null Skip to main content

FM3 - Amp Modeler / Multi-FX / Floor Unit

Write a Review
Usually Ships Within 1 Business Day
NOTE: Due to high demand and the ongoing global semiconductor shortage, the FM3 is currently out of stock. We expect to re-supply in late September. If you would like to be notified, please send an email to with the subject "FM3 WAIT LIST". (If you do not enter this subject, we can't notify you.)


The FM3 is an all-in-one amp modeler, effects processor and foot controller. It features our latest CYGNUS amp modeling, a technology developed for the award-winning Axe-Fx III. The FM3 recreates the sound — and the equally important feel — of real tube amps, with 265+ models offering an impressive range of clean tones, elusive “edge of breakup”, and everything from warm, touch-sensitive overdrive to face-melting modern distortion.

The FM3 also includes the entire speaker cab impulse response (“IR”) collection from the Axe-Fx III, with a stunning 2,200+ “Factory” choices and 1,024 “User” locations to store custom sounds from free or commercial producers.

As a multi-effects unit, FM3 truly excels. It includes a superb selection of Fractal Audio’s state-of-the-art effect algorithms. All of the essentials and many exciting innovations are on board: dazzling drive pedals, dozens of delays, reverbs, compressors, EQs, phasers, flangers and other modulation effects, a looper, and much more.

The FM3 also features 4x4 USB Audio capability for both Mac and PC. This lets the FM3 double as the hub of a portable recording studio for playback, recording, re-amping, and more.

The FM3 is an extremely flexible and versatile foot controller with switch and layout capabilities based on our FC Controllers. Each footswitch has its own mini LCD display to show the function of the switch, plus a variable color LED ring which shows the category and status of the switch. Those who wish for more footswitches can use FASLINK™ to connect one or two FC-6 or FC-12 controllers. These integrate seamlessly with onboard switches and also offer additional switch/pedal jacks.

Whether you want the pure simplicity of a great guitar straight in to a classic amp, or to venture into totally unexplored sonic territory, the FM3 delivers the legendary Fractal Audio experience — and fits easily into a backpack*

*backpack not included ;-) 

  • Durable steel chassis with protective endcaps designed to withstand the rigors of touring.
  • Ultra-high-quality signal path for extremely low THD and noise floor.
  • Cygnus Amp Modeling based on the Award-Winning Axe-Fx III
  • Extensive collection of on-board speaker cab simulations, plus 1,024 memory locations for "User Cabs"
  • Extremely powerful and flexible multi-FX processor capability based on Axe-Fx III
  • Eight nameable “Scenes” per preset eliminate “tap dancing” and allow for quick sound changes
  • Easy-to-read, precision full-screen tuner
  • 4×4 USB audio capabilities allow for recording, playback, re-amping and more.
  • Extremely user-friendly interface with dedicated hardware controls plus five "soft-knobs" with on-screen labels for both turn and push functions.
  • Three onboard "SSS" foot switches are quiet and reliable, with no mechanical contacts to fail.
  • FM3 uses the “FC” system of switches and layouts for extreme flexibility and versatility including 8+1 layouts, per-preset switches, and more.
  • Two pedal jacks each allow connecting 1-2 external switches or 1 expression pedal like the Fractal Audio EV-1 or EV-2.
  • Input 1 is ultra-low noise, with a 1/4” mono Instrument input featuring “Secret Sauce IV” for optimized signal from your guitar or bass.
  • Output 1 is Stereo, with Balanced XLR jacks, plus a stereo headphone out.
  • Stereo Input 2 and Stereo Output 2 can be used together as an FX loop, or individually as aux in/out for a range of flexible setups including 4CM, FRFR+Guitar Speaker backline, and more.
  • FM3-Edit is a free software editor which brings extensive editing capabilities to your Mac or PC.
  • Upgradeable firmware allows for constant improvement and innovation in the tradition of Fractal Audio Systems.
  • And much more. See our main web site for additional details, downloads, product manuals, and more.

61 Reviews Hide Reviews Show Reviews

  • 5

    Posted by Mark Krusch on 17th Jan 2022

    New user to fm3, so far an outstanding product. SO MUCH better than Headrush Pedalboard! One note to new users is to go to sign up for Cooper Carters FM3 Masterclass it is well worth the price.

  • 5

    Posted by Chuck Riley on 18th Nov 2021

    I've been playing guitar for nearly 40 years and the FM3 is the single most impressive/inspiring piece of gear I've ever purchased. Thank you Fractal!

  • 5

    Posted by terry ferris on 11th Jun 2021

    i previously had the axe standard that i bought used on a whim and loved it, this device tho is a whole other beast. i dl some artists packs and the tones are other worldly, the ease of use and the compact nature is something you guys should be proud of. you guys are the leaders for a reason!

  • 5

    Posted by Bastian Georg on 27th May 2021

    First up: FractalAudio - thanks for the fast shipping! Verdict on the FM3: I dialled in a competent Rectifier sound in less than 10min. I never managed such good sound with any modellers, incl. software modellers, I used before - and definitely not in less than 10min. I was sceptical about all the Axe/FM3 hype, but this stuff is legit and just sounds great. And all that for less money than a decent valve head. Keep it up!

  • 4

    Posted by Jim Reynolds on 20th May 2021

    I love the effects in this unit. I am seeing a random problem with the switch displays looking garbled. Click out and back in and it has been correcting itself.

  • 5

    Posted by greg smith on 13th May 2021

    I'm up to the listening to factory presets and some manual work and I just downloaded the editor, and so far... holy cow!! Beyond what I thought it would be!

  • 5

    Posted by Rod Katchuck on 3rd May 2021

    This product is incredible. I have owned Helix and Kemper and they do not come close to what Fractal Audio does. Their amp modelling is on another level. The Fm3 build quality is incredible and the sound is in a league of its own. Great effects and features. The customer service is absolutely fantastic. I will continue to purchase Fractal products in the future. What I like most about Fractal is the constant move forward in updates and amp modelling. They are not content with their current achievements. I respect that and look for that in the products I purchase. Rod Katchuck

  • 5

    Posted by Mark Muldoon on 17th Apr 2021


  • 5
    FM3 Amp Modeler

    Posted by Whitey Whitehouse on 13th Apr 2021

    This thing is "UNFREAKING BELIEVABLE" sonically! It 's best product I have purchased and the price is so great for what you get! The sonic spectrum on this thing it far more than you will ever need. Unbelievable amps effects, etc. combined in a small unit. Great product Fractal Audio! I'll be buying more products!