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Austin Buddy Presets...a Review.

electronpirate

Moderator
Moderator
I purchased Austin Buddy’s presets. For several reasons. One: I’m a bit committed to making sure that shared presets do not infringe upon purchased presets...can only get that look if I have those presets. Two: I’ve always felt that the presets that come with the Axe are somewhat functional out of the box, but with a complex machine as we have here, any Guitarist should be able to just ‘plug and go’ with a myriad of amps and be completely satisfied (and blown away) with their tone. Three: I’m about supporting this community and those who contribute. Four: Bored and wanted to check something new.

After roughly a week with the presets, I can say they should be a required purchase for new users who do not care to spend a month in the intellectual gym learning every in and out of tone crafting. Caveat: You HAVE to know how to navigate and learn how to tweak…but this is trivial if you already have gig ready presets. He provides concise instructions on how to configure your levels to monitor, FOH, and DAW which are already in the preset.

On the tones (I have only loaded Bank 1 so far to get an opinion): If you can’t find close to your sound here, it doesn’t exist. I’ve thrown different guitars, PUP’s at this, and had excellent results. There are many redundancies here in scenes, and I’ll just focus on Marshall, AC30, and Fender tones, but with a bit of poking around, could nail everything in my playlists. From the Eagles to Green Day to ‘brootalz’ it was there. Granted, I needed to tweak here and there…addition of ‘verb, low cut on cabs to reduce ‘boomy’, add some sag; it was very little work. I’ve added WAH, changed up the drives, engaged and saved bypassed ‘verb as well as use my pedal to manage volume.

My litmus test was against my own presets. I preferred the AB presets over most of the amps I favor (or they were so close that the additional routing was preferable to my simplistic presets.) The exceptions were my Plexi 50 and JCM800 presets. This is not a small thing, as I’ve been at this a long time. That he has done the work to offer flexibility for various routings is huge.

IMO FAS should offer these pre-loaded for an additional fee. I understand how they would not want to go down that road business-wise.

A philosophical note: FAS is at a point where we have almost unlimited power at our fingertips to be able to craft tone, and pull sounds out of our head to pour into the box, but the ‘simple’ guitarist gets left behind in this endeavor. There is a vast audience out there that does not want to spend time RTFM, and wants to just play (yes, pendants, once you learn to navigate simple things.) These presets offer that to those folks. When neophytes are ready to move up to more advance functions, they can do it, but these offer a 'open the box, hook up, and go to the gig' options.

Short review. Wanted to give the guy a plug.

Enjoy.

R
 

bradlake

Axe-Master
:cool:...and it took you THIS LONG to figure this out?!...seriously, as one of the first loud advocates of his work, I still believe Buddy’s are are most impactful third party releases ever in the Fractal ecosystem, and anyone who doesn’t have ‘Em are missing out big time...so, agreed with ya.
 

chucma

Forum Addict
Very good review! On my side, I have literally just replaced all of the Factory presets with the AB presets (Naked Amps). I did like the factory presets but felt I had more use from the AB ones.

It takes a looooong time to work through all of the presets, and then you can still play around with how drives interact with his amp settings which takes even more time. Basically for any potential new AB customers, purchase these only if you enjoy playing guitar because you will end up spending a lot of time doing just that!
 

Piing

Forum Addict
The problem here is the limited number of preset slots at the Axe-FX III. It falls short when we face these massive preset collections
 

Fleece

Regular
The problem here is the limited number of preset slots at the Axe-FX III. It falls short when we face these massive preset collections
I fully agree. I didn't think it would be a problem initially, but having bought 2 tone packs from AustinBuddy, I've been forced to delete all of the factory presets, I have one bank for my own presets, and I have no room for anything else. And I've only had it about 2 weeks.

It's disappointing that the number of presets in this new model actually shrank by 33%. And with them taking up such little space, and storage being so cheap these days, I can't wrap my head around it. If they were going to shrink the number of presets, there should at least be a USB slot for external storage, like on my 10 year old Roland drum kits.
 

VidarAus

Inspired
I don’t even have my III yet but have been seriously considering purchasing this even before I get my unit. It seems like a tremendous amount of work has gone into it, and the ability to quickly get a base tone with any amp in the unit set with typical settings usually used with that amp would be great. Would save a lot of time in wrapping ones head around how to even dial in each of the hundreds of amps available, especially boutique amps I have never (and will never) get to play a real example of to even know what they do.

Great review - has pushed me over the edge to purchase :)
 

sskkmm

Veteran
Just purchased yesterday after sitting on the fence for awhile.
As a tone chaser....hours and ten minutes play. Should have bought them sooner.
Now play for hours and tone chase....not really.
5 Stars 🔉📢
The problem is - now I have nothing to do but practice - "tone chasing" and gear hunt days are pretty much over. No more excuses. :/
 

electronpirate

Moderator
Moderator
I don’t even have my III yet but have been seriously considering purchasing this even before I get my unit. It seems like a tremendous amount of work has gone into it, and the ability to quickly get a base tone with any amp in the unit set with typical settings usually used with that amp would be great. Would save a lot of time in wrapping ones head around how to even dial in each of the hundreds of amps available, especially boutique amps I have never (and will never) get to play a real example of to even know what they do.

Great review - has pushed me over the edge to purchase :)
Good choice. Do take the time to go through the factory presets beforehand. There are plenty in that that are great. Especially those that use some of the wilder FX. You may want them later (although it's trivial to restore factory if needed.)

And again, this does not preclude learning the unit at a basic level. AB's instructions are clear, but they will be baffling if you have not learned to navigate.
 

VidarAus

Inspired
Good choice. Do take the time to go through the factory presets beforehand. There are plenty in that that are great. Especially those that use some of the wilder FX. You may want them later (although it's trivial to restore factory if needed.)

And again, this does not preclude learning the unit at a basic level. AB's instructions are clear, but they will be baffling if you have not learned to navigate.
Yep thanks. I have been using fractal products since the beginning (started with an axe fx standard way back when you could import direct from FAS!). Have always found the presets to be great and a fertile ground for learning about the unit, and about the art of crafting amp sounds and effects in general. The effects in particular, as you say, in the presets present some awesome routing and settings.
 
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