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Axe-Fx III MKII Preamp/FX Processor

Was: $2,499.99
Now: $2,299.99
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THE WORLD'S MOST POWERFUL GUITAR PROCESSOR


The Axe-Fx III is the latest in our line of the worlds most powerful all-in-one processors for guitar, bass, and other instruments. This new model offers our latest "CYGNUS" amp modeling technology, thousands of UltraRes speaker cab simulations, and state-of-the-art effect algorithms, all backed with more raw power and feature upgrades than any Fractal Audio product before. Our vision was to take the Axe-Fx to a whole new level: to create a totally redesigned platform that sounds better, does more, and is easier to use. Equipped with four processors, the Axe-Fx III contains more raw processing power than any guitar product ever made, by far.

The hardware of the Axe-Fx III was designed around a streamlined new workflow. The centerpiece is a dazzling new high-contrast full-color display with 30x the resolution of previous products. This display works alongside five new endless-rotary push encoders. These push-knobs do different things on different pages, with labels to show dynamic functions. The end result is a user experience thats immediately more intuitive. The display also excels at animation for meters, modifiers, and more.

Better sound quality has been achieved through an audiophile-grade signal path. The difference shines through in lower noise floor, pristine clarity, and better USB audio performance than most dedicated audio interfaces. Computer audio integration now includes a professional-quality 24-bit/48k 88 interface. Record multiple tracks of processed audio at the same time, plus a DI. The re-amping workflow is improved with independent monitoring of backing tracks and re-processed guitar tones while you dial in a sound.Physically, the Axe-Fx III continues our tradition of combining extraordinary design with manufacturing quality rugged enough to withstand the rigors of life on the road. The unit is housed in a steel enclosure with a one-piece anodized aluminum faceplate/bezel featuring a glowing Axe-Fx III logo.

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  • 5
    AXE III Mark II

    Posted by Dom on 27th May 2021

    First let me say that Andrew & Kevin from sales were outstanding. And what can I say about the AXE III. I have had many processors and this one is just over the top, I am having so many WOW moments I have lost count in the last 5 days since I received it, I just can not seem to put my guitar down. One of the best purchases I have ever made. Could not be more pleased with the AXE, Fractal has Nailed it.

  • 5
    Axe fox 3

    Posted by Ron Burke on 25th May 2021

    Love the new front panel lighting. Amazing sounds as usual.

  • 5
    The best got better

    Posted by Eric on 3rd May 2021

    I was super impressed by the sound and tweakability (is that a word?). I've owned most of the Line 6 modelers as well as an Axe FX Ultra. This model has, hands down, the best tones I've ever heard.

  • 5
    AxeFx3

    Posted by michael omiya on 19th Apr 2021

    I own and have gigged with the Atomic AA3 and Line6 HX Stomp. Ive used my mini Mooer pedals at MI in Hollywood. NOTHING compares to the feel, deep editing, and authenticity of the Fractal AxeFx III. And the intuitive design and flexibility of Axe-Edit makes the experience of programming the AxeFx III so easy

  • 5
    Ax Fx 3 Mk 2

    Posted by Josh Voigt on 3rd Apr 2021

    Of course you always get nervous dropping this kind of money on a music product wondering to yourself, is it really going to be worth it? And let me tell you the first 3 hours I was messing around with it, those fears were immediately relieved. Without even buying 3rd party tones for it what they have pre installed is absolutely amazing! And the UI is really easy to understand and learn. The first 20 minutes it was a little intimidating to understand but after that I already feel like I know the ins and outs. There's so much it can do thats not even advertised it's insane. I'm absolutely in love with this thing!

  • 5
    Axe-Fx III MkII

    Posted by Misha Kushnir on 25th Mar 2021

    The Axe-Fx III has reinvigorated my love and passion for guitar. My only complaint is that now I need better monitors, and that I have a job and roommates and neighbors so I can't just spend all day messing around with all the amp models and enjoying all the killer tones this thing has to offer. I've owned this thing for almost two months now and still feel like I've barely scratched the surface of what's possible with the Axe-Fx III, but my tone is already so much better than my old Pod HD500X. And aside from just sounding great, the authenticity and satisfaction of being able to just try out an accurate model of so many different amps is just incredible. I'm just thrilled with this thing. My guitar is about to be in the shop for a week and I'm downright bummed that I have to wait that long to get back to playing. The Fractal community is just as awesome as the Axe-Fx itself as well. Seeing all the online support, discussion, preset sharing and the continuous firmware upgrades and involvement from Cliff and the team really make me feel like I've bought into a total platform rather than just buying a piece of gear. Fractal, you guys rule and I'm so happy to finally be an Axe-Fx user.

  • 5
    AXE3 MKII

    Posted by Harris on 23rd Mar 2021

    Sometimes you get lucky enough to find the perfect gear. And to be honest I thought I had it before. You know, the tube amp and pedalboard stacked with boutique pedal after any pedal and on and on. Well as a (as many say they are) tried and true tube amp to pedals player In search of that perfect tone (and all the frustration that follows) I’m thrilled to have sold all the pedals (not the 1965 A/B Bassman-can’t part with that) while sitting here nightly for the last two weeks with my Fractal gear! There is nothing it can’t do and for all the purists out there, please understand, I am known for my exacting standards of what I want in tone, tweakability, my expectations vs what is delivered and the Fractal gear is the best of the best. Trust me, I never thought I’d say what I’m saying but I’m in 100% and thrilled to be! I got the package that came with the FC12 and as many have also conveyed, it makes everything that much easier and fun! I am writing more than ever and constantly inspired by the myriad possibilities/options/tones/amps/effects! I can’t thank the folks at Fractal enough! I happy to be onboard!

  • 5
    Axe-Fx III MKII Preamp/FX Processor

    Posted by Kolton on 12th Mar 2021

    Best amp modeler I have ever used!! I couldn't be more impressed!

  • 5
    New Axe FX III - Nice!

    Posted by Marshall Mauney on 9th Mar 2021

    My new Fractal Axe FX III Mk 2 showed up a few days ago, right on schedule and less than a week after I ordered it. Four main impressions: 1) This is a very well built piece of equipment that seems to be designed to hold up to years of heavy use. 2) There are some great modelling sounds in the box, and it's going to take some time and effort to coax them out. Aside from sorting through the demo presets, I found the Axe FX III to have so many options that it can take more time to approach my tube amps' sound than some other digital devices I've worked with. It has tons of flexibility, which results in a large solution matrix for any given problem. 3) The FX blocks in this thing sound absolutely incredible. Best I've ever worked with in a guitar device, without a doubt. 4) The software is far more intuitive than the front panel interface, at least for the first couple of hours of working with it. First I plowed through a bunch of the factory presets and played with adding FX blocks and tweaking them. Fantastic - this process was incredibly intuitive, and the FX sound just plain monstrous. Even building a harmony patch with the Diatonic pitch block was super simple and fast. Impression? A+! My first attempt at building a complete sound from scratch was to bring up the Euro Blue (Bogner XTC) to try to dial in my basic sound. I built a blank preset with amp and default cab blocks, selected Euro Blue and set the dials in the vicinity of what I use on the real thing. No dice - what I got was nowhere close, and didn't even really have what I think of as the typical Bogner character. With hundreds of cab IRs in the Axe-FX III, I decided that trying to audition them all to find what I was looking for was probably a needle-in-a-haystack problem – but there’s an easier way. My next step was to capture an IR of my existing rig and put it into the cab block. This took about 5 minutes and was incredibly easy. Immediately, I was very close to my existing rig’s sound and feel. This is impressive. I have zero doubt that the Axe-FX covers every possible FX need I can expect, and exceed my expectations for flexibility and sound quality. I foresee a good bit of short-term work to build my library of IRs and amp settings, but right now my expectation is that this thing can do a lot more than I have been able to do with even a highly versatile amp like the XTC. I think I’m hooked.