FM3 - Amp Modeler / Multi-FX / Floor Unit

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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.

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  • 5
    The modeler I should’ve bought first

    Posted by craig.encinitas on 14th Feb 2023

    Had I known how good the FM3 was, it would’ve saved me a lot of money that was spent on the other popular brand modelers. With so many features to tweak, it satisfies my inner 80’s synthesizer geek. I don’t ever get bored with the sounds the FM3 produces. Hey, I even play better because I sound better! For the price, it is feature packed and firmware seems to be updated when needed to make the unit even better than when I originally got it.

  • 5

    Posted by luke hering on 20th Jan 2023

    All of your favorite tones! Easy to use. Extremely deep parameters to dial in anything you want. I got the fm3 because I only play at home and I use a helix floor at church. There’s plenty of “DSP” on the fm3, nothing to worry about. Very high quality! And most importantly, it feels/plays like a real amp!

  • 5

    Posted by Joseph m Roland on 18th Jan 2023

    Great unit. Better UI than ax8 and better sound.

  • 5

    Posted by Ron Bacha on 28th Dec 2022

    Very impressed with the sound, it's like the Amp is right there in the room. -RJ

  • 5
    The Buck Stops Here!

    Posted by Eric Palkovich on 10th Nov 2022

    Previously was an Axe-FX II+ user, and that was the best tone I thought I'd ever forward to now, and the FM3 has completely blown my mind! Fractal has done it, yet again! There's a clear reason they're the best!

  • 5

    Posted by Cliff Stendel on 7th Nov 2022

    Very authentic sounds and easy to get the results I want

  • 5
    Best FX processor at this price range

    Posted by Luis Walteros on 2nd Nov 2022

    This is simply the best guitar FX processor I have ever owned. I've been recording music for 20+ years and never had this kind of processing power from just one unit. Sound quality is off charts, amp and cab modeling is unparalleled and the small pedal format is great if you are using it in the studio, even in live situations. Control software is great. Overall, nothing you can't get done with it, every effect you can image can be done in it.

  • 5
    Fractal FM3

    Posted by Jesse Stiles on 18th Oct 2022

    Simply amazing! This has by far been the best purchase I’ve made. I was thinking about getting a kemper, then took the chance on the FM3 and I’m sure glad I did. The tone out of the amps, cabs and effects are outstanding. If you’re thinking about a product of this platform, look no further. The FM3 is the only product you need for recording or live performance!

  • 5

    Posted by David Sayward on 3rd Oct 2022

    love the sounds still exploring would like to find out if there's a noise gate in the software