Fractal Audio Systems, creators of industry-leading guitar amp modeling and effects technology, announced today that a new model, the Axe-Fx II XL, will be available for sale in March 2014. The Axe-Fx II XL has the same DSP and amp modeling capabilities as the Axe-Fx II Mark II, but offers expanded memory, new I/O ports, and other upgrades detailed below.

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Axe-Fx XL Features:

  • Built-in FASLINK™ port for connection to MFC-101 Mark III over conventional XLR cables.
  • Dedicated MIDI IN, OUT, and THRU jacks (vs. shared OUT/THRU in the Mark II).
  • Two onboard PEDAL jacks (vs. one in the Mark II).
  • Primary VALUE entry via optical encoder with a lifespan of 1,000,000+ rotations.
  • “Secret Sauce III” instrument input features an even lower noise floor.
  • 128 Mb of non-volatile Super-FLASH memory allows for storage of up to 512 presets and 512 user cabinets with copious reserves for future expansion.
  • Double-capacity preset size allows for expanded functionality including X/Y switching on more blocks and more instances of effects.
  • Built-in backup firmware allows recovery in the event of complications during update.
  • Backward compatibility with Axe-Fx II Mark I/II presets via Axe-Edit software.

Pricing and Availability

The Axe-Fx II XL began shipping in March 2014 at the direct price of $2499.95. ($2999.95 list).

The Axe-Fx II XL is offered in our online store alongside the Axe-Fx II Mark II. Our distributors will also offer both versions.

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During the current outbreak of COVID-19, our business remains fully operational. We continue to accept orders and ship products, though short delays are possible due to measures required to ensure the safety of our customers and employees. Stay safe and stay well, and thank you as always for choosing Fractal Audio Systems.
During the current outbreak of COVID-19, our business remains fully operational. We continue to accept orders and ship products, though short delays are possible due to measures required to ensure the safety of our customers and employees. Stay safe and stay well, and thank you as always for choosing Fractal Audio Systems.