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  1. Strumzilla

    “Jesus, is there anything you people don’t bitch about”

    I haven't taken time to read all the comments, but I have a feeling others have said it - the fact that we continue to receive these firmware updates with new models of amps/pedals, etc. is extremely rare in this business. Most companies would call these expansion packs or equivalent and charge...
  2. Strumzilla

    Health Update

    Get well soon, hope you're back on stage in the near future.
  3. Strumzilla

    Ooooh... Charts and Graphs Redux

    Now we're at my level.
  4. Strumzilla

    Announcing the New FM9 Amp Modeler/FX Processor

    Don't need one, but I'm happy that FAS keeps innovating and responding to the needs of its user base. I'm sure this will be a great fit for many.
  5. Strumzilla

    Rush Canadian Golden Ale coming soon

    I also thought Trooper was excellent. Doesn't hurt when you get it gratis during the pre-show, but I've bought it locally as well. And for anyone wondering, it's called a brewery.
  6. Strumzilla

    Mohini Day Countdown

    She's amazing, I'd love to see more of her in a heavy prog/prog metal setting.
  7. Strumzilla

    PRS DGT - should I get it?

    What he said...
  8. Strumzilla

    NGD: Suhr Pete Thorn Signature

    As they say in the Emerald Isle, that's Gargeous.
  9. Strumzilla

    10 Classical Composers Rock Medley

    This was just fantastic! Loved it. I've seen your Karen, etc. arrangement videos on YouTube and had quite a few laughs. Love seeing you play classical through the filter of electric guitar.
  10. Strumzilla

    The New Dune Movie Trailer…

    Really looking forward to this film! Love Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049.
  11. Strumzilla

    I Lost my wife last night

    Very sorry for your loss. May she RIP. She'll live on in the memories of those who knew and loved her.
  12. Strumzilla

    What studio monitors are you using

    Focal Alpha 80s as my mains, and Avantone Cubes for secondary.
  13. Strumzilla

    My new guitar (I built)

    That looks amazing, props to you on your hard work!
  14. Strumzilla

    Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger Cover

    Great version. Love that guitar, too. I got into Oasis way after the fact, but they've become one of my favorite bands. I've seen NGHFBs a few times, I'm hoping they come back out on tour in the near future.
  15. Strumzilla

    The Cygnus Limelight M@ preset appreciation thread

    This is great news. I had several Jammit songs that were just going to waste.
  16. Strumzilla

    Heading Out to the Highway - Judas Priest 🤘

    This is awesome. I think you need to discuss wardrobe options with the bassist. Maybe he can borrow something from the singer/guitarist, looks like their clothes would fit. ;)
  17. Strumzilla

    Ever give up playing?

    I had a large gap when I joined the Army and told myself I didn't have the talent to be a great guitarist like those I admired. What I needed was more discipline and drive. It was more about the work I needed to do. Fast forward about 15 years and I had developed the discipline I needed and I...
  18. Strumzilla

    Bluechip Picks

    I still have a few that I bought several years ago and I liked them fine, but it wasn't realistic to keep using picks that I was afraid of losing every time I played them. I ultimately have settled on the newer JP 2.0 mm picks which for me had a similar feel without the sticker shock.
  19. Strumzilla

    Axe Fx III and Burns Tri-Sonic for a vocal like tone

    I love this idea. I've always hesitated in getting one of the exact replica guitars that are so iconic like the Red Special or Frankenstrat. I love how this honors the Red Special without being an exact copy. Nothing against people who get the replicas, it's just not for me. If you're willing to...
  20. Strumzilla

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 16.00 "Cygnus"

    Let me join the chorus. Massive thanks to Cliff and FAS for continuing to push the envelope and make the AxeFx the best modeler on the market! My AxeFx products (Ultra, II, III, MFC-101, FC-12) have been as valuable to my sound as any other purchases I've made. I had waited to update until it...
  21. Strumzilla

    To Pull This Off at Age 69 Is Incredible

    Saw ELO on their last stop in Dallas a few years ago. Band and Jeff sounded fantastic. Well worth seeing live if you ever get the chance again.
  22. Strumzilla

    What gear do you want these days (non-guitar content)?

    In the era of COVID layoffs and economic uncertainty, I've completely suppressed my GAS urges and everything has been gathering dust in my Sweetwater wish lists. I won't make any major purchases until we get the house paid off and a nice chunk of discretionary funds on hand. That said, I haven't...
  23. Strumzilla

    Guitars: how many and brands?

    Paul Reed Smith Custom 24 Gibson Les Paul Custom Gibson ES-355 Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster Fender Richie Kotzen Telecaster Jackson San Dimas Adrian Smith ESP Ben Weinman James Tyler Variax Taylor 814CE Acoustic/Electric Steel String PRS Angelus SE Acoustic Steel String Yamaha Classical...
  24. Strumzilla

    Remembering Randy Rhoads

    Nailed it! Some killer guitars on that wall and in your hands.
  25. Strumzilla

    Hiwatt, SMH

    For a brief, shining moment, Cliff's intellect was on par with mine...
  26. Strumzilla

    You guys are in for another treat.

    Invisible to telescopic eye Infinity the star that would not die
  27. Strumzilla

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 5 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta #2

    You are now trapped in a Hitchcock movie.
  28. Strumzilla

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    Fair dinkum needs to make a comeback. I'd also like to nominate caterwauling. How could we describe the wailings of a Cygnus user? Chucklewauling? Chugawauling? This is important.
  29. Strumzilla

    Axe-Fx III 16.00 Beta 4 "Cygnus" Firmware - Public Beta

    I personally identify as a knucklehead, thank you very much.
  30. Strumzilla

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 15.00

    Thanks Cliff and FAS, as always the AxeFx is the gift that keeps on giving!!
  31. Strumzilla

    Interesting blog about EVH use of Variac

    We need to talk more about conserving natural racehorses...
  32. Strumzilla

    EJ Mini Guitar Lessons

    These are great. In reference to lesson 4 there, Troy Grady's analysis of Eric's DWPS technique is definitely worth checking out.
  33. Strumzilla

    Van Halen "Ice Cream Man"

    I always love your videos and playing, you capture Eddie's vibe which is not easy to do. I hope to see/hear your version of "I'm the One", one of my favorite VH tracks of all time.
  34. Strumzilla

    I Knew Sandler Could Play...

    Who's cutting onions in here?
  35. Strumzilla

    Retirement balance with the current market?

    I can't add much to the discussion other than to say I'm deliberately not looking at my 401K (TSP from govt service), and don't plan to for several months or longer depending on what I hear in the news. It's already in one of those lifecycle funds so each year it becomes more conservative until...
  36. Strumzilla

    COVID-19 - How Do You Plan To Pass Time During Isolation?

    I only work a couple days a week and we're already homebodies, so not much has changed. A normal day involves practice and study, although spending the additional mental energy for planning on conserving resources and money has put a damper on things. I am more inclined towards passive...
  37. Strumzilla

    Rhetorical Question About the Avengers

    I typically check my brain at the door for most Sci Fi/Fantasy tv and movies, they're more enjoyable that way. Even the "hard" Science Fiction movies like The Martian, Gravity, etc. get things wrong. I love hearing Neil DeGrasse Tyson analyze the errors.
  38. Strumzilla

    Fractal Audio COVID-19 Response

    A very prudent course of action.
  39. Strumzilla

    Eric Johnson with Rick Beato

    Rick is perfect for these sorts of interviews, and I think a lot of these musicians have seen his videos and know he's legit. I imagine we'll keep getting great musicians, producers, composers, etc. in the future.
  40. Strumzilla

    Jerry Cantrell/Alice In Chains Tone (Friedman JJ-100) w/patch

    This is glorious, well done, Sir!
  41. Strumzilla

    Eric Johnson Lead Tone (Patch Included)

    Sounding pretty good!
  42. Strumzilla

    Would you like to run Axe-Edit as a plug on you DAW?

    M@ - absolutely. I've stated all along I'd be willing to pay for it since this wasn't necessarily something in high demand or of interest for most users. It would be a great enhancement for my DAW workflow.
  43. Strumzilla

    Would you like to run Axe-Edit as a plug on you DAW?

    Let us know if there's anything we can do to help, short of needing technical skills for the actual task, which I have none. I can send cookies, though.
  44. Strumzilla

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Release Version 12.00

    Can we just get a Pinnngggg parameter? I want to be able to say "This is the machine that goes Pinnggggg".
  45. Strumzilla

    Rick Beato on string gauge

    I like 9s on the frankenstrat, all others have 10s.
  46. Strumzilla

    R.I.P Terry Jones - Monty Phyton

    RIP Terry, you've been a big influence on me for most of my life. Ugh, what a month. First Neil and now Terry. Two key figures in who I am today. I've been submerged in Rush for the past few weeks, looks like I'm breaking out the Monty box set here soon. "And now lad, all this is yours." "What...
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  48. Strumzilla

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 11.02 Public Beta #5 (Beta_4)

    Finally downloaded the beta, and man I love the Flanger updates! Instant Alex Lifeson.
  49. Strumzilla

    RIP Neil Peart

    Your post echoes my experience to a great degree. Got into Rush in the early 80's, I liked them during the MP and Signals era, GUP was the first album I bought on release day and also the first tour I got to see them in concert (Texas Jam '84), and I would see them on Power Windows as well. I...
  50. Strumzilla

    RIP Neil Peart

    I've been off here for a few days in the wake of this devastating news. Neil has been such a positive and important influence to me, probably as much for his lyrics and prose as his drumming. I can remember periods of my life going back nearly 40 years distinctly related to the Rush songs I was...
  51. Strumzilla


    I'm just imaging FAS as one of those inclusive workplaces with a food court, gym, daycare. Legos scattered all over the place, cats & dogs living together...
  52. Strumzilla

    Porcupine Tree - "Open car" cover

    Great job, and a great tune to cover. It's a trip to hear Steven's mostly unprocessed vocals during the chorus. It's cool to see you do the whole song on one guitar and mostly live. Very well done. Now do "Arriving Somewhere But Not Here". Kidding, kidding...:)
  53. Strumzilla

    Baba O'Fractal - Axe-Fx III Preset and Demo

    Them um, Fractal types are brighter than the average bear...
  54. Strumzilla

    Small Bass Amp for Basement Jamming

    I like my Rumble, but it's always in my home studio. Not sure how durable it would be for moving around on a regular basis as mentioned above. I've not had any problems with it.
  55. Strumzilla

    Free HJ 4x12 RCA Cab Pack

    I'm always impressed by the continuing generosity of Cliff and FAS. Thank you, Sir!!
  56. Strumzilla

    Your favorite concerts you saw in 2019?

    Several great shows this year - Nick Mason, Slayer/LOG/Amon Amarth/CanCorpse, Judas Priest, Winery Dogs, Muse, Jason Isbell/Father John Misty, Yes/Asia/Carl Palmer's ELP, Queen, Smashing Pumpkins/Noel Gallager, Bryan Ferry, Mark Knopfler, Iron Maiden. I'm dialing back as I close in on 200 shows...
  57. Strumzilla

    Eating Chicken Notebook

    I'd be more interested in the person searching for that particular configuration.
  58. Strumzilla

    Axe-Fx III Firmware Version 11.00 Public Beta

    Thanks, Cliff and FAS, for the continued development of your products. I also really appreciate your taking the time to explain these concepts in basic terms for us punters.
  59. Strumzilla

    Am I the Only One Not Using High or Low Cuts Anymore?

    When just jamming, no. But, in a mix, yes.
  60. Strumzilla

    Guitar Riffs That Have Inspired Me

    These are all great, sounds fantastic Mark!
  61. Strumzilla

    Axe-Fx III Firmware 10.00 Public Beta #2

    I still remember getting the AxeFx Ultra and a Mesa Mark V around the same time back in 2010 (if memory serves). The Mark V was awesome but overpowered for mostly in home playing. I got the AxeFx a few weeks later and I remember "feeling" the amps push and pull immediately and knowing within a...
  62. Strumzilla

    Variax Guitars & Axe-Fx? - Worth Convenience Live?

    I have a JTV-59 that gathers dust mostly. The modeled sounds and alternate tunings aren't good enough for recording, so I will use it for songwriting or putting down scratch tracks but nothing I'll ever keep. I hope we get an updated model at some point that improves the sound quality to a great...
  63. Strumzilla

    Axe-Fx III Violin

    This sounds awesome.
  64. Strumzilla

    Tuner Poll

    I tend to prefer flats, but it would be nice to have the option to change the settings.
  65. Strumzilla


    Saw them open for Opeth/Mastodon several years ago and two years ago with Iron Maiden, thought they sounded great both times. Their production grew a bit more elaborate by the Maiden tour.
  66. Strumzilla

    What are you GASing for right now?

    I've been at a point gear wise for a long time that I don't really "need" anything. There are still bits and bobs out there I'll eventually acquire, but the main thing I'm gassing for overall is that moment in time when all my disciplines coalesce into a unified level of competence where I can...
  67. Strumzilla

    People, who I can pay to make a set of presets?

    Cooper Carter's Axe Fx series is highly useful to learn how to harness the power of the unit. https://forum.fractalaudio.com/threads/the-complete-axe-fx-iii-master-class-with-cooper-carter-available-now.139623/
  68. Strumzilla

    R.I.P Rutger Hauer

    Starred in some of my favorite movies of all time. Of course, he will always be remembered for his brilliant performance of Roy Batty.
  69. Strumzilla

    What were your first amp modelers?

    Digitech GNX4 Line 6 Pod X3 Axe Fx Ultra Axe Fx II Axe Fx III not counting all the VST versions (Guitar Rig, GTR, etc.)
  70. Strumzilla

    Monitor out is stereo, why listen in mono?

    This is probably going a bit off script for what you're asking, but mixing in mono is a technique that many people use, including myself. Mixing in mono makes you focus on EQ and separation of the instruments in the frequency space because stereo can sometimes trick you into thinking you've got...
  71. Strumzilla

    NGD: PRS 2018 Experience Ltd.

    That is gargeous! (so much so I go Irish). That neck is to die for. I finally got a PRS earlier this year and I can attest, they are setup and play so perfectly. Congrats!
  72. Strumzilla

    NGD - PRS Special Semi-Hollow Limited

    Beautimous guitar! Congrats. I finally got my first PRS a few months ago and it's taken over as my number one.
  73. Strumzilla

    SOLD FS: AxeFx II Mark I - Ebay

  74. Strumzilla

    When recording, are you guys using effects or adding effects later with plugin (or reamp with Fractal effects)?

    I typically record output 1 with my planned sound wet with all AxeFx amp/cab/effects being recorded, but I always have a dry DI signal as well in case I want to reamp or just use VSTs to achieve a different sound later. Sometimes my patch will have separate clean and dirty or similar outputs...
  75. Strumzilla

    Back from Afghanistan!

    Welcome back, and thank you for your service!
  76. Strumzilla

    *FREE* Far-Field Session #2 Cab Pack

    Thank you very, very much.
  77. Strumzilla

    New Mac Pro coming in the fall

    One sobering fact with all of Apple's high end products in the past few years (iMac Pro and now new Mac Pro), is thinking of the guitars and outboard gear that I could buy with that money, knowing they will never be outdated. You could outfit a fully configured studio with a great mixing desk...
  78. Strumzilla

    "A Really Good Price"

    I'm assuming there, was; some, comma...confusion, there;.
  79. Strumzilla

    About to see Greta Van Fleet live in Rochester NY!

    Hope it was a great time. I like their vibe, I just can't get into the singer. But, more power to them and I'm glad there are young bands pursuing a more classic sound.
  80. Strumzilla

    NEW FAS Amp Models Gallery - Axe-Fx III Ares 12.05

    This is awesome! Thanks for all the hard work.
  81. Strumzilla

    Greatest band of all time?

    I don't have a single band, but for me the "Big 4" are Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Rush, and Yes. I don't think they're the best bands of all time, just the bands which have been most important to me.
  82. Strumzilla

    RIP “Chewie”

    RIP Chewie. He was a big part of my life and he'll always be that iconic character in my eyes.
  83. Strumzilla

    Rock and Roll HOF Inductions

    Lol. I'm also a long time Cure fan and I've had the same thought for the past several years. Goth doesn't age well.
  84. Strumzilla

    Windows 10 Sucks!

    Shots fired...lol. Yeah, I hear ya. I'm currently on an iMac Pro running Mojave, but I still have a WinPC running 10. It's a big reason I went back to OSX after trying to make do with Windows after Apple abandoned creative users. I've used WinPCs since DOS 5.0 and Win 3.1, so I'm no stranger to...
  85. Strumzilla

    Game of Thrones Theme on 16 guitars

    Love this! I wish I had thought of this, very geekily cool. I'm only disappointed that while your GOT t-shirt collection is impressive, I think your Star Wars collection is still in the lead?
  86. Strumzilla

    Quality of everything is getting worse

    I'm with you. I had switched back to WinPC a few years ago around the time they announced those silly strip Macbooks with still no update to the desktop Mac Pro line. I buckled last year and bought an iMac Pro (and paid dearly) just because a few years of WinPC recurrent shenanigans (drivers...
  87. Strumzilla

    Does anyone else not gel at all with acoustic guitars?

    My experience with acoustics is that they generally take quite a bit longer to break in (whether that's mostly mental I don't know) than electrics. I've had a great Taylor for a few years now and it's slowly feeling easier to play as time passes. It's definitely heavier lifting to get a pleasing...
  88. Strumzilla

    Porcupine Tree cover - firmware 3.0

    Fantastic job Fremen and ShatteredSquare. It's great that Fremen has been flying the PT and prog flag for such a long time. Love your PF presets. This is a great version, true to the original but putting your own spin on it. Loved it.
  89. Strumzilla

    What are forum "Trophy Points"?

    No, but you can live with the super galactic spiritual oneness that they bestow. So, you got that going for you.
  90. Strumzilla

    In the Bleak Midwinter

    Awesome sound and performance! Really enjoyed that.
  91. Strumzilla

    FC Controllers Invite List

    9/25/18 @ 5:03 AM
  92. Strumzilla

    It's a bargain...

    If I get the royalties for all the songs this guitar was played on, I'm in.
  93. Strumzilla

    Fall is over, where are FCs?

    This made me imagine a cartoon sequence where suddenly three feet of snow was spontaneously dumped on the landscape outside your windows, and suddenly everyone in FAS was wearing Santa hats and sleigh bells. I need to get out more.
  94. Strumzilla

    ZenRigs.com is going live again ... now! KickTags Labels, GloRisers for MFC and pedals and more...

    Any plans for the upcoming FC pedals? A different paradigm with the digital scribble strips, but assume you might be cooking up something.
  95. Strumzilla

    Classes The Complete Axe-Fx III Master Class with Cooper Carter - v3.0 AVAILABLE NOW!

    Syllabus looks tasty. Looking forward to it.
  96. Strumzilla

    Classes The Complete Axe-Fx III Master Class with Cooper Carter - v3.0 AVAILABLE NOW!

    tick tock tick tock... all kidding aside, ready for the deep dive! I've managed my normal basic functionality but I love learning the advanced functions that tweakers like CC employ with ease.
  97. Strumzilla

    How many Axe-Fx processors do you own?

    Presently 2. The III and a II Mark I. But I have plans to sell the II and the MFC shortly.
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