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. Includes the new reverbs introduced in firmware 3.0 and the new drives introduced in firmware 3.02! Requires firmware 3.02.

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Description

Video demo coming soon!

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. You can do this with the Fractal Bot software. You’ll need at least firmware 3.0 to load this preset.
  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.

SIGNAL FLOW AND EFFECTS

Here is the 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 – we’ve gone for the way Nigel sets up his POG for this channel)
    3. Channel C: Crystal Echos (Shimmer)
    4. Channel D: Classic Whammy (Octave up Whammy – assign the control to an expression pedal and have some fun)
  5. Drive 1 – First Stage OD
    1. Channel A: FET Boost (set up to mimic a Klon)
    2. Channel B: Tone of Kings (Analogman King of Tone)
    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: Rat Dist (ProCo Rat)
    3. Channel D: Eternal Love (Lovepedal Eternity)
    4. Channel D: Shimmer Drive
  8. Vol/Pan 1 (the volume parameter is mapped to EXTERNAL 1)
    1. NOTE: The ‘Volume’ parameter is mapped to ‘EXTERNAL 1’. This will allow you to globally choose what expression pedal is mapped 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: AC-20 (Morgan AC-20 – this is set up to replicate Nigel’s signature Jackson Scarlett)
    1. Channel A: Voiced for single coils and lower output humbuckers
    2. Channel B: Voiced for medium to higher output humbuckers
  10. Amp 2: Vibrato Lux (Fender Vibrolux)
    1. Channel A: Voiced for single coils and lower output humbuckers
    2. Channel B: Voiced for medium to higher output humbuckers
  11. Cab 1: (only channel A is set up):
    1. Cab 1: 1×12 AC-20 DLX 121 Cone Rev (Factory 1, 103)
    2. Cab 2: 1×12 Vibrato Lux 906 A (Factory 1, 548)
  12. 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
  13. Delay 2: (All dotted eighth note delays)
    1. Channel A: Deluxe Mind Guy
    2. Channel B: Vintage Digital
    3. Channel C: 2290 w/ Modulation
    4. Channel D: Stereo Tape
  14. Delay 3: (All dual stereo delays)
    1. Channel A: Deluxe 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)
  15. 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: Plex Shift (shimmer)
  16. Reverb 1: (‘Normal’ verbs)
    1. Channel A: Recording Studio C
    2. Channel B: Medium Room
    3. Channel C: Large Hall
    4. Channel D: Ice Castle – huge and really high mix for the ambient lead tone
  17. Reverb 2: (Big ambient verbs)
    1. Channel A: Stratocumulus
    2. Channel B: Cirrocumulus
    3. Channel C: Deep Space
    4. Channel D: Nimbostratus
  18. 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: 80’s CLEAN. Chorus and reverse delay
  • Scene 7: NIGEL’S AMBI LEAD. Crazy reverb and shimmer. 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.

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.

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 1 – Layout 8, Button 2

PP10: Drive 2 – Layout 8, Button 3

PP11: Drive 3 – Layout 8, Button 4

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

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

PP14: Plex 1 – NOT ASSIGNED

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 – NOT ASSIGNED (Effect not used in this preset)

PP21: Pitch 1 – Layout 8, Button 11

PP22: Scene 8/1 Toggle – Layout 8, Button 12, (this will toggle between the SWELLS and CLEAN scenes)

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. The amp block is set up for single coils using Channel A and humbuckers using Channel B.

NOTE: If you want to use Channel B of the amp, please be aware that you’ll need to change to Channel B in every scene, otherwise the scenes will switch the channels. You may prefer to create a duplicate of this preset and copy the Channel B settings into Channel A of the amp block.

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.
  • 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 1.0 (initial Release): 2019-02-22

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)

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