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  1. AndrewKirkland

    Spacey Cleans/ Progressive OD's

    Sounds awesome, would you share some of your clean patches/just describe the structure of the past chest?
  2. AndrewKirkland

    "Upgrade" from AX8 to Axe-Fx II mkII

    Running two amp blocks and cab yields very tasty tones. I think this will be a pro for you once the door is open.
  3. AndrewKirkland

    MIDI pedal?

    If you care about having no latency/delay when using the looper you absolutely need the MC6
  4. AndrewKirkland

    MIDI pedal?

    The Morningstar MC6 is fantastic.
  5. AndrewKirkland

    Change Algo and keep settings

    Yeah alot of it is the old school converters/analog section that gives a cool tone. The lexicon concert wave algorithm is kick ass. I permanently have an h3000 sitting on my rack case above my axe FX. I have used so many different racks in the axe FX and only one did not sound good. H3000...
  6. AndrewKirkland

    Change Algo and keep settings

    Hook up a real 80 or 70 in the loop and switch the FX loop on and deactive the reverb block at the same time. My 70 sounds great in the FX loop.
  7. AndrewKirkland

    Axe-Fx 2 vs Helix LT (Dilemma Over)

    I should add I have heard people make decent recordings and sounds with the helix, however for me the feel and sound I get with the Fractal is night and day . I personally can't dial in good sounds with the helix or enjoy the feel of using it
  8. AndrewKirkland

    Axe-Fx 2 vs Helix LT (Dilemma Over)

    I agree I tried native and helix stomp and they were both unimpressive, not enough programmability. Very artificial sounding to my ears. Fractal is 10/10 for me while the helix stuff is like 5-7 at the very best. Didn't try any aftermarket IRs but honestly not sure it would bring it to an 8.
  9. AndrewKirkland

    Axe-Fx II XL+ Noise Problems

    Also worth noting that the THD is usually higher out of headphone outputs in most devices, never measured or looked at the fractal specs for THD on the phones or regular outs but I would guess with 1khz sine wave it could get as low as .002% on the main outs. I have an AP at work and can see the...
  10. AndrewKirkland

    Axe-Fx II XL+ Noise Problems

    Hayden, I would suggest asking whoever looked at if they checked the THD% on all the outputs and whether it is in spec. (And tested with hot and weaker signal) AudioPrecision makes fantastic test equipment that really will settle any doubt of noise coming from the unit. If the THD% was in spec...
  11. AndrewKirkland

    How are some of you recording direct from Axe-Fx II XL into an interface?

    I use a metric halo uln2 with Aes out. It is an excellent sound to use Aes or spdif.
  12. AndrewKirkland

    Vintage tele preset on Axe-Change

    I'd check it out, can you post a link to it?
  13. AndrewKirkland

    RIP XL+...?

    Maybe the h3000 from eventide. That had a great run.
  14. AndrewKirkland

    RIP XL+...?

    If it is not used outside (left overnight outside in a cold environment, and then heats up when used after being cold) the unit will sweat inside and corrosion can eventually occur on the circuit board if this happens many times. Also dusting the unit out with compressed air or a specialized...
  15. AndrewKirkland

    Looper with no MFC

    Get the Morningstar midi pedal. There is a looper specific cc command that sends the data faster so there is no lag between pressing the button and the axe.looper recording. I had lag/latency with the record command when using a regular cc message or using my external 1/2 switch to control the...
  16. AndrewKirkland

    What things can an AFX do that a real amp cant?

    Honestly the only pedals I find better than the axe is true fuzz pedals because of the volume knob dynamic. Modulation, delay, and reverb is not beatable by pedals. Some strymon stuff is good but if you know the axe you can do the same thing and more. The only FX I use with the axe FX is my...
  17. AndrewKirkland

    What things can an AFX do that a real amp cant?

    Different routing with the FX loop and placing stuff in between amp and cab blocks. Series/parallel hybrid routing. The biggest thing for me is the expression pedal control. Being able to press one button and change delay feedback percentage, chorus rate/depth, trigger an lfo on a mix parameter...
  18. AndrewKirkland

    Understanding Clocking

    Yeah the noise only occurs when there is no master clock and both devices are at 48khz. Doesn't happen when one is a master clock source. When the axe is the master the tone is different from when it is slaved. Subtle but still noticeable.
  19. AndrewKirkland

    Understanding Clocking

    Just thought I post results of my clocking. So with the axe as the master everything was more present and very dynamic sounding/very alive. With my interface(metric Halo) as the master clock the sound was very smooth and detailed, but maybe a little too much smoothing so the dynamics we're not...
  20. AndrewKirkland

    Understanding Clocking

    Thanks for the tip, seems like in my set up with analog in the auto setting would mean using the axe FX clock, and the aes setting would mean using my interface clock. I appreciate your help! Thank you taking the time to explain!
  21. AndrewKirkland

    Understanding Clocking

    I just want to ask for clarification of a few things regarding clocking. It seems I am forced to use the internal clock on the axe FX with an AES connection. I have my interface set to 48khz internal clock with the Axe on auto and it seems like there is no issue. I can also slave the interface...
  22. AndrewKirkland

    Use regular wah still or axe fx's? Why?

    I have a vox wah and plug it in backwards to do the Gilmour echoes seagull/elephant noises lol. But I usually use the fractal wah with my Moog expression controller. Not a big wah guy, but sometimes the real wah is nice depending on the situation.
  23. AndrewKirkland

    I miss a new Axe-Fx II firmware...

    I am on Q6 still lol. Not a fan past that one. I honestly think the best one for me was the very first one I had like 18
  24. AndrewKirkland

    Purchased my first Axe-Fx II and looking for expression pedal recommendations

    This may be blasphemy, but the Moog expression pedal is great and a regular boss momentary footseitch is also a great choice on a budget.
  25. AndrewKirkland

    Mesa Studio Preamp

    Picked up one of these recently. Recording outs sound excellent straight into my interface, main outs into my xl+ sound even better. Very cool units. Nice tonal variety with the axe FX.
  26. AndrewKirkland

    Eric Johnson makes me want to be a better guitar player

    This is the AXE FX 2. Rick Graham is a beast, I wish he would sell or share patches. The guitar is a Mexican 60s player strat I believe.
  27. AndrewKirkland

    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 10.01 Firmware Release

    I agree with this statement. Seemed like it could back off the mix on my delay about 10% or more
  28. AndrewKirkland

    Axe-Fx II "Quantum" Rev 10.01 Firmware Release

    I have stuck with 6.03 for a year and a half at this point. I was curious how 10.01 sounded so I did some comparisons between the two firmwares. For all the presets I had everything sounded more low mid focused and any light overdrive sounds were smoothed out in the highs/upper mids. Everything...
  29. AndrewKirkland

    Tube Preamplifier suggestions

    I just want to say thank you to everyone for all the useful information and experience with these preamp! I wasn't getting notifications from my this post. I think I am gonna just stick with the Axe FX for my needs. The triaxis sounds like there is alot of potential there, but I may not dig the...
  30. AndrewKirkland

    Tube Preamplifier suggestions

    I have an axe fx 2 xl plus that I love for recording. However I'd like to buy a tube preamplifier for direct recording potentially with IRs. The preamp will be going into a mackie 8 bus for eq or my metric halo. I should mention I like a really bright sparkly clean sound with my gretsch and am...
  31. AndrewKirkland

    311 Flowing Intro sound

    Thanks for the reply! I still haven't learned how to use the sequencer fully/ taken full advantage of all the modulation controllers.
  32. AndrewKirkland

    311 Flowing Intro sound

    Curious how to make this sound with the axe fx 2. It was done with the preset technochords on the lexicon mpx g2 unit. Says it randomly generates tones into a delay and reverb with a sweep filter that has a controllable range/scale. I am certain this involves using the filter, megatap delays...
  33. AndrewKirkland

    What Happened to the FX Loop Block?

    Thank you for the replies everyone! I am going to wait to see comparisons of this unit vs the 2 to see the difference. I may buy in at axe fx 4.
  34. AndrewKirkland

    What Happened to the FX Loop Block?

    As I looked at the back of the new Axe FX 3 online, I did not notice a "send/return" like the 2 has. In addition, the FX Loop block graphic is missing from the list of "blocks" in the information regarding the Axe FX 3. I notice there are more inputs/outputs, so how would you route external...
  35. AndrewKirkland

    Are there more delay lines hidden in the magic box?

    I still have a pcm70 that I love for ambient verbs. I don't like the axe for ambient verbs, but the axe is great for spring reverb and tight articulate soloing reverb. I mainly like using two multi delays and turning the level of the delay down and feeding it into another delay for ambient (fake...
  36. AndrewKirkland

    Are there more delay lines hidden in the magic box?

    You're never gonna get an exact copy of the 6 delay lines in the pcm80/81 because they all have separate feedback, and delay times. You can also apply different modulation to the different parts of those separate delay lines. Best case is using two delay blocks so you get 2/6 lines. Then try...
  37. AndrewKirkland

    How to emulate Twist mode from Boss giga delay and Boss space echo pedals?

    I did make some pretty whacky sounds that would be fun to mess with, but I want to be able to get that twist sound. I am thinking of just finding a nice recording of the twist sound and putting that into a sampler. Then using it pitch shifted and modulated in a recordings from time to time.
  38. AndrewKirkland

    How to emulate Twist mode from Boss giga delay and Boss space echo pedals?

    Yes I used the tape delay type, it is just very difficult to get the slope/scale for the delay time increase and feedback ramping slope/scale dialed in to be close to this twist mode.
  39. AndrewKirkland

    How to emulate Twist mode from Boss giga delay and Boss space echo pedals?

    I am having a tough time emulating the twist mode from Boss. This twist mode is essentially the delay time speeding up and the feedback also ramping up at the same time. When the footswitch is released the delay slows down again and fades out. This is a very sci-fi,space ship, motorcycle like...
  40. AndrewKirkland

    Input 2, Output 1/2 modes in relation to fx loop useage

    When using another piece of gear in stereo through the fx loop does input 2 mode really determine the output setting of your gear in the loop. And does output 2 mode (send) determine the input setting of your gear. Basically since send is under output 2, and return is under input 2. I have...
  41. AndrewKirkland

    Input 2 Mode

    When using an fx rack in the loop of the axe fx 2( only mono input on this specific rack) what mode should I select for input two? Left only seems to make sense and sounds slightly louder than lr sum and stereo.
  42. AndrewKirkland

    Probing Output Signal From AXE FX 2 XL Plus (Oscilloscope)

    Thank you for taking the time to tell me the RMS voltage! And how to use the synth block as a signal generator! I appreciate passing the knowledge on. Unlike others on this forum.
  43. AndrewKirkland

    Probing Output Signal From AXE FX 2 XL Plus (Oscilloscope)

    I am curious how to probe the output signal from my axe fx 2 xl plus using an Oscilloscope. Any tips? Line output? Where should I put the ground and where should I probe to get signal? How much voltage will this signal be? (Where to set voltage division) I am only doing this for fun/seeing the...
  44. AndrewKirkland

    Dimension Mode Clarification

    I went with high as I think the Boost brings the effect out more, and the eq smooths things out. After comparing the sound of off, low, med, high. The most balanced sound included boosting the effect and adding dry eq. I guess my sound before the dry eq was a little too bassy/uneven. This evened...
  45. AndrewKirkland

    Dimension Mode Clarification

    There are three settings for the dimension mode parameter in the ADV section of the chorus block. I have read that low is dry eq off, boost off. Medium is dry eq off, boost on. And high is dry eq on and boost on. How much boost is added the signal and what is a dry eq defined as? Basically how...
  46. AndrewKirkland

    Not a fan of Quantum 7.01 (Personally)

    I think depending on your type of tone and playing/the AMT of time making a preset will determine the best firmware to use. It is nice to know I'm not alone. I think 15 was the first one I started with.
  47. AndrewKirkland

    Not a fan of Quantum 7.01 (Personally)

    Getting some new features like the new shimmer drive and optical comps, while having old sounds too.
  48. AndrewKirkland

    Not a fan of Quantum 7.01 (Personally)

    Thanks for all the feedback everyone! I think the approaches of making brand new presets and doing tweaks with new firmware is a good way to go. At the same time if you are so happy with your existing tones and don't need more features it makes sense to stay put. Honestly, I can't complain about...
  49. AndrewKirkland

    Not a fan of Quantum 7.01 (Personally)

    Thanks for the response Cliff, I will definitely give the new firmware a chance and change my unorthodox configurations. For whatever reason those configurations work great with my current presets/firmware. I think the most important thing is to always backup up your presets and save old...
  50. AndrewKirkland

    Not a fan of Quantum 7.01 (Personally)

    I haven't tried 7.02 yet, any big differences between that and 7.01? That is cool, I think most people like the sound with the presets after upgrading, however I am sure there are others like me that prefer their old presets.
  51. AndrewKirkland

    Not a fan of Quantum 7.01 (Personally)

    That is cool, I would have to agree that for 98% of the updates I would not have to tweak anything at all. This update was different though. Many of my presets took a very long time to tweak and get where I wanted them. I am sure I could have made a new preset that sounded good, but the point...
  52. AndrewKirkland

    Not a fan of Quantum 7.01 (Personally)

    I just upgraded my firmware from 6.03.1 and was not pleased with the results in Quantum 7.01. I preferred all my old presets and had spent two years refining them to exactly where I want them, using different firmwares. I actually am using Quantum 3 for alot of my presets(amp model version) in...
  53. AndrewKirkland

    use same expression pedal for wah and volume?

    Not an expert but does that the pedal have two expression jacks? cause if the toggle is a separate jack, it'd be super easy to call the expression 2, and the first expression 1.
  54. AndrewKirkland

    Is it possible to use xlr and 1/4 FX loop connections simultaneously?

    I am definitely going to try that and compare side by side! Thanks for the tip. Is the size parameter in meters or feet with fractal? The pcm 70 hall parameter I believe is 38 meters for size. Yeah I definitely find that grainy/tinny sound to be good in just a chaotic shoegaze/noise bath...
  55. AndrewKirkland

    Is it possible to use xlr and 1/4 FX loop connections simultaneously?

    I know the axe fx can "improve the sound", but personally I like the quirky character of those old racks.Fortunately, my Dad's friend is a respected technician who can service anything really, so a repair wouldn't break the bank. I still have not heard anyone make a convincing replica of the PCM...
  56. AndrewKirkland

    Is it possible to use xlr and 1/4 FX loop connections simultaneously?

    I totally spaced out. I am definitely am wrong, I don't know why I thought there were xlr outs and ins for the loop. It'd be cool if there were! Looks like I just need to get my lexicon pcm81 repaired/looked it. It has another weird issue where it peaks making an awful noise whenever turning the...
  57. AndrewKirkland

    Is it possible to use xlr and 1/4 FX loop connections simultaneously?

    If I had two xlrs in the return of the fx loop stereo, and then also had two quarter inch cables plugged into the return what would happen? Or if I had all four xlrs in the send/returns with four 1/4 inch cables would things work when only using four total in any combination of two sends and two...
  58. AndrewKirkland

    Welcome TREVOR RABIN!

    My ex girlfriend's(high school) parents were friends with Trevor where they grew up in South Africa. I got to go to his house with them once and I got to see his studio in 2009 or 2010 and it was insane. Such a nice guy, he even let me noodle around on one of his strats for a bit. His son is...
  59. AndrewKirkland

    Clocking Issues ( Master, Slaves, AES or AUTO)

    It only flashes for a second or two than disappears so if there was only one cable it'd stay flashing until you switched back to auto
  60. AndrewKirkland

    EV1 pedal

    ?
  61. AndrewKirkland

    Clocking Issues ( Master, Slaves, AES or AUTO)

    The metric halo has a sample rate converter in addition to being able to select the main sample rate. That is such a thorough explanation, thanks so much. I did have aes in and outs between the halo and the axe fx. So two aes cables in the system.
  62. AndrewKirkland

    Clocking Issues ( Master, Slaves, AES or AUTO)

    The fractal forum always is a wealth of knowledge and I appreciate how helpful the community is. This product has truly changed my life for the better! It is a marvel of engineering/design.
  63. AndrewKirkland

    Clocking Issues ( Master, Slaves, AES or AUTO)

    Thanks for the info, that would seem to make sense. Although I have the sample rate on the MH set to 48 kHZ so I am still a little lost. I think I will just use the dig in clock, and set the axe to auto to be the master in the system. It is an extremely subtle difference and maybe I only...
  64. AndrewKirkland

    Clocking Issues ( Master, Slaves, AES or AUTO)

    Click N? Do you mean clocking? I am not saying it is an eq option, I just noticed an extremely subtle frequency response when changing the configuration as described in the previous posts. If you could provide a more descriptive explanation that'd be helpful! I understand the AXE FX is...
  65. AndrewKirkland

    Clocking Issues ( Master, Slaves, AES or AUTO)

    @Bakerman once again I cannot thank you enough for providing clear answers to my long/drawn out questions. Now to just be super OCD and see what clocking configurations works best with each guitar's pickups. Also what sounds in the axe fx or gear in my fx loop responds best lol.
  66. AndrewKirkland

    Clocking Issues ( Master, Slaves, AES or AUTO)

    @Bakerman Thanks so much for the response! It is very confusing when that message appears and disappears. It should be stated on the wiki. I think both the axe and halo when using their own clocks sync pretty well because I have the sample rate on the halo matching the axe. ( But I definitely...
  67. AndrewKirkland

    Clocking Issues ( Master, Slaves, AES or AUTO)

    Hello I am currently using an AXE FX 2 via AES into my Metric Halo ULN-2 interface. I am a bit confused about the proper way to clock both systems. This bit on the support wiki confused me. SPDIF/AES IN: uses the recovered clock for all input sources. A valid 48 kHz data stream must be...
  68. AndrewKirkland

    [NOT A BUG] 2290 w/mod Delay

    Thank is for all the explanations Rex, I really appreciate the time you took to reply and help! I go back and forth deciding to use analog outs or keep AES. What do you prefer for recording? I got great results with just my focus rite saffire analog. But with my metric halo the AES connection...
  69. AndrewKirkland

    [NOT A BUG] 2290 w/mod Delay

    I noticed with the fx loop that the second output knob works to control volume. Why doesn't the first one work with it? Also why do presets not using the fx loop block require me to adjust the output in layout when using AES.
  70. AndrewKirkland

    [NOT A BUG] 2290 w/mod Delay

    That would make sense, except I have still been able to control my output level with the knobs every time I have recorded in the past just using AES only. So I think it may have something to do with it. I am going to test my setup again and see if the output knobs affect the signal level after...
  71. AndrewKirkland

    [NOT A BUG] 2290 w/mod Delay

    Is it possible that when recording via AES that having out 1 set to L/R sum would cause my output knobs to no longer work and only allow the layout section with the output to control the volume/levels? Anyways I never had this problem before until it was set on L/R sum. I am assuming if I have...
  72. AndrewKirkland

    [NOT A BUG] 2290 w/mod Delay

    this thread was so helpful! I had the same issue and I accidentally changed the output 1 to L+R sum, instead of it being stereo. It will work if it says L/R copy but it doesn't sound as awesome as output 1 set to Stereo. This also weirdly affected my levels when recording via AES into my...
  73. AndrewKirkland

    Think Outside the Box

    one of my favorite sounds is an energyball amp and a cameron ccv 2d into a 1x12 cab model of the tweed verb with a R121 at 1.35 Proximity. Best lead tone I have ever had in my life. With some delay/verb too. Quite and unusual pairing.
  74. AndrewKirkland

    VITO BRATTA WHITE LION request

    For vito's tone it is a strat with humbuckers, and most likely a marshall lead with some delay, and maybe a small hint of chorus ( like extremely subtle) Problem with patch sharing is every guitar sounds so different through each patch.
  75. AndrewKirkland

    Digitech drop with Axe

    should of bought a momentary footswitch or expression pedal from moog, and assigned it to a pitch block lol. I have a harmonist and realized it was useless compared to the pitch block in the axe fx. You can even have two pitch blocks and do very odd combinations like have two digitech whammy or...
  76. AndrewKirkland

    A depressing realization (and unpopular opinion): most of the amps sound very similar.

    The first week I had my axe fx 2 XL+ I literally scrolled through every amp model available and adding cabinets I thought were useful. I eventually realized that some amps sounds extremely different and others similar yet nothing was 100% the same. However when you add cabinets and change mic...
  77. AndrewKirkland

    Can the Behringer fcb1010 buttons be used as momentary switches for External Controllers?

    It doesn't have to be the Behringer device, I'd buy a Fractal MFC, LIQUID FOOT JR, or another device that can let me do these things. I realize programming is not the easiest thing to do, but I have time to learn.
  78. AndrewKirkland

    Can the Behringer fcb1010 buttons be used as momentary switches for External Controllers?

    Curious if the behringer fcb1010 can be programmed so that a button like 1,2,3, or 4 can be an external controller. Like a momentary switch set to continuous( Hold down the button and have the behavior/parameter change but once you lift off the pedal/button have it go back to regular). I'd...
  79. AndrewKirkland

    Question for the Strymon Guys

    I have had some great success using the pitch crystals, multi delay pitch, Reverb from my quadraverb, the axe fx reverb, and also the lexicon pcm70 hall. I sold my timeline and just use the axe fx and my old racks. Using a momentary switch set on continuous and controlling the feedback of the...
  80. AndrewKirkland

    Question for the Strymon Guys

    Strymon delay is as good as the axe delay but it has a different character in the fx loop vs just using the axe delay. Using both creates a very lovely sound. I found an awesome shimmer patch made of a tape delay, multi delay Plex detune, and pitch block with crystals (no delay on the pitch...
  81. AndrewKirkland

    Question for the Strymon Guys

    I have been running my timeline and a lexicon pcm70 (or alesis quadraverbss) into the fx loop. Combining Simeon's patches and other multi delay and crystals it sounds amazing (with the timeline ice octave shimmer) however I am starting to find I can emulate the timeline shimmer using a pitch...
  82. AndrewKirkland

    Newb question - using the Axe II with a Quadraverb?

    I use my quadraverb in stereo in the fx loop return with my strymon timeline in the send in stereo. Connect the outputs of the strymon into the quadraverb inputs. Sounds so good haha. I even ordered the upgrade from Chip for resonance, ring mod, and 1.5 seconds of sampling
  83. AndrewKirkland

    TUNER CALIBRATION DOESN'T WORK WHEN USING AES CLOCK

    I just noticed the tuner calibration does not work when you use AES 3 into an interface. I have the ULN-2 by metric halo and when I put the axe fx on AES clock , the signal is cleaner, but my tuner calibration doesn't work. When I put the clock back to auto the tuner calibration works ( but the...
  84. AndrewKirkland

    Newb question - using the Axe II with a Quadraverb?

    I ordered a quadraverb, because I honestly find that it is hard to make the axe fx sound shitty/like early 90's digital processors. The ways you could hook it up are midi connection, stereo fx loop, or even send the SPDIF signal from the quadraverb into the axe fx spdif. I think everyone on this...
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