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Meet the New FM9-Turbo Amp Modeler/FX Processor

The new FM9-Turbo from Fractal Audio Systems is an all-in-one amp modeler, effects processor, foot controller, audio interface—and more—designed for professional stage/studio use and personal enjoyment. With four DSP cores, the FM9 is the most powerful floor unit ever produced by Fractal Audio, and it features a impressive list of technologies and features from the award-winning Axe-Fx III, FM3, and FC Controllers. These include Fractal Audio's industry-leading Cygnus amp modeling, UltraRes™ speaker simulation, a suite of their famous stompbox and studio effects, expandable FC foot switching, incredibly flexible I/O, 8×8 USB audio interface capabilities, a world-class Mac/PC editor, and more.

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Nine Footswitches. Infinite Possibilities.

The new FM9 brings many of Fractal Audio's most exciting features to a new, larger floor unit. The unit is remarkably easy to use, with intuitive and comfortable controls, plus the same large, full-color main display as the Axe-Fx III and FM3. Nine on-board footswitches, each with its own vari-color LED ring and mini LCD display, provide both tap and hold functions that can be customized to control countless aspects of your rig in realtime.

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The FM9 features the same audiophile signal path design as the Axe-Fx III to provide extremely high quality sonic performance and signal integrity. Physically, it is built tough, with a rugged 16-gauge steel chassis and protective endcaps that double as feet.

The FM9 has numerous inputs and outputs for a great range of different setups.

  • Analog inputs include Fractal Audio’s “Secret Sauce” 1/4″ instrument input, plus two separate stereo pairs of balanced 1/4″ jacks for use as “aux” ins or “returns.”
  • The main stereo output is equipped with both XLR and 1/4″ outs, plus a headphones jack. Two additional independent stereo outputs — one XLR and one 1/4″ — can be used as “aux” outs or “sends.”
  • All 1/4″ outs feature Fractal Audio’s Humbuster™ technology to help reduce the noise of any ground loops.
  • Three jacks each each support one external switch or pedal like the Fractal Audio EV-1.
  • A FASLINK II port allows you to connect up to two additional Fractal Audio FC-12 or FC-6 foot controllers for extra “real estate” on the floor or remote control.
  • Digital I/O includes 48k SPDIF in and out.
  • USB provides 8×8 computer audio and MIDI interaction with Fractal-Bot, FM9-Edit, a DAW, and more.


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The Sound of Fractal Audio

Legen­dary Amp Modeling and Speaker Simula­tion

The centerpiece of the FM9 is “Cygnus”, the latest version of Fractal Audio’s critically acclaimed amp modeling technology. Cygnus uses our proprietary SpectrumTrack™ technology, which improves the response of amp models across the entire range of input levels, especially for amps with cascaded gain stages. The result is truer and more dynamic “voicing,” plus exceptionally satisfying “chugs.”

The FM9’s two amp blocks each have four channels which can run any of 280+ vintage, modern, and original models covering everything from pristine clean, to edge of breakup, from crunchy overdrive to modern distortion to insane gain.

The FM9 also includes the entire Ultra-Res™ speaker cabinet collection from the Axe-Fx III, with 2,200+ “Factory” cabs including selections from the today’s best producers, plus 1,024 “User” locations for loading your own Impulse Responses (“IRs”).

A Suite of Stompbox and Studio Effects

The FM9 is an outstanding multi-effects unit, packed with hundreds of incredible stomp box and studio effects, with accurate recreations of many classics, plus exciting originals. Our effects have been vetted and endorsed by the world’s greatest guitar players.

Selections include 57+ drive pedal models, dozens of delays, numerous choruses, flangers, phasers, tremolo, and other modulation effects, 50+ reverb types from classic spring to real spaces and beyond, multiple compressors, wahs, EQs and filters, a 2-minute looper, an entire suite of pitch effects including detune, harmony, and virtual capo, plus rotary, synth, “plex” effects including shimmer, and many more.

One of each of the available block types of the FM9 is shown below. Note that almost all of these can be used multiple times in every preset. A complete count can be found in the Blocks Guide.


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The Power of Impressive Presets

The FM9 is the most powerful floor unit Fractal Audio has ever created with a four-core DSP architecture. Its presets—created on a “grid” from “blocks” as shown below—can utilize an impressive number of blocks to provide capabilities rivaling or surpassing those of a gigantic analog rig.

FM9 Preset Examples (Screen Captures of Factory and Custom Presets)

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 Bernd Kiltz
Tipps & Tricks am Mittwoch

In seiner neuen wöchentlichen Serie zeigt dir Bernd drei seiner Lieblings-Werkspresets.
Bernd bietet übrigens einen tollen und umfassenden Online-Videokurs (auf Deutsch) zum Axe-Fx III, FM3 und FM9 an:

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 Tuesday Tone Tip with Leon Todd

Leon Todd takes an overview of the latest FM3 firmware, along with a free preset.

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Frank's Fractal Sunday

In Frank's Fractal Sunday I will showcase the fantastic Fractal Audio Factory Presets. Today I will show you the presets #221-225. At the end of the video I play an Emotional Metal song. Have fun ;-)

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Fractal Friday with Cooper Carter

Cooper Carter shows you how just a few quick effects added to a great clean tone gets you a perfect atmospheric clean on your Axe-Fx III, FM9, or FM3!

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Marco Fanton - Live Tutorial

Presenting the FM9.

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