Hillsong Artist Series Fractal Axe-FX III Preset

$4.99

Fractal Axe-FX III preset based the gear and tones from Hillsong Worship – specifically their lead guitar player Nigel Hendroff. This is a true stereo dual amp preset that will cover everything you need for modern P&W music. Includes scenes to for instant sounds and custom per-preset mapping and overrides for use with the Fractal FC-12. The preset is stock (no 3rd party IR’s required), and includes options for both single coil and humbucker equipped guitars.

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Description

Video demo coming soon!

ARTIST SERIES PRESET BASED ON HILLSONG WORSHIP FOR AXE-FX III

IMPORTANT NOTES

  1. UPDATE YOUR FIRMWARE: Please upgrade the firmware on your Axe-FX III. and make sure to use the latest version of Axe-Edit III before installing this preset. If your firmware is not up to date, this preset may not load.
  2. EVERYTHING IS STOCK: This preset does not use third party IR’s. If you’d like to experiment with 3rd party IR’s, feel free to do so in the cab block.
  3. FC FUNCTIONALITY BUILT IN: This preset was built to work with the Fractal FC-12 and an external expression pedal plugged into the ‘Pedal 1’ input. See the Per-Preset overrides and FC assignments below.

INCUDED PRESETS

  1. HILLSONG WT – this preset is voiced for single coils and low-output humbuckers
  2. HILLSONG WT (HB) – this preset is voiced for more traditional humbuckers

Both presets are the same except for the amp, EQ, and control switch settings. See the ‘Control Switch’ section below for more info.

SIGNAL FLOW AND EFFECTS

  1. Input 1 (the Input Noise Gate is turned off to save CPU).
  2. Compressor 1
    1. Channel A: Studio Comp: set to be somewhat transparent, general use comp.
    2. Channels B, C & D: Not set up.
  3. Chorus 1
    1. Channel A : Dimension 1 (subtle chorus effect)
    2. Channel B: Dimension 1 (more pronounced chorus effect)
    3. Channel C: Analog Stereo
    4. Channel D: Japan CE-2
  4. Pitch 1
    1. Channel A: Dual Shift (POG type effect, subtle)
    2. Channel B: Dual Pitch (POG, more pronounced)
    3. Channel C: Crystal Echos (Shimmer)
    4. Channel D: Classic Whammy (Octave up Whammy – the ‘Control’ parameter is not assigned to an external pedal, so assign the control to an expression pedal and have some fun)
  5. Drive 1 – First Stage OD
    1. Channel A: Tone of Kings (Analogman King of Tone)
    2. Channel B: FET Boost (set up to mimic a Klon)
    3. Channel C: Jam Ray (Vemuram Jan Ray)
    4. Channel D: Timothy 2 (Timmy)
  6. Drive 2 – Second Stage OD
    1. Channel A: Full OD (Fulltone Fulldrive)
    2. Channel B: Tone of Kings (Analogman King of Tone, medium drive)
    3. Channel C: Esoteric ACB (AC Booster)
    4. Channel D: BB Pre (BB Preamp)
  7. Drive 3 – Third Stage OD
    1. Channel A: Ruckus Ge (Suhr Riot) 
    2. Channel B: Eternal Love (Lovepedal Eternity)
    3. Channel C: Shimmer Drive
    4. Channel D: Rat Dist (ProCo Rat)
  8. Vol/Pan 1
    1. NOTE: The ‘Volume’ parameter is NOT MAPPED. You’ll need to map this parameter to an expression pedal if you’d like to use the volume block – we recommend setting it to ‘External 1’. To set this up, go to ‘SETUP -> MIDI/Remote’. In the MIDI/Remote menu, navigate to ‘External’. From there, set ‘External Control 1’ to whatever you are using for your expression pedal.
  9. Amp 1: Class-A 30W TB
    1. Only Channel A is set up for each preset
  10. Amp 2: Vibrato Lux (Fender Vibrolux)
    1. Only Channel A is set up for each preset
  11. Delay 1:  (Quarter, 8th, and Reverse delays)
    1. Channel A: Analog Stereo (1/4 delay with a wide stereo field)
    2. Channel B: Stereo Tape (1/4 delay with a wide stereo field)
    3. Channel C: Analog Stereo (1/8 delay with a wide stereo field)
    4. Channel D: Reverse Delay
  12. Delay 2: (All dotted eighth note delays)
    1. Channel A: Stereo Mind Guy (stereo)
    2. Channel B: Vintage Digital
    3. Channel C: 2290 w/ Modulation
    4. Channel D: Stereo Tape
  13. Delay 3: (All dual stereo delays)
    1. Channel A: Stereo Mind Guy (1/8 and Dotted 8th in stereo)
    2. Channel B: Stereo Tape (Dotted 8th and Quater in stereo)
    3. Channel C: Stereo BBD (Quater and Quater Triplet in stereo)
    4. Channel D: Vintage Digital (Quater and Dotted 8th – huge washy delay for swells)
  14. Cab 1: (only channel A is set up):
    1. Cab 1: 1×12 Class-A 121 A (Factory 1, 845)
    2. Cab 2: 1×12 Vibrato Lux 906 A (Factory 1, 548)
  15. Graphic EQ 1  – always on EQ
    1. Only channel A is set up
  16. Reverb 1: (‘Normal’ verbs)
    1. Channel A: Recording Studio C
    2. Channel B: London Plate
    3. Channel C: Large Hall
    4. Channel D: Medium Plate
  17. Reverb 2: (Big ambient verbs)
    1. Channel A: Stratocumulus
    2. Channel B: Cirrocumulus
    3. Channel C: Deep Space
    4. Channel D: Nimbostratus
  18. Plex Delay 1: (Plex verb for huge swells and ambient reverb)
    1. Channel A: Plex Verb (big ambient reverb for swells)
    2. Channel B: Plex Verb (ambient reverb – not quite a huge as channel A)
    3. Channel C: Shimmer Verb (shimmer)
    4. Channel D: Plex Shimmer (shimmer – not as smooth as Channel C)
  19. Out 1

SCENES

The following scenes are set up for instant access to various tones:

  • Scene 1: CLEAN. Basic clean tone with verb and quarter delay
  • Scene 2: DRIVE. Light Drive (Drive 1, Channel A)
  • Scene 3: DRIVE+. Med Drive (Drive 2, Channel A)
  • Scene 4: P&W LEAD. Big drive (Drive 1A + Drive 3A) with big verb and dual stereo delay (1/8 + 1/8d).
  • Scene 5: AMBI CLEAN. Clean tone with stereo delay (1/4 + 1/8d) and big reverb.
  • Scene 6: CLEAN WASH. Clean tone with huge delay and verb (similar to swells)
  • Scene 7: NIGEL’S AMBI LEAD. Crazy reverb and shimmer with drive. This gets a little wild.
  • Scene 8: SWELLS. These swells are majestic. Engages all three delays (Delay 3, Channel D is what makes this one go). Also engaged are the Plex Delay, big reverb, and Pitch (Channel C). The pitch block gives a shimmer effect. If you want a more subtle pitch effect, try channels A or B in the pitch block.

SCENE LEVELS:

Scenes 4 (the lead scene) is boosted by 1db. This can be edited in the output block under ‘Scene Levels’

CONTROL SWITCH 1 (CS1)

Control Switch 1 (CS1) is set to change amp gain settings. This essentially gives you another drive – pure amp overdrive.

In order to adjust these settings, on the amp block, right-click on ‘Input Drive’. Adjust the ‘Min’ and ‘Max’ values to set your desired amount of drive for when the button is off (Min) or on (Max).

By default, CS1 is set to be off for all scenes, but we’ve mapped it to a button labeled ‘Amp Gain’ in the ‘Effects’ layout (layout 8) if you use an FC-12. See the ‘Per-Preset Mapping and Overrides’ for more info.

USAGE NOTES

STEREO

This preset is stereo after the volume block (the amps are panned in stereo). If you are running mono, you’ll need to sum your signal to mono before going to FOH (if you only use the Left output, won’t hear some of the delays at all).

The easiest way to make this adjustment is in the ‘Setup’ menu:

  • Choose ‘Setup’, and select ‘I/O’
  • In OUTPUT 1 CONFIGURATION (choose the physical output you are using), change the ‘Mode’. Select ‘STEREO’ if you are running in stereo. Select ‘’SUM L+R’ if you are running mono. This will convert your output to mono and sum the stereo image. This will also cause all your presets to output in mono, as it is a global setting.

BLOCK CHANNELS

For most blocks, We’ve set up multiple channels to give you different options for any given effect. However, not all blocks have all four channels set up – some have just couple, and some only one. See the Signal Flow section above to see what is set up in what channel for any given block.

DRIVES

The drives are set up to mimic Nigel Hendroff’s drive section. He will often use drives that mimic a Klon sound, 808 sound, and a higher gain Plexi type sound. Drive blocks 1, 2, and 3 are set up to get these sounds using Channel A in all three blocks.

DELAYS

We’ve used all four channels of three delay blocks (that’s 12 different delays!) . Each delay block runs in parallel with the others so the delays don’t run into each other.

Delay block 1 includes reverse delay in Channel D, which is a signature sound of Nigel’s.

Delay blocks are separated into different delay times. For example, Delay 1 is all quarter or 1/8th note delays. Delay 2 is all dotted 8th noted delays, and Delay 3 is all stereo dual delays. Delay threer is a bit different because each channel will give you different rhythmic delays, and Channel D is set to give you a huge wash for swells.

REVERB

We’ve set up reverbs the same way as delays – each reverb block contains four versions of the same type of reverb (normal and big).

Reverb blocks 1 and 2 give you ‘normal’ and ambient reverbs respectively, but the PlexDly block will also give you ambient reverbs. Experiment with these to find your favorite sounds.

FIRMWARE 11.00 UPDATE

The amp block has been updated with the proper speaker impedance curve (introduced in Firmware 11.00).

PER-PRESET MAPPING AND OVERRIDES

This preset integrates with the Fractal FC-12. We’ve set up Per-Preset overrides for both effects and scenes, and we’ve mapped them to Layouts 7 (Perform 1) and 8 (Perform 2).  If you have an FC-12, the following assignments should be plug-and-play. Layout 7 will be your scenes and Layout 8 will be individual effects, plus swells.

HERE ARE THE PER-PRESET MAPPINGS AND THE BUTTONS THEY’RE ASSIGNED TO OVERRIDE

PP1: Scene 1: CLEAN – Layout 7 Button 2

PP2: Scene 2: DRIVE – Layout 7 Button 3

PP3: Scene 3: DRIVE + – Layout 7 Button 4

PP4: Scene 4: P&W LEAD – Layout 7 Button 5

PP5: Scene 5: AMBI CLEAN – Layout 7 Button  8

PP6: Scene 6: 80’s CLEAN – Layout 7 Button 9

PP7: Scene 7: POG LEAD – Layout 7 Button 10

PP8: Scene 8: SWELLS – Layout 7, Button 11

PP9: Drive 1A – Layout 8, Button 2

PP10: Drive 2A – Layout 8, Button 3

PP11: Drive 3A – Layout 8, Button 4

PP12: Reverb 1 – Layout 8, Button 5, ‘Short Verb’

PP13: Reverb 2 – Layout 8, Button 6, ‘Big Verb’

PP14: PlexDly1 – Layout 8, Button 12, ‘Bigger VRB’

PP15: Delay 1 – Layout 8, Button 8, ‘1/4 DLY’

PP16: Delay 2 – Layout 8, Button 9, ‘1/8d DLY’

PP17: Delay 3 – Layout 8, Button 10, ‘DualST DLY’

PP18: Delay 4 – NOT ASSIGNED (Effect not used in this preset)

PP19: TremPan 1 – NOT ASSIGNED (Effect not used in this preset)

PP20: Chorus 1 – Layout 8, Button 11

PP21: Pitch 1 – NOT ASSIGNED

PP22: Scene 8/1 Toggle – NOT ASSIGNED –  (this will toggle between the SWELLS and CLEAN scenes)

PP23: CS1 – Layout 8, Button  4

MAKING CHANGES TO THESE ASSIGNMENTS

If you’d like to change any of these assignments (either the Per-Preset Assignments or the Overrides), you can do so in the ‘CONTROLLERS’ menu on the Axe FX III. Press ‘CONTROLLERS’ from the Home screen, then select ‘Per-Preset FC Settings’ and make changes.

If you would like to go back to your default settings for Layouts 7 and 8, you can reset the Overrides from the ‘Overrides’ menu in the ‘Per-Preset-FC Settings’ section.

MAKING ADJUSTMENTS FOR YOUR SETUP

SETTING THE PRESET UP FOR YOUR GUITAR

All guitars are different, so you may want to make changes to suite your playing style and guitar. To adjust the preset for your guitars, the primary controls to adjust would be:

  • Input Drive (and/or Input Trim). If the clean sounds from this preset are too dirty, lower the input drive and/or trim. Do the opposite if you want more gain. This preset is meant to be on the edge of breakup at it’s cleanest settings (otherwise the drives won’t stack properly).
  • EQ settings (amp block – basic). Once the desired gain staging is set, the next adjustment would be the amp EQ settings.
  • GEQ settings (Graphic EQ block). The 5-band Graphic EQ allows you to make simple changes to the overall tone. Feel free to adjust these to your liking. Since this is a passive EQ, you can make rather large changes to the faders.
  • Output EQ settings (amp block). The Graphic EQ on the amp block is a great way to make final EQ adjustments. We’ve set it to ‘Post P.A.’, which means the EQ settings will not be affected by the Power Amp section.

ADJUSTING THE OVERALL LEVEL OF THE PRESET

The Axe FX III offers very useful tools to check overall level of individual presets and blocks. In the Output block you can monitor the overall output level. You can also monitor levels of each block individually from the front screen of the Axe FX.

We’ve set this preset up so that the loudest settings peak around 0db (or a bit above). If you’d like to adjust the level up or down (to match it with other presets), we recommend adjusting one of the following:

  • Level (amp block – basic). This will adjust the overall level of the preset up/down. Avoid using the ‘Master Volume’ control, as this will change the tone of the amp.
  • Level (cab block). This will also adjust the overall level of the preset up/down.

CHANGELOG

Version 3.0: 2020-05-08

  • Changed: Amp settings (better tone)
  • Added: Control Switch settings and FC-12 mapping (lets you increase amp gain with a footswitch for awesome sounding overdrive)
  • Added: Graphic EQ block – better tone, and easier adjusting for individual guitars

Version 2.2: 2020-04-01

  • Changed: Amp settings (better tone)
  • Changed: Swapped AC30 TB for the Morgan AC20 (better tone – and pairs better with the Vibrolux)
  • Added: Parametric EQ: Better tone (more fidelity and helps sit better in a mix)

Version 2.1: 2019-12-05

  • Added: Speaker impedance curve (amp block)
  • Changed: Output compression type (amp block)
  • Changed: Amp and drives settings (better tone)

Version 2.0: 2019-07-08

Version 2.0 represents an overhaul of this patch with much improved tone from version 1. We kept the same basic layout and functionality, but just improved the sounds.

  • Changed: Amp settings (better tone)
  • Changed: Drive settings and selected models (better tone)
  • Changed: Delay and Reverb settings
  • Changed: Pitch and modulation settings
  • Added: Shimmer verb to the ‘Plex’ block

Version 1.1: 2019-02-27

  • Added: New drive models (requires firmware 3.02!)
  • Changed: Drive settings due to the new drive block
  • Changed: Amp settings (better tone)

Version 1.0 (initial Release): 2019-02-22

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