In this video Brian is playing a Jennings Voyager with McNelly Stagger Swagger (v2) pickups
- 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. You can do this with the Fractal Bot software.
- 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-12 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.
- CYGNUS UPDATE: We have updated the amp block for the Cygnus firmware update. You’ll need to be running at least firmware 16.00 for this update.
SIGNAL FLOW AND EFFECTS
- Input 1 (the Input Noise Gate is turned off to save CPU).
- Compressor 1
- Channel A: Pedal Compressor 1 – fairly heavy compression
- Channels B, C & D: Not set up.
- Pitch 1
- Channel A: Dual Chromatic (POG type effect, subtle)
- Channel B: Dual Chromatic (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)
- Drive 1 – First Stage OD
- Channel A: Tone of Kings (Analogman King of Tone – low gain)
- Channel B: Jam Ray (Vemuram Jan Ray, low gain)
- Channel C: FET Boost (set up to mimic a Klon)
- Channel D: Timothy 2 (Timmy)
- Drive 2 – Second/Third Stage OD
- Channel A: Full OD (Fulltone Fulldrive)
- Channel B: Tone of Kings (Analogman King of Tone – mid gain)
- Channel C: Rat Dist (ProCo Rat)
- Channel D: Super OD (Boss SD-1)
- Vol/Pan 1 (the volume parameter is mapped to EXTERNAL 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.
- Amp 1: Brit JM45 (Marshall JTM45)
- Only channel A is set up
- Amp 2: Class-A 30W TB (Vox AC30 Top Boost)
- Only channel A is set up
- Cab 1: (only channel A is set up):
- Cab 1: 2×12 Matchbox 67 B AB (Factory 2, 70)
- Cab 2: 2×12 Matchbox2 -R 121 B AB (Factory 2, 91)
- Graphic EQ 1 – always on EQ
- Only channel A is set up
- Chorus 1
- Channel A : Dimension
- Channel B: Japan CE-2
- Channel C: Analog Stereo
- Channel D: Dimension 1 (more pronounced chorus effect)
- 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: Stereo Mind Guy
- Channel B: Vintage Digital
- Channel C: 2290 w/ Modulation
- Channel D: Stereo Tape
- Delay 3: (All dual stereo delays)
- Channel A: Stereo 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)
- Reverb 1: (‘Normal’ verbs in parallel)
- Channel A: London Plate
- Channel B: Recording Studio C
- 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)
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.
This preset is meant to be used with scenes to replicate different sections of the song:
- Scene 1: INTRO/LEAD – Clean tone for the intro lead
- Scene 2: SWELLS – Use this for the first verse and chorus
- Scene 3: VS2/BR – Clean-ish tone with chorus – 2nd verse and first half of the bridge
- Scene 4: CH BIG – Big rhythm tone for chords
- Scene 5: BIG LD – This is the biggest lead tone
- Scene 6: BRIDGE BLD – Hit this for the single note rhythm part in the bridge build section
- Scene 7: AMBI CLEAN – Basic ambient clean tone – nice to have available
- Scene 8: SWELLS (+) – huge ambient swells with shimmer (the first swells scene does not have this much shimmer)
The amps (and everything after) are in stereo – one amp will be panned L and the other R. 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 most blocks, We’ve set up multiple channels to give you different options for any given effect. 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 four different flavors of quarter note delay, Delay 2 is all 8th note delays, Delay 3 is all dotted 8th noted delays, and Delay 4 is all stereo dual delays. Delay four 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.
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).
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. We recommending setting Buttons 6 & 12 on Layout 7 to Preset +/-1 inc/dec. This way you can cycle through your presets one at a time from Layout 7.
HERE ARE THE PER-PRESET MAPPINGS AND THE BUTTONS THEY’RE ASSIGNED TO OVERRIDE
PP1: Scene 1: Layout 7 Button 2
PP2: Scene 2: Layout 7 Button 3
PP3: Scene 3: Layout 7 Button 4
PP4: Scene 4: Layout 7 Button 5
PP5: Scene 5: Layout 7 Button 8
PP6: Scene 6: Layout 7 Button 9
PP7: Scene 7: Layout 7 Button 10
PP8: Scene 8: 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, pink (this will toggle between the SWELLS and CLEAN scenes)
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. The amp blocks are set up for single coils using Channel A and humbuckers using Channel B.
NOTE: If you want to use Channel B of the amps, 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 4.0: 2021-06-04
- Update the amp block(s) for Cygnus firmware
Version 3.0: 2021-01-05
- Consolidated drive blocks (no longer overloads CPU)
Version 2.1: 2019-12-05
- Added: Speaker impedance curve (amp block)
- Changed: Output compression type (amp block)
- Changed: Amp and drives settings (better tone)
Version 2.0: 2019-08-30
- Tweaked: Amp block (better tone)
- Tweaked: Cab blocks (better tone)
- Tweaked: Delay blocks (dailed back modulation a bit)
- Changed: Drive blocks (better tone)
- Changed: Pitch block routing (pitch effects sound better)
- Changed: Volume block is now un-assigned (you’ll need to assign it to whatever controller or expression pedal you’re using)
Version 1.1: 2019-02-27
- Added: Amps layout from the Bethel Artist Series preset (AC30 and JTM45 in stereo)
- 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): 2019-02-25