- 1 Available on which Fractal Audio products
- 2 X/Y and channels
- 3 List of modeled Wah pedals
- 4 Position of the Wah block
- 5 Setting up a Wah pedal
- 6 Auto-engage
- 7 Parameters
- 8 Special effects
- 9 Troubleshooting
Available on which Fractal Audio products
- Axe-Fx III: 2 blocks
- Axe-Fx II: 2 blocks
- AX8: 1 block
- FX8: 2 blocks
X/Y and channels
- Axe-Fx III: 4 channels
- Axe-Fx II: X/Y
- AX8: X/Y
- FX8: X/Y
List of modeled Wah pedals
- FAS Standard – Equivalent to the “Bandpass” setting in earlier firmware
- Clyde – Based on an original Vox Clyde McCoy wah
- Cry Babe – Based on a Dunlop Cry Baby
- VX846 – Based on a Vox V846-HW handwired wah
- Color-Tone – Based on a Colorsound wah
- Funk – Modeled after the “Shaft” sound
- Mortal – Based on a Morley wah/volume pedal
- VX485 – Based on a Vox V845
Recreate other wah pedals by copying frequency range settings from manufacturer's manuals. Like this: forum member Leon Todd clones Dunlop's Petrucci and Cantrell wah pedals
Position of the Wah block
The Wah block is usually placed before the Amp block. Unless you want to sound like Tom Morello, in which case it should be placed after the Amp block, or even after the Cab block.
Setting up a Wah pedal
Make sure to calibrate the pedal.
Similar to an optical Wah pedal, you can engage the Wah block automatically when moving the expression pedal. This is especially handy when using a spring-loaded pedal. To accomplish this, set Auto-Engage in the Wah Control's modifier menu to either a speed-controlled or position-controlled setting.
If you want the Wah to be bypassed automatically at toe-down position (simulating a virtual toe switch), instead of heel-down, select a position-controlled setting and set OFF VAL in the modifier menu to 95%.
|Parameter||Axe-Fx III||Axe-Fx II||AX8, FX8|
|Low Cut Frequency||yes||yes||yes|
|Inductor Bias / Coil Bias||yes||yes||yes|
"Tracking controls how much the Q changes with the Control knob. The Q in a wah is not constant. The amount of Q change varies from brand-to-brand and model-to-model. It even varies between identical models due to component tolerances." source
"FAT is actually a mix control. It adds dry signal so you can't ever get 100% dry. At max FAT it's 50/50." source
Decreasing Max Freq helps to make a high gain wah tone cut better through the mix.
Named "Inductor Bias" in the Axe-Fx III.
This allows the user to adjust the DC offset of the virtual inductor.
"Over time the inductors build up some slight permanent magnetism due to finite DC current through them. This causes asymmetric distortion." source
The 8-band EQ was added in firmware Ares 1.16 for the Axe-Fx III.
When changing the Wah type, Level is also adjusted automatically because the output of the models has been matched to the original pedals (firmware Quantum 6 and later). source
"A typical wah has a gain of around 16 dB but it's a bandpass (sort of) response. If your amp is set clean then the output of the amp block will increase by 16 dB when the wah is engaged. Most amps have a response that rises with frequency response. So if the output of the amp block without the wah engaged was, say, 12 dB below full-scale at the high frequencies, it will be 4 dB over full-scale when the wah is engaged." source
The Seek Wah is a pedal by ZVEX based on a sequenced filter pattern. For an equivalent effect, assign the Sequencer internal controller to the Control parameter. For a more pronounced effect, add a Formant filter, attached to the same controller.
Read this: Filter block.
Simulate a fixed Wah position (i.e. Money For Nothing by Dire Straits) by setting the Control parameter to a specific fixed value.
Attach the LFO internal controller to the Control parameter in the Wah block to create a slow evolving filter effect.
Engaging the Wah causes a thump
"The thump isn't the wah, it's the Input Impedance changing. If your preset is set to Auto for the Input Z, when you engage the wah the impedance switches. This causes a slight thump if you are playing since the load on your guitar changes. If you want to avoid this, turn Input Impedance to 1M OHM." source
"Set the Input-Z on the preset to 1M rather than Auto. The reason the Wah engages abruptly is because it switches the input impedance. Setting Input-Z to 1M overrides the impedance switch (and, frankly, sounds better IMO)." source
This doesn't apply to the AX8 because its input impedance is fixed at 1 MOhm (not adjustable).