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Axe-Fx User Videos of the week 50


Where there is light, there is sometimes even more light!


In Firmware Version 16.03 the reverb algorithm has been thoroughly rewor­ked – in fact so thoroughly and simul­taneous­ly so bril­liantly that we are devo­ting a whole article to it. Now, nobody ever said that the exis­ting reverb algorithm wasn’t already very good. Indeed, it belon­ged to the very best the market had to offer and was up there with any other dedica­ted guitar effects proces­sor you could care to mention. And this tried and tested re­verb remains as the ‘Normal Mode’ in the new Re­verb block. But where there is light, there is some­times even more light and this is exact­ly the case here, as the new Re­verb can now also ope­rate in a ‘High Defini­tion’ mode. This does use a little more CPU, but the re­sults are well worth it. In order to make clear what sort of re­verb quality we are tal­king about here we really have to intro­duce you to the who-is-who of the world’s best stan­dalone reverb proces­sors. 

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COOPER CARTER: Creating Sound-On-Sound with Reverb Hold in the Axe-Fx II

Firmware 16

Released for the Axe-Fx II/XL, Oct, 2014


Firmware 16

First off, we'd like to apologise for the late appearance of this article. There is, however, a simple explanation: Every time the author turned on the Axe-Fx to explore a new aspect of the latest firmware he disappeared into a world of his own. He would return to reality several hours later with a happy smile on his face, only to discover that he hadn't written a single word.

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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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Axe-Fx User Inside

by Diego Pezzati


Andrea Puxeddu

Andrea Puxeddu is a young guitarist from the beautiful Italian island of Sardinia. Some of his videos have been featured in the Videos of the Week section on our website: all of them show his talents as a guitar player but also how you can achieve great tones with the Axe-Fx II. With this interview we tried to get to know him a little more and asked how his playing has changed since he got his Axe-Fx II. 

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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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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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  • HaGü created hits. Then HaGü created Xound and Xound has been busy testing: Welcome to the Future!
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  • Is set to go down in history as the version in which the amp models were no longer distinguishable from the originals.
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  • Yet another update? Yet more amps? Everything is even better again?
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  • Fractal Audio Systems announced an upgraded version of the Axe-Fx II. 
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  • Interesting comments from one of the USA’s most successful rock music producers.
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  • Unlimited freedom for sound engineers and anyone who’d like to be one: Producer CAB IRs from Fractal Audio. 
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NILS CONRAD, Crystal Palace:
"Es hat tieri­schen Spaß gemacht, mit dem AXE2 auf­zu­neh­men. Immer wenn ich ins Stu­dio ging um Gitar­ren ein­zu­spie­len, dach­te ich: "Hmm - mal sehen, wel­chen Amp soll ich heu­te pro­biern" - Ich brauch­te nichts ab­zumi­ken, kei­ne Sound­check vor einem auf­geris­senen Amps. In der Regel habe ich für jeden Song zwei bis drei ver­schiede­ne Amps benutzt und beim Titel­treck fünf. Bei Sounds mit Effek­ten, wurde das Signal dop­pelt raus­ges­chickt. Trocken und mit Ef­fekt. Das Axe lie­fert erst­klas­sige, sau­bere Sig­na­le. Weil es sich wie ein Amp spielt und an­fühlt, ver­gisst man völ­lig, dass es di­gi­tal ist. Deshalb benut­ze ich auch live nichts ande­res mehr. Habe die­ses Jahr eine Tour damit ge­spielt, und es war ein­fach nur GEIL!!! Kein Stress - kein Ab­sturz. Anma­chen und SOUND! - jeden Abend. An den Sound­checks sa­gen die Ton­tech­niker: "Das hatte ich noch nie mit Gitar­ris­ten. Bei Dir brauche ich nix re­geln - auf mei­nem Pult ist al­les li­near".

Firmware History

  • 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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