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Axe-Fx III MKII Preamp/FX Processor

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NOV 26, 2022: The Axe-Fx III is temporarily SOLD OUT. We expect to restock during December 2022. To be notified when a unit is available for you, please email with the subject "Axe-Fx III Wait List". We will email you when your name comes to the top of the list. 

A NOTE TO INTERNATIONAL BUYERS: This waitlist is for the US and CANADA only. Customers in other regions should contact one of our global dealers.



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 FX III Mark II

    Posted by Tuan on 12th Jan 2022

    Before setting up my Axe FX III, I was playing with my old amplifier and was hesitant on selling it as it sounded amazing. After trying the Axe FX III, I couldn’t put my guitar down and could care less about keeping my old amplifier! It’s amazing how versatile this unit is, and all the presets are amazing. I have no regrets purchasing this Axe FX. Highly recommended!

  • 5
    Axe-FX III MKII Turbo

    Posted by Gilbert Ebreo on 11th Jan 2022

    Just started playing it and still discovering sounds. Looks like a very high quality processor. The only bummer is with the money I just spent, I didn’t get a Fractal Audio T-Shirt (ahem…Large) like the reviewers on YouTube.

  • 5
    The King just got an upgrade

    Posted by Joshua Benton on 6th Jan 2022

    Seriously overpowered in the best possible way. It's like the MKII...but better.

  • 5
    Axe-fx3 mk2 Turbo

    Posted by Yorke on 6th Jan 2022

    An absolutely amazing modeler, fullrez Irs take the detail to a new level

  • 5
    AxeFx iii

    Posted by Larry (The LJC Project) on 1st Jan 2022

    What can I say that hasn't already been said? I own one of these babies! This unit is so versatile! Looks great too! For the time being, I'm using it in the loop of my amp....but it seems as though the modeling is giving my tube amp a run for it's money! A few years ago I owned an Ultra and that was excellent at doing the modeling but again, I used it as an effects processor. Fractal Audio is perfect for replacing "refrigerator racks" loaded with all of the bells and whistles....I know.....I carried around a 20 space shock mount! Those days are over.....the AxeFx iii does it as an all in one rig, an all in one effects processor, and a "can't live without" studio tool. I also own an AX8 but I think that might stay on the shelf a little bit more now that I have the iii. As always, great job Fractal Audio!

  • 5
    Axe FX 3

    Posted by Cameron Young on 20th Dec 2021

    This thing is unbelievable. We all have heard the stories of the quality of this, but I was still blown away upon receiving it. Built like a tank, sound quality is unmatchable and there’s more sounds than I could ever use in a lifetime. Pricey, but you are definitely getting what you pay for and then some. I’ll probably never need another piece of guitar equipment for decades besides more guitars. This is the endgame

  • 5
    Solid product, amazing sound

    Posted by J.C. on 18th Nov 2021

    I own all the big guitar amp sim VSTs, and while they are each great in their own way, it's always been a challenge to dial in really great tones. The Axe-Fx 3 really surprised me. It gives such character and tone that I was really amazed. There's just no contest between the Axe-Fx and the VST plug-ins, it completely smokes them all when it comes to great tone. Where it really shines is the amp and cabinet simulations. There is a huge selection of amps and cabinets, each with their own unique flavors. Another big bonus is the grid layout. You can easily route the signal through various blocks, and send out to external effects nicely. It includes a bunch of different effects in various categories. I haven't tried them all yet, but the modulation effects (chorus and flanger) are really good. Those types of effects seem to be difficult to do well in software, so I was happy that there were some usable ones here. The reverbs are nice as well. The theme with reverbs, overdrives, chorus etc. is variety. There are different modules with unique sounds to them. Overdrive is another category where plugins seem to fail in my opinion. But the Axe-Fx has several different versions of overdrive that handle subtle tones and extreme tones well. The Axe-Fx3 blows away all the plugin amp sims, it's not even close. I would have exepected current premium VSTs to be better contenders, but the Axe-Fx is just shockingly better than all of them. I have yet to hear amazing metal tones from VSTs, but this one does it spectacularly. And the clean tones from just amp and cabinet, with some compression, a little EQ, etc, just sounds great. So this is a solid recommendation from me. It's not cheap, but it's built like a tank and sounds perfect.

  • 5
    AXE-FX 111

    Posted by Terrence A Allen on 16th Nov 2021

    I mostly play jazz music hoping for more presets for jazz musicians.

  • 5

    Posted by Duane Ramelot on 30th Oct 2021

    Ultra, AX2 mk1, now 3 I'm in, better than expected