I'm looking to make about a dozen or so presets on the Ultra that are dry amp models of a bunch of amps. These will run through my Roadster/Recto cab, so I don't want to use cab sims.
I have a pretty solid (damn close) Recto tone now that I'm happy with, so I'm looking to make a few more - a Mark V, A Mark IIC+, a 5150, etc. The thing is, I've no idea how to actually dial these amps in.
If I take my Recto preset and change the amp model to something else, it retains some of the settings (EQ, etc) that I'm using on the Recto preset - just the model changes. While the new models sound bad, I'm sure that there needs to be a difference between the settings on a Recto Modern patch and something super-gainy, like a Powerball.
How do you guys go about building out new patches like this? If I start with the bypass patch and add a block (I don't have the Axe cabled up MIDI right now), will that at least get me closer, using the FAS presets for the amp model? I took a peek around the FAS forums and I see a ton of patches dialed in w/cab sims on, but they don't work as well if I just import them (like Ola's Powerball patch) and bypass the cab block.
Start with a blank preset that just has the blocks you need for your situation. Save that so you have flat out boring defaults settings. Change the amp block to the model of your choice. Tweak from there. When I start with an amp I'm not super familiar with I always start from everything at noon.
Pre firmware 11 I always started by turning the master down to 3.0-4.0 on any high gain amp models but now I'm not sure. I haven't tweaked much with 11.
Always remember, tweak with your ears and not with your eyes. It's pretty rare for the amp models in the AF to sound great using settings from the amps they model.