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  1. thyrdeye

    Fractal Axe FX and Magix Vandal:

    Think I've tried pillows, but I'll try it. Sound is like water, if there is an opening it will get out. But I'll try that and a mess of sound blankets.
  2. thyrdeye

    Fractal Axe FX and Magix Vandal:

    Thanks for the input about the AXE. It always comes back to "nothing like a real amp". I'm talking about recording here. I live in an apartment and I got a Fender Blues Deluxe and a hotplate. Which in retrospect was pretty stupid idea (a hotplate with a combo amp?). It got an awesome sound, but not much better than my vox tonelab at the time. I did recording using both of them. I have a cheap vox pathfinder (not even tube) which cost like $130, It sounds great with guitars and I will try miking that. Sure, if I had the money I would have a Vox, a Fender, a Marshall Stack and maybe an Ampeg Gemini 1 but I'm not going to build an isolation chamber cause I live in an apartment. I should have bought one of those 5 watt boutique amps that have rave reviews, I know they can cost a pretty penny. Anyway...I will post some rock songs using acoustics and all the electric guitars are Vandal. It sounds damn good, but I can't help think...if I only used a great well miked amp. I do spend hours tweaking the presets including some great pre's from some great forum members.
  3. Hi There, At a certain time I was able to freeze a vandal track then come back to it later and unfreeze it, tweak the track in vandal then freeze it again. Now, I can freeze the track when I am first working on the vandal track, but I cannot unfreeze it, open vandal again and tweak it again and then freeze it. I think after I unfreeze it I can't hear it coming through vandal anymore. I've played around with the monitor settings. Did I change a setting or something? Using ProX on XP 3 gigs of Ram. Not trying to do anything too complex, but I've done projects with many tracks of Vandal guitars. Thanks for your help as much of my recording is guitar based rock and pop.
  4. Nobody answered my post about using short cables for getting better quality signal from your guitar (recommended to me by Sascha in a private message) Which leads me to the question in the topic...IS anyone using Vandal with a wah wah pedal? How is the quality of sound? Thanks
  5. Hi there, I put up a post about something and I remember Sascha sending me a private message that when recording with Vandal it is much better to use the shortest hi quality cable you can. I find that kind of extreme that a few feet longer would make that much difference to the strength of the signal. But he would know, or perhaps I misunderstood his comments. So can anyone confirm that or has anyone done an audio test on that, or notice a difference. Which also brings me to...how many of you use Vandal with a Wah Wah pedal? Would I be better with my Vox Tonelab using a Wah Wah Thanks for any input.
  6. thyrdeye

    Fractal Axe FX and Magix Vandal:

    Well what do you think about Vandal?
  7. As technology marches on, gear improves...or sometimes gear that has been around for a while and costs a lot more than the lower end product is just better. Some people say comparing Fractal Axe FX and Magix Vandal is like comparing apples to oranges....they are not even in the same league. I thought the first POD was pretty great. Then I liked the Vox Tonelab better. Glad I never got guitar rig or amplitube. I think Vandal is pretty good. It will never end....but has anyone tried Axe FX....is it the one to finally replace tube amps? I need the money for a new DAW anyway. But at some point the ultimate (hardware...I'd rather it be hardware than a plug in) will replace tube amps for digital recording. Or even analog recording. good link about the subject http://chrisporro.com/?p=1003
  8. I have read about and found out by experience that when recording guitar directly into the computer using an amp sim that if your guitar is too close and facing the computer you will get feedback and/or a hum in the recording (similar to when your guitar is facing a real amp and its speaker). I'm just wondering how many users out there have experienced this and can provide me with some more information on this subject. For example... Is the best position to have your guitar facing the opposite direction of the computer? Does it make for less noise the further you are away from the computer? Is there any benefit as far as signal to using a shorter guitar cable to go into the computer....10 ft. VS 25 ft. ? since I have an intern I can record further away from the computer but I just wanted some opinions on the best positioning for your guitar when doing a track. I'm sure many users record themselves playing guitar and most likely are sitting right near the computer. THANKS FOR ANY INPUT....
  9. I have posted some VANDAL presets there and I have asked in the forum, tell me your wishes... but no feedback. Greetings from Peter Krausse Hi Peter. Thanks so much, these presets will help me a lot. I looked through all the current presets posted, and while there may be some that fit what I am looking for, from the preset names I don't know if there are these sounds on there....soooo. here are a few specific sounds I would like to have. If you could create them, post them and let me know, or send me in a PM, however you work it. Of course others would probably find these very useful. So here is what I would love to have presets for (I sort have listed them previously, but I will make it shorter and more specific). 1) Byrds Rickenbacker sound...for 12 string or six string (they used mostly fender amps live, like the bandmaster, but the signature sound was Roger going right into the board using compression. There is a thing called the "Jangle box" that is similar. A vox AC 30 modified might get this sound. 2)Beatles sound, George Harrison, obviously a vox AC 30 sound. Think "Ticket To Ride" or many of their classic songs. Clean with a bit of that beatle bite to the sound 3) Keith Richards Rythem guitar sound. That classic sound that Keith got on Brown Sugar and many songs on Exile. A clean sound but with some bite also 4) Johnny Ramone power chord coming from those 100 Watt Marshall stack. A sound a million punk songs could be made from. 5) The classic clean Steve Cropper sound for R&B. Fender all the way. Like those tweed classic amps you see in great studios. Most of the tweed sounds on the amp sims sound too muffled. I would like more of the classic twin sound, maybe not quite as bright. Also to be used for timeless pop, like the Beach Boys. 6) Jeff Beck sound for lead. I'm talking about his solo from "Shapes of Things" on truth. Pure heaven. 7) Peter Buck classic power pop sound. This would be similar to a Beatles/Byrds sound. For Jangly Pop. For a Rick 360 going into a vintage vox AC 30. He gets an amazing sound live with just that. 8)Bass- classic B-15 for recording pop and R&B. The Jazz combo preset that comes with vandal doesn't cut if for pop(not warm...too much hi end). Think Carol Kaye! 9)Bass- I can't believe there isn't a classic SVT for rock sounds. The presets that are for rock sound nothing like a wonderful Ampeg SVT sound. This my be too much for starters, I have to experiment with the presets I see listed. But I don't see any with these kind of names. Like you could call one "Clapton Disreali Gears Lead sound"....which is another I would like. I'm looking forward to seeing what you can do.......and don't worry, no feedback from me! If I like them I'll use the heck out of em...if you want credit on a record release then you can get your feedback and praise....if you want it. Thanks
  10. I have posted some VANDAL presets there and I have asked in the forum, tell me your wishes... but no feedback. Greetings from Peter Krausse It´s an awful pity that this particular website is not more advertised. Your efforts regarding Vandal really have to be appreciated. Regards, Matthias Thanks for the info and the offer. So helpful and so much appreciated. I suspected there might be a preset page. I suggested the same the to UA for the UAD plugs...and BFD.They both said they are getting one together...don't know if they did.
  11. I understand the the amp choices in Vandal are only a starting point from which you can tweak away in a huge array of settings and choices for the amp sounds to fit the songs. I have found that when I chose the AC 30 for that famous clean vox sound for a Beatles guitar sound or various other types of amp sounds. The speaker choices do not fit the sound in my opinion....unless you do a lot of "tweaking".....so as a starting point I would suggest having more specific presets for the following legendary amp sounds that most guitarists are looking for anyway that give you the right enclosure, speaker, EQ and compression...and then you take it from there. I understand that I think part of the Vandal concept is that you tweak your own versions of these. But what if your sound is worse than it would have been if you had compared your sound to a bank of presets made by some very experienced users who get great sounds. 1) Clean jangley Vox AC 30 Beatles/Byrds sound 2) Clean Fender Steve Cropper sound for R&B, pop and possible country rock (Chet Atkins) 3) Overdriven Punk Marshall sound....The sound of thunder that emanated from the amps of Johnny Ramone 4) Overdriven Jeff Beck lead sound, Eric Clapton Disrali Gears sound, Jimmy Page,classic Hendrix sound, Pete Townsend power chord sound. 5) Overdriven...I'm not into Nu Metal...but I suppose a Mettalica sound (see, I can't even spell their name) 6) Semi Clean New Wave sound for the twitchy sounds from groups like the Cars, Gang Of Four 7) Clean Jazz sound...Wes, 8) U2 Edge sound For example the way the Vox tonelab is set up is good as far as presets....the problem there is most do not really sound like what they are called. Vandal can do better. Perhaps there could be a page for users to post their favorite presets. If anyone has any great presets they use and would like to share them with me and others it would be greatly appreciated....by me....and others. Thanks
  12. This is normal. The Freeze function will calculate any effct (also Vandal) into the resulting Freeze file and "switch off" all effects being used on that track in order to free ressources. Regards, Matthias Thanks for the helpful advice.....a few questions...is a freezed track as good as a bounced wave file. Does it always freeze in stereo because I am doubling tracks and I think it might be better to have mono tracks to work with. You have set my mind at ease as I recorded a mountain of tracks and I'm glad I can still use them.
  13. Hi I am having problems with my vadnal setup. It becomes active when I have the speaker icon on the track enabled. I hear the guitar coming through vandal. But when I record the track all I get is the regular guitar track. When I open vandal on that track and then freeze the unaffected guitar take then the "frozen" track is recorded with the Vandal amp sounds. But this doesn't seem correct. I've tried different monitoring settings and this seems to be the only way I can get it to work. I think "track FX monitor settings" is the one I use. Can someone please help me sort this out. Thanks!
  14. I'm just starting to get my head wrapped around Vandal. At first not overly impressed, but the more I use it the better I like it. I am probably doing something wrong though. I was able to hear the guitar and record on the track only when that icon on the track is selected (monitoring icon or speaker icon). I hear the guitar through vandal but when I record it and play it back it's the guitar, but not going through Vandal. So then I just use Vandal on the track of plain guitar and adjust the sound in Vandal. Then I freeze the track. That works...but I get a stereo bounce of the guitar through Vandal. It's actually kind of cool to be able to hear how it's going to sound, so you can have the right feel when playing, then when you play it back you can send it through vandal, see how it fits in the mix....adjust the sound in vandal and then freeze the track. But shouldn't I be recording directly out of vandal. Is it because I have the monitoring set up wrong so that when the icon is selected I hear vandal but it' output is not being recorded. Also is a frozen track just as good as a 32 bit wave file. What am I doing wrong? How should I have the monitoring set up to record right from Vandal....or is freezing tracks a good way to do it? Also can you set the tracks to freeze in mono? HELP THANKS
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