Fractal Audio's New FM3

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  1. Watt McCo

    Watt McCo Member

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    I can't tell if this patches is a positive endorsement of, or negative critique of the AX8
     
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  2. JiveTurkey

    JiveTurkey Trumpets and Tants Silver Supporting Member

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    IS THAT A SPLIT CROSSOVER?!?!?!?
     
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  3. iaresee

    iaresee Supporting Member

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    This is not indicative of what the FM3 has or does not have when it comes to algorithms. I did this with a III.
     
  4. Watt McCo

    Watt McCo Member

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    It's awesome!! You can use 14 different EQ blocks - could never do that in analog world without a huge rack of outboard gear! :messedup
     
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  5. mikah912

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    Inadvertently, it's the latter. From what I understand, the III/FM3/Full Ares platform has channels for every block, so while you have "one" reverb, you can have four different types of reverb switchable in a single preset - switchable by Scenes. Similarly, you may "only" have one cab block, but it can run four different sets of two dual IRs - also switchable by Scenes.

    The Channels + Layouts + the versatile three buttons makes this quite a bit more flexible and capable than a simple signal chain picture suggests.
     
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  6. fretworn

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    I mentioned it earlier, but many blocks were reworked in recent Ares FW updates - e.g. DRIVES (and IIRC) w/ better clipping models derived with less cpu usage. Improvements like this likely enable the FM3.
     
  7. Noise Under The Floor

    Noise Under The Floor Silver Supporting Member

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    Ok, I misunderstood. Thought it was the FM3
     
  8. nicolasrivera

    nicolasrivera Gold Supporting Member

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    Me too, but until someone gets an FM3 and beats my packed presets, AX8 is king of the blocks!:D
     
  9. fretworn

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    No FM3s out for beta yet as far as I know. And Ian would certainly know.

    But the reverb algo in normal mode is identical. He gave you a sample to L/R compare Normal versus high quality.
     
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  10. Dan Desy

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    You should probably buy a few more AX8s to future-proof your rig.
     
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  11. Noise Under The Floor

    Noise Under The Floor Silver Supporting Member

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    Yep, I understand what it was now. I read it a little too quickly the first time.
     
  12. hippietim

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    They've had a product that is better for several years - it's called the AX8. And based on all preliminary information, the FM3 is going to sound even better.
     
  13. hippietim

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    Like I said before, add a drive block to your AX8 like the FM3 example had.
     
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    Your old outdated AX8 ain't cutting it anymore, the FM3 is far superior!
     
  15. ShredSquatch

    ShredSquatch Conspiracy Experience Director & Stunt Guitarist Supporting Member

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    Holy crap... how does that even work? Mine would freeze up and has once it got over 90%

    ~ss
     
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    He answered to me in that thread and he was talking about hypothetically adding a 2nd cab block, there's only 1 (currently)
     
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  17. dlc86

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    I guess you have spring reverb at the lowest quality and density settings, input gate off and a normal res cab in that patch, ain't it?

    In the FM3 patch Greg posted there are 2 chorus blocks though and I'm pretty sure it has intelligent gate active on both input blocks and an ultrares cab, despite that I think he could still add the trem and a couple other vol/eq blocks in that 7% left.

    So I doubt the ax8 can handle more ;)

    EDIT: the only case where the ax8 would be able to handle more is if you have a patch where you maxed out the cpu without using the reverb block, in that case probably the FM3 woudn't be able to handle it since it won't use the spare power of core2, but that's still a false advantage since the FM3 has more complex algorithms in some blocks (for example drive and delay blocks which now need almost double computational power than previous generation)
     
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  18. Yek

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    Yup, that's how I interpreted it too. 2nd Cab wouldn't make a lot of sense anyway.
     
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  19. gtr37

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    One cab block works fine

    Set channel A to the big Marshall 412

    Channel B to your open back
    112
     
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  20. iaresee

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    I updated my post to make it clearer that it's an Axe-Fx III used for the recording. :aok
     
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