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AX8 Amp Modeler and Multi FX


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Quantum Amp Modeling, Ultra-Res™ Speaker Sims, and Fractal-Quality Effects!

The new AX8 is an all-in-one Amp Modeler + Multi-Effects Pedalboard. It features many of the same leading-edge technologies utilized in our flagship Axe-Fx II processor at a fantastic price. Quantum Amp Modeling gives the AX8 over 220 exquisitely modeled amps that recreate the incredible nuanced tone and feel of real tube amps: sparkling cleans, elusive “edge of breakup” tones, and everything from warm, touch-sensitive overdrive to face-melting distortion. Ultra-Res™ Speaker Simulations offer a range of cab tones, with 130+ “Factory” cabs, plus 512 “User Cab” memory slots to store entries from our celebrated Cab Packs. Add to this a stunning selection of effects, featuring our state-of-the-art algorithms: dazzling G3™ drive pedals, HD reverbs, compressors, delays, EQs, choruses, phasers, flangers, rotary, tremolos, pitch shifting, wahs, and many more. Above all, the AX8 sounds great, with a pristine, high-quality signal path and the signal processing power that makes Fractal Audio Systems the industry standard for today's most discriminating professional guitarists.


The AX8 is “built-like-a-tank” to be road-worthy and reliable. It sports a signature black steel chassis and aircraft aluminum end-panels, a convenient top handle/guard, and eleven quiet, durable, solid-state stomp switches with no mechanical contacts to fail.


To make the AX8 Road and Flight ready, you will want to add a Maytech DuGyte AX8/FX8 Case to your order!

Hands-on editing has never been easier than on the AX8. Dedicated LED-ring knobs give direct access to eight “must-have” amp controls: Drive, Bass, Mid, Treble, Presence, Depth, Master, and Level. Add to this five additional “soft knobs” beneath a brilliant LCD display, six buttons, including SHIFT for extra functions, front-panel LED meters/indicators, 27 LEDs in three colors, and dedicated knobs for output levels.

The back panel contains an instrument input with Fractal Audio’s signature “Secret Sauce” circuitry, stereo main outputs with XLR, ¼” Humbuster™, and SPDIF out, plus a stereo-in/stereo-out effects loop that can also be repurposed as a utility input or output. This allows the AX8 to output “cab sim” signal to “front of house” while simultaneously addressing a power amp and conventional guitar speakers for on-stage “backline”. USB, MIDI IN, and MIDI OUT ports round out the set. Above all, the AX8 features an extremely high-quality signal path to deliver ultra-low noise and pristine sound.

The effects in the AX8 offer “XY” switching, giving each effect two completely different sound settings from a single block instance. For example, you might equip an AMP block with discreet “Deluxe Tweed” and “Plexi 50W” channels, or toggle a reverb between “spring” and “hall” sounds.

“Stompbox Mode” gives you traditional effects switching using the eight main footswitches, while three assignable “Function” footswitches let you change modes or access other AX8 features.

There are 512 preset memory slots, with each preset featuring our now-familiar “4x12” layout grid and eight easy-access “SCENES” per preset to engage pre-defined groups of effects, switch XY states, adjust levels, and more.

Our fantastically flexible “modifier” system enables easy, real-time sound changes. You can plug four external switches or expression pedals (like the Fractal EV-1) into the onboard jacks to control Wah, Whammy, Volume, or virtually anything else, or utilize MIDI or onboard controllers to make sound changes.

A precision, full-screen tuner, two global equalizers, and a convenient Tap Tempo function are also built-in. AX8-EDIT, a full-featured software editor, is included free.

The AX8 is also fully compatible with Fractal-Bot for preset sharing, easy backup and restore, plus firmware updates in the tradition of continual improvement that has become as much a hallmark of Fractal Audio Systems as the quality and sound of our products.


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  1. Everything you a Guitarist Needs 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Mar 2018

    This is all a guitarist needs in my opinion. You can achieve the tones you'd want, with all the amp+cab+effects options. I spent years collecting effects and amps, and I ended up more happy with the AX8.

  2. Surprised 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Mar 2018

    I was pretty sure it was going to be good. But genuinely blown away with how good it sounds. Great investment. The IM team had great service and communicated well throughout the waitlist period and purchase as well. Unreal.

  3. Valuable 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Dec 2017

    I already own AXE FX2 and bought this AXE8 with this amazing price.

  4. Come here for the 5 star review, leave with the AX8 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Nov 2017

    Stop hesitating, buy the thing. Get excited when it arrives on your doorstep, stay excited every time you turn it on.

    You cannot get bored with this unit. Good luck!

  5. Killer sounds in a small footprint 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Nov 2017

    This thing has endless possibilities and sounds

  6. The Search Is Over 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Nov 2017

    I could not be happier with my AX8... I knew it was going to be good but I was not expecting it to be as good as it is!!
    I can now promise my wife I don’t actually need anymore gear... my search for tone and things to tinker with for hours is over thanks to the AX8 and Im finally content with my set up. Zero Buyers Remorse!!!

  7. AX8 Rocks 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Jul 2017

    I've used many modelers and multi-effects, none of which come close to the realism that this unit produces. I took a chance based on reviews and am happy that the AX8 is living up to my expectations. It appears to be the sort of equipment that I can grow old with - meaning it will take years to explore it's capabilities.

  8. love the ax8 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Jul 2017

    So far im really happy with the ax8 ! Thank you Andrew for all the pre-sale questions. The shipping was fast too !
    Highly recommended.

  9. Love it! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Jul 2017

    This unit is nothing short of amazing, especially for the price. Easy to use (although the ax8-edit software makes it easier) and I've managed to pull up consistently great tones in minutes. Having heaps of fun with the ax8. Definitely happy I decided to jump on the Fractal bandwagon.

  10. Amazing. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th May 2017

    Firstly, Independent Music. They were a dream to deal with, highly recommend purchasing from them. Andrew answered my pre-sale questions (and follow up presale questions :) promptly and completely. Once I pulled the trigger, the unit was here the next day. Awesome!!!!!

    As far as the AX8, my set up for ages has been either a Deluxe Reverb with bright cap removed and a Scumback M75 or an AC15 with bright cap removed and a Scumback BM75 or both stereo.

    I am blown away by how detailed the controls in the amp models and the IR quality with this unit. I can get so close to the exact sound of my amps that it is genuinely, almost impossible to tell the difference. The ability to 'virtually' mod the default models to my preferred specs is incredible. You can dive as deep or as shallow as you want into the 'tech'pond but you'll always come up with something that sounds good (unless you're trying for something that sounds bad, you can do that too :)

    I was running 2 x amps, a large (heavy) pedals board with switcher, drives, mod, comps, yada yada yada and other than not being able to run two amps in parallel (which admittedly would be cool) I'm not missing anything and I've been able to put together some parallel signal paths with drive blocks and EQ into a stereo cab block that are pretty convincing.

    Overall, I'm blown away by both the unit and the service from Independent.

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