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  1. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.01

    No, but there are still things to wish for. An improved display optimized for live/stage viewing was requested over a year ago A set-list mode is a LONG standing wishlist item... Of course there's the obvious pitch block wish... If none of those things ever make it, the FM3 still sounds...
  2. ethomas1013

    Scenes vs Patches with FM9: Switching speed and CPU

    That's not what he's asking. He's asking about switching speed between presets on the FM9. How much of a gap will he experience?
  3. ethomas1013

    I love my AX8 Dumble... why can't I get the FM3 to duplicate???

    I didn’t find Austin Buddies presets to sound better than the factory presets when I bought them for the AX8, but I didn’t buy his FM3 pack. The way he implemented the FX and controllers never suited my preferences. What I did like about his presets is that you get every amp model represented...
  4. ethomas1013

    I love my AX8 Dumble... why can't I get the FM3 to duplicate???

    Really, I find many of the presets in the FM3 to be excellent starting points. Especially with the last update to the presets. I never liked any of the presets in the AX8… As you go through presets, if you find one that’s close, go to the amp block and make basic tone control adjustments. I’m...
  5. ethomas1013

    I love my AX8 Dumble... why can't I get the FM3 to duplicate???

    Different devices, different firmware. They will never sound the same. I’d start from scratch and dial in tones you like on the FM3 without comparing it to the AX8 or trying to make it sound exactly like the AX8. If that fails, sell the FM3 and use the AX8.
  6. ethomas1013

    Poll: MK1 owners, 1024 User 2 cab slots or 32 FullRes cab slots?

    Had to search for it, but the definitive answer from Cliff on this for the AxeFX III Mark I can be found here.
  7. ethomas1013

    Gapless scene switching?

    FM9 has two amp blocks available so you can seamlessly switch amps by using the two amp blocks rather than changing channels in one amp block.
  8. ethomas1013

    Am I RTFMing this right?

    Yes, the FM3's on-board jacks can function as Stand-In Switches, it thats what you are asking about. In fact, one FM3 jack can support two switches, something the FM9 cannot do. That was discussed in the main FM9 introduction thread.
  9. ethomas1013

    AITR

    What should be available for download? The user IR banks are empty unless you load something into them. Unless I'm totally misunderstand this, the discussion is about eliminating half of the empty user IR slots, not eliminating any of the IRs that are loaded in the unit from the factory.
  10. ethomas1013

    Sticking with the FM3? Upgrading to FM9? Why?

    Hey man, hope you are doing well! I'm still required to use a modeler at Church (silent stage), and I do use the FM3 for FX with an amp. But I have a regular jam with some old friends and the amp is king in those situations! I'm done trying to use a modeler with FRFR as an amp substitute. FRFR...
  11. ethomas1013

    Announcing the New FM9 Amp Modeler/FX Processor

    Oops! I edited my post to tag the correct Matt!
  12. ethomas1013

    Why no 'Global Blocks" ? Technical limitations or something else ? PLEASE PLEASE

    Yes, you can cut and paste blocks from one preset to another in FM3 edit. You can also save blocks in a library that can be recalled in a preset. To me, global blocks would be the most useful if you are making changes on the fly at a gig and you want those changes saved across multiple presets...
  13. ethomas1013

    Announcing the New FM9 Amp Modeler/FX Processor

    Perhaps you don't understand the comments because you have not participated in this forum or previous FAS waitlists? I have been involved in the last five waitlists (AxeII, AxeIII, AX8, FX8, and FM3). These are my observations based on participation in previous waitlists. Perhaps this will help...
  14. ethomas1013

    Sticking with the FM3? Upgrading to FM9? Why?

    I had an FC6 along with my FM3 for a while. Just didn't like that they were two separate pieces. Went to the 2-button stand in switch and dealt with the shortcomings (from my perspective). The extra switches are not the only factor. I'm thrilled with the FM3, but the FM9 will meet my needs...
  15. ethomas1013

    Sticking with the FM3? Upgrading to FM9? Why?

    I'll be moving to the FM9. I have made the 3-buttons with a stand-in switch work, but it's still not my preference. The FM3/FC6 combination was just too big. I know the FM9 isn't much smaller than that pair, but it hits the sweet spot for me. I'll probably give the FM3 to our Worship Leader. He...
  16. ethomas1013

    Announcing the New FM9 Amp Modeler/FX Processor

    Don't rule out it being the amp. I had a Budda Superdrive 30 for a long time and every digital multi-FX device I tried was noisy in the FX loop of that amp. That amp is gone, but I have used the FM3 in 4-cable method with my RedPlate Blues Machine 66 without noise or hiss issues. There was a...
  17. ethomas1013

    Announcing the New FM9 Amp Modeler/FX Processor

    @chris Shout out to Chris for an excellent introductory video answering 99% of my questions. Nice job.
  18. ethomas1013

    Is anyone using the FM3 for effects only? How are you liking it.

    I get that it's nice to make kitchen sink presets for every effect you might want. Do you need Phaser, Chorus and Rotary all at the same time? I use different presets with different combinations of modulation effects in the preset. There's never been a case where I need (or wanted) to turn on...
  19. ethomas1013

    Is anyone using the FM3 for effects only? How are you liking it.

    Sure, but he listed only four effects and said he couldn’t fit in the rotary. If that’s the case, something is clearly wrong. For what it’s worth, I did cycle through a few different drive models that I know use more cpu and had no problems. I was at 64% with two drives and more stuff than he...
  20. ethomas1013

    Is anyone using the FM3 for effects only? How are you liking it.

    I have not tried that, and have no plans to do so. When it comes to amps and effects, I'm mostly a plug straight into the amp type of guy. I occasionally like to use a clean boost or something that does not have a lot of gain (hence the KoT and Nobels). I'm not one to mess with the amp tone too...
  21. ethomas1013

    Is anyone using the FM3 for effects only? How are you liking it.

    My primary use of the FM3 is at church with IEM. But, I have tried it a few times both straight into the front of the amp ('62 Deluxe) and in 4 cable method (Redplate Blues Machine 66). No amp or cab block in the presets. A few observations: Since one of the CPU cores is dedicated to the amp...
  22. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00

    I have no idea what Vegemite is, but if it's tastes like a Recto sounds I don't want anything to do with it!
  23. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00 beta 5

    Tweed Jumpered is a new model added with the Cygnus betas I think. That's driving both channels and can be a mess if you turn the volumes up too high, IMO. Keep them low, I have the Bright Drive at 3 and Normal Drive at 1 and it sounds pretty good for Stones songs with a Tele in Open-G. But...
  24. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00 beta 5

    I'm curious. What's the logic behind this? Personally, I would rather see it leave the tone controls alone whether in authentic or not.
  25. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00 beta 4

    Exported FC configuration, reset parameters, updated FW, imported FC configuration, set my parameters back to my preferred settings. All is well here. Fan is not running unexpectedly, no chirping noises. But I never experienced any of these issues with the previous betas.
  26. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00 beta 3

    Post #1 of this thread. The link for the FW was removed.
  27. ethomas1013

    FM3 Cygnus Factory Preset Banks A, B, and C - Preview 1

    I just sampled some presets in bank 1. Definite improvement over previous versions. Good work.
  28. ethomas1013

    FM3-Edit 1.04.00

    @yek I noticed it on these two: Deluxe Tweed, Deluxe Tweed Jumped
  29. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00 beta 1

    Not in the release notes, but it looks like we got a new Deluxe Tweed Jumped model, and proper modeling of the volume control interaction in the non-jumped model. I don't think that was there previously, unless I missed it (quite possible). Maybe it was added in the previous beta? Regardless...
  30. ethomas1013

    FM3-Edit 1.04.00

    It appears that the presence control is showing up on the authentic page for amps that don't have a presence control. Maybe it was always there and I never noticed it?
  31. ethomas1013

    Bank up bank down issue

    Select the button that is assigned for Bank up or Bank down. Looks like you have Bank+ assigned to the hold function of switch 3. Bank size is one of the parameters for the Bank up or Bank Down functions. Look at post #8.
  32. ethomas1013

    Bank up bank down issue

    If anything, it would make sense for the default to be bank size of 3 with bank upper limit set to 170.
  33. ethomas1013

    Bank up bank down issue

    @DaveO, I knew that parameter was there somewhere. I forgot to look at the parameters for the bank switch. It's the upper bank limit, not the upper preset number. With 6 presets per bank, the maximum bank number would be 85 (512/6 = 85.3333). If bank size is set to 3, the upper limit would be...
  34. ethomas1013

    Bank up bank down issue

    It’s the bank upper/lower limit like @mr_fender said. I had the wrong parameter in my post.
  35. ethomas1013

    Carol Ann Appreciation Thread

    Yeah, I don’t use any of the factory presets. Every once and a while I spin through them for fun to see if something catches my ear. But to just plug into them without modifying at least the basic tone parameters is like walking into Guitar Center and plugging in to all the amps without ever...
  36. ethomas1013

    Carol Ann Appreciation Thread

    I played a friends OD2R for the first time last night. Great sounding amp. The AxeFX preset for that amp is horribly dark and muddy in comparison. Haven’t had a chance to revisit the preset but I’ll dial it in from scratch the next time I do.
  37. ethomas1013

    Bank up bank down issue

    Actually, that's probably not it because that applies to preset changes via midi. There use to be upper and lower bank limit parameters but I'm not seeing those now... Must be overlooking them? I don't use an FC controller so I probably shouldn't have tried to help on this one.
  38. ethomas1013

    Bank up bank down issue

    I'm going to guess this is the problem: From the face of the FM3 Settings > MIDI/Remote > Other > Preset Inc/Dec End. Set the value to 511.
  39. ethomas1013

    Mounting your FM3 and/or FM6 to a pedalboard

    There is a vent on the bottom - presumably an intake? I use the layered dual-lock method in the OP, with the sides on, with a PedalTrain and it works great.
  40. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Version 3.03 beta 1

    What if he likes what a specific pedal does and can’t duplicate it by just turning the knobs?
  41. ethomas1013

    How much do I need an FC-6?

    I sold my FC6. I found that the FM3 with two stand-in switches works fine for me. I use per-song presets with scenes. If I were operating with more of a stomp-box mindset I would have probably kept the FC6, but would not have been happy with the size of the two units together. Definitely NOT...
  42. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Version 3.03 beta 1

    Cygnus will be version 4. The major version number is changed whenever there is a change to the modeling. It is possible that we could see a Version 4 beta without ever getting a release version of 3.03.
  43. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Version 3.03 beta 1

    I cannot duplicate this with my external 2-button switch.
  44. ethomas1013

    Can you Velcro FM3 to a Pedaltrain board?

    Heavy duty Velcro on the bottom of the unit, with the companion piece locked to that with the sticky side down, but instead of sticking that to the pedalboard, I have another Velcro piece stuck to the back of that (sticky side up) and that piece locks into the velcro on the pedalboard. It is...
  45. ethomas1013

    Can you Velcro FM3 to a Pedaltrain board?

    Yes, I left the end caps on and doubled up the velcro. It's been rock solid for a year.
  46. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Version 3.02 Beta 1

    AdminM@ already said 3.02 will are released before Cygnus is ported to the FM3. https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/fm3-firmware-version-3-02-beta-1.170219/page-17#post-2055307
  47. ethomas1013

    FM3 Mkll?

    I certainly hope the next product is NOT an FM3 MKII. Lets move up to a full Axe-FX III in a floor unit with more switches.
  48. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Version 3.01

    Totally expected. It would be a major disappointment if the FM3 was left behind the amp modeling of the AxeIII already.
  49. ethomas1013

    Is my FM3 Defective?

    The video won't play for me. There was a feedback problem when using excessive gain (I mean ridiculous amounts of gain) with a limited number of units from the first shipment that required the units be sent back to Fractal for repair. If your's is a very early headphone unit I would contact FAS...
  50. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Version 3.01

    Right, but if you open Fractal-Bot from FM3-Edit, the editor is automatically paused for you.
  51. ethomas1013

    how to dial in „strymon timeline“ - like delays

    Do you have the delay in the chain before or after the amp block? Amp block sums to mono if I recall correctly.
  52. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Version 3.01

    Never mind that Fractal-Bot is available from FM3 Edit by selecting Tools > Fractal-Bot...
  53. ethomas1013

    Wish Deluxe Tweed Jump amp model

    Ok, so the new "59 Bassguy Jump" amp model is brilliant. How about adding a "Deluxe Tweed Jump" model that captures the interaction of the controls. That would be awesome!
  54. ethomas1013

    FM3 drive block models ETA?

    I wouldn't hold my breath... and it may never happen. https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/fm3-firmware-version-2-00-public-beta-1.167544/page-18#post-2016489 https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/how-much-better-are-the-drives-compared-to-the-fm3.168483/#post-2023962
  55. ethomas1013

    FM3 pops when turn on and poweramp is already on, Axe-Fx 3 doesn't....why?

    Ever heard the phrase "last on first off" for power amps? That has been standard operating procedure for for decades.
  56. ethomas1013

    Wah on Earth am I going wrong?

    Setup > I/O > Pedal > Pedal 1 Setup With that parameter set to a value of Expression Pedal 1, he needs to set the control settings in the Wah Block for the Source to be Pedal 1 (Exp/Sw Tip) as I stated above. It sounds like he has it set to External 1 as he did with the AX8.
  57. ethomas1013

    Wah on Earth am I going wrong?

    In the Control settings in the Wah Block, the Source should be set to Pedal 1 (Exp/Sw Tip).
  58. ethomas1013

    Stage View (Concept)

    There is already a wish for an enhancing the display. I like this one a lot better than what is suggested here. https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/list-display-zoom.160772/
  59. ethomas1013

    New FM ???

    Pure speculation!
  60. ethomas1013

    New FM ???

    Yeah, they REALLY need to implement the performance pages from the AxeFX III. If/when they do that you won't miss the direct amp controls. There's no excuse for not having those in the FM3. There's no way they will introduce a trade-in/upgrade program.
  61. ethomas1013

    New FM ???

    Not me. The FM3 is great for what it is, but I want to see a more powerful floor unit that can hang with the processing power of the AxeFX III with more buttons that is not as big as the FM3/FC6 combination Prematurely discontinuing the FM3 for a replacement floor unit would certainly be...
  62. ethomas1013

    New FM ???

    Fixed it for you. And there is certainly something new in the works! There has to be.
  63. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Version 3.0

    That kind of sucks. I'd prefer it to always start with the default settings. If I want to remember settings and reuse them I can always save the block to my block library.
  64. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Version 3.0

    Yes, that would work. Maybe set to a second or so?
  65. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Version 3.0

    Close to brilliant... When using the expression pedal for wha, it's easy to move into that 5% range and the tuner kicks in muting the signal (I have my tuner set to mute the input). FAS, would it be possible to add a delay time parameter to set a short delay before the tuner kicks in on pedal...
  66. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Version 3.0

    I don't have any lag switching scenes with different amp channels. Switching presets has the same lag time as previous firmwares.
  67. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Version 2.0

    Yeah, that was a nice usability improvement on the AxeIII back when that was implemented. But really, the screen on the FM3 is grossly underutilized for a floor unit. So much dead/empty space. There are some good change requests for the screen in the Wish List sub-forum that @BryantP has seen...
  68. ethomas1013

    One thing I don't understand about some things not being ported from Axe-Fx 3

    It's not a matter of taking more CPU. The FM3 hardware is incapable of running the new AxeFX III drive block at this time. https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/fm3-firmware-version-2-00-public-beta-1.167544/page-18#post-2016489 It is unclear whether "at this time" means that further...
  69. ethomas1013

    External switch as Scene 4 selector for all Presets

    Assuming you have not made any edits to the button assignments in Layout 2, on the hardware configure your stand-in switch (either FM3 SW 1 TIP or FM3 SW 2 TIP) to access Layout 2, Switch 4. That should do it.
  70. ethomas1013

    FM3 with a real amp?

    One of the cores handles the amp block and delay blocks. Removing the amp and cab bocks really doesn't free up much CPU. Does the FM3 work "just as well" as the FC6? IMO, not quite. It's good, but not as quiet. I do notice a little background hiss. I definitely have to use a hum buster cable...
  71. ethomas1013

    One Expression Pedal: Wah in Scene 1, Vol in Scene 2?

    Bumping this up now that 2.0 is out of beta.
  72. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Version 2.00 Public Beta 1

    To be clear, I should have typed, "Maybe it will, maybe it won't. Based on the post from FAS I'm guessing it won't". I'm generally not a pessimist, but on this one the glass is half empty in my view. We’ve been given mixed messages from FAS on porting the drive block to the FM3 from the time it...
  73. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Version 2.00 Public Beta 1

    That's not all he said. He also said the algorithms are too intense for THE HARDWARE at this time. The way I read it, that means that if the only block that was in the preset was the new drive block the hardware could not run it. The hardware isn't going to be altered so the only hope is if the...
  74. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Version 2.00 Public Beta 1

    My interpretation is that he just told us there is a 0% chance of the drives being ported.
  75. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Version 2.00 Public Beta 1

    Hopefully that means they are doing more than fix the reported problems and are adding more goodness for the official release!
  76. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Version 2.00 Public Beta 1

    Was it working with a previous FW? You didn’t say. The hold functions on my 2-button stand-in switch are working fine with 2.0 Beta 1.
  77. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Version 2.00 Public Beta 1

    I'd much rather see them invest their resources in fixing the FM3 problems and implementing the Drive and Pitch blocks than a conversion tool... Besides, so much has changed with the modeling and FX blocks since the AX8 days that an imported preset from legacy technology is virtually useless.
  78. ethomas1013

    One Expression Pedal: Wah in Scene 1, Vol in Scene 2?

    Yeah, I’m on 2.0 beta. I didn’t even think about that.
  79. ethomas1013

    FM3 + Morningstar MC6 = does the USB Type A Supply Power ?

    The port doesn't provide power currently. FAS has not announced specific plans for this port to my knowledge. I would not make any assumptions about this port providing power in the future.
  80. ethomas1013

    One Expression Pedal: Wah in Scene 1, Vol in Scene 2?

    Yes, there are different ways to do this. Like I said in a previous post, I don't like to use scenes to change the function of my expression pedal from wah to volume. I use a control switch. That way I can change the function of the pedal in any scene. I have attached a preset that is...
  81. ethomas1013

    One Expression Pedal: Wah in Scene 1, Vol in Scene 2?

    I am basically doing it that way, but I would not set it up with the Wah and Volume block in parallel because I want the Wah before the amp and the volume control after the amp. I don't want the volume block to change the gain of the amp which it will do if its before the amp block. I put the...
  82. ethomas1013

    FM3 Simulating a Classical Guitar sound (Nylon Strings) possible?

    Agreed. That's why I said it may not be convincing. Personally, I hate acoustic sims using electric guitars. All of them sound terrible, IMO. The were some nylon string IRs floating around at one time. Playing an acoustic using a Nylon IR gets you closer.
  83. ethomas1013

    FM3 Simulating a Classical Guitar sound (Nylon Strings) possible?

    If you have an IR of a nylon string it can be simulated, but whether you find it convincing or not is another story.
  84. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Version 2.00 Public Beta 1

    My approach would be to tackle the adoption blockers first, the problems that would keep potential buyers away. Next tackle the low hanging fruit by implementing the easy to incorporate updates that have the least impact on other areas and are the least likely to introduce new bugs. Last...
  85. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Version 2.00 Public Beta 1

    Not sure if this was rhetorical, but to answer your question no, the drive block update has not been previously ported to the FM3 and is not listed in the release notes for this beta.
  86. ethomas1013

    Boring sounds to most but my kind of "clean" tone

    FM3 at the feet of the guy playing the Gibson.
  87. ethomas1013

    FM3 Status Update

    Of course not. But it doesn't hurt to ask. Matt did say he would post an update in 1-2 weeks. There are people having lots of problems with this unit that would love to know the status of the FW update.
  88. ethomas1013

    FM3 Status Update

    I'm not making any guesses. But it would be nice if @Admin M@ could give us an update today!
  89. ethomas1013

    Understanding the FM3 output capabilities for stompbox replacement duty

    I don’t have any hiss issues using the FM3 straight into an amp. It’s been a while since I did it. Don’t remember if I used a humbuster cable with output 2 for that, but I think I did. Of course that’s related to hum, not hiss, so take a look at your output levels too.
  90. ethomas1013

    FM3 Status Update

    Regardless, I don't expect that technology to make it to the FM3. But again, that's pure speculation on my part and we're definitely way off topic here.
  91. ethomas1013

    FM3 Status Update

    According to the patent information, approval is still pending. https://patents.google.com/patent/US20200279546A1/en?inventor=clifford+chase More likely Cliff is busy overseeing cleaning up the FM3 problems and that's why there has not been any AxeIII updates for a couple weeks. Of course...
  92. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Release Version 1.06

    We have no idea how many FM3 units have been sold and we also have no idea how many people who do not participate in this forum have logged problems with support. It seems to me you are tossing out blanket statements just as much as those you are calling out for their statements. Regardless of...
  93. ethomas1013

    FM3 ...pros and cons over axe iii

    Yeah, I suggested that in the FW 1.06 thread. Hopefully it's something that FAS will consider.
  94. ethomas1013

    FM3 ...pros and cons over axe iii

    Read the FW 1.06 thread. FM3 has had reports of USB/audio interface problems (by some users, not all) over the last 6 months that were supposedly fixed in the last two updates. Still having reports of problems from some users.
  95. ethomas1013

    FM3 ...pros and cons over axe iii

    With FW version 1.06... Cons FM3 does not support ultra res IRs. FM3 does not support performance pages. FM3 may never get the drive block update or pitch block updates due to increased CPU usage of those two blocks. FAS has not confirmed whether these updates will be ported, but we are...
  96. ethomas1013

    FM3 Mark II

    We already had this thread... https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/fm3-mkii-on-the-horizon.165333/
  97. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Release Version 1.06

    This has nothing to do with entitlement. This unit has been out since February and is still suffering from USB and freezing issues that have been reported for several months. We've had more than one FW release that was suppose to fix these issues only to have them pop up again. So other...
  98. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Release Version 1.06

    Not exactly correct.... unless you are referring to a different post. https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/fm3-firmware-release-version-1-06.165312/page-15#post-1994748
  99. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Release Version 1.06

    Drive block update will not be easy to implement. Cliff already said implementing it will eat up too much CPU necessitating changes to presets. Maybe they could update the Drive block with the new algorithms and keep the existing drive block as an “economy” mode. Have existing presets that are...
  100. ethomas1013

    FM3 Firmware Release Version 1.06

    You forgot about the pitch block update, and the improved switching speed, and the performance pages...
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