactly, this has came up in the forum before even in the II days... it would require a bunch of IR producers to be able to understand/take this kind of measurement and then also to standardize on how it is embedded or communicated to users... And even then, AFAIK, FAS is the only company...
  86. zenaxe

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 10.02

    Man I have been preaching the importance of this aspect of the whole amp/speaker system for a long time when talking tone with other digital fans. And have always been so thankful the FAS products unlike any other modeling product actually allows the user to tune it, it is one of those things...
  87. zenaxe

    Wish Friedman JJ, Wizard MC-II and Revv Gen 120

    +1. Some great amps. Especially the Wizard. @FractalAudio Really itching for some new amp models. Seems like forever since something truly new has been added.
  88. zenaxe

    Nuno Pornografitti album preset

    I am a huge fan of that tone. That ADA MP-1 era had a bunch of guys who just crushed it with that unit. All the Michael Wagner stuff and a few others. Singtall did a Nuno PG patch on the II, which I liked pretty well... IIRC he based it on one of the JVM's I am almost thinking it was the...
  89. zenaxe

    FW10 USA IIC++

    Thanks for the info, Leon. Keep up the great work. Really appreciate all the work and info you share. Lots of great contributors here, makes this a positive place on the 'net; which the world needs more of...
  90. zenaxe

    Simeon Harris' amazing synth, delay and pitch presets converted to Axe-Fx III

    Simeon you are an FX genius. I always pay attention to your posts... have gained so many good tidbits from your contributions here. Keep up the great work.
  91. zenaxe

    FW10 USA IIC++

    Wat is the CC boost? Cliff Chase?
  92. zenaxe

    IR Length

    Thanks for clarifying, Cliff! Just wanted to make sure I was following along... It is definitely cool to hear your thinking and observations as you continue to explore (and push ;) ) the boundaries of modeling technology. As noted, I was trying to clarify my understanding of Cliff's current...
  93. zenaxe

    IR Length

    I’m confused... wasn’t Ultrares about making IRs longer, essentially? Or does memory not serve? Also, I thought you had said earlier this year you were into raw (non-MPT, right?) IRs? So this is a reversal of that stance? Sounds like you are doing a 180 on some of the previous recommendations...
  94. zenaxe

    Wish Wish List: New Amps

    The ADA tone stack is completely different, though. You could try using a plexi, turning on one of the built-in boosts, and then set the tone stack to an active tone stack. Then you might wanna mess with the EQs. It would be easier if Cliff did it for us in the box, though. :D
  95. zenaxe

    Wish Framus Cobra & Boss HM-2

    Coolness. Will check that out! Thx!
  96. zenaxe

    Wish Framus Cobra & Boss HM-2

    He mentioned two amps, which one? IIRC, Cliff said once on one of the other generation wish lists that the Cobra was extremely similar to the Dual Rectifier. I would like to have one in the box, too, though :D I also remember a number of folks saying the Recto is surprisingly similar to the SLO...
  97. zenaxe

    Going back to square 1......

    Nice thread... will be watching this one. I am looking to 'rearchitect' my presets, too. They are all setup with too much variation and I need ot impose some standards on my own layouts/methods as it has gotten counterproductive.
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