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Axe-Fx III MKII Preamp/FX Processor

Was: $2,499.99
Now: $2,099.99
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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 "Ares" 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 Fx3

    Posted by Brian Reisig on 1st Oct 2020

    Excellent product and glad I purchased. Steep learning curve, but tons of valuable information on the web to help. No central complaints, worth the wait.

  • 5
    Did I just instantly become a better player?

    Posted by Eddie P on 30th Sep 2020

    It's ridiculous to think that my playing is better thanks to the jaw-droppingly accurate sound of the AFX3MK2 but I can't argue with the results. My summary: the Axe FX III Mk 2 is the single greatest purchase you can make as a musician. It's even more important than whatever instrument you play. Budget your money to a cheaper instrument if you have to, but use this FX Processor. More refined than a Kemper, and entirely outclassing the Helix.

  • 5
    Axe FX III

    Posted by Michael Gingras on 30th Sep 2020

    I already knew this product was outstanding so there isn't anything I can say now that would change that fact. However, it takes what feels like an eternity to get your hands on one of them. Worth the wait though.

  • 5
    AXE-FX III Mark II

    Posted by Ken Ellis on 29th Sep 2020

    The FXIII came and have hooked it up to the system. Sounds great and would recommend to anyone.

  • 5
    Axe-Fx III is the pinnacle.

    Posted by Geoff on 9th Sep 2020

    If you're here reading reviews, you're thinking about grabbing one. If you're like me you've probably been eyeing Fractal products for many years. The 3 was finally the one I couldn't pass up any longer. I'm glad I stopped procrastinating. The design is gorgeous. The screen, beautiful and bright. It makes editing from the unit a breeze. Axe Edit makes it even easier. The tonal possibilities are endless. The freedom to model Eric Johnson's particular setup, complete with identical settings. Or Bonamassa, Hendrix, Slash, Knopfler, Clapton, Beck, etc., etc. Best of all you can build your own dream rigs and play them in minutes or spend hours and weeks refining every minute detail down to speaker compression, supply sag, mic selections and alignments, and room-response for cabs. The effects are better than anything I've ever heard. The reverbs and delays beat Strymon and Eventide. And not just delay, but many flavors of delay from multidelays, to plex-delay and reverb, stereo enhancers, EQs and multiband compression, creating huge stereo sounds that haven't been achieved yet. The drive pedals are outstanding, compressors, phasers, pitch shifters, the list is massive.It could take over your free time for the foreseeable future if you're that passionate about it. If not, it's plug-and-play with a few simple I/O refinements and you're off running. Presets are incredible, as you've probably heard. More cabs than you'd ever need, with thousands of cab/mic/speaker combos that could become their own wonderful rabbit-hole. All adjustable to personal tastes, or not. The amps are incredible. I've never played through most of these amps, but I've heard many of them. Once you get used to the "finished" guitar sound coming off your fingers, and get over the fact you're NOT playing through a regular guitar amp, the sky is the limit. The improvement is noteworthy. I absolutely love it. How else could you play through one of Robben Ford's Dumbles? Or mix an Ecstasy with a Friedman BE100 through two 4x12s? It's all here. No looking back. I am out of the amp and pedal market for the foreseeable future, and you can be too.

  • 5
    Axe-FX III

    Posted by Preston Barnes on 13th Jun 2020

    Brand new Axe-FX III owner and member of the Fractal Audio family! Love the unit, love the community, love the customer support. FAS is the real deal. Couldn't be more satisfied. Thank you FAS!

  • 5
    AMAZING piece of gear

    Posted by Brian Coonan on 9th Jun 2020

    Several years ago I purchased the AX8. I had many modelers prior to that and Fractal was my last ditch effort at seeing if ANYONE could actually make a good modeler. I was absolutely blown away. I'm not talking minor improvements to what was out there - the AX8 was light years beyond anything I had tried. So then, the Axe FX III comes out and my thinking was while I wanted it - I didn't really NEED it. I just play in cover bands generally and record at home but what was appealing to me was the improved I/O section. I thought the modeling, even though it was touted as improved from the AX8, couldn't really be that much better. I was wrong. From the second I plugged in and started playing through the factory presets, I could instantly tell the feel, tone, responsiveness - everything about it had been improved from the AX8 which was surprising to me. Up to that point, the AX8 had been hands down the single most inspiring piece of equipment I had ever purchased - it made me want to play more (like 24x7 pretty much). Now with the Axe Fx III, after owning it for 8 mos or so I would say it has surpassed my expectations, and also taken over the title of "Most Inspiring Piece of Gear" from the AX8. I now want to play 30/7, if only that were possible :) The amps and cabs that are available are astounding - even just setting up a chain with an amp and cab and nothing else - you can hear and feel it. Add in the amazing effects built in to the box and you can do anything you think of doing or create any sound you want to create. I had played tube amps for years - when I decided to switch to Fractal what I gained was better reliability, more consistency in sound, more control over my sound, easier set up and tear down, more consistency to the FoH (which literally every show, I've been told how much THAT was appreciated!), and the ability to hit a button and change my whole rig (no more tap dancing!). The initial reason I looked at it - for more flexible routing options provided exactly that. Being able to use it as a recording interface was a welcome feature for sure. I could probably go on and on - but what I will say is people use Fractal for a reason and in my opinion, it's because they want to use the best modeler available. Add in the fact that the customer service is probably the best I've ever experienced from any company - you will see the Fractal team from the designer and owner on down on the Forum helping people when they have questions. If you're on the fence about switching to modeling and considering the III - make the investment - you will be blown away.

  • 5
    Mind blowing

    Posted by Lee Laird on 5th Jun 2020

    I love the AxeFXIII so much, that I bought a spare! Seriously, the tone, flexibility, and continued upgrades blow any other product out of the water! I still own my original Mesa Boogie II-C, and I can easily obtain this tone and feel, and that just uses one of eight scenes, in one preset. It is truly the end-all for amp or amp+cab tones, and then there is the world-class effects! Add in the FC-6 or FC-12, and you'll also have powerful integrated control onstage or at your desk. This is truly the kind of purchase, where looking back at it in 10 years, you'll pat yourself on the back and smile!

  • 5
    Great Tones and Fantastic Workflow!

    Posted by David Baumann on 3rd Jun 2020

    I'm impressed. Yes, it's still a DSP, but one heck of a set of DSPs. Extremely low latency, good touch sensitivity, accurate tone modelling, and most importantly, a great workflow that helps me "push the red button" more often, while being happier with the results. Essential piece of gear for practice, and incredibly useful for a variety of commercial contexts. Thank you!!