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WICKED WIKI 11: Good Tone? Nah, we want Bad Tone!


We're on a never-ending quest for good tone. Let's turn that around and make deliberate bad, lo-fi, nasty sounds.

Ready to have some fun? Here are a couple of suggestions.

  • In the Amp block, turn up Speaker Drive all the way to mimic the sound of a speaker ready to blow up.
  • Try the On the Phone preset (use the Preset A/Z list to find it). It's heavily EQ-ed, simulating the sound of an amp through a phone or radio.
  • Try the W@rped Vinyl preset (use the Preset A/Z list to find it). This made its appearance on the forum before the Axe-Fx II was released and found its way into the factory presets. It's M@tman's recreation of the tone of an old record, with crackling, white noise and all.
  • Use Bit Reduction. This parameter is available in the Delay and Drive blocks, and as a standalone Drive type. It creates digital distortion by reducing the resolution of the signal. The number shown is the number of bits that will be subtracted from 24-bit full scale. For example, to create 4-bit audio, set it to “20.” Bit Reduction is often combined with high-frequency and/or low-frequency rolloff.
  • Set a Drive block to Octave Dist and adjust Bias.
  • Use the 1x6 Oval Speaker in your Cab block.
  • Add a non-tracking Ring Modulator to the signal.
  • Use the Synth block to add pink or white noise.
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Yek, your wicked wiki posts are informative and fun. Thanks so much for taking the time to crank them out. Your efforts are appreciated.


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With Firmware 7.0 we now have the ability to reduce the Sample Rate in the drive blocks.
A neat lofi effect can be had by running an effect in parallel and putting the drive block
after the effect you want to change. Try the Tape Dist after a chorus block in parallel.
Also try attaching modifiers to the Sample Rate.
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