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Dr Bonkers' Guide to Using Fractal Axe-FX 3 for Bass

dr bonkers

Fractal Fanatic
Vendor
Im just an at home player so its an untreated room with some A7Xs

Dingwall NG3 pickups are pretty hot.
Does the Dingwall have any sort of bass boost engaged?

That much roll off seems highly unusual to need with those IR files.
 

jasmeece

Member
Does anyone basically go direct? I was experimenting with different amps and ended up with a direct tone into a cab block and using the pre on the block. It sounds punchy and bright at home. I have to hear how it sounds at church. I have to get over my paradigm that since I have 256 amps I have to use 256 amps.
 

unix-guy

Legend!
Does anyone basically go direct? I was experimenting with different amps and ended up with a direct tone into a cab block and using the pre on the block. It sounds punchy and bright at home. I have to hear how it sounds at church. I have to get over my paradigm that since I have 256 amps I have to use 256 amps.
There are lots of ways to get good bass tones. The one you mentioned sounds like what I posted very early in this thread:

Another way: use the "flat" IR in conjunction with the Preamp page in the Cab block.

Hope you don't mind me adding a tip? I'm not a bassist but I play one on TV ;)

I did actually help my bassist / stickist (is that a thing?) dial in some great tones on his Axe Fx III.
 

JES

Member
thanks for this very helpful thread and spreadsheet. I’m wondering if there is a similar resource for the drive block. I realize it’s possible to just blend sounds, but my favourite bass distortions — Xotic BB bass and Idiotbox Blower Box — do not have a “blend.” Could I achieve similar results with the EQs in the pedal blocks? Are the EQs pre or post?
 

dr bonkers

Fractal Fanatic
Vendor
thanks for this very helpful thread and spreadsheet. I’m wondering if there is a similar resource for the drive block. I realize it’s possible to just blend sounds, but my favourite bass distortions — Xotic BB bass and Idiotbox Blower Box — do not have a “blend.” Could I achieve similar results with the EQs in the pedal blocks? Are the EQs pre or post?
That's not really my bag of tricks.

Personally I've always preferred a miked cab mixed with direct versus drive block direct with eq.
 

unix-guy

Legend!
thanks for this very helpful thread and spreadsheet. I’m wondering if there is a similar resource for the drive block. I realize it’s possible to just blend sounds, but my favourite bass distortions — Xotic BB bass and Idiotbox Blower Box — do not have a “blend.” Could I achieve similar results with the EQs in the pedal blocks? Are the EQs pre or post?
I would suggest you read the Fractal Audio Blocks Guide which provides details on each block and their controls.

The EQ in the Drive can be pre or post...

https://www.fractalaudio.com/downloads/manuals/fas-guides/Fractal-Audio-Blocks-Guide.pdf
 
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