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Fractal Audio FM3


4.33 KGS
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Expected release date is 4th Jan 2021

Product Description

Shipment expected late Mid to Late December  (We're being pessimistic here, it will probably arrive earlier, but it is 2020 and end-of-year...)

The new FM3 Amp Modeler/Multi-FX is a compact floor unit from Fractal Audio Systems. It features the company’s newest generation of amp modelling, speaker simulation, and effects processor technologies, all with the extreme sonic performance, features, and flexibility that guitarists have come to expectfrom Fractal Audio. The FM3 is powered by a 3-Core “Griffin” DSP with one ARM and two SHARC+ cores providing superior power in a compact format. A dedicated graphics processor allows the main DSPs to be focused on critical audio tasks.

The FM3 is housed in a durable steel chassis with protective endcaps. It features the same full-color display and familiar, easy-to-use front panel controls found on Fractal Audio’s flagship Axe-Fx III. Three onboard footswitches – each with vari-color LED ring and mini LCD display — provide both tap and hold functions, which can be customized to do different things on eight different switch “layouts”. In addition, a FASLINK II port allows the FM3 to be connected with up to two Fractal AudioFC-12 or FC-6 foot controllers, providing an exciting array of extended control options.

The FM3 features ARES Amp Modeling—the latest technology developed by Fractal Audio for the award-winning Axe-Fx III. ARES captures the subtle sonic characteristics of real tube amps, with 265+ models offering an impressive range of clean tones, elusive “edge of breakup”, and everything from warm, touch-sensitive overdrive to face-melting modern distortion. The FM3 also includes the entire speaker cab impulse response (“IR”) collection from the Axe-Fx III, with a stunning 2,200+ “Factory” choices and 2000+ “User” locations to store custom sounds from free or commercial packages. As a multi-effects unit, the FM3 includes a superb selection of Fractal Audio’s state-of-the-art effect algorithms: dazzling drive pedals, dozensof delays, reverbs, compressors, EQs, modulation effects, a looper, and more.

Like other Fractal Audio processors, the FM3 uses “Presets” built from “Blocks” on a “Grid” (4x12). Eight “Scenes” per preset can engage or bypass effects, switch effect “Channels”, adjust levels, and more. Fractal Audio’s flexible “Modifier” systemenables easy real-time sound changes with onboard or remote controllers, switches or expression pedals. A precision full-screen tuner, two global equalizers, and a convenient Tap Tempo function are also built-in.

The rear panel of the FM3 offers an instrument input with Fractal Audio’s proprietary low-noise analog circuitry, plus stereomain outputs, a headphone output, MIDI In and Out/Thru, and a 48kHz SPDIF out. A second stereo pair of TRS Inputs and 1⁄4′′ Humbuster outputs can be used as a stereo effects loop, or for auxiliary purposes, such as sending one signal with speaker simulation to a PA, while a second signal without speaker sims feeds a power amp and guitar speakers on stage. 4×4 USB audio rounds out the I/O capabilities of this pint-sized powerhouse.

FM3-EDIT, a full-featured software editor, is included free. The FM3 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 ahallmark of Fractal Audio Systems.

Above all, the FM3 was designed “by musicians for musicians” to deliver Fractal Audio’s uncompromising signature sound quality and rugged reliability in a compact, convenient, grab-and-go format that musicians are sure to appreciate and enjoy.

  • FM3 is a compact floor unit with three onboard switches.

  • Uncompromising sound quality and road-worthy reliability.

  • Easy-to-use front panel interface, plus free FM3 Edit software.

  • Features ARES Amp Modeling developed for the Axe-Fx III.

  • Hundreds of accurate models with real tube amp sound and feel.

  • 2200+ Ultra-ResTM factory cabs and 2000+ user cab slots

  • Impressive multi-effects capability based on Axe-Fx III.
  • 3-Core “Griffin” Processor plus dedicated GPU.
  • FASLINK II allows adding up to two FC-12/FC-6 controllers.
  • Ultra-low noise instrument input plus XLR stereo main outputs
  • Additional Stereo I/O Pair, plus headphone & SPDIF outputs.
  • 4x4 USB Audio, 2 onboard switch/pedal jacks, MIDI In & Out/Thru

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  1. Amazing piece of gear 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Oct 2020

    FM3 is an unbelievable piece of gear in an easy and convenient size. With the various channel and scene options this has more than enough power.

  2. Honey, you're all I need! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Oct 2020

    This beautiful little pedal has freed up so much space on my pedalboard & studio. My back is grateful that I don't need to lug a monstrous tube amp around, & my ears are in sonic heaven thanks to the exquisite sounds I can chop, chain & change around. It's making me a better musician & player, & is making creating demos such a breeze! I can't talk more highly of this brilliant pedal.

  3. Dubious but now convinced 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Jul 2020

    Let's get it on the table up front. I have been a tube amp Nazi for a long time and still am to some degree.

    I previously owned the AX8. Great unit but I ended up switching back to an analog pedal board with switcher because I felt the Drive blocks weren't quite there (everything else was great). So I wasn't convince the FM3 would be a big step up and I was also dubious about the FM3 only having 3 switches.

    How wrong was I.

    Right out of the blocks I could immediately tell the FM3 default sounds, in particular the Drive and Amp sims, are a major improvement on the AX8. As for the footswitches, three is all you need to go straight out and play a gig. This is because each switch can have 3 states (Toggle A, Toggle B, Hold) and each of these states can be assigned to any Scene, Function or Utility in the FM3. This is not the case in the AX8. Believe me, it's different. The only thing I've done is attach a small external Rolland unlatched switch for tap tempo/tuner switch. I could easily get away without it but it frees up yet another three more switch options which I may not even use.

    Finally, here's how I'm going to use the FM3 for live work (if this pandemic every ends):

    Guitar > FM3 > Comp > Phaser > Drive 1 > Drive 2 > Modulation Effects > Delay > Split Signal chain just before Amp block
    Signal chain 1 > Send 2 > Clean Combo Tube Amp on stage.
    Signal chain 2 > Clean Amp Block > Cab Block > Reverb > Output 1 > Mixer > FOH/In Ears Monitors

    Why am I using a combo tube amp on stage you ask? Simply because if I'm not using in-ears, I prefer the sound of an open back cabinet on stage and so do my band mates who get the wash from the rear of the cabinet.

    Why not simply mic the combo you ask? Because there's extra setup and tweaking of EQ's with a mic and running a line straight from the FM3 gives me a consistent in-ear and FOH sound.

    I'm am toying with the idea of still adding my favourite gain pedals in front of the FM3 and controlling them with a MIDI analog switcher such as the MorningStar ML5 but that can wait until later.

    Buy a FM3. If nothing else, they are a ton of fun but I feel they are an amazing unit.

  4. Wow 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th May 2020

    FM3 is Absolutely awesome, i'm loving it. Independent music are great to deal with, very helpful.

  5. Fantastic Modeller 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th May 2020

    I received my FM3 and FC-6 from Independent Music three days ago and this is my first experience with Fractal so still a ‘babe in the woods’ but am very impressed. Nice stock presets and easy to dial in the tones I am after. The quality of the sound is a significant step up from my previous modeller which was good but not great. The OMG9 layout is excellent and while it took a couple of goes to load it up it is intuitive and highly flexible.

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