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- 1 Available on which products
- 2 Channels or X/Y switching
- 3 Purposes
- 4 Types
- 5 Parameters
- 6 Tips and tricks
Available on which products
- Axe-Fx III: 4 blocks
- FM3: yes @@
- Axe-Fx II: 4 blocks
- FX8: 2 blocks
- AX8: 2 blocks
Channels or X/Y switching
- Axe-Fx III and FM3: 4 channels
- Axe-Fx II: no
- AX8: X/Y
- FX8: X/Y
A filter is a very versatile effect. Possible applications include:
- one-band equalizer
- boost the input of an amp block
- boost the overall signal level (i.e. for leads)
- high-pass or low-pass filtering
- envelope filter / auto-wah
- find the resonant frequency of your guitar cabinet
- and more ...
List of types
- Tilt EQ
- Lowshelf 2
- Highshelf 2
- Peaking 2
- FF Comb
- FB Comb
Many “classic” graphic equalizers use variable-Q designs which may be more familiar to some users as opposed to constant-Q filters. In the Filter block this type is selected by choosing “Peaking2 ”.
(about Peaking 1 and Peaking 2) "Peaking 2 is constant Q. At +/- 12 dB they are the same. At other gains the Peaking 2 will have a wider bandwidth as the Q does not change." source
Analog shelving EQ
“Lowshelf 2” and “Highshelf 2” recreate the analog shelving filters found on classic mixing consoles. These filters are somewhat quirky and exhibit “overshoot” which gives them a certain musical quality. Set Q between 0.5 and 0.707 to recreate those classic sounds, or experiment with Q for different amounts of overshoot. These filter types are great for getting that massive sound associated with passive equalization.
Tilt EQ is a slope filter that allows broad adjustment of the tone using just two parameters: Frequency and Gain. The Gain parameter sets the maximum gain of the filter relative to the center frequency. For example, a gain of 10 dB would set the maximum gain to 10 dB. The gain at the center frequency would be 0 dB and the minimum gain would be -10 dB, therefore a total of 20 dB of EQ would be applied.
"Gain doesn't apply to a notch filter. Only frequency and Q are relevant." source
FF Comb and FB Comb
FF Comb is a feed-forward comb filter and FB Comb is a feedback comb filter. Delay Time controls the order of the comb filters, higher values result in more closely spaced notches and vice-versa. Depth controls the intensity of the filter, higher values result in deeper notches/peaks and vice-versa.
|Parameter||Axe-Fx III / FM3||Axe-Fx II||AX8 / FX8|
|Low Cut, High Cut||yes|
|Pan L, Pan R||yes|
Tips and tricks
Envelope Filter (Auto Wah)
Fractal Audio processors don't provide a dedicated Envelope Filter (Auto Wah) effect block. You can achieve this effect by attaching an Envelope to a Filter or Wah block parameter.
Or try a factory preset such as the "Psychadelic Duck".
80's rock guitar sound
The Axe-Fx III and FM3 let you obtain the same result using Pre EQ in the Amp block.
Eric Clapton's mid-boost
To emulate Eric Clapton's mid-boost knob on his guitars:
Set the Filter to "Null", set its Level to where you like it, put it at the end of the signal chain, and assign a switch. Now you have a simple, low-CPU, clean boost at your disposal.
Finding the resonant frequency of a guitar cabinet
Alternative to Boost in the Amp block
The Boost parameter in the Amp block boosts the signal at the input of the Amp block with 12 dB. If you rather have an adjustable boost, use a Filter block before the Amp block, set to "Null", with Level at the desired value.
Boston / Rockman sound
Put a Filter block in front of a Plexi amp model, select Peaking, set Frequency at around 800 Hz, Q at 0.707 and Gain at 12 dB. source
Boosting mids with FRFR amplification
A mid-boost can be help a guitar cut through the mix when using FRFR amplification.
Try a Filter at the end of the grid, select Peaking, Frequency at 770 hz, Q at 0.35, Gain between 2 and 4 dB.