Friedman Tone Testing

Which one do you prefer?


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Gasp100

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Shoot, I dig both. I could use either and be completely happy. What are you using?

Yea it's pretty close. The rigs are Fractal FM3, Friedman BE V1 FAT (I don't think I moved a virtual knob LOL) and York Audio 212 DV77 Mix #1
The other rig is a Friedman PT20 on the medium gain setting into Suhr RL-IR using the same York Audio 212 DV77 Mix #1. Very close, I enjoy playing the amp more even in this scenario, but I think either would track very well. I'm surprised how close the FM3 gets even in terms of "feel".
 

Akeron

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I prefer the first. The second sounds a little more "dead" in the first part of the clip. The second part is really close to the first but it seems it has less gain
 

Qstick333

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Liked both and either would be totally usable but I like 1 a little better. Seems a little less fizzy to me, but I’d be happy with either.
 

stratzrus

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They sound very similar.

I heard a little harshness in the high end of #1 during the middle section but otherwise there was no difference I considered significant.
 

bumboclaat

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#1 is the FM3 and #2 is the amp loaded down if that wasn't clear up top. It's close enough to be a wash for me and now of course the sideways glances at gear begin LOL... :huh

The FM3 has 6 different Friedman BE channels and 6 different HBE channels from various years, plus the Friedman Smallbox and two Dirty Shirleys.

Pink Taco heading to the emporium:bong
 

Gasp100

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The FM3 has 6 different Friedman BE channels and 6 different HBE channels from various years, plus the Friedman Smallbox and two Dirty Shirleys.

Pink Taco heading to the emporium:bong

I guess I just have to admit the FM3 and I are intrinsically entwined and no matter how hard I try to move in different directions, we keep finding one another again, and again, and again...
 

stratzrus

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I guess I just have to admit the FM3 and I are intrinsically entwined and no matter how hard I try to move in different directions, we keep finding one another again, and again, and again...

I like having some Fractal gear in the house. Whether it's the FM3, FM9 or III depends on your needs.

Personally, I love the FM3. If you're using it in a situation where you need less than 9 footswitch options it's a viable piece of gear for sure.
 

Brandon7s

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They sound incredibly similar, the only difference I could hear was that #2 had a little more low end depth and was a tiny bit more boomy, but you could easily adjust #1 to match that with increasing the Depth knob on the Fractal. Both sounded great, though I'd probably pick #1 because the low end on #2 might be an issue in a band mix, but if I was using it on it's own then I'd go with #2.

Now I need to pick up that cab pack from YA, I don't have that one yet but I like it!
 
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JiveTurkey

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They both sound great... just like the Helix Placater. :drink
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