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ordered a fractal FM3

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no idea why (aside from substituting food with beer for most of the day yesterday)

i am excited
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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
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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:
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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.
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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
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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.
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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:
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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
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just got my tracking number, hurry up and load this bitch on the truck :hate:
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whoops they dropped it :oldryan:
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I'm getting a JCM 800 2203 instead that will melt your face off. :grin:
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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.
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delivery day today :thingy: scamazon better come through with my XLR dealies
Ostx wrote:
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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
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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 🥲)
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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.
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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:
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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
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Ostx wrote:
23 Mar 2021, 23:46
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.
Try the Marshall DSL1HR head - it's a 1-watt all-valve head that just sounds fantastic, and does so at reasonably sensible volumes (although it's surprising just how loud even 1 watt of valve power is). It really has that articulate, expressive midrange snarl that - to my ears - only Marshalls get quite right (purely IMHO, obviously). To me it's an absolute gem of an amp.
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not quite the same, but i did futz around with one of those blackstar low-watt tube amps years ago, and i was thoroughly impressed with the tone/volume given the meager-sounding paper specs. that form factor seemed to proliferate quite a bit in the early/mid-2010s, i dunno if the fad has passed or not but it's probably the one class of real deal tube amp i could realistically wind up buying. i had actually been toying with the idea of one of the mini orange amps for years.

the question for me was basically, do i want one killer small tube amp, or something like the FM3 that has several dozen good-enough amp sims + solid multifx + recording connectivity. i'm missing basically all three of those things where guitar is concerned so it was kind of a no-brainer.
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Fair enough; I have a huge rack of multi-FX and dedicated reverbs etc (and a Marshall JMP-1 valve preamp) so I figured I had that side of things covered. I've assembled a PC for recording and have a 4-input Tascam interface; it's got Studio One 3 Artist installed and at some point I really need to sit down and work out how to use that software (all my previous work had been tape-based so I'm a total noob at PC recording).
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i honestly really dislike the DAW approach for recording, but it's pretty much the only game in town these days. i've been using reaper which is extremely powerful, but i wind up investing so much energy into trying to learn how to do stuff in it that it just saps away any energy i have for doing the actual recording part :redneck:
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fractal :xx:
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