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    FX8 and Fryette Power Station Problems and Conversation with Steven Fryette

    Hey Guys, So I talked with Fryette yesterday (I'm pretty sure it was Steven Fryette himself) as I've run into an issue with using my FX8 and Fryette Power Station together. As a result, Steven said they will be buying an FX8 from a local dealer who has an FX8 on hand and will be testing it to...
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    It's been an interesting run

    Well folks. Today I said goodbye to my Axe-fx 2. I have had the thing size roughly fw 2, have seen the system grow and change, and have learned a great deal along the way. I think the Axe-fx has taught me more about tube amps than I ever could have jammed playing through tube amps alone, and...
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    So I picked up a REALLY interesting 5150 iii 50 watt

    So after a little deliberation and talking it over with a guy I met through a gear exchange on FB and I decided it was too awesome an opportunity to pick up. I snagged a prototype 5150 iii 50 watt that seems to be a one-off from the factory! It's been modified to more closely resemble the 100...
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    EVH 5150 iii 50w, MIDI channel changing, and Axe Scenes

    Hey folks, So here's what I'm thinking about for my rig: Axe-fx II four cable method into a 5150 iii 50w. I would like to, using my Ground Control Pro, I control both scenes in the axe and channel switching in the 5150. Is there a function in the axe 2 that covers this, or would it be better...
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    Just bought a Fryette Power Station

    Hey guys from gear land! I came across a Fryette Power Station in mint condition at a price so good I couldn't really pass it up. I've been running a Matrix gt1000fx but I was always curious about the PS because of it's low weight, fewer power tubes than other options (less expensive)...
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    Matrix gt1000fx bridged mono into 400 watt bass cab?

    Hey folks, So I've got the Matrix coming in this Friday, and I've got a pretty good price on a 400 watt 8 ohm cab. I'm thinking in this case I would run the Matrix in bridged mono. Or would that be too much power? Or still too little?
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    Anybody nailing any psychedelic/stoner metal tones?

    I'm talking about Monolord, Spelljammer, The Sword, Red Fang, Clutch, etc. I've just not been very satisfied with my attempts at it. I realize that fuzz pedals in front of blasting amps is a pretty big deal for the over-the-top sound, but I've just not been able to get there with my attempts...
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    Used my Axe-fx II to create some experimental music

    I took a really short tremolo picking line and used it to generate some other-worldly drone music. I hope you dig lengthy bleak stuff. Think of it like one long breath. Yeah.
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    Shooting IRs with the Axe-fx II "Mic + DI Method" - results and notes

    Folks of Fractal Audio Forum, Obviously, there are a TON of professionally-made, high-quality impulse responses made with our needs in mind. But I recently got a Mesa 290 and a couple of Avatar 212 cabs and as always, my curiosity got the best of me. I REALLY liked the experience of playing in...
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    Recordings using power amp/real cabs?

    don't think I've seen anything in the recording section that wasn't direct. Occasionally you'll see somebody post camera audio from an "amp in the room". But I'm curious if anybody is recording axe-fx II -> power amp -> real cabinet. I am running a Mesa 290 and am considering switching over to...
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    Wiki Fact Check - Recto Presence Control

    Hey guys and gals. I was looking through the wiki to see if there was information about which exact rectifier model was used for the fas model, and I came across a little snippet that confused me: "NOTE: Unlike the actual amp the Presence knob is effective in this model (in the actual amp the...
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    New Rig Day and the Importance of the Speaker Page

    Hey Fractalites! I assembled and tested my live rig today! I'm running the Axe into a Mesa 290, which is powering an Avatar Contemporary 212 loaded with Vintage 30s. Man! What a sound! I haven't dinked around with it too much, but my initial impressions are as follows: 1. Cleans, out the...
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    New Cab Day! Avatar Contemporary 212

    Hey Fractalites! Well the gear for my live rig is slowly rolling in! The first thing to arrive has been my Avatar speaker cabinet. I'm living in Idaho and these guys are up North in Coeur d'Alene. So instead of going with a big company I decided to go local. I still haven't played through it...
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    Anybody using a Mesa 2:90 with Quantum? Thoughts?

    Hey guys. I'm putting together a live rig. I'm looking at an ASM-12 but it's on backorder for heaven-knows how long, and I would like to know if anybody here is using the mesa 2:90 with Quantum and how they feel about it? I could get an oversized Recto cab with Vintage 30s and grab up a Mesa...
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    Is the ASM-12 loud enough to practice with a rock band?

    Simple question dudes. I'm looking into a live setup for my Axe-fx II and I'm curious. I hear a lot of reviews, but I'm looking for something that I'll be able to play full out rock on with a bass, drummer, possibly another guitar. Will it be loud enough to compete in that situation? I've heard...
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    I love Cab Lab 3 but the plugin is crashing Logic Pro X

    Hello Fractal People, A little while back I switched over to Cab Lab 3. I very much like the fact that I can go without phase transform, and I've been very happy with the newest mixing platform options. Way cool. Standalone version is working great. But as I said, the plugin version is...
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    Axe-fx II lost it's balls (solved it myself - thought I'd share)

    Fractalites, Dudes and dudettes. I just had a brief 10 minutes of scary at the home recording station. I had... a loss of balls in my sound. For the first time since I became a more powerful user of the Axe-fx II, I started to worry. My guitar was plugged into the front instrument input...
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    Question about the hi-cut/low-cut on both amp and cab

    Having a discussion with a friend who is considering picking up an Axe-fx II and a question came up about the cab block low and high filter, and I'm not sure of the answer. I know the cab block filter is 6 db/octave, but I could have sworn at some point I'd heard that if the filters are set...
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    Why I won't be using the cab block for recording any more

    Hey guys. First off, total respect for Fractal Audio and everything they're doing for the modeling community. I love my Axe-fx II and it makes recording a breeze for me. That said, the following pertains only to recording guitar direct. I doubt very much that anyone playing live would notice...
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    FW 18.06 - amps automatically set to power amp hardness of 4 instead of 3 (medium)

    Just thought I'd pop in here and let everybody know. I updated to 18.06 and I love it, but... I did notice while doodling with Axe Edit that all my power amp hardness settings were at 4. This is in contrast to the wiki page and the original power amp hardness FW release, which says all amps...
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    Beta Testing new OH SVT Cab IRs

    The following example contains a three-way split bass signal. The signal path is as follows for the bass: Bass -> Axe Fx -> split 1. SVT amp sim -> Alpha Testing OH SVT CAB 2. Parallel line into FX Loop - The FX loop contains my B7K, and it holds 2 functions. Function 1 is a DI dirty signal...
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    FAS Bass is G3 - but why no pro UR bass cab IRs yet?

    The title pretty much says it all. We've got bass amps. We've got a bunch of killer bassists that use the Axe-fx II. So why no love with some well done UR cabs? I know I'm probably going to hear from the "Well I get plenty of great bass tones using the available cabs or no cabs at all" and...
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    Pleasantly Surprised with Über! OwnHammer Modern Cabs in the mix

    Hey Guys, I always kind of "liked" playing with the Euro Uber, but I never really LOVED it until the G3 - Sure, you have to dork around and fidget with things to get it sounding how you want to, but after a lot of research into the amp it seems that's the way the original is as well. At any...
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    Messed around with very small amounts of 'verb today, and...

    I'm experiencing interesting results. Scott Peterson has, for a long time, talked about direct recording and the close-mic IR simulation needing a touch of verb to give it a less "vacuumed" sense of space. I never really went that far into it, as I play predominately heavier music and the...
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    Glenn Fricker reviews the Axe-fx II

    Hey guys, I thought this was a pretty balanced and fair assessment of the Axe-fx II and how it compares to real amps in high gain recording situations. He does cover how much cost is involved in especially the live aspect of using this system... but he outright flames FAS for the cost on...
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    Axe fx 2 green screen of death - led frozen

    Folks, I emailed support, but just wanted to let everybody know... I was working within Logic Pro X with beta 15, and noticed my expression pedal wasn't responding quite right to my wah settings. So i turned the unit off, unplugged the expression pedal, and turned it back on. Blank screen...
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    FW 14, OwnHammer Beta Diezel Cab, new BKP Warpigs, Rock Warehouse - YEEHAW!

    Hey Guys and Gals of Fractal, I've been a busy boy for a little while now. I got a new computer and right afterward went on vacation for 9 days. When I got back I found out I'm part of the beta team for Kevin's new project: High Gain Essentials. The cab I'm using here is actually mixed...
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    Hypnotic Heavy Groove - B7K tonematch and beta 12.04 FAS Modern/SVT/Recto

    Hey Guys, I was working on a piece today with the new patches I made in 12.04 and I've also got my preset built for my bass: A tonematch from my B7K. The pedal is awesome but has a lot of noise. Thanks to Cliff, who gave me some pointers, I was able to pull off quite the accurate depiction of...
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    Any help Fractalites? Attempt to tone match B7K goes horribly, horribly wrong.

    Folks, The title pretty much says it all. I am trying to tone match the Microtubes B7K because even though I can reduce most of the noise by turning up the Output 2 Boost/Pad to 9 db, I'd be curious to see if I could get a really accurate tone match and just go about my way recording without...
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    FW 12.03 beta 5 mix test

    Well folks... I updated this morning and I sure do like the sound of the new Beta. I also started screwing around with some Superior Drummer presets that I made up in a jiffy, and I think that this Hit Factory kit actually sounds pretty damn good as a face-melting minimalistic metal kit... which...
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    Looking for opinions - Sknote Stripbus (console emulation) Test

    Hey Fractalites, I recently got involved in conversation with Quinto of Sknote, who makes a console emulation plugin called Stripbus. I had purchased it a long time ago and had moved away from it as all but one console just seemed to screw with my audio too much for me to want to dork around...
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    Got a Mayones Regius 7 baritone - recorded some pretty, shiny cleans!

    Hey folks, For those of you who haven't been over to the lounge, I picked this up from a seller in Hong Kong. Got a snazzy deal on it. The strings are beat to hell after being tuned down for travel, sent across the world, and then tuned back up to play on. Still though - guitar sounds...
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    Joining the Mayones Family!

    Folks, Well, I was tipped off to a crazy good buy on a custom shop Mayones Regius 7 baritone (27" scale) so I pulled the trigger on it. Awaiting final communications for this evening, and this lovely beast will be arriving to me on Monday... I've lusted after these guitars for a long time and I...
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    Insane person heavy music - rough teaser (sorry no bass yet)

    Folks, So I have started writing some pretty heavy stuff for the album I'm working on. Thought I'd share with you the next little ditty I've been working on. This is probably the craziest, spazzy music I've ever written. FAS Modern and OH cabs...
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    Short Rough Album Teaser (The Dystopian Hymns) + New Bass + FW 12

    Hey Folks, It's been a long time since I posted anything up. I recently acquired a new bass (Ibanez BTB 675) 8) - I'm loving the rich tone from this instrument. Now if only I could actually play the bass worth a hoot! HA! The patch is Axe-fx with a Darkglass in the mix. I also just...
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    Jumping on the Supah Fat Bass Preset Bandwagon! YEEHAW!

    Folks, As you probably know, I love bass guitar even though I pretty much suck horribly at the instrument. I have been, for quite some time, working on presets to make me happy with bass sounds. Based off of a lot of dudes doing splits with the DI and amped signal using the 6160, I gave my...
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    Question to Cliff/Fractal about Hi-Res IR option

    Cliff et al, Perhaps it has been already mentioned in the very long thread about the upcoming hi-res IR function coming to us in the future, but... It is my understanding that people will be able to shoot hi-res IRs with the Axe-fx II, but if we have access to IRs that aren't truncated, is...
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    Das Metall - more accurate to VH4 than VH4 emulation?!?!?!

    :lol :lol :lol :lol :lol :lol It's not that surprising to me, as I like the FAS Modern amps for high gain stuff better than a lot of their "counterparts", but the difference with the Diezel amps simply continue to elude me. Das Metall gets so much closer to recordings of the VH4 (and heck -...
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    Vox AC30 TB Round 2! "Dem Cojones, Brother!"

    Same patch as the soft one, but played with some settings and put a tube drive in front of the amp. "CRANG!" is all I can really say about that... Here's a couple photos with the settings from Axe Edit 3
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    FW 11 Vox sound amazing! Here's a little piece I call "Dem Feels, Man".

    Straight to the point. Follow the link if you want some more info. But here's a Vox AC-30 TB patch I made up with the Ownhammer Marshall Checkerboard Alnico speakers...
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    DEM VOX FEELS, MAN!!!

    :shock :shock :shock :o :o :o I loaded all the V11 presets today so that I could start fresh and get some order to my presets. Cleans 0-19 from vintage to modern, crunchy 20-39, high gain 40-60, rinse repeat, you know? So I was all: "Okay. Bassman on 0. Sounds nice. Sounds really nice...
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    So post 11b on high gain stuff - like tones better without drives... WAT!?

    I've always been a user of a drive pedal in front of the amp for my high gain stuff. But as I was toying around today I just started playing with the amps alone, and I'm finding that I'm loving my tone a whole lot more. This is the first time I've felt this way across the board, so I've got to...
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    OwnHammer Marshall Checkerboard Cab w/J12-PN and Double Verb

    Holy cow. The tube preamps he shot these through add quite a bit of life to them. I'm impressed all around with the sound out of all the speaker types. If you haven't checked these out yet, I'd head on over to Ownhammer.com and look into it. They're like... what? $20? Awesome.
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    The double edged sword (this is not a complaint)

    Just saying: I am recording a lot of high gain stuff these days. Starting with FW 10, the models started behaving so amp-like that there's a lot more to getting them fitting in a mix. I don't mind, of course, as the end result is so much better. I'm working with the FW 11 beta right now...
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    DI Style Bass with Axe-fx II Studio Compressor and Darkglass B7K!

    Hey guys, Not to knock the SVT sim, which I've had a lot of success with, but I decided that I would try to get a more modern "dirty" tone with my bass recording by going with a DI-style recording method. I set up 2 signal paths, one covering the lows (lowpassed at 300 Hz), and one fed...
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    DI-style Bass w/Axe-fx II Studio Compressor and Darkglass B7K - Happy!

    Hey guys, Not to knock the SVT sim, which I've had a lot of success with, but I decided that I would try to get a more modern "dirty" tone with my bass recording by going with a DI-style recording method. I set up 2 signal paths, one covering the lows (lowpassed at 300 Hz), and one fed...
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    Strat and a Dumble - time for a lil' noodlin'

    So I hadn't played my strat much over the last two years, and I was considering selling it. Well, I took it out and thought "I bet if I put some 11s on this broad she'd sing like you wouldn't believe". So I took it down and got it set up and man alive, am I glad I decided to keep it. It's got a...
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    Trip-Tik does the heavy stuff quite well (just guitar content)

    So a lot of guys have been posting up spectacular clips of the Trip-Tik amp model with very nice classic rock, rock and roll, and solo sounds, but the amp maker himself says that the amp can do modern high gain stuff... So I gave it a shot. Patch goes like this: Amp - cab - PEQ...
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    Comet Concourse Ditty

    Hey guys, Felt like doing something I don't typically do, so here's a little ditty I did with my BRJ Jekyll 727 with Painkillers in it... Not typical for the pickups, but I'm pretty impressed with how it came out. Cabs are a blend of the OH 12M-RI and Beta Brit Modern:
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    Alright 10.06 high gain players - Thunk/Motor Drive - who's using 'em?

    Just a quick check-in for those of us who are into the deep and the heavy. I keep going back and forth on these two parameters. At the time being, I think I like thunk at zero, and I'm finding value in turning the motor drive up to like... 3... Before hand I was keeping both basically at zero...
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    Music I made with Axe-fx II to be used for trailer for a soon-to-be forum!

    Hey folks, I haven't been super active in posting recordings lately. Partly it's because I got a puppy about a month ago, and the first few weeks of that were dedicated to potty training and keeping her from chewing everything under the sun. :lol I could only work on music in 30 minute chunks...
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    Learned something with FRFR recording today.

    So up until today, I was recording guitars DI and listening through my Adam A7 monitors. I was always happy with my sound, and thought that I was pretty much doing everything right. A while ago a forum-ite here talked to me about how even though it's FRFR, the speaker/guitar interaction was...
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    Possible Bug in Cab Block 2 Motor Drive?

    Folks, Just wanting to see if anybody else is reporting this problem, or if it's a known issue. I'm on FW 10.02, updated with Fractal Bot. If I'm using 2 cabs in individual blocks, when I adjust the motor drive from 0, it causes strange warping on the sound. If I set it back to zero it goes...
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    Some Bass music (slightly ambient)

    Hey Guys, This part of the forum just doesn't get enough love. The Axe-fx II does great bass stuff, and here's a little piece I put together today. It's based off a very, very old melody "L'homme Arme'", which basically means "Beware the Armed Man". Details about the recording are at the link...
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    Ambient-ish Bass Improv. I'm loving FW 10

    Guys and Gals, So after a day of re-initializing FW10 on the Axe, I got busy writing. It seems that everything got really wonky when I tried to use Axe-edit. Presets were really funky, so I reinstalled FW 10 and started again from scratch. It was painful, but I got some work done. Decided I'd...
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    Has the gate been improved, or is it just the way the amps interact?

    Hey folks, I feel like the gate has either improved, or it's the way that the gate interacts with the new amp feel and dynamics. It seems like the gate is smoother, less wompy on my presets. I'm wondering if anybody else has experienced this.
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    Any suggestions for the VH4? :(

    It used to be one of my go-to amps but now I can hardly even use the thing. Flubby lows. Funky low mids. Sloppy highs. It seems that no matter what I dial in on this puppy, it sounds like total dirt. I can so far get passable stuff high gain from the Herbert Ch. 3, but this one seems to be...
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    Axe-fx II plus Sknote StripBus = awesome!

    I spent the morning with Sknote StripBus after staying up waaaay too late playing with it (just got my licences last night after getting home from work). This is just my first shot at it, and I'm sure I'll get better at figuring it out once I use it some more - especially the bus compressors...
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    Which interfaces actually work with the Axe-fx II full Spdif?

    Folks, I have a Focusrite Saffire Pro 14. The Spdif works great for going out from the Axe-fx II and into the interface. I can record great sounding dry or wet tracks. For the life of me (and believe me - I tried) I cannot send a dry track out to the Axe-fx II via Spdif. No matter what I do...
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    Will FW10 (specifically MIMIC) change the sound of the FAS models?

    Simple and straight forward. I know MIMIC is going to more accurately represent the amp models that FAS has been matching, but will this make more accurate your programmed amps such as FAS Modern, Crunch, etc.? I'm personally loving 9.02 but am wondering if this revelation you've had will give...
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    Englufed by a Galaxy (cleans and some really heavy)

    Hey guys, So I experimented with a way of going about doing a reverb-based patch with the AC30 using drive pedals in front of reverse delays fed into really wet reverbs and blended parallel. Then I decided I'd try a big muff in front of the FAS Modern. Bass guitar is Microtubes B7K in the fx...
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    Cornford/VH4 Combo - brutality! (Patch included)

    Hey Guys, Well, let's get straight to it. I was trying to shoot for a more unique sound, and I think I've achieved it here. It was a lot of fun working with these two amps, and quite frankly I think they really compliment one another. The cab in the patch is my own creation - a combo...
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    So I just got a Darkglass B7K and now I feel weird about AF2's drives

    This is in no way meant to be offensive or mere complaining - I think I'm just as big of a fanboy for the AF2 as anybody else who's on this forum, but I'm wondering about my mileage with the drives on the Axe-fx II. I recently picked up and had a few hours sitting in on the Mircrotubes B7K -...
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    Own Hammer 12M/V31 Tone Test - Who says Greenbacks Can't Do Metal? FW 9 Beta Content

    Well, it may be over the top, but it's a damn gnarly Recto Red Modern patch that I'm using - double tracked. I'm pretty impressed with the overall tone of these cabs, which was mixed with the following IRs. 1. 12M 2011C Classic Warm 2. 12M R121 Balanced 6 3. V31 SM57 WF 5 4. V31 TC30 1...
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    Sold my 6505+ half stack yesterday. Onward to greatness!

    Hey folks, Well, I just wanted everyone to know that I finally made the step toward an all-Axe setup. After the amp sat in my apartment bedroom for a year without so much as being turned on, I figured it was time to offload the gear. I had tried hawking the thing on craigslist a year ago, and...
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    Axe-fx II as outboard effects unit - synthesizer and drums (SD) through Axe-fx II

    Check it out, ladies and gents: If you're keen on knowing exactly how this all works, check out this thread: http://forum.fractalaudio.com/axe-fx-ii-discussion/60783-using-axe-fx-ii-outboard-effects-unit-example-description-included.html
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    Using the Axe-fx II as an Outboard Effects Unit - example and description included

    * Please account for the fact that Soundcloud does alter the mix a little bit, compressing here and there where it shouldn't. Otherwise, it's a pretty speedy and nice upload option * The day before Thanksgiving, I managed to cut my thumb badly enough that I had to get five stitches across the...
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    Send MIDI messages to Axe-fx II from Logic Pro 9? Any help?

    Hey Guys, I've been looking for some information on how to set up MIDI communication between Logic Pro 9 and my Axe-fx II through USB, assuming that this is possible. What I'd like to do is either program changes to effects, be able to control wah, wet/dry levels, etc. through automation when...
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    Big Tasty Groove-wich (Guitars and Bass Axe-fx II)

    Hey guys, It's been a while since I've posted anything because I've been busting my ass off on working on album material. Anyway, I've come a ways on mixing and I wanted to share with everybody here the stuff I've been able to come up with. Bass is an Ibanez SR705 reamped 3 times for the big...
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    A Little Hard Rock featuring my new BRJ Jekyll 727...

    Hey guys, It's been a while since I've posted anything in the recording section of this place. So here we go: Bernie Rico Jr Guitar Mix by Speculum Speculorum on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free Guitars are quad tracked through the FAS Modern and Das Metall...
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    Axe-fx II on vocals yields GREAT things (sorry, no clips yet - but soon)

    Hey guys, So I finally got reamping working through USB with no issues on my mac. I set it up and am using an aggregate device as my output and my axe-ii as my input in Logic. Something I've been interested in for a while is how the effects section would stand up to treating vocals. No...
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    Re-amping plans

    Hey guys, So after a bit of experimentation yesterday, I'm going to give re-amping a shot. I have been trying to build a bass preset that takes care of all my recording needs (kind of like a one-off), but it's just not working when it comes down to mixing. Basically, I don't have enough...
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    Bass Guitar and Red Wire = recipe for road to success with bass.

    Hey Guys, It's been a while since I've really posted anything. I've been busier than a demon on acid, what with work and learning all that I can about the black box, recording, and messing with recently acquired sound design software (Metasynth is awesome). But... I recently got my bass back...
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    New Mix-test with Axe-fx II and SD 2.0

    Hey guys, As always, this forum has been a wonderful place where I can collect information from a bunch of dudes who know way, way, WAY more about the Axe systems than I do. I wanted to share this mix with you guys/gals and see what you thought about the whole product. There's no bass guitar...
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    Some Axe-fx II "cleans" I've been working on with the strat

    Hey Guys, Here is a short clip I worked on with the Axe-II over the last couple o' days. Don't mind the occasional garble, please. I'm still recording via USB 2.0 and it's still got the same ol' driver issues. When I record proper, it will be through my Saffire Pro 14 until the driver issues...
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    Give up on SV for bass guitar?

    I think I may be about ready to give up on the SV model, or maybe the Axe-II for bass altogether. I plugged my bass direct into my saffire pro 14 yesterday, and the sound was so much better than anything I've gotten so far with the Axe-II that I almost started laughing. I think it might be...
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    Recording with an interface (USB driver issues): Questions.

    As a result of the glitchy issue with the USB 2.0 connection on my iMac, (odd pops and crackles that get recorded and turn into blank spaces in sound when bounced), I am going to have to connect my Axe-II through my Saffire Pro 14 for any serious projects. That is, at least, until Apple decides...
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    Re-worked Bass patch. What do ya' think?

    Hey guys, There seems to be a serious lack of bass patches for the Axe-II. This is what I've been working on. It's a blend of a Solo 100 Rhythm (thanks Don Peterson) and the SVT model. Each amp chain has it's own compression. I will be uploading a mix attempt in a little while using this bass...
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    FAS Modern and Das Metall test - first ever recording with Axe-II (be gentle)

    Okay guys. The amps and their cabs are listed on the Soundcloud link. The purpose of this was to get some feedback on my patches in a real-life example, so you can all hear what I'm hearing. I'm playing direct in USB to Logic, through Adam-A7's in an untreated room. There was some garble...
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    Okay guys. For the love of God, critique my patches

    I will spare you the far-too-old strings that are currently on my guitar and my currently sorry playing. I have been sick for the last two days and have been generally sitting around feeling sorry for myself. This has, however, given me some opportunity to work with some settings for the Axe-II...
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    Bass Tone recommendations?

    Hey guys, I spent some serious time with the Axe II working on high gain tones again. After a lot of work I realized that my presence and mid/high settings were probably way too extreme. After cutting back dramatically I'm much happier with the way they sit in the mix when I double track (not...
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    Scared and frustrated

    So I've been working. Hard. And I still feel as though everything I do on the Axe-II sounds like total crap when it comes to high gain stuff. I get into even the simple parameters and I can dial in a "workable" tone. But as soon as I get into the advanced stuff, I feel like I just get lost in...
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    Volume quite low in Logic

    Hey guys, I've searched through the forum and it seems that everybody has got a slightly different answer. I am wondering if anyone may be able to answer my question. I just installed Logic 9 (I've got a big learning curve ahead of me), and I got sound to come out of my monitors (yay!)...
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    Connecting powered monitors through Axe-fx II question

    So I am aware that I can connect my Axe-II to my computer through USB and connect my powered monitors through the Axe-II XLR outputs. My question is will I still be able to mix when I'm not playing guitar through the Axe? As in, when I'm mixing my synths, drums, etc. Or else will I need an...
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    Just got my Axe-fx II today!

    Hey guys! I've been lurking on here for a long time gathering as much information as I could. Well, last week I purchased this awesome piece of technology and it arrived today. I did plug it in and shot my terrible headphones into it to make sure the thing worked. It does! I know that when I...
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