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Axe-Fx User Videos

Dutch Axe-Fest 2016

Utrecht NL , June 4 2016

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Dutch Axe-Fest 2016

On June 4th 2016 nearly 100 guitar players gathe­red in Utrecht for the 2016 edi­tion of Dutch Axe-Fest, an event aimed at users and poten­tial users of Fractal Audio gear. We coun­ted an all-male audience. Well, and two girl­friends. Even with ext­raor­dinary warm weather out­side, people stayed at the event until the end.

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Quantum 3

Released for the Axe-Fx II/XL/XL+ and AX8, May 2016



The amazing Quantum 2 firmware for the Axe-Fx II was extre­mely well-received by the Fractal Community and now, just over two months later, Quantum 3 is already here. And for the first time the Axe-Fx II and its cool younger brother, the AX8, are being further deve­loped in parallel. New firm­ware versions will appear almost simul­taneously for both models, meaning that the AX8 will now always have the same bril­liant amp models and further improve­ments as the Axe-Fx II. There­fore what we write here will mostly be true for both models.

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Tyler Grund: Stevie Ray Vaughan Guitar Tone Tutorial

Quantum 2

Released for the Axe-Fx II/XL/XL+, Feb 2 2016



We musicians are in an enviable position. While other people have to do all sorts of hair-raising things to feel alive or to relax, we have our music. And we don’t need to look around for long to find new, cool people, because our music has a habit of serving up fine new friendships all the time. All we need to be is open. And since the Axe-Fx came into being, the lives of guitar and bass players have become even better. And now there is once again reason to celebrate: Quantum 2.0, the new firmware for the Axe-Fx II, has been sent from above. What exactly there is to get excited about is the subject of this article. 

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Quantum 1.0

Released for the Axe-Fx II/XL/XL+, Sep 17 2015

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Even for Fractal Audio themselves, Quantum is a milestone in amp modeling. At the core of the new firmware are new algorithms for circuit simulation in real time (Real-Time Spice), providing a degree of accuracy previously unheard of in any product. According to Fractal Audio mastermind, Cliff Chase, Quantum is the single biggest improvement there has ever been in any of the many firmware updates for the Axe-Fx. 

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Axe-Fx Sound Clips

by Tyler Grund


Tyler Grund

Tyler has taught himself how to play the gui­tar by liste­ning to albums and play­ing with great musi­cians. Early on, he was swept up by the power of Stevie Ray Vaughan and still hea­vily ad­mires the music crea­ted by that iconic artist. He conti­nues to grow as an artist by lis­tening to the nuan­ces of guitar player’s styles to deve­lop a unique ear for tone.

Listen to Tyler's Firm­ware 18 Sound Clips below. Pat­ches down­loadable at  tylergrund.com/axefx2.

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Brit Floyd

On Tour with the Axe-Fx II XL, Apr 2015


Brit Floyd & Fractal Audio

Thanks to the incredible BRIT FLOYD show for this credit in their on-stage projections. Brit Floyd's gui­tar and bass tones are exclu­sively crea­ted using Frac­tal Audio Sys­tems Axe-Fx II XL. All David Gil­mour's signa­ture Pink Floyd guitar sounds have been faith­fully rec­rea­ted by Brit Floyd gui­tarists Da­mian Dar­ling­ton and Bobby Har­rison using this ama­zing new tech­nolo­gy.

Watch the full inter­view with Damian and Bob­by about Fractal Audio:

Damian Dar­ling­ton, musi­cal direc­tor and guita­rist for Brit Floyd: "It's the per­fect tool to rec­rea­te this va­rie­ty of sounds we do...it's enab­led us to real­ly nail those sounds au­then­tically".

Bobby Harrison, guita­rist: "Fractal is quite simp­ly the best and most vers­ati­le piece of gear I've ever ow­ned".

Axe-Fx User Inside


Peter Autschbach

Many of you who are interes­ted in the Axe-Fx will already be fami­liar with Peter Autschbach – his Axe-Fx videos have recei­ved over 500 000 views. Yes, exactly, the guy with the yellow glas­ses and the wonder­ful guitar tones. The glasses are mean­while passé, but the tones have become even bet­ter; thanks to Fractal Audio.

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Featured Axe-Fx Sound Clip

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Setting up the Axe-Fx II XL, MFC-101 MK III, and Mission SP-1

Video by Cooper Carter

Cooper Carter gets connected

New to the XL? And wonde­ring how to combine your components and get them all up and run­ning? In this video Cooper Carter shows you how to combine the Axe-Fx II XL with the MFC-101 and a Mission expression pedal with toe switch.

Every step is clearly shown, from basic cable connec­tions to necessary configu­ration of the devices themselves. Cooper also discus­ses other confi­guration options and common mistakes.

Take a look and see how easy get­ting set up can be!

Cooper Carter: FX8 Intro

Using the Axe-Fx

with Cooper Carter


6-HOUR Axe-Fx II class

The Frac­tal Audio Axe-Fx gives guitar pla­yers an incre­dible range of capa­bili­ties, but the sheer number of op­tions can be over­whel­ming. In this course Coo­per Car­ter is sharing his road-tested tips for get­ting the most out of the Axe-Fx preamp/ef­fects pro­ces­sor.

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The Axe FX II on UK tour with Edoardo Scordo and the Classic Rock Show 2015


Axe-Fx Sound Clips

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Firmware History

  • QUANTUM 3.0 >

    For the first time the Axe-Fx II and its cool younger brother, the AX8, have been further developed in parallel. Read More
  • QUANTUM 2.0 >

    And now, once again, there is reason to celebrate: Quantum 2.0, the new firmware for the Axe-Fx II, is here. Read More
  • QUANTUM 1.0 >

    In terms of sound and playing feel, has the Axe-Fx long-since caught up with its real-amp counterparts?  Read More
  • FIRMWARE 19 >

    For some, F19 might be the name of a jet fighter so stealthy that no-one has yet set eyes on it. Read More
  • FIRMWARE 18 >

    Now there is G3 - the third gene­ration. And this time there’s no need to buy a new device. Read More
  • FIRMWARE 17 >

    In 1796 Carl Fried­rich Gauss us­ed al­geb­ra to prove 17 points. Read More
  • FIRMWARE 16 >

    We'd like to apolo­gise for the late appear­ance of this article. There is, howe­ver, a simple expla­nation. Read More
  • FIRMWARE 15 >

    Is set to go down in history as the version in which the amp models were no longer distinguishable from the originals. Read More
  • Firmware 14 >

    Yet another update? Yet more amps? Everything is even better again? Read More
  • Firmware 13 >

    23.2.14: Exactly three months ago we presented Firmware 12. Today we are taking a look at what Firmware 13 can do for us. Read More
  • Firmware 12 >

    23.11.13: It’s just over two months since Firmware 11 landed and Number 12 is here already. Let’s see what Cliff’s been working on this time. Read More
  • Firmware 11 >

    10.9.13: Firmware 11 is marked by the simultaneous release of the long-awaited Axe-Edit 3.0 for PC & Mac. Read More
  • Firmware 10 >

     6.4.13: Firmware 10 has just been sent down from heaven. It's the biggest and most wonderful change ever. Read More
  • Firmware 9 >

    6.12.12:  Firmware 9 has just been sent down from heaven. It's the biggest change you've ever 'scene'. Read More
  • Firmware 7 >

    8.8.12:  Number 7 concentrates on the preamp and poweramp stages and some fantastic new amp models. Read More
  • Firmware 6 >

    24.4.12: In the film Jurassic Park scientists recreated dinosaurs from some samples of ancient DNA. Read More
  • Firmware 5 >

    28.1.12: The newest firmware version is all about dynamics and playing feel. A fantastic update. Read More
  • Firmware 4 >

    29.12.11:  Fractal Audio's Mastermind has once again spent his Christmas doing what he loves best - making happy Axe-Fx users even happier. Read More
  • Firmware 3 >

    15.11.11: Cliff Chase just can’t help himself and keeps on improving the World’s best guitar processor. Read More
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