Axe-Fx III Preamp/FX Processor

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Now: $1,999.99
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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 FX III

    Posted by John Willis on 2nd Mar 2020

    Having a great time so far, but still just trying out amps and cabs mostly. The clarity of the lead tones and reverbs is a great improvement over my Ultra, and I still think my Ultra is pretty darn good.

    I love the patch/ scene/ channel feature. Having clean to dirty sounds with different fx in a single patch is great.

  • 5
    My Tone Quest is Finished

    Posted by Thomas Hudson on 23rd Jan 2020

    The Axe-Fx III surpasses my wildest dreams. I've purchased and built a lot of amps in my lifetime, searching for the ultimate tone. This product has them all.

    There are a few notable events in my life. My first Stratocaster at age 14. My first sold out gig in my twenties. That 1983 Precision Bass that I found the day after receiving my tax refund.

    And now this product. Anyone want to buy my huge pedalboard? I don't need it anymore.

  • 5
    Amazing product !

    Posted by Kevin Neill on 13th Jan 2020

    The amp models on this product are on another level. As are the quality of the effects. For example, on a lot of devices, running a virtual OD into a virtual amp on most modellers doesn’t quite seem to respond the way you would expect. With the Axe FX 3 it’s incredibly realistic.

    Even though the interface can be complicated until you get familiar with the product, dialing in a great tone is easy just because you’re starting with a great tone, so a few minor tweaks to suit your pickups and you’re done.

    There’s a learning curve to get into the deeper features but that’s the cost of having a device that is super flexible.

    My only gripe is the fact that it doesn’t do midi in and out over USB and doesn't appear to pass the midi in signal from the USB IN to the through or out midi DIN ports on the back of the Axe FX 3. This is presenting challenges trying to integrate it into my live rig which relies heavily on my iPad. I’m hopeful that this will be addressed in the near future. But again as far as straight up amp modelling quality, this is the best device I’ve ever played through... I absolutely love it.

  • 5
    Axe-Fx 3 Is a Superb Implement

    Posted by Jeff F. on 13th Jan 2020

    If you want an end all be all guitar solution then the Axe-Fx 3 is what you seek. Boundless tonal possibilities await you. Like many people I based my purchase on some of the reviews and videos I saw on YouTube. I assumed that I would be throughly prepared for what was being delivered to me. Boy was I wrong. This is "the sound". Tonal bliss.

    The Axe-Fx will blend into your existing rig or it can easily replace it entirely. If you like to tweak and fine tune your sound to the most minute detail you won't be disappointed. As an added bonus sound guys will love you.

  • 5
    Only smiles

    Posted by Mauricio Martinez on 4th Jan 2020

    Congratulations on such an amazing piece of technology. I'm a hobby guitarist who just retook the habit after an extended hiatus that had to do with with not experiencing much joy playing my electric. The AXE-FX III brings only smiles because of the great tones from a variety of modeled amplifiers, as well as some incredible sounding effects. And I haven't gone thru all the v11 presets. Just wow! Given all that's packed in this unit, you guys left me in awe with this efficiency, i never thought so much could be crammed into a product. You are artists in this digital modeling discipline. Looking forward to see how you keep pushing things, because I know you won't rest still, this is you passion. Congratulations again.

  • 5
    HUGE step up at a GREAT price!

    Posted by Bill Leverty on 30th Dec 2019

    This was such a great investment. The Axe FX 3 sounds like a million bucks! I am floored!!

    I've been playing Fractal gear exclusively live and in the studio since 2012. I had never been happier, but now I'm over the moon!
    I bought the AXE FX III and FC-6 and I'm stunned at how great this system performs and sounds. The sounds are SO freakin' real! The FEEL is EXACTLY like a real amp.

    With the FC-6, I can set up a rig for the studio and for the live gig and I can easily see what I'm doing. The editing software is so slick and easy to use as well. Very well done. Everything is solid as a rock.
    This is the best investment in gear I've ever made, hands down. Thanks Fractal!

  • 5
    Just perfect

    Posted by Jeb Howell on 19th Dec 2019

    I can't say enough good about this tool. It is perfect in any and all applications. It's like getting the keys to the factory from Wonka himself.

  • 5

    Posted by Matthew Halvatzis on 17th Dec 2019

    I’ve been sitting on getting an Axe-Fx III for a while, and I’m so glad I finally went through with it. I’ve never experienced a modeler that sounded as rich and hifi as the Axe III. There is so much excellent low end resonance and string definition. I play 8 string, and it’s the best the guitar has sounded. Effects-wise, I’ve been able to get rid of most of my pedals, not only because it’s convenient to have an all-in-one unit, but it’s easy to duplicate the qualities of my favorite pedals with better sounding results. As well, my bandmate and I have tested running outboard pedals into it, in the effects loop, and to be honest, it’s made every piece of gear sound better.

    While it’s easy to tweak, I often don’t have to do much adjusting because every amp and preset sounds good to go from the get-go. Even then, tweaking the basic and expert settings are easy to figure out. I’m just stunned I waited so long to try this.

  • 5
    FX III

    Posted by peter couture on 16th Dec 2019

    The effects and tones are excellent.