Bethel Artist Series Fractal Axe-FX III Preset

$5.99

Fractal Axe-FX III preset based the gear and tones from Bethel Music. 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. Also includes ‘ALT’ versions with wet effects (reverb and delay) in front of the amp blocks.

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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.
  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.

INCUDED PRESETS

  1. BETHEL WT (SC) – this preset is voiced for single coils and low-output humbuckers with wet effects after the amps
  2. BETHEL WT (HB) – this preset is voiced for more traditional humbuckers with wet effects after the amps
  3. BETHEL WT ALT (SC) – this preset is voiced for single coils and low-output humbuckers with wet effects in front of the amps
  4. BETHEL WT ALT (HB) – this preset is voiced for more traditional humbuckers with wet effects in front of the amps

Both presets are the same except for the amp, EQ, and control switch settings. See the ‘Control Switch’ section below for more info.

SIGNAL FLOW AND EFFECTS

  1. Input 1 (the Input Noise Gate is turned off to save CPU).
  2. Compressor 1
    1. Channel A: Pedal Compressor 1 – fairly heavy compression
    2. Channels B, C & D: Not set up.
  3. Pitch 1
    1. Channel A: Dual Chromatic (POG type effect, subtle)
    2. Channel B: Dual Chromatic (POG, more pronounced)
    3. Channel C: Crystal Echos (Shimmer)
    4. 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)
  4. Drive 1 – First Stage OD
    1. Channel A: Tone of Kings (Analogman King of Tone – low gain)
    2. Channel B: Jam Ray (Vemuram Jan Ray, low gain)
    3. Channel C: FET Boost (set up to mimic a Klon)
    4. Channel D: Timothy 2 (Timmy)
  5. Drive 2 – Second/Third Stage OD
    1. Channel A: Full OD (Fulltone Fulldrive)
    2. Channel B: Tone of Kings (Analogman King of Tone – mid gain)
    3. Channel C: Rat Dist (ProCo Rat)
    4. Channel D: Super OD (Boss SD-1)
  6. Vol/Pan 1 (the volume parameter is mapped to EXTERNAL 1)
    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.
  7. Amp 1: Brit JM45 (Marshall JTM45)
    1. Only channel A is set up
  8. Amp 2: Class-A 30W TB (Vox AC30 Top Boost)
    1. Only channel A is set up
  9. Cab 1: (only channel A is set up):
    1. Cab 1: 2×12 Matchbox 67 B AB (Factory 2, 70)
    2. Cab 2: 2×12 Matchbox2 -R 121 B AB (Factory 2, 91)
  10. Graphic EQ 1  – always on EQ
    1. Only channel A is set up
  11. Chorus 1
    1. Channel A : Dimension
    2. Channel B: Japan CE-2
    3. Channel C: Analog Stereo
    4. Channel D: Dimension 1 (more pronounced chorus effect)
  12. Delay 1:  (Quarter and 8th note 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: Stereo Tape (1/8 delay with a wide stereo field)
  13. Delay 2: (All dotted eighth note delays)
    1. Channel A: Stereo 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: Stereo 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. Reverb 1: (‘Normal’ verbs in parallel)
    1. Channel A: London Plate
    2. Channel B: Recording Studio C
    3. Channel C: Large Hall
    4. Channel D: Medium Plate
  16. Reverb 2: (Big ambient verbs)
    1. Channel A: Stratocumulus
    2. Channel B: Cirrocumulus
    3. Channel C: Deep Space
    4. Channel D: Nimbostratus
  17. 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: Shimmer Verb (shimmer)
    4. Channel D: Plex Shimmer (shimmer – not as smooth as Channel C)
  18. OUT

*NOTE: In the ‘ALT’ versions, the Amp blocks, Cab block, GEQ block, and Chorus block are all placed after the delays and reverbs.

CONTROL SWITCH 1 (CS1)

Control Switch 1 (CS1) is set to change amp gain settings. This essentially gives you another drive – pure amp overdrive.

In order to adjust these settings, on the amp block, right-click on ‘Input Drive’. Adjust the ‘Min’ and ‘Max’ values to set your desired amount of drive for when the button is off (Min) or on (Max).

We’ve mapped it to a button labeled ‘Amp Gain’ in the ‘Effects’ layout (layout 8) if you use an FC-12. See the ‘Per-Preset Mapping and Overrides’ for more info.

You can control which scenes have the Amp Gain button on using the ‘SC Per Scene’ tab in the ‘Controllers’ menu.

SCENES

The following scenes are set up for instant access to various tones:

  • Scene 1: CLEAN. Basic clean tone with verb and dotted 8th delay
  • Scene 2: DRIVE. Light Drive (Drive 1A)
  • Scene 3: DRIVE+. Med Drive (Drive A, Control Switch 1)
  • Scene 4: P&W LEAD. Big drive (Drive 2A + Control Switch 1) 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: CLN CHORUS. Chorus and reverse delay
  • Scene 7: POG LEAD. Lead tone with POG-type pitch effect.
  • 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.

SCENE LEVELS:

Scenes 4 and 7 (the lead scenes) are boosted by 2db. This can be edited in the output block under ‘Scene Levels’

USAGE NOTES

STEREO

The amps and everything after them are 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 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.

DRIVES

The 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.

In Drive 2, Channels A and B are 2nd stage drives, and Channels C and D are 3rd stage drives.

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 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.

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: CLN CHORUS – Layout 7 Button 9

PP7: Scene 7: POG LEAD – Layout 7 Button 10

PP8: Scene 8: SWELLS – Layout 7, Button 11

PP9: Drive 1A – Layout 8, Button 2, ‘KOT’

PP10: Drive 2A – Layout 8, Button 3, ‘Fulldrive’

PP11: Drive 3A – NOT ASSIGNED (Effect not used in this preset)

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

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

PP14: PlexDly1 – 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 – Layout 8, Button 12, “POG”

PP22: Scene 8/1 Toggle – NOT ASSIGNED

PP23: CS1 – Layout 8, Button  4, ‘Amp Gain’

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. 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.
  • GEQ settings (Graphic EQ block). The 5-band Graphic EQ allows you to make simple changes to the overall tone. Feel free to adjust these to your liking. Since this is a passive EQ, you can make rather large changes to the faders.
  • 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 3.0: 2020-08-31

  • Changed: Drive block settings (adjusted for new drive settings in FW 13.0)
  • Changed: Reverb block settings (adjusted to use less DSP – they should sound the same otherwise)
  • Changed: Drive settings for Scenes (better bigger drive tones using the control switch)
  • Changed: FC12 mapping (access to more effects, different naming)
  • Added: ALT versions that have the wet effects in front of the amps

Version 2.0: 2020-05-09

  • Changed: Amp settings (better tone)
  • Added: Control Switch settings and FC-12 mapping (lets you increase amp gain with a footswitch for awesome sounding overdrive)
  • Added: Graphic EQ block – better tone, and easier adjusting for individual guitars

Version 1.1: 2019-12-05

  • Added: Speaker impedance curve (amp block)
  • Changed: Output compression type (amp block)
  • Changed: Amp and drives settings (better tone)

Version 1.0 (initial Release): 2019-07-08

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