- 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 the latest firmware to use this update.
This download includes two presets:
- Way Maker WT (SC) – this preset is meant for guitars with single coils
- Way Maker WT (HB) – this preset is meant for guitars with humbuckers
As with all downloaded patches and presets, you’ll want to dial them in to your specific guitars and playing style. These two presets should be a great starting point for your guitars. See the ‘Making Adjustments’ section of this ReadMe for more info on how to tailor them to your setup.
SIGNAL FLOW AND EFFECTS
- Input 1 (the Input Noise Gate is turned off to save CPU).
- Compressor 1
- Channel A: JFET Compressor (1176 style): set to be somewhat transparent, general use comp.
- Channel B: Studio FF Compressor 1: Subtle compression
- Channel C: Dynamicomp – Dynacomp, lots of squish
- Channel D: Optical Compressor – LA-2A style compression
- 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)
- Tremolo/Panner 1
- Channel A: Tremolo
- Channel B: Tremolo (1/4 trip)
- Channel C: Bias Trem (ramping trem based on LFO 1A)
- Channel D: Tremolo (chop trem – 1/16th note)
- Drive 1 – First Stage OD
- Channel A: Tone of Kings (Analogman King of Tone)
- Channel B: SSD Preamp
- Channel C: FET Boost (set up to mimic a Klon)
- Channel D: Timothy 2 (Timmy)
- Drive 2 – Second/Third Stage OD
- Channel A: T808 Mod (Tube Screamer)
- Channel B: Tone of Kings (Analogman King of Tone, medium drive)
- Channel C: Suhr Riot Ge
- Channel D: Shimmer Drive
- Vol/Pan 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: Matchbox D-30 (Matchless DC-30)
- Only channel A is set up for each preset
- Cab 1: (only channel A is set up):
- Cab 1: 2×12 Matchbox 160 C (Factory 2, 79)
- Cab 2: 2×12 Matchbox -R 121 B AB (Factory 2, 91)
- Graphic EQ 1 – always on EQ
- Only channel A is set up
- Chorus 1
- Channel A : Dimension 1 (subtle chorus effect)
- 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)
- 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)
- Out 1
This preset is meant to be used with scenes to replicate different sections of the song:
- Scene 1: SWELLS – Use for the entire first section of the song until the 2nd chorus
- Scene 2: CH/VS CLN – This is the ambient clean tone used for picking through chords throughout the song.
- Scene 3: CH BIG – Main drive rhythm tone
- Scene 4: CH TAG (CH+) – More drive than Scene 3
- Scene 5: BRIDGE – Ambient tone with just a bit of drive
- Scene 6: BRIDGE BLD – This is a big drive sound and works well if you follow the vocal melody on guitar during the bridge and chorus.
- Scene 7: NOT USED
- Scene 8: SWELLS (+) – More shimmer than Scene 1
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. We have also mapped it to different scenes for amp drive. See the ‘Per-Preset Mapping and Overrides’ for more info.
Everything after the amp runs 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.
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.
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: 80’s CLEAN – 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
PP10: Drive 2A – Layout 8, Button 3
PP11: Drive 3A – Not Assigned
PP12: Reverb 1 – Layout 8, Button 5
PP13: Reverb 2 – Layout 8, Button 6
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 – Layout 8, Button 12
PP20: Chorus 1 – Layout 8, Button 11
PP21: Pitch 1 – NOT ASSIGNED
PP22: Scene 8/1 Toggle – NOT ASSIGNED – (this will toggle between the SWELLS and CLEAN scenes)
PP23: CS1 – Layout 8, Button 4
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 ‘FC Controllers’ and ‘Per-Preset FC’ menus in Axe-Edit III, or by editing the ’CONTROLLERS’ menu on the Axe FX III.
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.
Version 3.0 – 2021-07-26
- Updated for Cygnus firmware
Version 2.0 – 2021-01-19
- Changed: Consolidated drives into two blocks (removes CPU warning)
- Amp/EQ tweaks
Version 1.1: 2019-12-04
- Added: Speaker impedance curve (amp block)
- Changed: Output compression type (amp block)
- Changed: Amp and drives settings (better tone)
Version 1.0 (initial release): 2019-09-11