The Axe-Fx is an all-in-one guitar tone and effects processor which accurately recreates the sound and feel of real tube amps. It shines at pure vintage cleans, soars with sweet overdrive, and stuns with brutal modern hi-gain tones. There are currently 70 different vintage and modern amplifier simulations onboard, plus 39 different speaker cabinet types (and unlimited expansion via cabinet IR files.)
The Axe-Fx also recreates the sounds of the world’s best guitar stompbox and studio effects. Build the virtual pedalboard of your dreams with access to up to 70+ effect types, from vintage and boutique pedals to leading-edge rack processors. Hundreds of onboard preset memories allow you to save any setup for instant recall at the press of a button... and yes, effect tails can "spillover" when you do.
Besides its superb sound, the Axe-Fx has unrivalled flexibility, offering greater freedom in many ways even than real gear. (It also weighs a lot less.) Freely place and interconnect amps, cabs, and effect blocks in a 4x12 grid, with complete control of mix and routing at every point. Insert 3rd party gear anywhere in the chain via the stereo effects loop, or use the extra outs to send a different mix to the house PA. Designed with the professional in mind, the Axe-Fx has a full complement of professional i/o, military-spec components, and a rugged, steel 2U chassis. Adding remote expression pedals, switches, or the midi foot controller of your choice puts extensive real-time control literally at your feet.
Despite having some of the world’s most advanced guitar technology inside, the Axe-Fx ’s still easy to use. It challenges the idea that guitarists need to "chase tone" with an ever-increasing arsenal of products by actually evolving over time (as demonstrated by the 10+ free updates we have released since 2006.) Musicians -- including many real life guitar heroes -- tell us that they don't care if it is run by tubes, DSP, or alien nanobots; it sounds great, inspires their creativity and gets them back to making music.
Every Axe-Fx has unprecedented computing power. The Axe-Fx Standard model meets the needs of many demanding musicians, with power enough to build a complete virtual rig. The Axe-Fx Ultra on the other hand utilizes an even faster processor and has more memory allowing more simultaneous blocks for even bigger rigs with additional effect types available.
Current firmware, manuals and presets for the Axe-Fx Ultra and Axe-Fx Standard can be found on the Fractal Audio Systems Support page.
Firmware 11, released in June 2011, adds an exciting new element to the Axe-Fx Ultra and Standard: the introduction of power amp modelling techniques borrowed from G2 Modelling developed for the Axe-Fx II. With this free update installed, artists and customers tell us they love their Axe-Fx more than ever.
Axe-Fx Standard has power enough to build a complete virtual rig and is able to meet the needs of many musicians. The Ultra on the other hand utilizes a faster processor with more memory. This allows both for more simultaneous blocks per preset and additional types of complex effects. A block-by-block comparisonappears below.
|Global Amp Memories||10||10|
|Onboard Cab Types||39||39|
|User Cab Memories||10||10|
|Usable Cab IR Files||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Onboard Mic Types||10||10|
|Effects loop/aux out||1||1|
Includes Looper. All Types also include "Diffusion" params.
|Mega Tap delay||- -||1|
|Multiband Comp||- -||2|
Includes Quad Series, 10-tap, Rhythm Tap and Diffuser
Pitch Shift Blocks
|Pitch Shift types||
Includes Arpeggiator, Auto-Pitch,
Custom Scales Shifter, and Advanced Whammy
|Pitch User Scales||0||32|
|Quad chorus||- -||2|
|Ring Modulator||- -||1|
|Rotary Speaker Sim||2||2|