FROM THE PAST TO THE PRESENT AND INTO THE FUTURE -
A LOOK INTO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF FRACTAL AUDIO.
Live or in the studio, the Axe-Fx II is the most potent artistic tool a guitarist can own. I've never captured such beautiful, full guitar sounds so easily, whether I'm dialing in a famous tone for an episode of SoloAWeek or my own dream tone I've always heard in my head. The Axe-Fx II inspires me to create every day.
(Vintage article from 2009): Evolution of Rock Guitars, Part I bis IV. Time travel with the Norwegian exceptional guitarist and inventor of the cool smile Ketil Strand. Ketil is an extremely versatile and popular studio and session musician and his is playing many different styles. Very many, actually. But at heart he remains a Rocker. A Norwegian Rocker.
Fractal Audio has matched and even beaten the old school effects, tubes, speakers and microphones approach with digital technology. Not only have they created a device which captures the nuance, mojo and fidelity of the real thing, but it's like having hundreds of real things, stock and custom, in two rack spaces. It is soulful, rich and alive. To me the Axe-Fx II is the new real thing.
The quality of all the effects is superb. There is great depth and transparency, and excellent imaging that makes listening with in-ear monitoring a wonderful aural experience.The choices are limitless and it's fully loaded with all the options you'd ever need. Take it for a test drive, you won't be disappointed.
In the past we have regularly done portraits of fractal users who have caught our eye. This time we'd like to tell you about a certain YEK, a European with a distinctly Dutch accent.Yek is a seemingly unending source of knowledge on the Fractal Audio Forum. But who is he really? We found out.
Fran Alonso is a guitarist from Las Palmas, in the Canary Islands, also known as The Fortunate Islands. His videos have regularly been featured in our User-Videos on our website We interviewed him to find out a bit more about him and what it is like to be a fortunate guitarist in the Fortunate Islandsguitarist from Las Palmas.
Francis Stringbender, from Switzerland, is a passionate guitarist. He likes variety and has therefore made himself at home in many different music styles. Rock, blues, metal, funk, pop and fusion. He also plays the drums and bass. This of course makes him an ideal partner for all types of production, whether live or in the studio.
Many of you who are interested in the Axe-Fx will already be familiar with Peter Autschbach – his Axe-Fx videos have received over one millionviews. 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. Two videos with, by and about the thoroughbred musician.
For years we accumulated a multitude of amps and Fx with hopes of achieving the perfect tone. The end result was just a muddy, convoluted mess. Now, in one rack unit, the Axe-FX delivers the highest quality tones and effects while maintaining the authentic 'feel' of a tube amp and is quickly becoming the standard for even the most dogmatic of tone junkies.
I've tried every modelling unit available on this planet and the Fractal is by far miles ahead in every area. It's also proven to be flawlessly dependable in the studio and live performances. So no matter who tries to get what out of me.... you're not getting my Fractal... ;)
(Vintage-Article from 2007): When the Axe-Fx first became available in 2007, a lot of patience was required due to the large number of orders and long waiting times of several months. You can read all about it in the following light-hearted article from the pioneering era of the Axe-Fx ?.
Nick who? you might be forgiven for thinking. But if you take a look at just who Nick Raskulinecz has produced, recorded or mixed albums for, you will quite probably recognize his musical signature: Interesting comments from one of the USA’s most successful rock music producers.