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Fractal Audio Axe-FX III

$4,017.00

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Unprecedented Power

The original Axe-Fx upended the industry by being the first device for musicians to put a military/industrial-grade DSP into a consumer product. Leveraging the power of this DSP allowed detail and realism that no other product had previously achieved. The Axe-Fx II expanded on this concept by putting two of those same DSPs to work. Continuing the legacy of this philosophy the Axe-Fx III harnesses the power of no fewer than four separate processors.

Two 1.0 GHz, floating-point “Keystone” Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) comprise the main audio engine. These processors are the most powerful DSPs available delivering over twice the performance of the DSPs used in our previous generation products. To feed these advanced processors we coupled 4Gb of blazing fast PC1600 DDR3 memory, hundreds of Mb of FLASH memory, a proprietary FPGA and a rich set of peripherals.

The stunning color display is controlled by a dedicated graphics processor while USB traffic and user interface tasks are handled by a 500 MHz, 16-core microcontroller providing smooth operation and robust USB performance.

 

Dynamic Color Display

Controlling all this power requires an interface to match. A large 800×480 color display features 30 times the resolution of our previous model. Custom designed to provide more brightness and contrast than “off-the-shelf” displays, this new display is optimized for readability in the most difficult conditions.

Driving the display is a dedicated graphics accelerator delivering dynamic, animated displays. Unlike the mostly static displays in other products, the displays in the Axe-Fx III feature moving knobs, meters, graphs and other dynamic content giving the user valuable visual feedback at a glance.

 

Sleek Front Panel

Five push-encoders plus a main encoder allow rapid data entry and parameter control. Editing is fast and easy with minimum keystrokes needed to access and edit parameters. A stack-based menu system is quick and intuitive with the most-used menus no more than a couple button pushes away.

Color Display and Five Push Encoders
 

Placement of the knobs below the display gives direct access to five on-screen parameters at once, plus five “push” functions at the same time. Dialing in sounds has never been faster or easier.

 

I/O Monitoring

A front panel LED meter bridge provides instant visual status for the inputs and outputs. The effects layout grid also features an intuitive “Meters” display which shows the input and output levels of each effect block at a glance. Additionally a dedicated Meters menu shows all analog and USB I/O levels for quick and easy troubleshooting of connection mistakes.

I/O Meters
Axe-Fx III Grid Meters
 
Axe-Fx III Rear Panel

DIMENSIONS: Width: 19.00in (482.6mm)  Height: 5.16in (131.1mm) Depth: 11.530in (292.87mm) including front handles and rear jacks Weight: 15 lbs 2.4 oz (6.87 kg)

Abundant I/O Provides Ultimate Flexibility

 

Expanded I/O

Vastly expanded input and output resources provide for ultimate flexibility. The Axe-Fx III features two instrument inputs: one on the front and one on the back with auto-switching capability. Inserting a plug into the front input jack automatically switches the unit to front input operation. Remove the plug and the unit switches to the rear input. Connect your wireless to the rear input and then plug into the front input to tune (using the new tuner display) or make quick adjustments. Unplug and you’re back to jumping around on stage with your wireless. Both inputs feature our Auto-Z technology which simulates the input impedance and subsequent pickup loading of typical stomp boxes.

An additional six analog inputs are available: one pair of balanced XLR/1/4″ combo-jacks plus two pairs of balanced 1/4″ inputs.

Analog output capabilities are similarly impressive with four fully independent stereo pairs: Output 1 features both XLR and 1/4” jacks for connection to FOH, monitors or other line level devices. Output 2 features a second set of XLR jacks and outputs 3 and 4 each offer a pair of Humbuster™ 1/4” jacks. Outputs 3 and 4 are designed for unity gain applications such as “the four cable method” or dual stereo inserts and can also be used as general-purpose outputs. Digital audio I/O is comprised of AES and SPDIF inputs and outputs. Clocking options include internal or external via SPDIF/AES input.

Two expression pedal inputs allow for expressive real-time control of parameters. Our new FASLINK II™ provides phantom power and bidirectional communications with the upcoming FC-6 and FC-12 foot controllers over standard XLR microphone cables. MIDI In, Out and a dedicated Thru provide easy integration with other gear in large stage rigs. Extensive MIDI support along with a dedicated MIDI block allows the Axe-Fx III to be the central hub of a MIDI-connected setup.

 

Input & Output Blocks

Routing flexibility is enhanced by unconstrained placement of input and output blocks anywhere in the routing grid. Want to insert different outboard devices at different parts of the signal path? No problem. Simultaneously process discrete stereo output for acoustic and electric guitars? Easy. Send stereo to front-of-house, plus a true “Wet-Dry-Wet” on stage while recording a DI for re-amping later? No problem! Each output pair also has its own dedicated front panel LEVEL knob for convenient control.

Input and Output Blocks
Grid Blocks Zoomed Out
 

8×8 USB with Superior Performance

 

The Center of your Music Workstation

A 16-core, 500 MHz microcontroller provides 16 channels of flawless USB audio (8 in, 8 out) allowing the Axe-Fx III to be the center of your music workstation. The audiophile-grade signal path components and converters provide better audio performance than most dedicated USB audio interfaces. With 8×8 channels you can record multiple tracks of processed audio, DI signals, etc., while monitoring backing tracks, auditioning stereo reamps in real-time, and more. A USB audio sound source can even be placed on the grid with its own dedicated block. Windows 7/8/10 drivers are included, and the Axe-Fx III requires no driver on a Mac running 10.7.4 or newer.

 

USB In (from Axe-Fx III to Computer)

1+2: Output 1
3+4: Output 2
5+6: Input 1 (DI for reamping)
7+8: Input 2 (for general use)

USB Out (from computer to Axe-Fx III)

1+2: Routed to physical Output 1 L+R
3+4: Routed to physical Output 2 L+R
5+6: Routed to the Grid via INPUT 1 block when its source is set to USB
7+8: Routed to the Grid via the dedicated INPUT USB block
 

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  1. Best guitar investment you can make! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Jun 2019

    Before moving over to the fractal world I had stacks of different amps and pedals, and was consistently buying and selling to seek "the tone" I was in the mood for at that particular time. Once I got my axe FX 2 several years ago I was set - I had access to more amps and pedals then I could use in my life and I could even record them directly without needing to crank up the volume!

    The axeFX3 takes everything the 2 did well and makes it better! The sound and feel has progressed, the new FX are killer and the UI is a massive step in the right direction. Strongly recommend to anyone who spends any amount of time playing guitar (whether a bedroom warrior or a pro musician) as it is the best investment you can make - it will make you want to play more!


  2. Shockingly good! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd May 2019

    Well, I knew it was going to be good but, not quite THIS GOOD!
    This is truly a game changer.

    P.S. I'm now using my Helix floor as a controller while i wait for the FC12 ;)


  3. Incredible! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Feb 2019

    Most amazing guitar gear I have ever purchased in 30 years. The only thing that comes close is the Axe FX 2! You will not regret investing into this device - it is the gift that keeps on giving and will make you smile every time you turn it on. I cannot recommend the Axe Fx 3 highly enough and the service from Independent Music is second to none. What are you waiting for?


  4. Superb 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Sep 2018

    When the chance to ride the bleeding edge of technology comes, it is only those who fear what they may lose over what they might gain who falter. When amp modeling first appeared it promised much but delivered uncertainty, and to a crowd who prize authenticity above all else. We want the amp that Angus played. We want the effect that Vai used. We want Eddie's secret sauce. Modeling promised an affordable, all-encompassing utility to capture, reproduce and re-imagine the greats of guitar signal greatness. But there were question marks.

    Revisions were made, products developed, endorsements sought and provided. Amp modeling had broken through the technical barrier into the inner sanctum of guitar signal processing in the ears of those whose opinions we trusted to validate the emergence of modeling as legitimate. in and of itself. One by one the famous artists embraced their famous tones through modeling, and their fans just kept on coming. Was it a tube stack? A fridge-sized rack monster? You surely couldn't get decades of guitar signal processing and amplification nuance in one single box overnight. Right?

    Right. The Axe FX III from Fractal Audio is the culmination of countless man-hours of research, development, and testing to rival space travel. Attention to detail is overwhelming, audio purity is astounding and creative options are boundless. It's like walking into your guitar hero's studio and firing up their rig. But it's every hero, every rig, every mainstream and obscure detail to be tweaked to their (or your) requirements.

    Integration of the Axe FX III into new or existing studio recording environments is painless and intuitive. The unit is dynamic and flexible, and there are a host of online resources and communities to assist, backed by a developer famous for their commitment to their customers re product development and improvement (future-proofing with firmware and software updates), as well as a loyal user base intent on sharing ideas, patches, and how-to's.

    All in all, The Axe FX III is a guitarist's dream powerhouse. The amp modeling and FX processing supply tone for days, and the technological capacity and after-market support provide scope for seemingly endless opportunity to sculpt as distinct or recognisable guitar tone as one desires. Superb.


  5. First ever Fractal and I am very happy! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Aug 2018

    Been wanting to upgrade from Podfarm for a year or so but could never decide what system I wanted (Axe II, kemper etc). They all sounded so good.

    Then the Axe III came out. It had all the ins and outs I wanted and everything I wanted. I'm still exploring the functionality of the machine, there is so much to it.

    I'm very happy that I waited to find the right purchase. It sounds awesome!!!


  6. Absolute Powerhouse! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Aug 2018

    I have only had this unit for a week or so now but from the second I plugged it in it was clearly better than the AxeFx II I had owned previous. Very happy with this purchase so if you have the cash, don't wait


  7. Unbelievable straight out of he box 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Jul 2018

    Ive had he Axe II, Axe XL+ and now the AXE3 and just amazed how good this thing is. Don't hesitate to do the upgrade if you can.


  8. New AXE FX 111 owner 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Jul 2018

    Ok,

    I have only had the AXE FX 111 for a few days, so this is initial impressions only. I have previously owned a series one Ultra, and have been a tube amp (Marshall /Mesa etc) player most of the time.

    The old Ultra sounded good, but wasnt quite "there" for me, and I now realise that I didnt make the most of it either, due to lack of experience/guidance. I bought the FX 111 based on the great Fx11 sounds and listening to noted local (Aus) users, and for the screen and other hardware updates. I found editing on screen a bit less fun in the old models, but using AXE Edit (Pc/Mac Editor) was always the great option there. At time of writing I haven't yet used AXE Edit on the 111 which is a good thing, as it has forced me to use the onboard editing, which I firmly believe is a great idea if you are going to use the device live.

    I am using it with Power amp emulation ON, Cab sim OFF and into a Matrix GT1000 FX out to two Ulbrick open back 1X12s in stereo loaded with Vinatge 30s.

    It just sounds GREAT.

    If anything I seem to be able to achieve much greater clarity and defined top end without sacrificing ANY warmth. and If I am playing fast passages with distortion, it seems to respond, well,..faster!

    The patch editing is pretty easy to follow, with the odd check in the manual for something I cant find as a new user. The new screen and changed layout are a HUGE improvement, and its pretty easy to take an existing preset and just swap any part of the signal chain in/out, change amp types etc etc and build your own patch. Some of the presets are just great and usable already. But,,,its all about the sounds in the end..

    My wife has spent the last ten years listening to me blasting away in the basement. When she walked in and heard my first patch ( clean Fender Deluxe Reverb ) she couldnt believe it.

    And the effects are of course, just superb.

    I play in a Blues band, a Contemp covers band and a Nylon striing duo. Cant wait to set up the banks specific to each setting. My current tube amp is also getting crackly and due for its yearly re - tube ( around $400) so I have a 10 % return already.

    Happy Boy.

    W


  9. Best investment in music equipment 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Jul 2018

    having used the axe fx 2 for 5 years ,I found the Axe FX 3 both familiar and brand new at the same time.
    Very flexible and more powerful than the 2 with itself is still head and shoulder above anything else on the market.
    I still have a good Marshall and a few other tube amps, but this machine is on a much higher playing field.together with a couple of Atomic CLR's, the best sound on any level
    Rob





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