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  1. Zwiebelchen

    Will Fractal ever go this route? Ataras guitar auto tune

    I wouldn't get my hopes up. Guitar synths have been around for decades and unlike amp modelling, they never really took off. There are just some physical limitations you can not workaround with just clever code. After all, once your pickup combines the signal of all strings into one output, you...
  2. Zwiebelchen

    Will Fractal ever go this route? Ataras guitar auto tune

    Huh? But that's the whole reason this works? There is no way to get clean string separation without a hex pickup. Using a conventional magnetic with only one output would simply never sound good. The only issue I see with this product is that their marketing is a bit flawed. "Autotune" is a...
  3. Zwiebelchen

    Will Fractal ever go this route? Ataras guitar auto tune

    Nice. Good to see that 13-pin outputs get more and more love. I don't own any 13-pins yet, but I plan to retrofit one of my cheap guitars with one in the future. Maybe I'll give this a try then.
  4. Zwiebelchen

    Wish Selectable R/L Input 2 in FXL per Preset

    This is possible, yes. To split the channels of the FXL block, just place any block with a channel select after it: drive, volume, amp. Mixer also works. I'd recommend the vol block as it is low cost (cpu wise) and you get 4 of them. Just put two of them in parallel right after the FXL block...
  5. Zwiebelchen

    AX8 vs Helix: Amp Tone and Effects

    The whole reason for an A/B comparison is so that people who don't own both can decide for themselves what they like more tone-wise. You basicly used the argument in favor of a direct A/B comparison to argue against it. Weird. I don't need to validate anything. But I believe in science, not...
  6. Zwiebelchen

    AX8 vs Helix: Amp Tone and Effects

    And another AX8 vs. Helix thread without a single blind A/B comparison between the two. So basicly everything is pure blabla. Move on, nothing to see here.
  7. Zwiebelchen

    My wife got me a Mono m80 dual case with a tick bag. Whats your thought on them.

    So, uh, you gig alone? ;) Just saying; there is always one band member who has his hands free. Mostly the vocalist. Let him work for all the attention he's getting.
  8. Zwiebelchen

    updating

    Btw, how about a "before and after" recording? Would be the ultimate opportunity to do that... and I'm curious to see how far the Axe has really come in the last years (ignoring all the cork sniffers that pretend they can hear all the subtle changes...).
  9. Zwiebelchen

    Wish UI For Dummies

    This. I absolutely see where both sides are coming from. I know that you can just not look at the advanced parameters and have pretty much the same result, but the problem is that some advanced parameters ARE sometimes part of the modelled amp or unit, especially for delays or reverbs. Also...
  10. Zwiebelchen

    Wish 2 Places I'd Like To See A Switch

    Workflow optimizations only work if everyone uses the same workflow.
  11. Zwiebelchen

    Axe Fx Buzz Kill

    Don't be so hard on yourself. We only had a few hundred A/B shootouts in these forums to know that the Axe sounds pretty much identical. ;P
  12. Zwiebelchen

    updating

    Firmware 4 to Quantum? Better fasten your seatbelt, because it will be a helluva ride. :p I don't think anyone can give you recommendations for that beyond: just update, then do a firmware reset. Be prepared to dial in all your presets from scratch.
  13. Zwiebelchen

    metronome questions

    But I can't tap in my phone with my footcontroller... Technically, I can, but I doubt the phone would survive that. An old Nokia probably could. Metronome improvements for the Axe would be very convenient.
  14. Zwiebelchen

    Need Security Camera Recommendations

    Btw, when it comes to security cameras, get a fake one and put it in a nicely visible place. A fraction of the cost and works as good as a real one (because what you want is the deterrence effect, not the surveilance itself). And you save the trouble of hooking it up.
  15. Zwiebelchen

    Wish Pick Default Scene Per Preset

    Doesn't the custom mapping feature already do this? The only gripe I have with it is that you have to assign new defaults every time you change the order of presets, as it maps by preset number, not by actual presets.
  16. Zwiebelchen

    6-string Acoustic Guitar Sounds like 12-string

    Sounds a bit too chorus-y for my taste. I'd probably go more "dry" and work more with delay than with modulation. The way it is now, it almost feels like a hyper exaggerated 12-string than a normal 12-string. But that's just imho.
  17. Zwiebelchen

    Deserted Island Artist...

    Silence. I like variety; if I had no other options available and had to pick one artist, I'd rather not pick at all and go with relaxing nothingness.
  18. Zwiebelchen

    Need Security Camera Recommendations

    Hah, I had the same first thought after reading this. :p
  19. Zwiebelchen

    Whats a good wireless system for guitar/AFX?

    Wait, for someone trying to encourage others to go wireless, this post sounded awfully decouraging. ;)
  20. Zwiebelchen

    Whats a good wireless system for guitar/AFX?

    Basicly that you have twice the issues: low battery, interference and two receivers. Add a third one if you use IEM. Also, you look like a marine or mechanic with all the stuff around your belt, though that would add cred if you're in a marching band. Then again, these stageclix things seem...
  21. Zwiebelchen

    Funny story about how the Axe FX won - again!

    Absolutely not. He paid, he's a customer and you're a professional. What's important is that the final product is good. The way to get there doesn't matter.
  22. Zwiebelchen

    PA system EQ and compression adjustments live?

    This. If the Soundman is too busy checking his phone instead of working, I put on a mild inverted smiley face global EQ (cut lows and 6k+ bands, slight midboost). All this assumes that you dialed in your sounds at rehearsal volume levels, not living room levels.
  23. Zwiebelchen

    Whats a good wireless system for guitar/AFX?

    That's a bummer then. I'm not going to wear two body packs, so looks like I still have to resort to cables.
  24. Zwiebelchen

    I am going to review the packaging

    Most satis-factory:
  25. Zwiebelchen

    Whats a good wireless system for guitar/AFX?

    I just discovered this ... I'm very intrigued from the clever design. I see that this thing has a TRS jack. Does it transmit in stereo or is this just balanced connection?
  26. Zwiebelchen

    Has AxeFx II peaked?

    Absolutely. And the wish list forums are still full with entries. Pitch block improvements, more CPU (for an AXE III generation), improved UI, etc.
  27. Zwiebelchen

    Input gate vs. gate/expander

    If you need your input gate that high to suppress noise, you are either using facemelting gain settings or have a noise issue to troubleshoot. Now, for me, I don't ridicolously crank the gain, but I never needed more than -70 at threshold.
  28. Zwiebelchen

    Wide Stereo Field with Pitch Shifter - Question

    The mix control behaviour was actually changed several firmwares ago. Before that, the "mix" control gradually crossfaded between dry and wet signal. But in the current firmwares it works like this: 0-50%: 100% dry signal + (mix*2)% wet signal. 50-100%: (100-mix*2)% dry signal + 100% wet signal...
  29. Zwiebelchen

    Will one of these get rid of hum, noise or buzz?

    Passive DI boxes always reduce the volume (because physics!). Hence why you use passive DI only for powered instruments. For passive instruments, use an active DI box.
  30. Zwiebelchen

    Best programming lang for writing digital fx

    That is because Matlab is not a programming language in the classical sense. It is more a mathematical toolset designed for analytics and reading/visualizing sensor data. That's why it's the default in labs and science applications. This has nothing to do with Matlab being "just good enough". It...
  31. Zwiebelchen

    Acoustic guitar body modeling

    The problem is: how would that work in practice? It would involve a synthesizer component, since the time domain would either require physically altering the mechanical oscillation of the strings (impossible without a resonator device) or creating sound regardless of the mechanical oscillation...
  32. Zwiebelchen

    Lefty but play righty?

    Interesting. Do you feel it's an advantage to be able to play both sides? Like changing guitars/sides for a particular song that is heavy on the gripping hand or heavy on the picking hand? Or do you end up "locking in" anyway? Is there music that is easier to play as soon as you turn your...
  33. Zwiebelchen

    Need advice: music recording for a 15-year-old girl

    Lol, now that you say it, the thread title IS kind of suggestive... If she's 15 and hasn't started smoking yet, chances are she won't anyway. ;) 10 is the new 15. Or something.
  34. Zwiebelchen

    Acoustic guitar body modeling

    So this is kind of a 2D IR with a time AND frequency domain?
  35. Zwiebelchen

    Whats a good wireless system for guitar/AFX?

    I know that some guitars have a toggleswitch to route the piezo to the magnetic output, but you lose some of the advantages and synergies with the Axe that way. A stereo output allows you to mix & match the piezo and magnetic output in the Axe grid, so you have a lot more options (and don't have...
  36. Zwiebelchen

    Yamaha Variax standard

    If they use the Pacifica template now, better not order one with a white pickguard, because those tend to get a nasty yellowish tone after 3 years. Or at least be prepared to replace it if you like your guitars to look "as new".
  37. Zwiebelchen

    Whats a good wireless system for guitar/AFX?

    Wireless guitar is a great idea when combined with wireless in-ear monitoring. Otherwise? I'm not sure I'd bother with it. It's cool if you're heavy into stage performance and need the freedom, but in reality you are kind of "tied" to your pedalboard or stage monitor anyway. Of course, the...
  38. Zwiebelchen

    TLC channel - this could be YOU someday.

    Nothing feels more real than "reality" shows.
  39. Zwiebelchen

    Import of some presets - all controlls set to minimum value

    The uploader might have forgotten to unlink a global block there. This is usually what happens when you try to import a block that was linked as a global before.
  40. Zwiebelchen

    Paypal sucks!!

    And this, folks, is why the EURO union is worth all the troubles it causes. I've been paying various artists in the past for commission work all across europe just with direct bank transfers. Didn't cost me a single cent. I've recently signed up for a Paypal account, but that was only to fund...
  41. Zwiebelchen

    Line 6 Helix Reviews Are Starting to Appear...

    True. Uh. I edit it out.
  42. Zwiebelchen

    Lefty but play righty?

    Hmm... I don't think it matters as much as people think it does. After all, the "righty" and "lefty" thing is just a subject of muscle memory. I don't think that people are hard-wired to be more dexterous with one of their hands by default. It's just that at one point of your physical...
  43. Zwiebelchen

    Why the AFxII has one dsp chip dedicated to amp(s)?

    I think this deserves a quote. Just like that. No comment on it. I just wanted to quote it. :D
  44. Zwiebelchen

    prs guitars. where to start ?

    PRS has excellent quality control, even for their budget SE line. There is absolutely nothing wrong with buying a PRS SE if you are tight on budget. You can't get more guitar for the money. That being said: a custom 22 or 24 is basicly what people are talking about when they talk about a PRS...
  45. Zwiebelchen

    Line 6 Helix Reviews Are Starting to Appear...

    Sure. Because programmers and engineers get absolutely no salary at all. Especially not in the US. And advertisement/infrastructure ist absolutely free. Especially for a relatively small company like Fractal (how many employees do they have? A dozen maybe?). R&D is more than just a programmer...
  46. Zwiebelchen

    BIAS FX thoughts?

    I actually tend to use it more and more when reamping recordings because - let's be completely honest here - in a busy mix the subtle nuances in tone won't be audible anyway. The UI is simply fantastic and I love the cloud system. It completely blows any other guitar plugin away quality-wise...
  47. Zwiebelchen

    Setting up your Presets for Practice/Gigs - What do you do?

    To be honest, I always found it easier to arrange the presets in the Axe itself. You can swap presets by hitting "save" and then moving the curser to "swap". I always prepare my presets in order for every gig just by swapping. It works great and doubles as a setlist reminder on a (barely lit)...
  48. Zwiebelchen

    Headphone amp/Monitor for home use?

    I support the mini-mixer idea. Nothing like having a physical fader to drop the volume fast when a Youtube ad popup about diapers (because your daughter watched an episode of My Little Pony before ... it wasn't me, I swear!) is way louder than the video you just watched.
  49. Zwiebelchen

    Need advice: music recording for a 15-year-old girl

    I support the Sonic Highways suggestion. Nothing better than guiding someone into good old-fashioned Rock'n'Roll like Dave using fucking fucks way too fucking much. Fuck. ;) On a more serious note: How about some cool female fronted punk for a teenage girl? Guano Apes or Halestorm come to mind...
  50. Zwiebelchen

    harassed by my sexual harassment classes...

    Then again, harassment classes at work are a legal thing and a legal thing only. They are not there to actually teach you stuff (that you should already know by common sense anyway). They are there because someone someone in charge decided it. Third wave feminism is stupid. But so is...
  51. Zwiebelchen

    Line 6 Helix Reviews Are Starting to Appear...

    You are working in IT for 8 years and you still don't know that you pay for the software R&D and not the hardware? Are you the intern that makes the coffee? Besides, your "calculation" is wrong anyway. The DSPs alone cost 1/5th to 1/4th of the purchase price of an AX8 or ane FX II for that...
  52. Zwiebelchen

    harassed by my sexual harassment classes...

    The thing is (and that was one of my points): mistakes happen. Sometimes social pressure is enough to drink more than you intended to. Sometimes your biology simply doesn't cope with your own expectations. And let's not forget that after a certain amount of alcohol your inhibition to drink more...
  53. Zwiebelchen

    Anyone ever have random preset changes at a show?

    The factory preset (Bank B and C) challenge: play song XYZ while changing presets randomly every 4 bars... Actually, that's already quite possible: all you need is a MIDI sequencer that has a randomizer function.
  54. Zwiebelchen

    harassed by my sexual harassment classes...

    This is ... horrible. I suppose "Norn Irn" is urban for ireland? Seriously, even if they are breathing and "just" unconscious, I'd still call ambulance for two reasons: - people can suffocate on their own vomit - even if they reek of alcohol, you don't know if there weren't any drugs involved.
  55. Zwiebelchen

    Anyone ever have random preset changes at a show?

    Sounds fun! I always struggled setting up a "wild card" button on the MFC. :p I settled for a slow random modifier that is mapped to various effect parameters and mix states. Craaaaazy!
  56. Zwiebelchen

    A small (self-ironic) review of the Axe on my last gig

    Get inspiration from DJs... they mastered those "I look cool despite my macbook" moves. The key is having a pair of cans around your neck. Instantly makes you look like a musician.
  57. Zwiebelchen

    Am I crazy? (Quantum 1.05 Question)

    Obviously, what works for you works for you. ;) There is nothing wrong with that. I just feel it's easier to scroll through the list of IRs and see what sticks right out of the box instead of trying to alter the sound of a specific IR in particular. Same result, different workflow. Afaik, the...
  58. Zwiebelchen

    ...Axe exploded?

    Correct me If I'm wrong, but isn't the dangerous variable the amperage and not the voltage? If so, having a higher voltage would actually reduce the risk of failure as the amperage can be lower for the same wattage (P = U * I).
  59. Zwiebelchen

    A small (self-ironic) review of the Axe on my last gig

    That "guy" is a girl and she is our keyboard player. Classical concert pianist... which means she needs sheet notes. Looks terribly Rock'n' Roll, I know... :p Truth hurts. ;)
  60. Zwiebelchen

    ...Axe exploded?

    So that's what they meant with "boomy sound"... Sorry, couldn't resist... your question was answered already anyway.
  61. Zwiebelchen

    harassed by my sexual harassment classes...

    Look, I absolutely get your point here and believe me; I'm at least partially with you on one point that is: "friends don't let friends get so drunk that they pass out". Or rather: "friends don't let friends alone when they passed out". That being said: at a certain level of alcohol (and/or...
  62. Zwiebelchen

    A small (self-ironic) review of the Axe on my last gig

    Soo... right after playing a show at a local club (along with 3 other amazing bands) this one guy stepped up to me and couldn't believe that this sound came from just a 2-HU rack unit directly to the board (I had it resting comfortably on top of a 4x12 cab that was brought be one of the other...
  63. Zwiebelchen

    harassed by my sexual harassment classes...

    This is a very disturbing video. Holy shit. The guy at 1:15 was literally vaporized on the spot, protective clothing or not. I couldn't see what happened in 2:15 due to the low resolution ... they got electrocuted. But how? Did they run the scaffold in an un-isolated cable? Also... HOLY SHIT...
  64. Zwiebelchen

    Am I crazy? (Quantum 1.05 Question)

    I consider almost all cab settings "advanced parameters", simply because you won't have these controls on the physical cab either. Mic proximity... eh ... okay, you can do that physically, but a certain proximity is already baked into the IR anyway. If you use a good IR, no reason to tinker...
  65. Zwiebelchen

    Will one of these get rid of hum, noise or buzz?

    What you are describing are two completely different problems. If the noise goes away when using the XLR outs, then you deal with RFI. In this case, a DI box can indeed solve the issue. But chances are getting a higher quality cable will also do the trick. That you can even hear a radio station...
  66. Zwiebelchen

    harassed by my sexual harassment classes...

    "Warning: coffee can be hot."
  67. Zwiebelchen

    Am I crazy? (Quantum 1.05 Question)

    Flavour of the month, actually. Once you get used to a certain sound, you start to see the grass greener on the other side. That's why I usually don't touch any advanced parameters anymore (except comp). It is just a waste of time as I tend to re-dial my tones every 3 months anyway. Also, with...
  68. Zwiebelchen

    harassed by my sexual harassment classes...

    That's why you should make it a habit of being an asshole to everyone: at least nobody can say you are biased.
  69. Zwiebelchen

    Question about 48 to 44.1 kHz conversion

    For home recording, this does not matter. All you do by going beyond 48k is adding pointless filesize to your .wav raws in your project folder.
  70. Zwiebelchen

    I can't solve this problem... Acoustic guitar still sound on Electric's patch!

    Ah I didn't notice the audio file. Yes, that's definitely noise coming through the gate.
  71. Zwiebelchen

    Wait for AX8 -or- Axe FX II Mark II ....... same price :) ... :( ..... cant decide ..... ?

    Wait ... you paid him before getting the unit? This is ... uhh... weird. Why not just exchange the money with the unit in january?
  72. Zwiebelchen

    Need some help with output configuration

    I think the USB audio playback is hardcoded to always get routed to output 1, unless you select USB as input source for input 1.
  73. Zwiebelchen

    I can't solve this problem... Acoustic guitar still sound on Electric's patch!

    Wait a second... you say the signal bleeding in from your acoustic guitar sounds reverb-ish and that it doesn't have a volume control? Where exactly is your acoustic guitar placed when you play the electric? Near the speakers maybe? Have you tried wrapping a hairband around the neck when you...
  74. Zwiebelchen

    Will one of these get rid of hum, noise or buzz?

    Okay, basicly a DI box does nothing but removing all cable interference (= cable acting like an antenna) out of the equation. So if your cables are short and your hum is not caused by interference, a DI box won't fix the problem. And isolation transformer on the other hand should eliminate all...
  75. Zwiebelchen

    need new case- XL and matrix 3u or 4u for heat ?

    Also, the extra unit serves as a nice extra storage for cables.
  76. Zwiebelchen

    Need some help with output configuration

    There is an Input Source parameter which you can set to Analog, USB and AES/SPDIF. This allows routing your USB input through the grid for reamping.
  77. Zwiebelchen

    Check your Amp block balance..

    Maybe this only happens for amp blocks that had the default pan (+/- 0) and the default value changed in the FW update? Did you have these amp blocks set up as global blocks? Checked my presets and no value was off here.
  78. Zwiebelchen

    Volume randomly dropping and hum appearing in signal [NOT A BUG]

    You didn't answer my question, though. Before you blame the hardware, always expect a user error. Because from my experience 90% of the bug reports and hardware issues reported here turn out to be user errors in the end.
  79. Zwiebelchen

    Need some help with output configuration

    "USB Out Source" is for going into the DAW, not receiving a signal back from the DAW. There is a different global for routing the USB input signal.
  80. Zwiebelchen

    Axefx + synth in a live setting...

    Depends a bit on the sounds you use. I'm very sensitive to latency and when using sounds with strong percussive elements, it definitely has an impact on your timing. I couldn't get the latency of my old midi-keyboard+Laptop below 30ms and it was definitely noticable for me.
  81. Zwiebelchen

    Question about 48 to 44.1 kHz conversion

    All DAWs can convert the sample rate of a project from 48k to 44.1k and the reverse without any audible loss of quality. Don't worry about it. Just convert (but try not to do it too often). But make sure to pull the master volume on your PA or monitors down before you hit the convert button...
  82. Zwiebelchen

    You gotta see this rack!

    As someone who has OCD, seeing this tight and clean cablework is incredibly satisfying.
  83. Zwiebelchen

    Comfortably Numb nailed......NOT

    Looks like these guys are ... uncomfortably numb.
  84. Zwiebelchen

    Volume randomly dropping and hum appearing in signal [NOT A BUG]

    Does it happen on all presets? Does it happen without a midi board connected?
  85. Zwiebelchen

    Wish Virtual mfc-101

    You can already do that with any MIDI sequencer/software. You just need a MIDI-to-USB adapter. But yes, an in-built solution for Axe Edit could be cool.
  86. Zwiebelchen

    It is still special playing through a 4x12

    You know whats better than a 4x12? Two 4x12s. ;)
  87. Zwiebelchen

    Wait for AX8 -or- Axe FX II Mark II ....... same price :) ... :( ..... cant decide ..... ?

    A Mark II for 1400$? JUST DO IT! The AX8 is great, don't get me wrong, but this is just too good of a deal to refuse. And there are certain advantages to having a rack processor and a cheap midi board compared to having everything on the floor. Tweaking tones live is ... kind of a weird thing...
  88. Zwiebelchen

    Axe FX as a delay/reverb processor only w/ tube amp - bypass?

    @bkd: Can you do a recording of some random notes on your II and the AX8 with presets completely bypassed? There's something fishy going on. Have you checked your (global) noise gate settings?
  89. Zwiebelchen

    Axe FX as a delay/reverb processor only w/ tube amp - bypass?

    What? We have literally thousands of users using the 4-cable method (which applies the Axe both in front AND in the FX loop of the physical amp) and none of them ever reported any issues with loss of signal quality from the guitar. Are you sure it's the Axe and not the cables that are to blame...
  90. Zwiebelchen

    Micing an FRFR

    How? It's a linear frequency curve just like an EQ. The only difference is the number of frequency bands.
  91. Zwiebelchen

    Fractalbot not working - download triggers virus warning

    Never heard of this AV. ... then again, I use Windows Defender for several years (albeit with regular windows updates) now because I was sick of AVs slowing down my system. And never had a virus issue tbh. The importance of AV software is heavily overstated nowadays. The in-built defense...
  92. Zwiebelchen

    Home setup questions...

    Ehh... didn't know that. One more reason for me to be happy PC user, then.
  93. Zwiebelchen

    So we're NOT done with Vacuum tubes.

    If I ever wanted to melt faces quite literally with an amp full of 180W tubes, I know who I am going to call. NASA. ;)
  94. Zwiebelchen

    Axefx + synth in a live setting...

    Latency is a problem then, though. If you need the immediate response, then there is no way around an actual hardware synth. If you want to play synth and guitar at the same time (and have the skill to pull it off), you should take a look at the Moog Taurus... it's a pedal-based synth. I...
  95. Zwiebelchen

    Micing an FRFR

    It's the solution you keep in mind for dumb soundguys that insist on micing something. Otherwise I wouldn't do it.
  96. Zwiebelchen

    SSD vs. HDD external drives for recording

    Don't get me wrong; reliability IS a problem, but pretty much only for large-scale I/O on server farms. Most of the early adopter issues with SSDs have been fixed already. I wouldn't buy cheap noname drives, though; but I wouldn't do that with HDDs either. The potential damage done by...
  97. Zwiebelchen

    SSD vs. HDD external drives for recording

    This is wrong, actually. Modern SSDs are as reliable as HDDs. The myth that SSDs are more "vulnerable" to damage than HDDs stems from the fact that capacitors are sensitive to quick drops and peaks in temperature, which can happen frequently in Data centers and server farms. And even there the...
  98. Zwiebelchen

    Wish Drum machine as a new mode in the looper

    Aah, you mean back in the days when we didn't even have scenes? Good times! :D And come on, wishing for a metronome improvement is not that far out for a guitar modeller. Maybe the TO did ask for a bit much with a drum machine, but some selectable metronome sounds and custom output routing for...
  99. Zwiebelchen

    Home setup questions...

    You wanna tell me that Macs don't have a volume control in the OS? I don't own a mac, but that seems just dumb, even for apple standards.
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