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Quantum 2

Released for the Axe-Fx II/XL/XL+, Feb 2 2016



We musicians are in an enviable position. While other people have to do all sorts of hair-raising things to feel alive or to relax, we have our music. And we don’t need to look around for long to find new, cool people, because our music has a habit of serving up fine new friendships all the time. All we need to be is open. And since the Axe-Fx came into being, the lives of guitar and bass players have become even better. And now there is once again reason to celebrate: Quantum 2.0, the new firmware for the Axe-Fx II, has been sent from above. What exactly there is to get excited about is the subject of this article. 

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Axe-Fx User Videos of the week 3

Tyler Grund: Stevie Ray Vaughan Guitar Tone Tutorial

FX8 Review in Guitarist

October 2015, Issue 399


"There are no compr­omises here:

This is the most comp­re­hen­sive and best-sounding all-in-one ef­fects pro­ces­sor you can cur­rent­ly buy to­day."


Read the Magazine




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Quantum 1.0

Released for the Axe-Fx II/XL/XL+, Sep 17 2015

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Even for Fractal Audio themselves, Quantum is a milestone in amp modeling. At the core of the new firmware are new algorithms for circuit simulation in real time (Real-Time Spice), providing a degree of accuracy previously unheard of in any product. According to Fractal Audio mastermind, Cliff Chase, Quantum is the single biggest improvement there has ever been in any of the many firmware updates for the Axe-Fx. 

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Axe-Fx 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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Brit Floyd

On Tour with the Axe-Fx II XL, Apr 2015


Brit Floyd & Fractal Audio

Thanks to the incredible BRIT FLOYD show for this credit in their on-stage projections. Brit Floyd's gui­tar and bass tones are exclu­sively crea­ted using Frac­tal Audio Sys­tems Axe-Fx II XL. All David Gil­mour's signa­ture Pink Floyd guitar sounds have been faith­fully rec­rea­ted by Brit Floyd gui­tarists Da­mian Dar­ling­ton and Bobby Har­rison using this ama­zing new tech­nolo­gy.

Watch the full inter­view with Damian and Bob­by about Fractal Audio:

Damian Dar­ling­ton, musi­cal direc­tor and guita­rist for Brit Floyd: "It's the per­fect tool to rec­rea­te this va­rie­ty of sounds we do...it's enab­led us to real­ly nail those sounds au­then­tically".

Bobby Harrison, guita­rist: "Fractal is quite simp­ly the best and most vers­ati­le piece of gear I've ever ow­ned".

Axe-Fx User Inside


Peter Autschbach

Many of you who are interes­ted in the Axe-Fx will already be fami­liar with Peter Autschbach – his Axe-Fx videos have recei­ved over 500 000 views. Yes, exactly, the guy with the yellow glas­ses and the wonder­ful guitar tones. The glasses are mean­while passé, but the tones have become even bet­ter; thanks to Fractal Audio.

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EV-1 Expression/Volume Pedal



Now Shipping!

The EV-1 is an all new EXPRESSION PEDAL, perfect for use with all Fractal Audio Systems products (and many 3rd party devices). Unlike most expression pedals it has a true linear response with planetary gearing and a long, smooth pedal throw. The EV-1 doubles as an analog volume pedal, with separate IN and OUT jacks connected to an audio-taper pot. It features a sturdy cast metal housing, comfortable non-slip rubber tread, and is available in either Silver or Black.

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Featured Axe-Fx Sound Clip

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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!

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!”

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Cooper Carter: FX8 Intro

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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The Axe FX II on UK tour with Edoardo Scordo and the Classic Rock Show 2015


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Friedman HBE

Axe-Fx Sound Clips

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Firmware History

  • QUANTUM 2.0 >

    And now, once again, there is reason to celebrate: Quantum 2.0, the new firmware for the Axe-Fx II, is here. Read More
  • QUANTUM 1.0 >

    In terms of sound and playing feel, has the Axe-Fx long-since caught up with its real-amp counterparts?  Read More
  • FIRMWARE 19 >

    For some, F19 might be the name of a jet fighter so stealthy that no-one has yet set eyes on it. Read More
  • 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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