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Firmware 18

Released for the Axe-Fx II/XL, Mar, 2015


Firmware 18

"It's all about the punch. It has taken years for us to crack that nut but I think we finally did it. When you play a real tube amp the sound punches you in the chest. Modelers never do that. They "sound" the same and they may even sort of feel somewhat the same but you never get that punch. G3 solves that mystery I think."

Cliff Chase, Fractal Audio Systems.

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Cooper Carter: Build a Song with Presets

Axe-Fx User Videos of the week 13

Firmware 18 Sound Clips

by Tyler Grund


Tyler Grund

Tyler has taught himself how to play the gui­tar by liste­ning to albums and play­ing with great musi­cians. Early on, he was swept up by the power of Stevie Ray Vaughan and still hea­vily ad­mires the music crea­ted by that iconic artist. He conti­nues to grow as an artist by lis­tening to the nuan­ces of guitar player’s styles to deve­lop a unique ear for tone.

Listen to Tyler's Firmware 18 Sound Clips below. Patches downloadable at  tylergrund.com/axefx2.

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Featured Axe-Fx Sound Clip

Setting up the Axe-Fx II XL, MFC-101 MK III, and Mission SP-1

Video by Cooper Carter

Cooper Carter gets connected

New to the XL? And wonde­ring how to combine your components and get them all up and run­ning? In this video Cooper Carter shows you how to combine the Axe-Fx II XL with the MFC-101 and a Mission expression pedal with toe switch.

Every step is clearly shown, from basic cable connec­tions to necessary configu­ration of the devices themselves. Cooper also discus­ses other confi­guration options and common mistakes.

Take a look and see how easy get­ting set up can be!

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FX8 Multi-Effects Pedalboard

Plaistow US, Oct 3, 2014


Fractal Audio announ­ces the FX8 Multi-Effects Pedal­board

The FX8 is a new “multi-effects pedal­board” designed to deliver Fractal’s signa­ture “quality without compro­mise” in an effects-only floor unit.  FX8 runs up to eight simul­taneous effects using the state-of-the-art al­gorithms made fa­mous in the Axe-Fx II line of pro­ces­sors. It features a rug­ged steel chas­sis with air­craft alu­minum end-panels, con­venient top hand­le, eleven quiet, du­rable solid state foot­switches with no mechani­cal con­tacts to fail, 27 LEDs in three colors, five knobs be­neath a bright dis­play, Humbus­ter™ outputs to eli­mina­te hum due to ground loops (when used with Hum­buster™ cables) dual TRS relays for amp swit­ching, two switch/expres­sion pedal jacks, USB, MIDI and more. The unit is desig­ned for unity gain and of­fers true bypass. Above all, it fea­tures an extre­mely high quality signal path to deli­ver ultra-low noise and pris­tine sound quali­ty. In other words, “no tone suck!”

Sign up This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the FX8 waitlist.

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Using the Axe-Fx

with Cooper Carter


6-HOUR Axe-Fx II class

The Frac­tal Audio Axe-Fx gives guitar pla­yers an incre­dible range of capa­bili­ties, but the sheer number of op­tions can be over­whel­ming. In this course Coo­per Car­ter is sharing his road-tested tips for get­ting the most out of the Axe-Fx preamp/ef­fects pro­ces­sor.

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Seen on the Forum

Backstage pics and story by Jon Symons



Hi everybody! Yesterday was a great day! Metallica head­lined the dutch Pink­pop festival and I was there. A while ago I got in touch with Chad, James Hetfield's guitar tech through the Fractal Audio forums. Both him and Justin really liked the tone­matches and patches I made and the effort I put in them. They are also really thank­full to Fractal Audio for deli­vering amazing products and service so this was also a way for them to give some­thing back to this commu­nity. Being a huge Metallica and Fractal Audio fan I also don't mind spreading the love for those 2 entities! So I will try to keep this story brief and fun!

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  • (Katy Perry) "With the Axe-Fx, I don't ever have to say 'no'. We can select whatever gear we want to use on-stage with Katy, but we have to be able to achieve the sounds she and the musical director are looking for. The Axe-Fx II met our needs for the show and sounds incredible."
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  • (Scale The Summit) “The Axe-Fx II allows you to bring any sound out there in any genre to your studio or live environment. Anyone who tells me they can't get a good sound out of the Axe-Fx just simply hasn't tried.”
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  • (Between the Buried and Me) “Everything that I've always wanted to be able to accomplish with tone, effects and convenience is now possible. The Axe-Fx changed everything for me and has made the live experience so much smoother. Mind blowing technology.”
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  • (Chris Isaak Band) “Fractal Audio has matched and even beaten the old school effects, tubes, speakers and microphones approach with digital technology. It is soulful, rich and alive. To me the Axe-Fx II is the new real thing.”
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U2 at the Apple Event

"A big moment in music history"

EdgeU2 Release 'Songs of Innocence'

We are very happy to have found a special "Thank You to Fractal Audio Systems" in the liner notes of 'Songs of Innocence', the new album by U2. We'd like to return the thank you: We are honored to have the Axe-Fx be among the many pieces of equipment—past present and future—that the Edge has selected to become part of U2 rock 'n roll history" (in case you missed Apple's keynote celebration last night, iTunes subscribers can download the album for free through iTunes).

Guitar Interactive Magazine

with John Petrucci

John Petrucci & Andy Wood

The free online magazine is featuring John Petrucci and Andy Wood in this issue - watch the video interviews:

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FW18 Sound Clips

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Firmware History

  • FIRMWARE 18 >

    Now there is G3 - the third gene­ration. And this time there’s no need to buy a new device. Read More
  • FIRMWARE 17 >

    In 1796 Carl Fried­rich Gauss us­ed al­geb­ra to prove 17 points. Read More
  • FIRMWARE 16 >

    We'd like to apolo­gise for the late appear­ance of this article. There is, howe­ver, a simple expla­nation. Read More
  • FIRMWARE 15 >

    Is set to go down in history as the version in which the amp models were no longer distinguishable from the originals. Read More
  • Firmware 14 >

    Yet another update? Yet more amps? Everything is even better again? Read More
  • Firmware 13 >

    23.2.14: Exactly three months ago we presented Firmware 12. Today we are taking a look at what Firmware 13 can do for us. Read More
  • Firmware 12 >

    23.11.13: It’s just over two months since Firmware 11 landed and Number 12 is here already. Let’s see what Cliff’s been working on this time. Read More
  • Firmware 11 >

    10.9.13: Firmware 11 is marked by the simultaneous release of the long-awaited Axe-Edit 3.0 for PC & Mac. Read More
  • Firmware 10 >

     6.4.13: Firmware 10 has just been sent down from heaven. It's the biggest and most wonderful change ever. Read More
  • Firmware 9 >

    6.12.12:  Firmware 9 has just been sent down from heaven. It's the biggest change you've ever 'scene'. Read More
  • Firmware 7 >

    8.8.12:  Number 7 concentrates on the preamp and poweramp stages and some fantastic new amp models. Read More
  • Firmware 6 >

    24.4.12: In the film Jurassic Park scientists recreated dinosaurs from some samples of ancient DNA. Read More
  • Firmware 5 >

    28.1.12: The newest firmware version is all about dynamics and playing feel. A fantastic update. Read More
  • Firmware 4 >

    29.12.11:  Fractal Audio's Mastermind has once again spent his Christmas doing what he loves best - making happy Axe-Fx users even happier. Read More
  • Firmware 3 >

    15.11.11: Cliff Chase just can’t help himself and keeps on improving the World’s best guitar processor. Read More
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