Cab-Lab 3 - Plugin

List Price: $99.99
Direct Price: $49.99

Downloadable Plugin version for Mac & Windows
Standalone NOT included. See the bundle version to get both.
There are NO RETURNS on software purchases.

IMPORTANT: This plugin version does NOT include the "IR Tools" built in to the Standalone version (Wav2Syx, IR2Syx, RefIRBatch, IR Capture tool, Batch Rename). The plugin version runs in a host application and CANNOT connect directly to an Axe-Fx II for saving or auditioning IRs directly to User Cab memories. A specially-priced bundle containing both versions is available.


Cab-Lab 3 is a powerful IR mixer. The Fractal Audio Systems Cab Simulator Block uses Impulse Response (IR) technology to reproduce the sounds of real speakers. With onboard Factory cabs plus our innovative User Cab memories, you have access to a limitless range of tones. IRs are widely available in our official Cab Packs and many third-party libraries. You can even capture your own IRs using the Axe-Fx II. Sometimes a truly personalized tone, however, goes beyond a single IR.

For decades, artists, producers and engineers have been crafting tone using a mixer to blend the sounds of different mics or speakers. Cab-Lab allows you to use this same process, combining up to 8 individual IRs, auditioning the results in real time as you mix, and saving the result as a new User Cab IR for use in your own presets.

The totally new mixer in Cab-Lab 3 goes beyond simple combining, with mix tools to process, trim, filter, and adjust phase. With this plugin version and a compatible plugin host, you can listen to mix changes in real time or process live or pre-recorded material. The Mac version is a 64-bit AU or VST plugin. The Windows version includes both 32-bit and 64-bit VST plugins.


Cab-Lab 3 requires activation using the free iLok License Manager from The manager allows you to activate Cab-Lab WITH or WITHOUT a physical iLok "dongle" but you will need an Internet connection. Simply install the free manager and select "Redeem Activation Code" from the "Licenses" menu. Paste or type your activation code. Codes are emailed from Fractal Audio Systems within one business day of your order. Please activate PRIOR to launching your DAW or you may need to re=scan plugins after activating.



  • IRs created using the Cab-Lab plugin are compatible with the Axe-Fx II (all models) and the AX8.


  • 2.0 GHz or higher processor
  • 2GB RAM minimum, 4GB or higher recommended
  • Internet connection required for activation
  • iLok License Manager and an account free at


  • Intel Processor
  • OSX 10.6 or higher (10.9 recommended for Axe-Fx II USB Audio.)
  • PLUGIN: 64-bit AU or VST capable host software.


  • Microsoft Windows 10/8/7/Vista
  • PLUGIN: 64- or 32-bit VST capable host software