Axe-Fx III Preamp/FX Processor

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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 FX III purchase

    Posted by Mike Goodwin on 12th Sep 2019

    Just wanted to let you know I'm really enjoying the Axe III!

    I hesitated for quite a while, since I liked the Axe II so much ... but it was definitely a worthwhile upgrade ... the scenes combined with channels give you so much flexibility. The amps (particularly the vintage Fenders) sound so much more punchy. I didn't convert my old patches because I want to see how much better I can make them starting from scratch. It's an adventure to go back and recreate the patches I loved in the II.

    Fractal has made going to the music store a lesson in futility, I'll try a nice amp, get the urge to buy, but I never do because I know the Fractal has me covered and then some.

    I just saw Cliff post about the big improvements in 8.0. I havent had it a week and a major update has been released!

    Mike, fractal owner since 2007.

  • 5
    Axe Fx III - Simply the best

    Posted by Tremonti on 4th Sep 2019

    I have been using Fractal products for over a decade now. 1st with the Axe Fx Standard and then the Axe Fx II. Both were amazing but now with the III it is absolutely stellar. Fast amp tones to dial in, mix multiple cabs together, crazy amount of CPU power for complex routing and rigs, endless fantastic effects that can be routed however and super flexible switching with the FC-12 floorboard. Nothing beats this and I have used complex and expensive tube amp and rack systems as well as the latest modeling from others. The Axe Fx III beats all with true feel of a tube amp and flexibility that is easy to do whatever you want. There is no down side and the cost of this unit is a great value with all that it provides. Purchase and enjoy what we've been loving , all these years. There is a reason that Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Def Leppard, Avenged 7x and many others have chosen this unit.....they can afford the best and this is what they want!

  • 5
    Axe-Fx III

    Posted by AustinBuddy on 2nd Sep 2019

    This is the best digital amp and effects modeler on the planet -- period, full stop. It's deep, and with skill or tapping into the Fractal community's greta resources for help, you can pull any guitar tone you can dream of out of it, whether for live use or recording. I have dreamed of such a unit for decades, and Cliff Chase and his team/company made my dream reality! They are the most responsive small company I have ever encountered in the music business -- they listen to customer feedback carefully, and make the product better and better each iteration of updated firmware. Love the Axe-Fx III so much I own two - one for studio, one for live use!

  • 5
    Fractal Audio = Unmatched Innovation and Dedication to Customers

    Posted by Jason Cooper on 31st Aug 2019

    If you want the best, you've found it! I won't go into all the details about how amazing this product is... I will say that I've sold off all but one of my amps and most of my effects pedals... my tone has never been better and the AxeFX3 is a constant source of inspiration.

    You'll find plenty of info about the quality of the AxeFX3 online. Check out the major awards its won, or reviews by music industry publications... Or just look at their Artists List page to get an idea of who's using the AxeFX3... everyone from major studios and professional touring bands.

    What I will add here is that Fractal Audio, the company, is just amazing. I have never dealt with any other company, in any industry, that has the same dedication to customer service and support. When you purchase a Fractal Audio product, you're not just buying the hardware, you're buying into "the Fractal experience", which includes virtually endless, ongoing updates and upgrades improving the hardware, giving you extra effects, amps and cabs, and thoughtful features. You can tell that they love what they do at Fractal, and their whole customer base reaps the rewards.

  • 5
    The best, even better

    Posted by Chris Hurley on 30th Aug 2019

    I've been a fractal user for about 10 years. I've tried the other products and the Axe-FX really is a cut above. Previously, I built and sold tube guitar amps. The Axe-FX products cured me of that.

    While other companies produce good products capable of great sounds, its always been easier for me to get my sound on the Axe-FX products, even going back to the Ultra. I've bought and sold the other products multiple times in an effort to see how far they've come but nothing can replace the Axe-FX experience for me.

    The Axe-FX III has the extra i/o to satisfy all kinds of uses and routing requirements. Its hard to imagine just having a regular FX loop now. There is almost nothing that you can't build inside the Axe-FX III.

    The easiest transition from a tube amp is Axe-FX III -> poweramp -> guitar cab. That will sound and feel amazing with zero effort or adjustment.

    If you prefer running with cabinet sims into a full range cabinet, the Axe-FX III can build whatever configuration you want. Of course it can also do both at the same time. You can run multiple amps and cabs at the same time. The I/O options are just stunning.

    This is it. This is the thing you've been hoping for.

    My background: I play rock guitar. Plug me into a modded marshall with a couple of pedals and I'm floating. I'm retired from gigging now but previously played for money in front of small crowds up to 5,000 or so.

  • 5
    Axe-Fx III

    Posted by Matthew Bowman on 29th Aug 2019

    This is unequivocally the most incredible piece of guitar equipment I've ever owned or played through. It's forever changed how I record at home, in the studio and how I play live! It's the most powerful all in one processor for guitar on the planet, and it's tones are just incredible. I've been a Fractal Audio user since 2009 and I'll never go back to the old way of recording or lugging around equipment. The Axe-Fx III is the complete solution for any serious musician.

  • 5
    Axe-Fx III : my personal favs

    Posted by Henry Frick on 29th Aug 2019

    Here are the reasons why the III and Fractal as a company are the best choice for me.

    I came from the first generation Axe-Fx II, and just when I started looking for a h/w replacement, the III came out; perfect timing! My overwhelmingly positive experience with the II made the III a straightforward choice.

    I play in a Pearl Jam tribute that also plays other 90's grunge music when necessary. There's lots of different amp sounds and effects to cover if you want to do the music justice. Not having to drag around a big heavy tube amp and large pedal board (and the cost of all that), and the convenience and practicality of having all those different sounds organized in presets and scenes, are my main reasons for a modeler setup. Not having to compromise in sound quality is the main reason for the III.

    I had no issues ever with any of the Fractal gear I had.

    I appreciate how Fractal constantly improves the quality of their products, even after purchase, and doesn't nickel-and-dime the customers by charging for firmware upgrades.

    I also appreciate the company to host the blog web site, and the community support we all get on that site.

  • 5
    Power. Fidelity. Versatility.

    Posted by Christian Doering on 29th Aug 2019

    I've owned an AX8, an AXE-FX II XL and now the III. I can hear the improvements that come with added DSP: lower noise floor, more detail and nuance in the tones. I play jazz, jambient and a little blues. I run an archtop, a semi-hollow, two solid bodies with preamps, a flat-top acoustic and a nylon-string through the III. I've been able to get all of them to sound great, in all styles. Reading the manual, getting tips from the forums, trying others' presets all help, as does lots of tweaking. My small FRFR speaker is a Bose S1 Pro and the large one is a Bose L1 system. I get great definition through either one, meaning that I can clearly hear what my fingers and pick are doing with the strings - how each note is attacked and held, bent, muffled, vibratoed, etc. I can hear each voice within complex close-voiced chords. The effects are spectacular in both range and power. I use a GameChanger Plus Pedal through an outboard loop: other than that I can think of very few pedals that the AXE-FX III doesn't replicate with more options, equal or better character, and much less noise. I've been able to dispense with a separate audio interface because the III integrates so well with my Macbook Pro. My solo rig uses Ableton Live and my guitar running through the III and sounds great, with inaudible latency. I also appreciate the way that Fractal stands behind its product. I was a waitlist purchaser for both the III and the FC6. The steady stream of firmware updates for both devices has made both of them more powerful and useful. This is one life decision I will never regret making.

  • 5
    There is no comparable experience!

    Posted by Rick Park on 29th Aug 2019

    I will not waste many words explaining the quality of sound. It is raved about by some of the most discerning musicians in the profession. Suffice to say, the tones are accurate and indistinguishable from the "real thing." What sets this unit apart is the customer service and continuing support that comes with every purchase. Something that sounds this awesome and is this flexible is already worth the up front cost. That it keeps on getting better with regular free upgrades is incredible. A company of musicians that stays in contact with their musician customers and keeps evolving the product to suit them. So whether you need the best amps, the best effects, the best routing options, or the best service, this is your answer. It simply doesn't get better than the Fractal Audio Systems Axe FX III.