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Determining Your Setup

The "Setup" filter helps you to focus on those presets best-suited for how you use your Axe-Fx.

FRFR/Direct presets (like all of the Factory presets) are designed for "full-range flat-response" systems such as studio monitors, PAs, headphones, etc.

Pwr. Amp + Cab presets use real power amps and guitar speakers.

4-Cable Method (aka :4CM") presets require a special setup with connectors both in front of and in the effects loop of a real amp.

Fx Loop presets in the loop of a real amp. A loop may be SERIES or PARALLEL and the preset needs to be built accordingly.

Gtr Amp Input presets should be used in front of a (real) head or combo. Guitar->Axe-Fx->Amp Input.

Other setups also exist (e.g. combinations of the above).

The Axe-Fx II manual (chapter three) includes more information about setups.

"Cab" search results ignore the settings of this filter.

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ID 7962

Author Doug Bryan

Fractal Product Axe-FX III

Firmware Version 12.x

Set Up Direct

Description This is my take on the Van Halen Balance tone. The choices of what I went with came from an old Guitar World Magazine headline some years back where Eddie and Matt put his settings for everything in the article. The amp I chose for this was the Brit Brown and two TV Cabinet IR's as they just sounded great. This patch you hear a lot of air but I guess thats what Eddie liked. If you don't have a Volume or wah Expression Pedal then just remove them from the patch. Also the Delay if too much as again I went by the magazine feature just shut off or tailor it to your liking. The Reverb is my own creation but works really well. Id love to hear feedback from everyone. I will expand upon this patch at a later date as well. Have fun with it and make it your own. : DB

Band/Artist/Player Van Halen / Eddie Van Halen

Song Balance Album / Modern VH Tone

Genre Rock

Instrument Electric Guitar


Date UploadedMay 17, 2020