Fractal Audio Systems

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Artists Using the Axe-Fx and Other Products from Fractal Audio

Artists using our products can be found across genres, generations, and geographies. From jazz to junk, pop to punk, folk to funk, metal to monk… from secret studios to stadium stages, our diverse endorsers have at least one thing in common: they tell us that the sound of Fractal Audio helps them make great music. You can read their words below.


Dweezil Zappa

Dweezil Zappa

Zappa Plays Zappa

The new Axe-Fx II made my head spin. Amazing amp feel and endless tone. It truly is a quantum leap... a major milestone in guitar technology.

www.dweezilzappaworld.com

The Edge

The Edge

U2

The Edge is known for his signature sound—a combination of musical elegance, exquisite core tone, and innovative effects—especially echo. For him to trust this illustrious sonic asset to the Axe-Fx II expresses that it meets his exacting needs, but also demonstrates that this guitarist is a veritable force at the forefront of both music and technology. We're proud that he chose to be listed here. www.u2.com

John Petrucci

John Petrucci

Dream Theater

The Ultra completely and forever changed the way I look at guitar processing. The Axe-Fx II takes everything I love about the Ultra to the next level. All of the FX sound richer and the new interface makes it even easier to use. My rig has a new openness and clarity and sounds so much better as a result.

www.johnpetrucci.com

Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani

Solo Artist, Chickenfoot

The Axe-Fx ll is a tone generating powerhouse. I’ve been using it for writing, recording and live performance. It always delivers the goods.  
We have them with us on the “Shockwave To Surfing Tour”. Mike Keneally and I both have them integrated into our rigs. They’re rock solid, and sound great every night. The shows wouldn’t be as fun and exciting without them. www.satriani.com
Steve Vai

Steve Vai

Solo & Collaborative Artist

The new Axe-FX II has all the functionality and tonal quality of the Axe-FX I,  and then some. The introduction of the Axe-FX 1 unit into the pantheons of guitar FX processors was akin to the invention of the wheel. The Axe-FX two is like having 4 wheels and racing into the abyss.

www.vai.com

Alex Lifeson

Alex Lifeson

Rush

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.

Read the rest of what Alex had to say here.
http://www.rush.com/

Steve Stevens

Steve Stevens

Billy Idol, Atomic Playboys

To say that my AxeFX is a guitar FX unit is laughable…
It's become a sonic religion to me.

www.stevestevens.net

Allan Holdsworth

Allan Holdsworth

Solo Artist

The Axe-Fx II... It's GREAT. I love it!

Allan's Web Site

Misha Mansoor

Misha Mansoor

Periphery

The Ultra was a game changer for us both live and in the studio. The Axefx II takes the unit to an unprecedented level of realism and control. This is beyond modeling or effects processing, this is the new standard for guitarists.

facebook.com/misha.mansoor

Jake Bowen

Jake Bowen

Periphery

I've seen the Axe FX turn the most hardened tone snob into a believer in a matter of minutes. There are no substitutes, no equals... I've completed my tone journey and the destination is most definitely the Axe FX.

www.myspace.com/periphery

Mark Holcomb

Mark Holcomb

Periphery

The AxeFx achieves literally every tone I want for our music, and then some. From all the tones on the new record, to everything we use live - it's all AxeFX. I've never played through such a diverse, dynamic, yet straightforward unit. It re-shaped the way I think about guitar tone and I honestly can't see myself ever going back.

www.myspace.com/periphery

Devin Townsend

Devin Townsend

The Devin Townsend Band, Strapping Young Lad

You've heard rumors about this new alien black box… Believe them! My two most recent records and live sound are direct Axe-Fx. Future now. It allows the culmination of all I've learned about amps and effects to happen in two rackspaces with uncompromised, unbelievable quality and accuracy. Words fail me... and that's rare.

Guthrie Govan

Guthrie Govan

The Aristocrats

Finally, a digital panacea for guitar tone which actually works: I never thought the day would come, but the sound and feel of this magic black box are so "real" that witchcraft would appear to be the only logical explanation... Most pleasing!

guthriegovan.co.uk

Neal Schon

Neal Schon

Journey, Santana, Solo Artist

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... ;)

See Neal's Fractal artist profile...
www.schonmusic.com

Ken Andrews

Ken Andrews

Failure, Producer/Mixer (Paramore, Beck)

The Axe-Fx II has changed everything for me in terms of electric guitar. The amazing fidelity and stability that we get to hear in our IEMs every night is really a dream come true for live guitar and bass.

www.kenandrews.com

Deftones

Deftones

Stephen Carpenter & Sergio Vega

We recently purchased Axe-Fx units and as you know, it is a transcendental experience... especially for those who love developing tones with movement and textures to use for composition as we do. We feel as though we found a life partner in this system!

Jack Douglas

Jack Douglas

Engineer, Producer

The Axe-Fx II performs beautifully! Many of the guitarists I produce are amp-tone purists. They can be reluctant to try a unit like this but in no time at all they love working with it! I always get in there and work with microphone, amplifier and pedal combinations, and the Axe-Fx puts it all at your fingertips. The tones are easy to fit into the mix and the FX processing opens doors for artist creativity. I love it!

Peter Thorn

Peter Thorn

Chris Cornell, Melissa Etheridge, LA Session Player

The Axe-Fx is just an amazing tool in your arsenal and it's getting more and more amazing all the time. It's fantastic. I can basically get the sound of my studio now -- both with the impulse response capture and the tone match feature -- ...and take it with me!

Bill Kelliher

Bill Kelliher

Mastodon

Welcome to the future, people! The Axe-Fx is the answer to so many limitations I've faced with amps and pedals. The future is now and its name is Axe-Fx!

Visit Mastodon's Web Site

Chris Traynor

Chris Traynor

Bush, Gavin Rossdale, Helmet, Orange 9mm

When it comes to tone, I will not compromise. The Axe-Fx is my big rig in a small box. Seriously powerful.

Photo by Alex Rauch

Nameless Ghoul

Nameless Ghoul

Ghost

The Axe-Fx II provides consistently great tone, no matter where or when our ritual takes place.

Ghost Site

Robin Finck

Robin Finck

Nine Inch Nails

I've reprogrammed the whole NIN show using the Fractal. I have never sounded better and I’m psyched with each preset for every song.  Really love the thing!

See Robin's Fractal artist profile...
www.robinfinck.com

Paul Waggoner

Paul Waggoner

Between the Buried and Me

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.

See the BTBAM artist profile...
www.betweentheburiedandme.com

Brian Nutter

Brian Nutter

Keith Urban

The Axe-FX II is absolutely the most useful and flexible tone tool you could ever have. It is custom made for everyone.

www.briannutter.com

Henrik Linder

Henrik Linder

Dirty Loops

The Axe-Fx II is the most powerful unit out there with the least limitations. I talked to a lot of people and tried other products. The Axe-Fx II was the best sound processor I found and it was a very easy decision to go with the Fractal.

See Henrik's Fractal artist profile...
www.dirty-loops.com

Larry Mitchell

Larry Mitchell

Grammy-Winning Producer & Guitarist

One my best purchases ever. With my Axe-Fx I can now tour the world with my ultimate tone rig – and it's a carry-on!

www.larrymitchell.com

Opeth

Opeth

Mikael Åkerfeldt, Fredrik Åkesson

Fredrik - "Simply the best guitar effects processor out there."
Mikael - "I've used the full spectrum of the Axe-Fx, from the Ultra to the XL, and it is just splendid."

Opeth Web Site

Adrian Belew

Adrian Belew

Solo Artist, King Crimson, Frank Zappa, many more...

Powerful, pristine, flexible, deep, monstrous and dead quiet... The Axe-Fx is world-class processing at its best.
It is literally everything I need.

Wes Hauch

Wes Hauch

Glass Casket

The sound and feel are undeniable... I feel tube heads are going to become as relevant as VHS tapes. There’s no stopping this train.

Andy Wood

Andy Wood

Rascal Flatts, Solo Artist

The Axe-Fx is hands down, the most powerful and best sounding guitar unit to date. The effects in it are beautiful, the amp models retain the feel of a real amp, and the ability to create your own IRs is fantastic! This unit really has no limitations!

Andywoodmusic.com

Béla Fleck

Béla Fleck

Béla Fleck & the Flecktones

The Axe-Fx is a really great sounding box. It has improved my electric banjo sound considerably.

Synyster Gates

Synyster Gates

Avenged Sevenfold

This is what I’ve been waiting for my entire life!

Avenged Sevenfold Site

Mark Day

Mark Day

Sam Hill Band, YouTube Sensation

Finally something that sounds and FEELS real!! The breathtaking effects are the icing on the cake!! I am blown away!

Mark Day's Channel on YouTube

Greg Howe

Greg Howe

Solo Recording Artist, Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson

The Axe-Fx is arguably the most impressive guitar related item I've ever owned.

Ben Burnley

Ben Burnley

Breaking Benjamin

A "must own" for any guitar player! Whether you're a pro or just jamming for fun, this beast does it all! It's all over our new record. Live I use amp, cabs and effects in the box, straight to FOH and wedges. It just sounds GREAT.

Breaking Benjamin website

Richard Chycki

Richard Chycki

Mixer, Engineer (Rush, Dream Theater, Aerosmith, Def Leppard)

The Axe-fx II is a powerful processor offering an innovative way to capture and create guitar tones that are instantly recallable at any time.  Using the Axe-Fx II is truly an inspirational experience.

See Richard's Fractal artist profile...
www.richardchycki.com

Robert Fripp

Robert Fripp

King Crimson, Studio Musician

[Robert Fripp does not conduct interviews. He is using the Axe-Fx II in his rig, utilizing amp modelling, scenes, and effects processor capabilities.]

Dave Mustaine

Dave Mustaine

Megadeth

With the Fractal Axe-Fx II, you can literally do anything. For me that means recreateing an intense history of crushing metal tones spanning three definitive decades, so that is saying a lot -- and beyond -- this is the new state-of-the-art.

Chris Broderick

Chris Broderick

Megadeth

We have all heard manufacturers advertise being able to reproduce any tone, but Fractal is the first to actually live up to that statement. From the dynamic response to how the gain clips, it responds to my playing instead of altering it. The all-in-one must have unit.

Danny Elfman

Danny Elfman

Film Composer, Oingo Boingo

I add guitar to my scores a lot. The quick access to my favorite presets when I get an idea and want to jump right in is exactly what I need. And, the Axe-Fx II sounds great!!

Danny on IMDB

Phil Collen

Phil Collen

Def Leppard

I have lost track of how many times I have looked at my Guitar Tech and said "this sounds f#$%ing amazing!!

Jeff Loomis

Jeff Loomis

Nevermore

I am able to create the exact guitar sound and touch dynamics I want from the ground up with my Axe-Fx. Need I say more?

Blues Saraceno

Blues Saraceno

Solo Artist

The vast array of endless sonic possibilities make my Fractal Axe-Fx II a hot-ticket item in the studio!

www.bluessaraceno.com

Mark Tremonti

Mark Tremonti

Creed, Alter Bridge

The tone of the Axe-Fx II is simply amazing, and that is coming from a self-admitted amp junkie. This thing delivers amps, cabs, effects, and total control. I am seriously impressed, and hooked.

Billy Howerdel

Billy Howerdel

A Perfect Circle, Ashes Divide

I went from 16U of beloved gear to an Axe-Fx II and a Marshall head with no compromises! (...and I'm a very picky motherf**k'r) It's an impressive piece that lets me reproduce old favorite sounds but more importantly, inspires new ideas. I've finally found a single FX unit that bypasses distracting limitations and lets me get straight to the creative process.

Tom Quayle

Tom Quayle

Online Instructor, Solo Artist

The Axe-Fx has totally changed the way I work and my perception of great tone! The ability to have so many incredible tones and effects at your fingertips for both live and studio work seems too good to be true, but with the Axe-Fx you really can have it all.

www.tomquayle.co.uk

Travis Montgomery

Travis Montgomery

Threat Signal, The Jeff Loomis Band

Thanks to Fractal Audio I can have my entire rig in two rack spaces. The Axe-fx II is hands down the the best piece of gear that you can have for the studio or live environment.

Dean Parks

Dean Parks

Studio Musician, Steely Dan, Michael Jackson, +many more

The Axe-Fx has the amp sounds, the effects collection, and the controls and routing to let you make this virtual guitar rig the one you want. Soulful and smart, that's a good combination.

Joel Hoekstra

Joel Hoekstra

Whitesnake, Night Ranger, Trans-Siberian Orchestra

"The Fractal Audio Axe-Fx II is a go-to piece of gear. Killer tones! Pristine effects! ...puts the "Rock" in Rock of Ages"

Hershel Yatovitz

Hershel Yatovitz

Chris Isaak Band, Solo Artist

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.

Nik Kershaw

Nik Kershaw

Solo Artist

The Axe-Fx doesn't only sound like my favourite amps, it "feels" like them too. All the pros of the real thing without any of the cons. In fact, what am I talking about? It IS the real thing.

Nik Kershaw

Richard Hallebeek

Richard Hallebeek

Solo Artist

After years of tone chasing, with the Axe-Fx II I’m now finally able to get the tone I have in my head. With every firmware update the unit keeps getting better with more enhancements and additions. The Axe-Fx II will be the king of my setup for many years to come.

Visit Richard's site

Jeff Schroeder

Jeff Schroeder

The Smashing Pumpkins, The Lassie Foundation

The Axe-Fx not only models the best sounds of the past, it will also create the future. I find this unit truly inspiring.

Richard Williams

Richard Williams

Kansas

After playing through the Axe-Fx II for a while I went back to my rig to compare, and it just felt like it was fighting me. You guys have really closed the gap here on both the amps and the effects. This is just incredible technology.

Ty Tabor

Ty Tabor

King's X, Xenuphobe, The Jelly Jam

At first I used is strictly as effects. Tremendous! It's insane how powerful it is. Now, I am also using the amp modelling as well. The entire sound of my rig is the Axe-Fx. Amazing!

dUg Pinnick

dUg Pinnick

King's X, Supershine, Solo Artist

The Fractal is awesome. Wow! Everyone is talking about it. The sound is actually cleaner and clearer than with all the patching I had to do before. Rock on

Tom Cochrane

Tom Cochrane

Solo Artist, Red Rider

In the studio we prepared two vintage amp rigs with tried-and-true configurations and then I dialed in similar settings on the Axe-Fx II in minutes and recorded them all. I could not believe that when I A/B'ed all three in the mix the Axe-Fx was simply better!

www.tomcochrane.com

Tommy Shaw

Tommy Shaw

Styx

There is a world of possibilities in that little box and I am enjoying getting to know it.

Jim West

Jim West

Weird Al Yankovic, Solo Artist

I've been an early adopter of guitar amp modeling technology and have used everything out there, both virtual software and hardware units. My Fractal Axe-Fx II reigns supreme for its sheer realism and myriad of options. If you can't get a killer sound with this unit then you better get your day job back!

www.jimkimowest.com

John Rzeznik

John Rzeznik

Goo Goo Dolls

The Axe-Fx II took my live sound to a depth I could previously get only in the studio. The effects are incredible and the unit is intuitive to use.

Goo Goo Dolls

Pete Lesperance

Pete Lesperance

Guitarist/Songwriter, Harem Scarem, The Stellas

I’ve been chasing my version of “The Tone" for years… I’m happy to say I finally found it. From rock to country, live and in the studio this thing delivers on every level. Thank you Fractal!

petelesperance.com
Harem Scarem on Facebook
www.haremscarem.net

Nick Hipa

Nick Hipa

Wovenwar, As I Lay Dying

The Axe-Fx II is limitless, leaving me constantly in awe of it's wonderful potential

Wovenwar web site

Zach Filkins

Zach Filkins

OneRepublic

The Ax-Fx II for me is all about the most amount of options on stage and in the studio for the absolute least amount of space, unreliable technical hassle, and cost. There is nothing else available with this kind of quality and reliability but with such a wide assortment of options. I have probably only tapped into about 30% of what this thing can do and I'm already sold.

onerepublic.com

Monte Pittman

Monte Pittman

Madonna, Prong, Solo Artist

Adding the Fractal Axe-FX2 in my rig is one of the wisest things I've ever done. It's completely changed my playing, ideas, and career for the better. I use it with my Jarrell MPS guitar and Orange heads for the best variety of the highest quality guitar sounds I've ever heard.

Marco Sfogli

Marco Sfogli

Solo Artist

The possibilities the Axe FX offer are endless. From pristine cleans to high gain searing leads and everything in between, I can control every single detail of my tone with an almost embarassing ease. And the effects are awesome as well. Simply unbelievable.

George Pajon

George Pajon

The Black Eyed Peas

I freakin' love this thing! I haven't used an amp in the studio for months, and now I've built a live rig around it too. The tone is second to none!

Tim & Jon Foreman

Tim & Jon Foreman

Switchfoot

The Axe-FX eliminates the barriers that stand between what I imagine and what is possible. It is an amazing tool on the road and in the studio.

Marty Friedman

Marty Friedman

Megadeth, Cacophony

The Axe-Fx is unreal... amazing, unique, and most importantly, totally usable tone in every situation.

Chris Letchford

Chris Letchford

Scale The Summit

The Axe-Fx II allows you to bring any sound out there in any genre to your studio or live environment. Anyone who tells me they can't get a good sound out of the Axe-Fx just simply hasn't tried.

See Chris' Fractal artist profile...
www.chrisletchford.com

 

Ede Wright

Ede Wright

Solo Artist, Elektrik Butterfly

The Axe-Fx makes everything I want to do with electric guitar easier and sound better than it ever has. I can’t imagine going back to a traditional tube rig at this point: we're just too far past that now.

www.edewright.com

DJ Ashba

DJ Ashba

Guns N' Roses, SixxAM

The Axe-Fx II is hands-down the most amazing guitar rig I have ever had the opportunity to plug into. In the studio or playing live it delivers nothing but quality tones and effects for days. I am simply blown away by this unit. It is every monster guitar rig all-in-one thanks guys!

Richard Fortus

Richard Fortus

Guns N' Roses

The Axe-FX II has been a total game-changer for me. Hard for me to admit to, after all the money i've spent collecting vintage amps! I've redone my entire live rig around it and it's now less than 1/2 the size it used to be. It's become an essential part of my studio rig as well. It's the first modeling technology i've heard that actually works for me.

Cooper Carter

Cooper Carter

SoloAWeek, Hannah Thomas, The Swear, Solo Artist

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.

Andee Blacksugar

Andee Blacksugar

Peter Murphy, Black Sugar Transmission, Sheer Velocity, p0p*stAr*kiDs

The AxeFX changed everything. I haven't set a mic in front of an amp since I got it. It makes dialing up tones ridiculously quick and easy. It's a wonderful creative tool, The fidelity, flexibility and facility of this unit make it a godsend for guitarists.

Tim Miller

Tim Miller

Solo Artist, Berklee College of Music professor

The Axe-Fx II is the center piece of my guitar setup. With the Axe-Fx, my tone has improved and my rig is greatly simplified. I can now run amp, cabs, studio-quality effects and multiple input sources simultaneously with full-range sound. Incredible!

www.timmillermusic.com

Dan Spitz

Dan Spitz

Anthrax, Red Lamb

I had many dreams of a mad scientist inputting vintage amp blueprints into computer chips, and giving me the ability to somehow mod the circuits without a soldering gun. I'm alive and it's here. How the $#&% did they do it? We've just turned the corner big time.

Bill Leverty

Bill Leverty

Firehouse, Solo Artist

The Axe-Fx II is the greatest thing that's happened to the electric guitar since the pickup.

www.leverty.com

Nguyên Lê

Nguyên Lê

Guitarist, Composer, Arranger, Producer, Sound Magic

I used the Ultra on "Sounds of Freedom" to create the best guitar sounds I have ever recorded (after 14 solo albums!)
The Axe-Fx II is even more fantastic... with even more body, complexity and presence... even more purity, width and warmth. This is virtuosity in technology.

Vinai Trinateepakdee

Vinai Trinateepakdee

Guitarist/Producer

I nevered expected that an all-in-one digital unit could replace my real amp rig, but the Fractal Audio Axe-Fx II did. It's a dream come true!

Jason Bieler

Jason Bieler

Saigon Kick, Owl Stretching, Solo Artist

The Axe-Fx II has changed everything for me! The previous amp emulators just never had that percussiveness or the responsiveness like a real tube amp until the Axe-Fx - it lets me get to the creative part quicker... it's like cheating. Plus, successful and attractive women have begun stalking me coyly asking about my "huge" tone.

www.jasonbieler.com

Galo Rivera

Galo Rivera

Solo Artist, Instructor

Man!!! The Axe-Fx II with v10 is absolutely a huge game changer. I though I would never say this but “NO MORE GUITAR AMPS FOR ME BABY!!!” I'm completely done searching. I can definitely nail all the lead tones and the cleans are to die for.

Dave Weiner

Dave Weiner

Steve Vai band, Solo Artist, Visible At Night

The Axe Fx is the most exciting thing in the guitar world today. I use the plethora of amps for direct recording in the studio and it's also integral part of my live rig. Plus the people at Fractal have set the new standard for customer service and constantly pushing the technology forward.

Rusty Cooley

Rusty Cooley

Solo Artist, Outworld

What can I say? I am blown away by the Axe Fx. It does everything and more. What really amazes me is that the amps do not sound 'digital' at all.

Dean Herrera

Dean Herrera

The Human Abstract

Axe-fx changed the spectrum of sound for myself and many other modern metal players - i was sold the second i started toying around with one, and now im hooked! I use it in the studio and on tour.

Sharon Aguilar

Sharon Aguilar

Cee Lo Green, 2NE1

The Axe FX II is simply unreal. It has a ton of capabilities that I never imagined could be found in a single unit. It totally rocks!

Ed DeGenaro

Ed DeGenaro

Solo Artist

My Axe-Fx has not only replaced all my rack gear and channel switching amps, but for the first time I have a consistent tone night after night regardless of venue.

Vernon Reid

Vernon Reid

Living Colour

I have heard the future and it ROCKS! The Axe-Fx gives you outstanding tone and almost limitless programming possibilities. Plug in and freak out!

Kevin Antreassian

Kevin Antreassian

The Dillinger Escape Plan, Producer, Engineer

I've been backing these units from their inception and have been using them in the studio and live for years. The ability to craft your tone from such a large palette of amps and FX is essential to my playing and producing style. Being limited to just one or two tones for a song would be like looking at a Rembrandt in black and white. When you factor in how reliable and recall-able the sounds are, you really can't beat it.

Dillinger Escape Plan site
Backroom Studios

Aaron Marshall

Aaron Marshall

Intervals

The Axe Fx II is one of the most essential guitar-related tools I've ever experienced. Both in, and out of the studio, the Axe Fx II consistently surprises and inspires me. The benchmark for digital guitar processing. Period.

Intervals Facebook site

Ricky Phillips

Ricky Phillips

Styx, The Babys

I've always felt the quest for creating and finding the perfect sound was forever and ongoing. Fractal Audio has closed the gap...with multiple choices!

Ben Butler

Ben Butler

George Michael, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega, East Village Opera Company, etc.

Thanks to Fractal Audio, digital modeling has finally become a tool you can use in the studio and live without compromising tone and feel. This is hands down the best sounding and most powerful guitar processor available!."

Tommy Kessler

Tommy Kessler

Blondie, Blue Man Group. Rock of Ages

Fractal Audio is the real deal...Real tone, real portable, real easy. The possibilities of this unit would require an endless amount of amps, pedals and rack gear to achieve.

Thomas Nordegg

Thomas Nordegg

Living Legend; Guitar Tech to the Stars (Frank AND Dweezil. S. Vai, S. Lukather, Y. Malmsteen, W. Cuccurullo, etc. etc.)

Beyond beyond. Really wonderful performance, total world class. No wonder they're sold before they're even made! Really amazed by ... everything!

Chris Buono

Chris Buono

Karsh Kale, TrueFire Artist, Solo Artist

The Axe-Fx changed everything for me, a guy whose life had revolved around the good, the bad and the ugly world of pedals! From to-die-for amp and fx processing, to unlimited control, to never having to compromise anything my demented mind comes up with—I'm forever floored.

Dez Nagle

Dez Nagle

Good Tiger

I got my Axe-Fx Ultra back in 2008 and haven't looked back since. The Axe-Fx II now forms the integral part of our live rig, and allows us to have our tones wherever we are in the world. The level of reliability, tone and practicality is unrivalled by anything else.

thesafetyfire.com

Ryan Mattheu

Ryan Mattheu

The Deadstation

 

In an industry that almost ubiquitously embraces inferior technology the Axe-Fx forges ahead to stand in a league of its own. Unparalleled sound, feel, and flexibility - all in one box. It truly is the ultimate rig.

http://thedeadstation.com/

Tim Henson

Tim Henson

Polyphia

I couldn't imagine my life without the Axe-Fx. This conveniently-sized box of wonder covers all of my tonal needs live and in the studio, providing endless inspiration.

facebook.com/Polyphia

Scott LePage

Scott LePage

Polyphia

The Axe-Fx has changed the way I look at digital amplification. It takes no time at all to dial in astounding tones, and gives an endless amount of tweaking options. I have everything I need and more all in one unit.

facebook.com/Polyphia

Matt Jones

Matt Jones

Cowboy Mouth

My Fractal Axe-Fx II is a godsend. The tones I am able to recreate and also create are endless. Having all of it at my disposal on the road is priceless.

Cowboy Mouth Web Site

Jim Harper

Jim Harper

Fighting Friday, Studio Musician

A very well respected sound engineer gave me the look of death when I showed up with just my Axe-Fx. At the end of the night he came up and said “That thing sounded so good it made me angry”. No limitations, no compromises. The future is now I am honored to be part of it.

www.fightingfriday.com

Ehsaan Noorani

Ehsaan Noorani

Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio, Fender Signature Artist, Composer/Music Director

The Axe=Fx takes guitar into uncharted areas. It achieves the single most important thing and that is realness—be it the sound or the feel. Every serious player should get one whether for recording or live use.

Casey Hooper

Casey Hooper

Katy Perry

With the Axe-Fx, I don't ever have to say 'no'. We can select whatever gear we want to use on-stage with Katy, but we have to be able to achieve the sounds she and the musical director are looking for. The Axe-Fx II met our needs for the show and sounds incredible.

Cat

Cat

State Line Empire

I am constantly blown away by the feel and tone. The Axe-Fx provides the tools to inspire you to explore, and to find your true musical voice.

www.statelineempire.com

Felix Martin

Felix Martin

Solo Artist

The Axe FX II is the perfect device for any multi-output instrument such as the Chapman Stick, Warr Guitar, 14-string guitar, regular guitars with piezo, doubleneck 6/12 string, etc. I'm basically using different effects for each one of the 4 outputs of my guitar, having the greatest sound quality. Amazing, and ready to go!

Will Wu

Will Wu

Studio Musician, Who is Fancy, Skylar Stecker, Fifth Harmony, Megan Nicole

The Axe-Fx is indispensable both in the studio and for touring. With it's endless creative possibilities, diverse tones, and realistic feel the Axe-Fx is everything I need.

Web Site

Tymon Kruidenier

Tymon Kruidenier

Exivious

I've always loved the concept of having your entire rig in one unit and with the Axe-FX I can have that without compromising in tone or versatility. The kind of music I play requires a lot of completely different sounds and approaches, the Axe-FX pulls this off with great ease!

www.exivious.net

Steven Bradley

Steven Bradley

I Wrestled A Bear Once

Not only is the AXE FX II the best tool on Earth for shaping your dream tones and fx, but you get to bring them with you everywhere you go in only 2 rack spaces! I ditched giant flight cases and a huge pedal board in favor of one easy-to-carry rack and an MFC-101, and I couldn't be happier

Carl Rydlund

Carl Rydlund

Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor, Guitarist

As a go-to box, it's insane. In my world, it paid for itself in a couple sessions. The pitch is: it doesn't need a pitch. Play it. Listen to it. Like it? Buy it.

Devin Bronson

Devin Bronson

Session Guitarist, Avril Lavigne, David Cook

The quality of amp modeling and effects in the Axe FX 2 are insane! I find it to be perfect for tracking and inspiring for just sitting and writing.

Mike Mulholland & Jesse Ketive

Mike Mulholland & Jesse Ketive

Emmure

The Axe-Fx II has completely reshaped not only our sound, but also the way we're able to take it with us. Countless pieces of gear have been replaced, our tones are better than ever, and it fits right in the overhead compartment on flights. Can't beat it!

www.facebook.com/emmure

Gustavo Assis-Brasil

Gustavo Assis-Brasil

Solo Artist, Composer, Author

The Axe-Fx is the best piece of equipment I've ever had. I’ve always dreamed of having a guitar device that had all the sounds possibilities and features I wanted. With the Axe-Fx, my dream came true. Thanks for making my life on stage and at studio easier!

Web Site

Curt Chambers

Curt Chambers

Eminem, Dr. Dre, Adam Blackstone

Ever found something that does EVERYTHING a guitarist would imagine? Fractal Audio Nation!!!!!

Curt's website

Thom Powers

Thom Powers

The Naked and Famous

I used the Fractal for our entire tour. It's been a very roadworthy piece of equipment and I intend to continue using it on our next album. Fantastic piece of gear!

The Naked and Famous site

James Norbert Ivanyi

James Norbert Ivanyi

Solo Artist

I'm using the Axe-Fx II relentlessly in the studio and have easily replicated all of my favourite tube amps into simple-to-use presets, ready for recording anytime and anywhere. From the most authentic vintage correct details to modern metal tones of the future and beyond, it can do it all.

Facebook
Bandcamp
YouTube

Douglas Blair

Douglas Blair

W.A.S.P., signal2noise, BBE

This amazing piece of engineering is a blank canvas, allowing me to replace 3 separate amp systems that took two men to move. It is carry-on baggage for overseas and coast-to-coast commutes to work, yet sounds like every guitarist's, studio engineer's and FOH mixer's wet dream!

www.s2nusa.com
facebook.com/officialdouglasblair

Marcus Rezak

Marcus Rezak

Digital Tape Machine, Solo Artist

Since switching to Fractal Audio Axe-Fx II, I love the ease of achieving any tones I need with lightweight compatibility on the road or in the studio. I get my electronic dance/rock-style sounds that I would need racks-upon-racks to achieve otherwise with a set up time of seven minutes or less.

www.digitaltapemachine.com

Stephen Chesney

Stephen Chesney

Waking Jonah, Solo Artist

I used my AXE-FX Standard direct through FOH from House of Blues to Festivals. Now with my Axe-FX 2 I not only use it live, but direct in the studio for everything I do. As a musician, the Axe-FX 2 is as important to me as is my guitar itself.

www.StephenChesney.com

Jasio Kulakowski

Jasio Kulakowski

Kobra and the Lotus

Fractal Audio are ahead of the game in the world of amp and FX modeling, with sound and feel like the real deal in a way that was unfathomable not long ago. This is the future. I feel like a kid in a candy store.

kobraandthelotus.com

Hadley Hockensmith

Hadley Hockensmith

L.A. Studio Guitarist, Neil Diamond Band

I love my Axe-FX… So much fidelity, amp goodness & processing power under one roof. The ‘sonic bar’ has been totally recalibrated by Fractal Audio!

Julia Pierce

Julia Pierce

Solo Artist

My Axe-Fx II and MFC-101 are a guitar player's dream. I have access to limitless, amazing tones and effects with superb quality. Live setup is a breeze too... no more over-sized pedal boards! My rig survived 2012 Warped Tour last summer without any glitches whatsoever, and still going strong. Fractal Rocks!!!

Nick Sterling

Nick Sterling

Sebastian Bach, Solo Artist

The Axe-Fx… Prepare yourself to be totally consumed! This unit is the future and beyond. Amazing!

Paul Masvidal

Paul Masvidal

Cynic

The Axe-Fx does everything well, but most importantly it articulates the science of great tone with an organic sensibility and utter precision!

Derryl Gabel

Derryl Gabel

Solo Artist, Instructor

The Axe II is without a doubt the best all in one amp modeler and FX processor in the world. It has replaced all my previous amps and FX racks. To top it all off, when they improve their technology you just go to their website and download a free firmware update. Simply put, Fractal Audio and the Axe FX dominate!

B. Christopher

B. Christopher

The B. Christopher Band

I make my living as a television composer and my Fractal Axe-FX II is worth its weight in gold. I'm amazed constantly by the depth and warmth of the tone. It's truly the best piece of gear I have ever owned.

Web Site
Facebook

David Walliman

David Walliman

Public Alchemy, YouTube Sensation

The Axe FX II is everything I ever wished for. It inspires me to play more while making me sound better. I highly recommend it to anyone serious about tone.

Anouck André

Anouck André

Solo Artist, Session Musician, Teacher

For live or studio use the Axe-Fx II is the best tool ever! This is really the ultimate 21st-century unit for the guitarist. A year ago I couldn't see myself playing without a tube amp, now I just can't see myself without my Axe-Fx II.

www.anouck-andre.com
www.youtube.com/anouckandreguitar

Sacha Laskow

Sacha Laskow

Every Hour Kills

The Axe-Fx finally fulfilled the promise of the multi-Fx amp modeler. Live or in the studio, every tone you can imagine in stunning quality, without sacrificing usability. I replaced entire fridge racks and pedalboards and haven't mic'd up a cab in months. Fractal brings my audio chaos to life.

Web Site

Charlie Bellmore

Charlie Bellmore

Kingdom of Sorrow, Jasta, Kings and Liars

Ok, I've got a major complaint with you Fractal people....WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO WITH ALL THIS GEAR NOW?!!?!? I've got a pile of distortion pedals, fuzz boxes, delays, amps and cabs just collecting dust! Where do you get off making SUCH an awesome product? Takes a lot of nerve to make the best piece of gear I ever owned.

David Shankle

David Shankle

Manowar, David Shankle Group

The Axe Fx II is a guitar player's dream. It is the most versatile and real sounding unit on the market. My tone is killer, and I I the pitch harmonizing is excellent.

Cole Rolland

Cole Rolland

Solo Artist

The Axe-Fx II is everything I’ve been looking for and more. It is a completely limitless unit that has the ability to make what you hear in your head into a reality. The Axe-Fx II is the now and the future!

Cole's YouTube Channel

Angel Vivaldi

Angel Vivaldi

Solo Artist

The quintessential preamp for every guitarist, no matter the genre or gig.

See Angel on Facebook

Corey Beaulieu

Corey Beaulieu

Trivium

You will hear and read a lot of things about the Axe-Fx, but nothing will prepare you for the sounds that come from this unit! The sonic possibilities are mind-blowing... Worth every #@{!\! penny!

Matt Heafy

Matt Heafy

Trivium

I've always believed that the least amount of gear between a guitarist's fingers the ears of the listener. That's been difficult to say the least... up until the Axe-Fx. My rig today is guitar, power conditioner, wireless, Fractal. That's it -- and my tone sounds better than ever. Minimal. Modern.

Leroy Miller

Leroy Miller

Smash Mouth, Rob Cavallo, Jack Joseph Puig, John Mayer

I'm now living in Nashville TN and I've been blowing people away with my Axe-Fx. I love this thing!

Craig Sharmat

Craig Sharmat

Film Score Composer, Solo Artist

It's just that simple, when it comes to recording for my CDs, laying tracks for the TV shows I am scoring, or making electric guitar (or acoustic guitar with a pickup) sound design for my various projects the Axe-Fx II is my first call device. It is by far the best piece of guitar gear I have ever owned.

Mark Karan

Mark Karan

The Other Ones, Rat Dog with Bob Weir, Jemimah Puddleduck, Solo Artist

A "dyed-in-the-wool" tube freak, I didn't even WANT to believe the Axe/Fx could be a realistic option for me... boy was i wrong. It delivers on all-important FEEL and VIBE. and can effectively take the place of my entire multi-amp touring rig."

Austin Woodward

Austin Woodward

Solo Artist

The Axe Fx II is the perfect solution for that guitar tone I've always had in my head. It has revolutionized my recording and production. Don't know what I would do without it!

Carl Roa

Carl Roa

Magic Elf, Carl Roa Band

The Axe-FX II is magic in a box! An incredible array of tones from the small 2 rack space unit. Just about every amp known to man, with a seemingly endless choice of mics, cabs and effects. This amazing technology easily competes with the sonic arsenals found at most top end studios. Simply awesome!

Christopher Bonella

Christopher Bonella

Solo Artist, Guitarist, Producer, Engineer

I have tried many systems looking for the elusive dream tone. Once I found the Axe-FX II, I knew I was done searching. The unbelievable flexibility, deep, rich tones and limitless combinations of sounds and FX make the Axe-FX II XL a true game changer.

Visit Christopher on Facebook

Sean Spicer

Sean Spicer

Solo Artist, Tom Kurlander & Pale Blue Sound, Morph Kings

I've fallen in love with the Axe-Fx II. The tonal power is amazing - so many different amps and effects, and everything is updatable. I can program all of my signal chains just the way I want them, and be able to recall those sounds at any time. I don't have to worry ever again about recreating my studio tones for live performance.

www.seanspicermusic.com

Sean Ashe

Sean Ashe

Solo Artist

Any tone I imagine can be created with ease, all while sounding and feeling like I am plugged into a tube amp. With zero tonal compromise, countless high quality effects, and ultimate flexibility both live and in the studio, the Axe-Fx II has absolutely transformed the way I approach guitar tone.

www.seanasheguitar.com

Thibault de Robillard

Thibault de Robillard

Youtube's thibderob, Feedback, Solo Artist

Getting a terrific tone has never been so easy, and I've never sounded so good live or in the studio. From dry amp tones to complex sophisticated effects, the Axe Fx has it all

http://www.facebook.com/fremen.mu
http://www.youtube.com/thibderob

Jacek Polak

Jacek Polak

Mr. Pollack

I had been strugling on stage with tube amps for ages before my Axe II arrived.No headaches anymore! I recorded my most recent album "Seven Sources" with the Axe II as my main amp and it's the best sound of my career. Thank you Fractal Audio that you exist!

John Czajkowski

John Czajkowski

Hectic Watermelon, Marco Minneman's Normalizer

The AxeFX is a transformational tool. It is the first single unit I have ever witnessed that has not only the stunning sonic quality, but also the flexible routing and control capabilities of a professional multi-amp rack rig. It is truly a game-changer.

Eric Wollman

Eric Wollman

Quantum Mechanics, Solo Artist

The Axe-FX is the most musically inspiring piece of equipment I have ever plugged into. The tone has a clarity that allows me a greater level of expression. It is a true extension of my playing. It is simply amazing!

Will Schut

Will Schut

Solo Artist

I can safely say this is the unit I've been waiting for for the last 25 years. It's a tonechaser's dream come true!

www.willschut.com

Guru Ganesha

Guru Ganesha

Guru Ganesha Band

I've been on a 45-year quest for the perfect electric guitar sounds and had almost given up hope when I recently was turned onto the Axe-Fx II. Now I've been able to dial in sounds that I couldn't even conjure up in my dreams. You've proven to me that there must be a God!

www.guruganesha.com

Zac Tiessen

Zac Tiessen

Solo Artist

The Axe-Fx II is at the very pinnacle of tone for the cutting-edge musician. It not only offers any sound imaginable, but also gives depth to a visceral level of aural spectrums. A truly inspiring creation.

Visit Zac on YouTube

Xander Demos

Xander Demos

Raxus Prime, Solo Artist

The Axe-Fx and MFC-101 have been the cornerstone of my recording and live-playing rig since 2008. I was hooked in about 15 minutes and I haven't looked back since. I have become a much more creative player and well-rounded artist because of this amazing device.

www.xanderdemos.com
Xander on Facebook

Joe Cocchi

Joe Cocchi

Within the Ruins

The Axe-Fx II is an amazing unit. It has completely changed our entire live rig for the better. It has become one of the most important pieces of gear in my touring and home studio setup. Possibilities are endless - nothing can match the quality or tone that the Axe-Fx produces.

Within the Ruins site

Andrea Puxeddu

Andrea Puxeddu

Solo Artist

The Axe-Fx II has completely revolutionized my world. I finally found my tone, which I researched for many years. The quality of the sound and the feeling you have is amazing. All with a simple interface that makes things even easier and faster. The Axe-Fx II has no limits, no boundaries.

Andrea's Web Site
Andrea's YouTube channel

Gary Cain

Gary Cain

Gary Cain Band

Being a blues player I need that authentic cranked-amp tone, and the Axe-Fx II nails it! Being able to get that tone without having to turn up loud enough to weld is invaluable for both gigging and practicing. It's stunning how good it sounds and feels.

Gary Cain Band Site

Bruce Malley

Bruce Malley

Pray for Sound

The Axe-Fx II completely changed how I feel about digital guitar processors. Having hundreds of amps and routing options that actually sound and feel real in such a small package is a game changer for both live and studio settings. With the Axe-Fx, there's no digital harshness. All the tube character is there. I can finally focus my time on creating music, rather than building the ultimate do-all rig.

Pray for Sound Site

Paulo Roveri

Paulo Roveri

Almanak, Solo Artist

As an all-time tube user, I never thought that I could be SO INTO this kind of equipement. This magic box can bring any tone I want, in any situation I need with REAL FEEL... Fractal, thanks for bringing to us the next step of technology for live and studio players.

Almanak Site

Billy McCullough

Billy McCullough

Blizzard of Ozzy

Fractal Audio has inspired me to take the audience's listening experience to a new level. Whether recreating a specific tone or creating tones that set me apart from fellow artists, the Axe-Fx can do it. Getting an Axe-Fx was the best decision I've ever made.

Blizzard of Ozzy page

Mike Hamill & John Inman

Mike Hamill & John Inman

Def Leggend

"I've been a "tube head" guy until now. The first time I heard the AX8, I knew it was time to put the past (amps) behind me, and make Fractal my primary live weapon." - Mike Hamill

"I run straight to P.A. with my AX8, and 240 dates a year I'm reminded why I don't need a traditional amp/rig and guess what? So are the sound men." - John Inman

See Def Leggend on Facebook

Kenny Serane

Kenny Serane

Solo Artist

For the stage, you can sell all the gear you have! The AX8 gives you what you want and beyond…with top-notch tone.

Kenny's Facebook Page

Keith Howland

Keith Howland

Chicago, Rick Springfield, Warren Hill, Secret Agent Orange

I've been a tone purist and gear snob my whole life, and was recently introduced to the Axe-Fx II - to say I was impressed is an understatement! It's replaced my 20k/800 pound rig. I'm sold - an amazing intuitive tone machine!

Chicago's Site
Keith's Site

Greg Karagianis

Greg Karagianis

Andy Grammer, Bridgit Mendler, Fifth Harmony, Session Musician, Solo Artist

I'm a tube junkie and a purist, but the Axe-Fx has forever changed the game. It is both a blank canvas and a palette of tonal colors that is beyond expansive. If you can dream it, you can do it....all within 2 rack spaces!

Greg's Web Site

Mike DeMaria

Mike DeMaria

Alustrium

The Axe-Fx II is nothing short of a miracle in a rack unit. The endless precision that the unit offers when shaping your tone opens the door to limitless pathways to achieve any sound that your mind can conceive. There's a reason why Fractal Audio leads their industry by a wide margin...Once you plug into an Axe-FX for yourself, you'll immediately understand why.

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