Solo artist , elected 'Best Guitarist of Holland'
I have been using the Axe FX since the Ultra days and have never sounded better now with the AXE FX 3 !! It is a dream come true in my quest for great sound / tone ! It gives me time to really enjoy playing music instead of endless search for better gear.
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.
Within the Ruins
The Axe-Fx 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
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.
Scale The Summit
The Axe-Fx 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.
Producer/Engineer; Shinedown, Rob Zombie, Motley Crue, Avril Lavigne, Nickelback and more.
I’ve been a fan of the Axe FX for a while now, but the III takes it to a new level. Now, I feel there is zero compromise between this and a tube amp. Having used modelers alongside tube guitar amps for over 20 years, I can say without doubt, that the Axe FX III is the ultimate guitar rig solution!
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.
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A.N.I.M.A.L., De La Tierra
My Fractal gear sounds amazing! Pure, real and versatile. It's a fundamental part of my rig, both live and in the studio. Fractal Audio frees me to create all the tones I can imagine.
In a constantly evolving game of music and music technology, I’m glad Fractal Audio stays ahead of the curve and sets the bar high! The Axe-Fx is everything!
My Axe-Fx is 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!!!
A Perfect Circle, Ashes Divide
I went from 16U of beloved gear to an Axe-Fx 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.
The Axe-Fx is the king of all amp modellers, being incredibly versatile with uncompromising sound quality. Recording my latest album with it I was able to nail the exact sounds I had in mind. A masterpiece of music gear!
Firehouse, Solo Artist
The Axe-Fx is the greatest thing that's happened to the electric guitar since the pickup.
My world is equal parts touring, songwriting, and production. If you asked me to choose one piece of gear that is indispensable, it would be my Fractal, hands down. It’s consistency live, seamless workflow in the studio, endless creativity, and always being able to say “yes, the Fractal can do that,” makes it the most game changing piece of equipment I own. The Axe-Fx III has taken me to a whole different level of flexibility. The possibilities are seemingly infinite and it grows with me as I learn. This vintage sound girl is a believer.
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.
Juggling vocals and bass means I need to be able to get a great tone with minimum fuss. The Axe-Fx III frees me up to focus on performing while delivering both clarity and crunch.
The Axe-Fx 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!
Zac Brown Band
My Axe-Fx gives me everything I need to deliver the perfect performance. Different presets give me the ability to fine tune EQs, amp modelers, synths, effects, and more, and I’m able to switch scenes in an instant. From small stages to stadiums, it helps me put on the best show possible.
After playing through the Axe-Fx 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.
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?
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!
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Saigon Kick, Owl Stretching, Solo Artist
The Axe-Fx 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.
The Eagles, Solo Artist
The Fractal system is like having over 100 guitar setups in one...Different amps, speakers, and effects in every combination you could imagine. It is so helpful in the studio to recreate or redo a guitar part... No setting up, no microphones or tweaking to match sounds. It’s just right there where you left it. I’m loving this unit and having a blast exploring all of it’s possibilities.
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.
The Axe-Fx 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.
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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.
Pray for Sound
The Axe-Fx 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.
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Mike Mulholland & Jesse Ketive
The Axe-Fx 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!
Gary Cain Band
Being a blues player I need that authentic cranked-amp tone, and the Axe-Fx 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.
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Tim & Jon Foreman
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.
I Wrestled A Bear Once
Not only is the AXE FX 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.
Session Player, Composer
I always dreamed in large scale of high quality tones. The Axe Fx made that dream come true, with almost infinite possibilities.
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!
B. James Lowry
Nashville session and touring dude
Fractal didn't change my love of great amps and stomp box tones; it INCREASED it by letting me have it ALL with me in a compact, dependable footprint. My crew digs me again because I reduced the mountain of gear to haul! Fractal is my new musical DNA.
Producer, Engineer, Mixer, Songwriter (Face To Face, Kittie, DMX, The World Over)
The Axe-FX is a staple here at Beach Road. There's not a single album I produce that it doesn’t get used on at some point. Fractal Audio gets tone like no one else, period!
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.
The Axe-Fx provides consistently great tone, no matter where or when our ritual takes place.
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.
Blue Man Group
The Axe FX iii is great. Whether we use it to develop a new sound or recreating a tried and true vintage amp tone, it does the trick!
Guns N' Roses
The Axe-FX 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.
Solo Artist, Instructor
The Axe 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!
Kill The Lights, Threat Signal
I’ve been using Fractal Audio gear since the Axe-fx Ultra came on the market, and I didn’t think anything could surpass that. Here we are with the Axe-fx III, and it’s in a completely different world of modeling. Every time I plug into it, I’m completely blown away and it makes me want to sit and play for hours. Fractal Audio is the real deal, and I can’t thank them enough for making the most complete all-in-one unit for both the studio and live use!
I had been strugling on stage with tube amps for ages before my Axe arrived.No headaches anymore! I recorded my most recent album "Seven Sources" with the Axe as my main amp and it's the best sound of my career. Thank you Fractal Audio that you exist!
Producer, Engineer, Living Legend
I am loving the Fractal. It's a 'must have'.
Producer, Engineer: Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Motley Crüe, Metallica, The Cult, Bush, The Offspring, Black Veil Brides
I’ve been using the Axe-Fx since 2012, and I couldn’t imagine using anything else. The sound, the feel and its versatility are unmatchable, and with the Axe-Fx III, Fractal has raised the bar yet again. I can’t believe how easy it is to get great tones out of it, still blows my mind everyday!
Smashing Pumpkins, A Perfect Circle
It's amazing! I love it!
Jimmy Kimmel House Guitarist, Producer
I've used my Fractal gear for both live and studio work. It's just beyond great...with punchy amp sounds and awesome effects. Very versatile and super cool... handy on the road too!
Justin York (Paramore Touring Guitarist, York Audio Impulse Responses, Songwriter, Film/TV Composer)
My world is equal parts touring, songwriting, and production. If you asked me to choose one piece of gear that is indispensable, it would be my Fractal, hands down. It’s consistency live, seamless workflow in the studio, endless creativity, and always being able to say “yes, the Fractal can do that,” makes it the most game changing piece of equipment I own.
Having access to so many amazing amps and cabs that sound, feel and behave like the real deal has blown my mind. I've been on a tone quest this last year, and the first time I plugged into the Axe-Fx I knew I had found exactly what I was searching for. The complementing effects are also world class, which means I can keep my rig small and portable, without compromises.
The Northern Pikes/Kane & Potvin
When I first plugged into the AX8, I was truly astonished how good the tone was. I knew instantaneously it was a game changer. After a couple hours, I was planning to sell my amps and pedals… The Northern Pikes just completed a 29 date tour, including a performance where my AX8 operated outdoors for 5 hours in -32 weather. The unit worked flawlessly. It’s an outstanding machine.
Each one of my projects uses a unique set of tones. The Axe FX gives me a ton of options that sound amazing and the interface is so easy to use…I could’t have a better tool for developing my own sound.
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 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!
Mike Hamill & John Inman
"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
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Jimmy Eat World
Holy #%^!@ !%!@! the Axe-Fx III sounds amazing!! Seriously. I am THAT guy now telling everyone how insane it is. Yes, the new possibilities to create a sound will melt your brain, but the bottom line is that guitar > amp block > cab block just sounds incredible!
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.
The Axe-Fx 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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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.
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!
With the Fractal Axe-Fx, 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.
First time I saw and heard an AX8 I thought...Take me to your leader! The second thing was to get one at home. I do not get tired of being stunned by this wonderful equipment!
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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. 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!
Scott Stapp, Composer, Solo Artist
Fantastic! High quality amp tones and FX that sound and feel amazing. As a performer and teacher, I’m traveling the world knowing that I have consistency and peace of mind, even in a backpack!
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.
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Solo Artist, Guns n Roses, Art of Anarchy
As a recording artist, performer, producer, and teacher traveling the world continuously, I've always longed for the seemingly impossible - a variety of quality sounds with endless possibilities that can be saved and recalled flawlessly, and all that you can carry with one hand. Fractal made it possible. THANK YOU for allowing me to give audiences a better listening experience than I ever could before.
Bumblefoot Web Site
Next to my hands and imagination, the Axe-FX is my single most valuable source of musical inspiration. Every day I discover, write, create or attempt something different with it. It’s invaluable, brilliant and unrivalled.
Between the Buried and Me
The Axe-fx has completely changed recording and touring for me, guitar in general. Knowing I can have any sound possible at any time with one small unit is beyond incredible. The sound quality and feel are unmatched.
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, theAxe-Fx has absolutely transformed the way I approach guitar tone.
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.
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!
The vast array of endless sonic possibilities make my Fractal Axe-Fx a hot-ticket item in the studio!
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!
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For the stage, you can sell all the gear you have! The AX8 gives you what you want and beyond…with top-notch tone.
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Creed, Alter Bridge
The tone of the Axe-Fx 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.
Fractal Audio Systems creates an entirely new dimension of possibilities for me.
Blues Traveler Web Site
The B. Christopher Band
I make my living as a television composer and my Fractal Axe-FX 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.
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.
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
The Axe-Fx and AX8 are hands down the best pieces of gear I've ever owned. My amps now collect dust. I've been able to completely recreate my stereo tube amp setup with my Fractal gear and have it sound even better. Gig after gig my tone is always there and never fails me.
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Solo artist, The Rockoutz
Versatility, quality and tone! These three words come to mind when I describe the Axe FX. I use it for all my live gigs and studio work, with the feeling of playing through a real tube amp with super high quallity effects. Fractal Audio has changed the way I approach my guitar tone, and I feel more inspired than ever. Thank you guys!
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.
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.
Public Alchemy, YouTube Sensation
The Axe FX 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.
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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!
Failure, Producer/Mixer (Paramore, Beck)
The Axe-Fx 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.
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!
The Axe-Fx does everything well, but most importantly it articulates the science of great tone with an organic sensibility and utter precision!
Solo artist, Session Player, Sideman
Fractal Audio opens an infinite universe of musical possibilities. I've never felt so comfortable with a unit on stage and in the studio.
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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.
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 sounds great!!
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Solo Artist, Berklee College of Music professor
The Axe-Fx 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!
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!
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.
August Burns Red
I have been blown away by the realistic sound and feel I have been able to achieve with the Axe-Fx both on the road and in the studio. I love having all my tones and effects in such a portable unit.
The Axe-Fx achieves a level of creative transparency and depth that I haven’t found in any other piece of hardware. It truly allows me to craft the sound I hear in my head for the first time, and as a producer and artist, this is invaluable. Fractal is the cutting edge, and their drive and passion is evident in everything they do.
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.
There is a world of possibilities in that little box and I am enjoying getting to know it.
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!
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.
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!
The Fractal is insanely ingenious. Captures all the magic in one reliable place. If I could live in the Fractal I just might.
Danny Danzi Band, Van Halen Nation, Skeleton Crew
The Axe-Fx is the most powerful processors I have ever used, and is the only thing I am using these days. I don’t even miss my amp rack! They not only make the best, most realistic processors in the world - they support what they sell! Fractal Audio for life!
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.
I Built the Sky
Fractal Audio has been an absolute game changer to the industry, especially for independent artists such as myself. While versatility and portability alone are enough, the tonal authenticity is second to none. The ability to take my incredible studio tones with me on the road and knowing that I never have to worry about inconsistencies with mics, rooms, cabs and engineers makes playing live nothing but a pleasurable experience.
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
My Fractal Axe-Fx 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
I’ve never been happy with the transparency and the quality of multi-effect until now! I need a wide variety of tones at my disposal with no tap-dancing. Using a pick or my fingers on passive or active basses, with or without frets, or even Chapman Stick, it sounds great and delivers a consistently clean signal.
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Eminem, Dr. Dre, Adam Blackstone
Ever found something that does EVERYTHING a guitarist would imagine? Fractal Audio Nation!!!!!
Solo Artist, Tom Kurlander & Pale Blue Sound, Morph Kings
I've fallen in love with the Axe-Fx. 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.
TV/Film Composer, Sting, Beck
Working with with tube amps and analog for decades, I believed I had no interest nor need for this technology, but once i had the Fractal in my studio and spent time with it, I am now a total believer and convert. The scope of sonic possibilities are staggering, not to mention what a huge aid that is to the creative flow. I am bowled over by Fractal Audio's products and team.
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!
Sebastian Bach, Solo Artist
The Axe-Fx… Prepare yourself to be totally consumed! This unit is the future and beyond. Amazing!
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Guns N' Roses, SixxAM
The Axe-Fx 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!
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Solo Artist, Session Guitarist
After 40 years as a musician/guitarist I´ve had lots of experiences with awesome gear. The Axe-Fx is pure inspiration to me. The sound is just stellar and it´s so easy to use. To me the Axe-Fx is “THE REAL THING”.
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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
My FM3 is a dream. I have access to crazy amounts of amps, effects and how they all fit together with superb quality. My current rig with the FM3 has been around many venues and studio and with its great design has had no troubles withstanding the stresses i put it under. Fractal is the word in the world of guitar tone!!!
Thanks to Fractal, I get the amazingly surreal experience of being able to carry hundreds of high-end amps, cabs and pedals, all in a small suitcase, around the world, to play music I wrote in my bedroom with people I met on the Internet. If that's not a sign of living in the future, I don't know what is.
PLINI Web Site
Seeing literally all of my biggest guitar idols with Fractal units, I've always wanted to get my hands on one of them. I used the AX8 for countless gigs and recordings and thought it couldn't be better. Then the FM3 came! Even better FX, even better feeling amp models and even better dynamics! I'm blown away and I'm looking forward to continuing my musical journey with Fractal Audio!
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
The Axe-Fx 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 was the best sound processor I found and it was a very easy decision to go with the Fractal.
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.
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.
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!
The Axe-Fx 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 has no limits, no boundaries.
Solo Recording Artist, Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson
The Axe-Fx is arguably the most impressive guitar related item I've ever owned.
The Police, Solo Artist
Fractal Audio Systems Axe-Fx ...Brilliant innovation!
For years, I toured with a big rack filled with pedals, processors and tube amps. It was always a challenge. All those nightmares disappeared when I discovered Fractal Audio. The Axe-Fx changed my life, making shows more enjoyable. I love the consistency from show to show, the ability to program all my changes, and the constant upgrades. In fact, the Axe-Fx sounds even better than the old rig!
Solo Artist, Session Musician, Teacher
For live or studio use the Axe-Fx 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.
The Fractal is a killer sounding, all-in-one unit for stage and studio. It's brilliantly designed and is a compact alternative to hauling my amps, pedals and effects to the gig.
Sonny Landreth Web Site
James Norbert Ivanyi
I'm using the Axe-Fx 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.
Axe-Fx is the ultimate tool where convenience meets sound and feel. In a compact format, you can literally have any sounds from countless legendary rigs, only limited by your own imagination. Not only being an amazing studio workhorse, but as most modern stages today are powered by in-ear monitoring, the realistic sounds and its responsiveness makes this superior to other rigs.
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.
John Mayer, D'Angelo
The Fractal $#!+s all over every other processor I've ever used.
As a session guitarist, I believe that having the right tone is just as important as playing the right note.
FAS processors give me instant access to any rig I could ever imagine, right at my fingertips, on stage and in studio, with no compromise.
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."
Cee Lo Green, 2NE1
The Axe FX is simply unreal. It has a ton of capabilities that I never imagined could be found in a single unit. It totally rocks!
The Axe Fx 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!
The Police, Solo Artist
Much as I’ve enjoyed stepping on my pedal collection, this box gets straight to the point without the Fred Astaire. Every guitarist that comes into my studio these days immediately wants one.
Stewart's Web Site
SoloAWeek, Hannah Thomas, The Swear, Solo Artist
Live or in the studio, the Axe-Fx 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 inspires me to create every day.
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 is the new real thing.
Whitesnake, Night Ranger, Trans-Siberian Orchestra
The Fractal Audio Axe-Fx is a go-to piece of gear. Killer tones! Pristine effects! I've used it on more gigs and sessions than I can count.
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.
Solo Artist, Justin Hayward (Moody Blues)
The AX8 is everything and more for my electric guitar setup. I honestly can’t see any reason for players not to use this on stage and in the studio. It is superbly practical with a minimal learning curve and the amp models are just unbelievable, not to mention the ridiculous amount of high quality effects that you can tweak for days. I’ve barely scratched the surface with this thing but I can’t wait to dive deeper.
Mike's Web Site
Solo Recording Artist
For the last 2+ years, I’ve been touring with my solo looping show “Just Me ...And My Guitars” - This show would not have been possible without the Fractal Axe-Fx III and FC-12. It's been the perfect combination to get the job done!
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.
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
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 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!
The Axe-Fx is unreal... amazing, unique, and most importantly, totally usable tone in every situation.
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.
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Santiago Torres Lynett
Fractal Audio makes touring easy. From bars to big arenas, my tone is consistently great! I use it as my only unit on stage, running both amp modeling and effects.
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!
George Michael, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega 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!."
My Axe-Fx has replaced an entire collection of other gear. Fractal has helped my tech and me to be able to dial up any sound or effect in seconds. Works great on the road and in the studio.
I nevered expected that an all-in-one digital unit could replace my real amp rig, but the Fractal Audio Axe-Fx did. It's a dream come true!
Solo Artist, Bryan Ferry
The Axe-Fx continues to blow my mind as I get more and more familiar with it. It is supremely versatile and delivers tones that make it difficult to ever put the guitar down. This beautiful beast has unlocked a whole new level of awesome!
Quist Web Site
Pink, Solo Artist
The Fractal is one of the coolest pieces of gear I've come across in years. The presets are awesome! Super fun and inspiring. Totally convenient and bottom line sounds and feels great.
Justin's Facebook Page
Cry Venom, Falling In Reverse
When it comes to bringing the guitar sound in my imagination to real life on stage or in the studio - the Axe-Fx is simply essential. Its easy to use and portable, I wont go anywhere without it.
Julio Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, and many more
I have been using Fractal products since 2012. The dedication to innovation that Fractal has is unmatched. Every modern guitarist NEEDS an Axe FX 3. Read that last line again.
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 is my first call device. It is by far the best piece of guitar gear I have ever owned.
Touring Guitarist, The Killers
The Axe-FX is a major breakthrough in amp modeling. As a person who loves the sound of tube amps and individual guitar amps, I didn’t know at first whether it would be a good fit, but I quickly found that the tones and effects sound amazing and that I could dial in the specific sounds I need. I don’t completely understand how this all fits into a single unit but I’m glad it does!
Solo Artist, Instructor
Man!!! The Axe-Fx 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.
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.
Brit Floyd, Composer, Arranger
The Axe-Fx literally changed everything for me. It gave me complete access to a huge variety of sounds and tones I couldn’t even imagine before. And, since the arrival of the Axe Fx III, I have a much more powerful unit, that gives me the opportunity to find more new solutions as well as a wider inspiration. Unbelievable!!
The AXE-FX III is the culmination of 100 years research and development in guitar amplification. It exquisitely delivers the wants, needs and desires of the passionate guitarist. Thank you Fractal Audio!
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.
Solo Artist, Sideman
I’ve been using the Axe-Fx since the very beginning. Even back then the world of possibilities that it opened up was unbeatable. What’s possible now makes the Axe-Fx and AX8 perfect for creating even the wildest sounds. I play both electric and acoustic guitar and couldn’t be happier. It’s just perfect. And this perfection means I can finally concentrate completely on my music.
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!
The Axe-FX has been a game changer for our live shows and studio recording. In the old days we would use amps and use a ton of gear to come up with innovative sounds. Live, we had to use extremely complicated setups to achieve "close but not quite". Now we do everything with the Axe-FX. The time saved and quality have been incredible!
After years of tone chasing, with the Axe-Fx 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 will be the king of my setup for many years to come.
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The quintessential preamp for every guitarist, no matter the genre or gig.
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!
We struggled with tube amp inconsistency for years, especially with in-ears. The Axe-Fx eliminates this problem completely for us…it sounds consistently great every time and you cannot beat the support from the Fractal team!
Volbeat Web Site
Solo Artist, Composer
Sowohl der FM3 wie auch das Axe-Fx III geben mir jeden Sound, den ich für meine zahlreichen Projekte brauche. Live, im Studio und für meine Unterrichtsvideos auf gitarrenlehreronline.de gibt es nichts Besseres für mich. Sound, Spielgefühl und Bedienung - einfach perfekt!
The Axe Fx is one of the most essential guitar-related tools I've ever experienced. Both in, and out of the studio, the Axe Fx consistently surprises and inspires me. The benchmark for digital guitar processing. Period.
Yes, ARW, Solo Artist
The Axe-Fx is just ridiculous. The modeling is just great, and it was really the only product of its kind that I could bond with. On tour, it’s been trouble-free and has replaced my entire rig: big stereo amps, pedals, effects, a switching rig. It’s just great…really great!
Liz Phair, Hailee Steinfeld
The Axe FX III has been an absolute game changer for me. Between the overall sound and the amount of fine tuning you can do it has allowed me to replicate the sounds exactly like the album as well as add live elements to the artists performance. The amps sound exactly like the amps I have used my whole life in the studio and on the road and the editor makes setting up presets and performances a breeze. It is incredibly inspiring both sonically and feel-wise.
King Crimson, Studio Musician
Robert Fripp does not conduct interviews. He is using the Axe-Fx in his rig, utilizing amp modelling, scenes, and effects processor capabilities.
Mors Principium Est, Solo Artist, Producer, Composer
Every sound and effect I could ever need in the studio or live fits into a unit small enough to sit under my monitor, or to be carried onto a flight to my next gig. The Axe-FX is the silver bullet to the tube-amp purist’s argument against digital amps.
The Axe-Fx III was by far the biggest game changer for my set up! Not only do the tones and sounds outperform everything else out there, the amount of options, range, and sound quality are mind blowing!
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
The Axe FX 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!
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 is even more fantastic... with even more body, complexity and presence... even more purity, width and warmth. This is virtuosity in technology.
Digital Tape Machine, Solo Artist
Since switching to Fractal Audio Axe-Fx, 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.
Solo Artist, Axis, Two Roads East
When I'm recording for EFX or projects 2 ROADS EAST and AXIS, I'm always looking for organic sounds—greasy, soulful rhythm-and-blues gut-bucket real-vibe. I want to hear the air around the notes. Fractal Audio delivers exactly that and then some. The amp models are reactive and alive. The reverbs lush, deep and complex. It's essential for killer guitar sounds quickly and easily.
The Axe-Fx gives us a consistent and reliable tone every night. I can’t imagine touring without it. We also use it in the studio and I even use one at home to practice and play along with records.
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.
The Axe-Fx 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 is the now and the future!
Cole's YouTube Channel
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio, Fender Signature Artist, Composer/Music Director
The AxeFx 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.
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.
Having all of the amps, cabs and effects in the Axe-FX III is mind-blowing! The quality and accuracy is second to none. Whether I'm performing live or recording my tone always gets compliments.
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!
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.
Béla Fleck & the Flecktones
The Axe-Fx is a really great sounding box. It has improved my electric banjo sound considerably.
Paul uses the Axe-Fx in Rammstein. "Hi Paul. Do you want to tell us anything about your setup?" Paul: "No."
Rammstein Web Site
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 - to say I was impressed is an understatement! It's replaced my 20k/800 pound rig. I'm sold - an amazing intuitive tone machine!
Fractal Audio Systems gives me all the best amplifiers and effects I ever wanted in a single unit! Under my feet, on stage!
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!
Guitarist, Producer, Composer
There are are very few pieces of gear that I deem as essential for me. The Axe-Fx is on that list. I can‘t remember how I functioned prior to getting my first Axe-Fx Standard in 2012.
The Axe-Fx... It's GREAT. I love it! Technology has gotten to the point where you can achieve the sound once required loads of other gear. I wish I'd had it many years ago.
Fractal Audio has given me the ability to shatter the creative ceiling I've been living under for years. I feel free.
The Ax-Fx 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.
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 met our needs for the show and sounds incredible.
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Goo Goo Dolls
The Axe-Fx 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
Solo Artist, Guitarist, Producer, Engineer
I have tried many systems looking for the elusive dream tone. Once I found the Axe-FX, I knew I was done searching. The unbelievable flexibility, deep, rich tones and limitless combinations of sounds and FX make the Axe-FX a true game changer.
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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!
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.
Wovenwar, As I Lay Dying
The Axe-Fx is limitless, leaving me constantly in awe of it's wonderful potential.
Wovenwar web site
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!
Vernon Reid on MySpace
Mixer, Engineer (Rush, Dream Theater, Aerosmith, Def Leppard)
The Axe-fx 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 is truly an inspirational experience.
Neal Morse Band, Solo Artist
The Axe-Fx is the single best piece of gear I have ever owned. It's everything I've wanted since I began playing the guitar. My tone is consistent from night to night, no matter where I am playing. It is powerful, dependable, and makes touring much easier. I am a Fractal fan and user for life!
Eric's Web Site
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.
The power and flexibility of the AxeFX III lets my imagination run wild and create sounds I never thought were possible for guitar. The scene/channel feature makes switching between those sounds effortless, opening up a whole new world of songwriting and performance possibilities. No other piece of gear even begins to come close.
Solo Artist, Session Player
I've been using my AX8 endlessly on live gigs, tours and sessions. The sound, the tone and the feel is so mindblowing and unreal! So inspiring! Thanks Fractal!
Solo Artist, Session Guitarist
There's never been something that sounds as good as Fractal. Studio, stage, video shoot, or just noodling for practice, it's one of the greatest tools because it just feels right. Nothing has ever come close to this before and it's only up from here with Fractal!
Solo Artist, Studio Musician, Professional Sideman
The Fractal is an absolute dream machine. They've stuffed every effect, head, cabinet, and more into a 2-space rack, and now floor unit! I've been using Fractal products for every gig, lesson, rehearsal, and recording session since 2009 and I couldn't be happier with the results.
Nick's Facebook Page
Billy Idol, Atomic Playboys
To say that my AxeFX is a guitar FX unit is laughable… It's become a sonic religion to me.
The Axe-Fx is by far the best invention in the guitar world of this century. Not only has it allowed me to reduce my live rig to the minimum (no more huge racks) but also offered me the possibility to get the best sounds in every situation. I can get the same exact sound of the studio in live situations. I’m sorry for amp & FX manufacturers but this is ALL I’ve ever dreamt!
John Farnham, T. J. Helmerich, Nelson, Derek Sherinian
The Axe Fx is everything I need in one package. The possibilities are quite literally endless.
Brett's Web Site
I have been using Fractal for several years now. It is a machine that I immediately found very intuitive thanks also to its Editor. Incredible tone! I love it! I always manage to get the sound I need regardless of the music genre.