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Well fuck me, I finally pulled it off.



I can't remember what year it was when Cliff first posted on HRI about this unit he had been working on, I'm not even sure it was in production yet, but there were a few soundclips on this tiny website and I thought they sounded great. I've wanted one ever since. Drinking and the occasional narcotics got in the way of that for a long time and once I finally cut the shit with that stuff, it still took me a while longer to get a real job.

I knew I was getting a Christmas bonus and had put some money aside to finally get an AxeFX, I figured I'd probably have to save a bit more before I ordered it, but my CFO handed me a very appreciated and surprising bonus that allowed me to get both the III and an FC-6 while still putting some away for a rainy day. I ordered it on Christmas day and then the misery of waiting through the holidays took place. Then there was last Thursday's fuckery that added to the misery (there's a thread in the Off Topic section).

I took the last half of today off to be home for the delivery, it showed up around 3pm and I immediately set it up in my studio and started scrolling through the presets.

HOLY SHIT!

I'm really blown away by the sounds in this thing. The clean/breakup tones are what get me the most. I wasn't expecting the punch these things have. I'm running it into my mixer then into some HS-5's with a sub and this thing is fucking perfect. Haven't played with the effects much, more of tweaking the amps and getting a feel for Axe Edit. So much easier to tweak than I thought it would be. I'm getting usable tones without going apeshit in the editor, really, I'm not tweaking more than the standard knobs you would on an amp.

The FC-6 is easy to program as well, thanks to the editor. I was debating on getting the FC-12, but A) I'm not playing live right now B) when I do, I won't need access to individual effects C) I'm sick of having a 3ft pedalboard D) this thing is so intuitive I can do more than my Ground Control Pro ever did. And the lights are fucking cool.

I'm using it as my audio interface, reamping takes literally seconds and I'm going to go apeshit with tracking guitars and all the options I have for cabs.

Easily the best gear purchase I've ever made. Eventually I'm going to grab a couple Mesa 2x12's because I want to put together a band towards Fall of 2020. With the routing options, I can still send a signal with cab sims to FOH while rocking the Mesa's onstage. I may just settle on some Avatar cabs, not totally sure yet.

The hype is certainly real with this thing.
 

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Awesome! Congrats on the gear purchase, but also for working your ass off and getting the recognition you deserve.

I'm still pottering around with my old standard and getting tones I'm pretty happy with. That thing must sound phenomenal :rofl:
 

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Congratulations dude! Great to hear things are going well for you. You’re going to have a lot of fun with that thing.
 

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Congrats man. The options are endless, but only if you want them to be.

Have you watched Leon Todd's videos on youtube at all? He covers a lot of useful things for setting it up and where to start for various tones.
 

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Thanks for the kind words, gentlemen!

This thing is everything I expected and more. Work kicked my ass around pretty much daily all week so I haven't gotten as much time as I've wanted on it, but long enough to write a couple presets and get a little more familiar with it. The biggest task in this thing is finding the right IR's for the tone you're going for. There are so many installed already that you can spend hours fucking with them. I've had a folder consisting of 13,000+ IR's on my Macbook for a couple years now and started adding some of those in the III. You can almost get disheartened when you're not finding a slamming tone, or getting something like 75% there, but then you stumble upon the right IR and it's like "HOLY SHIT!!! THIS SOUNDS FUCKING AMAZING!!!". I don't know where I got them, but I have a few IR's labeled with band/song/album names, like "AIC We Die Young", "Tool 10,0000 Days", "Battery", "Sad But True", etc. The 10,000 Days cab (no clue what it is or how it was made) has been that "Holy shit!" IR that I stumbled upon last night and completely reinvigorated my adoration for the III.

I've never played through an actual Diezel before, but goddamn are the models fucking killer. Same goes for the JP2C+ and 5153 models.

Like any other multi-effects unit, I've found the majority of stock presets unusable for my own applications, but they at least give you a good idea of how to program the thing. Some of the weirder ones are fun to fuck around with and I can definitely see myself pulling those up when on the search for inspirato.

I've been chipping away at a 2-amp preset, each amp panned to one side, so when I'm tracking guitars I can achieve some kind of god-tone, but I'm finding it's almost overkill. We'll see if I can pull it off appropriately.

It indirectly got me to get my JEM fixed properly, due to the clarity. I had it refretted a couple years ago and the guy really did a bullshit job. They're seated right, but he didn't crown/level anything. He got a few chips of ebony out of the board and didn't fill them in, left glue all over the neck but the worst part was he took all the tension off the neck and left it that way, by the time I picked it up from him, the adjustment on the headstock was sunk into it, no longer allowing you to get the tool over it to adjust it. I was so bummed by it all that I didn't want him touching it anymore and figured I'd wait until the right guy came along. Thankfully, the right guy has been here for years, I just didn't know him yet. He's done a bunch of my buddy's BC Rich's and those things all play GREAT. I went over to his house yesterday and within 40 minutes, he had the neck adjusted and the frets actually allowing every string to ring out clearly. He didn't want to put too much tension on the neck, so I have a 2nd visit coming up in a couple weeks while it settles in. It's a night and day difference and I actually forgot how well that guitar sings when it's properly set up.

Congrats man. The options are endless, but only if you want them to be.

Have you watched Leon Todd's videos on youtube at all? He covers a lot of useful things for setting it up and where to start for various tones.
I have indeed! They've certainly been helpful. The one thing I find funny about a lot of the guys programming these things is that they'll deep dive into the parameters and tweak stuff I don't even bother with. I barely touch more than the Ideal section of the amps and come out with a usable sounding amp. I'd rather spend the time finding the right IR, which is 80% of the battle.
 
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