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ordered a fractal FM3

Posted: 21 Mar 2021, 00:53
by jawn galliano
no idea why (aside from substituting food with beer for most of the day yesterday)

i am excited

Re: ordered a fractal FM3

Posted: 21 Mar 2021, 05:31
by zim
MY MAN

welcome to the fractal club. i have a fractal axe fx ii xl+ and have used it almost daily for 3 years. don't get discouraged if at first you don't like it, they have a learning curve. there are lots of videos on youtube that cover how to get the best tones

Re: ordered a fractal FM3

Posted: 21 Mar 2021, 06:19
by jawn galliano
yeah i get the impression that it's probably going to require a major time investment to get the most out of it. i've been very impressed with all of the demos and whatnot i've watched on YT. it will be nice to finally have something good for recording guitar/bass.

i dunno why but i always assumed fractal was from sweden or something, turns out they're based an hour away from me :redneck:

they need to hurry the fuck up and ship my dang unit though :waa:

Re: ordered a fractal FM3

Posted: 21 Mar 2021, 07:01
by zim
i remember being upset for like a week because i couldn't get a good death metal distortion sound. had to watch a handful of tutorials but now it's awesome. you can also download other peoples patches. the desktop editing software is nice too.

Re: ordered a fractal FM3

Posted: 21 Mar 2021, 12:48
by jawn galliano
which amp models do you gravitate towards? got a few i've got in mind just from dicking around in gear stores over the years, but i am prepared to be completely overwhelemed

Re: ordered a fractal FM3

Posted: 21 Mar 2021, 13:44
by zim
jawn galliano wrote:
21 Mar 2021, 12:48
which amp models do you gravitate towards? got a few i've got in mind just from dicking around in gear stores over the years, but i am prepared to be completely overwhelemed
the options are incredibly overwhelming, you could spend forever building patches and that's half the fun of these things. i desperately need to get an expression pedal so i can use a bunch of other features. you can do crazy shit like map any setting to an expression pedal. fredrik thordendal used to map the feedback/time setting for his delay effect to an expression pedal and got some bizarre sounds with that.

i'll post the specifics when i get off my ass but i ended up using the equivalent of a mesa boogie rectifier / mesa 4x4 cab with a modded tube screamer. its kind of made me actually want to get the real thing, maybe one day.

Re: ordered a fractal FM3

Posted: 21 Mar 2021, 13:52
by jawn galliano
hell yeah, mesas are definitely at the top of my list :xx: that was my dream amp when i was in high school. i used to drive an hour out to natick just to fuck around on the dual rectos at guitar center :redneck:

Re: ordered a fractal FM3

Posted: 21 Mar 2021, 22:30
by shadowalk
basically with modeler, you're safe with any recto/5150/ENGL Powerball-based amp model with a 4x4 cab and some form of boost in front

Re: ordered a fractal FM3

Posted: 22 Mar 2021, 21:25
by jawn galliano
just got my tracking number, hurry up and load this bitch on the truck :hate:

Re: ordered a fractal FM3

Posted: 23 Mar 2021, 03:52
by User
whoops they dropped it :oldryan:

Re: ordered a fractal FM3

Posted: 23 Mar 2021, 11:44
by Ostx
I'm getting a JCM 800 2203 instead that will melt your face off. :grin:

Re: ordered a fractal FM3

Posted: 23 Mar 2021, 11:46
by Ostx
jawn galliano wrote:
21 Mar 2021, 13:52
hell yeah, mesas are definitely at the top of my list :xx: that was my dream amp when i was in high school. i used to drive an hour out to natick just to fuck around on the dual rectos at guitar center :redneck:
The mesa boogie that I really like is the Mark 4.
Unfortunately, fucking expensive.

Re: ordered a fractal FM3

Posted: 23 Mar 2021, 18:48
by jawn galliano
delivery day today :thingy: scamazon better come through with my XLR dealies
Ostx wrote:
23 Mar 2021, 11:44
I'm getting a JCM 800 2203 instead that will melt your face off. :grin:
yeah ive always wanted a real tube amp, just never lived in a place where i could actually own one and its increasingly unlikely that will ever happen. this is the only viable alternative, and the fact that i can use it as a DI for recording is a huge bonus

Re: ordered a fractal FM3

Posted: 23 Mar 2021, 21:35
by zim
jawn galliano wrote:
23 Mar 2021, 18:48
delivery day today :thingy: scamazon better come through with my XLR dealies
Ostx wrote:
23 Mar 2021, 11:44
I'm getting a JCM 800 2203 instead that will melt your face off. :grin:
yeah ive always wanted a real tube amp, just never lived in a place where i could actually own one and its increasingly unlikely that will ever happen. this is the only viable alternative, and the fact that i can use it as a DI for recording is a huge bonus
this is more or less why bit the bullet and bought an axe fx. great for apartment jamming and recording. also great for playing live (you know for people who do that 🥲)

Re: ordered a fractal FM3

Posted: 23 Mar 2021, 23:46
by Ostx
I love the sound of real amps and don't like the sound of the axe fx etc.

Getting a Suhr loadbox for the JCM that solves the volume thing and cab+mic thing.

Re: ordered a fractal FM3

Posted: 24 Mar 2021, 00:49
by jawn galliano
got it just before my lunch break :ba:

still waiting on my XLR cables to show up so i can plug this into something that isn't headphones :homework:

Re: ordered a fractal FM3

Posted: 28 Mar 2021, 03:11
by jawn galliano
ok, finally got all the extra cabling i needed in and i've been dialing stuff in on FM3edit this afternoon. been using a mesa mkIIc as my base and holy shit what a difference tweaking stuff off the factory presets makes. thing sounds absolutely incredible, i am seriously blown away