Note: The XL+ was introduced in March 2015. In comparison to the XL model, it features a brighter, sharper display.
The Axe-Fx II XL+ is the ultimate all-in-one preamp/effects processor. It contains a incredible virtual inventory of hundreds of vintage and modern guitar amps, speaker cabinets, guitar stompbox and studio effects, and more. It accurately recreates the sound and feel of tube amps and can tone match the sound of your live amp or a recording. It is ideal for both stage and studio use, with heavy-duty construction and a high-quality, low-noise design. The Axe-Fx II has superb sound with unrivalled power and flexibility, offering many improvements over traditional guitar amps and effects, including extremely light weight, precise sound control, greater simplicity, and more. Despite its advanced technology, it is remarkably easy to use. In comparison to previous Axe-Fx II models, the XL+ has "extra large" memory for more presets and user cab sounds, plus upgraded connectivity.
The Axe-Fx II XL+ can be completely controlled from the front panel via knobs, buttons, and a large backlit LCD display. The large VALUE knob is used for most setting changes, while four smaller QUICK CONTROL knobs give you hands-on access to extra parameters including SCENES. Scenes allow each of the 768 presets to contain 8 different combinations of effects on/off, amp XY "channel" selection, and more.
The equation is simple: more power equals the capability for better sound, with greater depth, detail, and dimensionality. The Axe-Fx II is the world's most powerful all-in-one guitar processor, with two state-of-the-art Analog Devices TigerSHARC DSPs offering many times the raw power of any competitor. One is dedicated solely to amp modeling while the other handles effects and other processing. We put this power to good use, with painstakingly modeled amps. We model not only the preamp but the entire power section including tubes, transformers, choke, filter caps and more. The results are amazing: big, yet tight bass, powerful mids, silky highs, and all of the "feel" that makes playing a great amp so enjoyable. There are 200+ different amp models onboard. They range from industry standards to boutique treasures, from the very best of vintage, to the leading edge of modern tones.
The Axe-Fx II features a high resolution speaker simulator with 150+ "Factory" models and room for 512 "User" cabs. locations. The Cab Block is the key to great "direct" tone. With the amp sim, It allows the Axe-Fx to reproduce the sound of a cranked, properly mic'd amp at any volume without the variables that normally plague such setups in a live or studio setting (inconsistent sound, mic leakage, insane volume requirements, etc.). Factory cabs include choices from our own collection of professionally produced Cab-Packs, plus selections by today's top artists, engineers, and 3rd party IR designers like RedWirez, OwnHammer, and ML Soundlab. You'll find a superb variety of cab and speaker sizes representing the greatest brands from history and the present day. You can even create your own User Cabs, with built-in tools to capture the sound of any speaker. In addition, we offer Cab-Lab, an optional User Cab mixing application for Mac and Windows, designed specifically for those who want to create their own custom IR blends (like a producer or engineer might do with different mics on the same speaker).
Tone Matching extends this with the impressive ability to "clone" another device such as an amp, rig or recording. You can save the resulting tone match in a preset, or export it to a "User Cab" for use throughout the entire Axe-Fx II.
In addition to industry leading amp modeling, the Axe-Fx II is an incredibly powerful and flexible multi-effects processor, with ultra-realistic recreations of classic stomp boxes and rack processor effects. Effect models can be dialed in with a single knob to make all required settings for great sound in seconds, or tweaked at the deepest level with a completely modular approach. Like our amps, effects sound and feel great, with very musical response to enhance and inspire.
The Axe-Fx II also offers impressively flexible effects routing, with the ability to build accurate recreations of an entire rig of pedals and processors, plus designs never possible before now. In addition, it offers powerful realtime automation and control, with outstanding MIDI support and a great range of other control options (sweepy LFOs, dynamic Envelopes, a sequencer, two onboard pedal jacks, and more.)
The Axe-Fx II offers a host of USB connectivity features. Connected to your Mac or PC, it becomes a 2x4 Audio Interface with 1x1 high speed MIDI. This allows you to record the main processed outputs and simultaneously capture a "dry" track for re-amping later. You can also monitor or process computer audio tracks with the Axe-Fx II. 1x1 high speed MIDI-over-USB eliminates the need for a separate MIDI interface and makes editing with Axe-Edit, our free editor librarian software easier than ever before.
The Axe-Fx II offers a range of essential input and outputs. Alongside balanced XLR outs, the ¼" unbalanced outputs feature our new Humbuster™ technology, which helps reduce the problems of ground loop noise without dangerous "cheater plugs" or expensive isolation transformers. Rear analog inputs are also balanced, for cleaner signal over greater distances. Special analog processing keeps the noise floor even lower on output 2, designed to be connected to the front of an amplifier. New "Secret Sauce III" offers the best signal-to-noise performance of any Axe-Fx ever. The front panel also now features a high quality headphone jack.
The Axe-Fx II is well equipped for a future of free upgrades and updates in the tradition that established our commitment to product evolution. Watch this web site or our community pages for updates.
Fractal's Amp Modeling Technology is the pinnacle of over a decade of R&D, with major breakthroughs in both preamp and power amp modeling. Our separation of preamp and power amp sections and modeling down to the level of individual resistors and caps creates an unrivalled level of realism. And with the onboard IR Capture Utility and Tone Matching tools, the Axe-Fx has the built-in capability to match the sound of your live amp (or a recording) like never before.
Speaker simulation is the essential counterpart to great amp modelling. The Axe-Fx II uses IR convolution technology to simulate the detailed tonal nuances of great guitar speakers, with 130+ factory "cabs" plus 512 memory locations so you can download or capture your own cabs for unlimited sonic potential. Our new CAB-PACKS also offer a great range of professionally produced IRs.
The FX processing capabilities of the Axe-Fx II are among the finest you'll find anywhere. It covers the most sought-after pedal and rackmount units, all capable of delivering the great musical performances you would expect from their real world counterparts. Overdrive, Distortion, Fuzz, Wah, Whammy, Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, Univibe, Delay, Reverb, Harmonizer, EQ, Compression... They're all here, plus many many more. Effects are as easy to use—and sound every bit as amazing—as the models they are based on.