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FRACTAL AXE-FX III PRESET FOR P&W BASED ON THE MATCHLESS DC-30
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- Input 1 (the Input Noise Gate is turned off to save CPU).
- Vol/Pan 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.
- Compressor 1
- Channel A: Studio Comp: set to be somewhat transparent, general use comp.
- Channel B: Pedal Comp 1: Lots of compression and squish. Use this for funk and super clean stuff. Also gets the ‘Bethel sound”, especially on verby clean lines.
- Channels C & D: Not set up.
- Pitch 1
- Channel A: Dual Shift (POG type effect, subtle)
- Channel B: Dual Pitch (POG, more pronounced)
- Channel C: Crystal Echos (Shimmer)
- 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)
- Chorus 1
- Channel A : Japan CE-2
- Channel B: Dimension 1 (subtle chorus effect)
- Channel C: Analog Stereo
- Channel D: Dimension 1 (more pronounced chorus effect)
- Drive 1 – First Stage OD
- Channel A: Tone of Kings (Analogman King of Tone)
- Channel B: SSD Preamp
- Channel C: FET Boost (set up to mimic a Klon)
- Channel D: Timothy 2 (Timmy)
- Drive 2 – Second Stage OD
- Channel A: Full OD (Fulltone Fulldrive)
- Channel B: Tone of Kings (Analogman King of Tone, medium drive)
- Channel C: Esoteric ACB (AC Booster)
- Channel D: Jam Ray (Vemuram Jan Ray)
- Drive 3 – Third Stage OD
- Channel A: Rat Dist (ProCo Rat)
- Channel B: Ruckus Ge (Suhr Riot)
- Channel D: Shimmer Drive
- Channel D: Eternal Love (Lovepedal Eternity)
- Amp 1: Matchbox D-30 (Matchless DC-30)
- Channel A: Voiced for single coils and lower output humbuckers
- Channel B: Voiced for medium to higher output humbuckers
- Delay 1: (Quarter and 8th note delays)
- Channel A: Analog Stereo (1/4 delay with a wide stereo field)
- Channel B: Stereo Tape (1/4 delay with a wide stereo field)
- Channel C: Analog Stereo (1/8 delay with a wide stereo field)
- Channel D: Stereo Tape (1/8 delay with a wide stereo field)
- Delay 2: (All dotted eighth note delays)
- Channel A: Deluxe Mind Guy
- Channel B: Vintage Digital
- Channel C: 2290 w/ Modulation
- Channel D: Stereo Tape
- Delay 3: (All dual stereo delays)
- Channel A: Deluxe Mind Guy (1/8 and Dotted 8th in stereo)
- Channel B: Stereo Tape (Dotted 8th and Quater in stereo)
- Channel C: Stereo BBD (Quater and Quater Triplet in stereo)
- Channel D: Vintage Digital (Quater and Dotted 8th – huge washy delay for swells)
- Cab 1: (only channel A is set up):
- Cab 1: 2×12 Matchbox 421 B AB (Factory 2, 82)
- Cab 2: 2×12 Matchbox -R 121 B AB (Factory 2, 91)
- Reverb 1: (‘Normal’ verbs)
- Channel A: Recording Studio C
- Channel B: Medium Room
- Channel C: Large Hall
- Channel D: Medium Plate
- Reverb 2: (Big ambient verbs)
- Channel A: Stratocumulus
- Channel B: Cirrocumulus
- Channel C: Deep Space
- Channel D: Nimbostratus
- Plex Delay 1: (Plex verb for huge swells and ambient reverb)
- Channel A: Plex Verb (big ambient reverb for swells)
- Channel B: Plex Verb (ambient reverb – not quite a huge as channel A)
- Channel C: Shimmer Verb (shimmer)
- Channel D: Plex Shimmer (shimmer – not as smooth as Channel C)
- Out 1
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. Clean tone with chorus, 8th note delay.
- Scene 7: POG LEAD. Same as Scene 4 but with the Pitch effect (Channel B, POG)
- 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.
Everything after the amp runs 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.
For almost all blocks, we’ve set up multiple channels to give you different options for any given effect. Feel free to experiment and find the sounds you like best. 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.
All three drive blocks increase in gain as you go up, so Drive 1 is lower gain than Drive 2, etc. Within each drive block, all four channels are set up to give you different flavors of the same gain structure. Every guitar reacts differently with drives (and amps), so it’s good to have options. We’ve chosen our personal favorites within each block and left them in Channel A, but feel free to experiment with your setup to find what you like best.
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 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 three 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.
The delays run between the amp and cab to simulate an effects loop in an amp. This means the cabinet will filter the tone of the delays, making them a bit less clean/pristine (we prefer the way they sound this way). Feel free to move them all after the cab (but before the verbs) to experience them in a different way.
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 – Layout 8, Button 11
PP21: Pitch 1 – NOT ASSIGNED
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.
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): 2019-02-04