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FM3 - Amp Modeler / Multi-FX / Floor Unit

Was: $1,099.99
Now: $999.99
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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

    Posted by Jim Beecher on 1st Aug 2022

    Superior sound quality, built like a tank and portable. Love this thing.

  • 5
    Amp models sound glorious; please improve rat distortion

    Posted by Wei on 23rd Jul 2022

    Overall it is an impressive piece of gear. The difference is immediately perceivable compared to other good modelers. It would be great if you could improve the rat distortion, especially the filter knob, to make it sound more like the real pedal.

  • 5
    I recently ordered the FM3

    Posted by Michael Bush on 30th Apr 2022

    I recently ordered the FM3 dirsect from fractal audio and I'm blown away by how good it is. I started off with a used Axe fx 2 mark 2 and although I loved it the FM3 is far better. The amps sound better, the effects sound better, and it's easier to menu dive than the axe fx 2. I got this to pair up with an MPC so I could use it as a mobile recording rig to play gigs with and I can't tell you how happy I am with it. Eventually I'm gonna get an Axe Fx 3 for home use and either pair the FM3 with an amp or use it with my synth set up. Either way I'm keeping this forever. I recommend fractal audio to anyone wanting to get into the modeling world.

  • 5

    Posted by Curt Snyder on 11th Apr 2022

    I should have purchased the FM3 sooner. I am currently using my Boutique amp as a power amp to now finally get the sounds I have been searching for from the FM3. I have not even scratched the surface of the FM3 to unlock all the features and power this unit has. I am a fan for life and using now the Fractal products

  • 5

    Posted by thomas Macdonald on 24th Mar 2022

    Omg brave new world !

  • 5
    FM3 - impressed from the start

    Posted by Steve on 3rd Mar 2022

    I'm now in my mid-50's and have been playing guitar for decades. I sold my Marshall plexi because it is just too heavy and loud. I bought this product to give the Fractal products a try (and some of my favorite artists like Devin Townsend swear by them) and couldn't be more impressed. I was happy from the moment I powered the unit on and super impressed with the awesome presets. Wow. I still have a lot to learn about this product but couldn't be happier with the investment. The sound is incredible and the "tube chirp" is all there - sounding completely authentic. Great work Fractal Audio!

  • 5
    FM3 Perfect Size and Capabilities

    Posted by Scott Kaszyk on 1st Mar 2022

    This thing sounded amazing right out of the box on both my studio monitors and my Deluxe Reverb (with the FM3 Amp and Can disabled easily in global settings). I've tried the other "line" of modeling amps and was disgusted by their poor sound quality and didn't want to spend the rest of my life tweaking settings to get something usable. This device is also super flexible, lots of inputs/outputs. I was easily able to add a controller for wah/volume and figured out how to set up a double switch without much trouble.

  • 5
    FM 3

    Posted by Jerry Ozier on 1st Mar 2022

    Amazing little machine . Moved from the Line6 Helix to this and am absolutley blown away .

  • 5
    FM3 WOW

    Posted by Donat (Woody) Leduc on 4th Feb 2022

    Right outa the box and very impressed, gonna be busy for days, love it, very versatile and inspiring. Connected to tube amp I hardly use and now my favorite.