Artists Using the Axe-Fx and Other Products from Fractal Audio
Artists using Fractal Audio can be found across genres, generations, and geographies. From jazz to junk, pop to punk, folk to funk, metal to monk… from secret studios to stadium stages, our diverse endorsers have at least one thing in common: they tell us that the sound of Fractal Audio helps them make great music. You can read their words below.
Solo Artist, Guitarist, Producer, Engineer
I have tried many systems looking for the elusive dream tone. Once I found the Axe-FX II, I knew I was done searching. The unbelievable flexibility, deep, rich tones and limitless combinations of sounds and FX make the Axe-FX II XL a true game changer.
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Solo Artist, Chickenfoot
The Axe-Fx ll is a tone generating powerhouse. I’ve been using it for writing, recording and live performance. It always delivers the goods. Mike Keneally and I both have them integrated into our live rigs. They’re rock solid, and sound great every night. The shows wouldn’t be as fun and exciting without them.
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 II is my first call device. It is by far the best piece of guitar gear I have ever owned.
Solo Artist, Session Musician, Teacher
For live or studio use the Axe-Fx II 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 II.
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.
Yes, ARW, Solo Artist
The Axe-Fx II 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!
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!
My Axe-Fx II and MFC-101 are 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!!!
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
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 II has absolutely transformed the way I approach guitar tone.
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.
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.
Alustrium / Galactic Empire
The Axe-Fx is the pinnacle of tonal technology. In its many forms it has been the centerpiece of my rig, both live and in the studio for a number of years and I expect it to remain so for years to come. Nothing comes close.
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.
I got my Axe-Fx Ultra back in 2008 and haven't looked back since. The Axe-Fx II now forms the integral part of our live rig, and allows us to have our tones wherever we are in the world. The level of reliability, tone and practicality is unrivalled by anything else.
A Perfect Circle, Ashes Divide
I went from 16U of beloved gear to an Axe-Fx II 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 Ax-Fx II 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.
The Devin Townsend Band, Strapping Young Lad
You've heard rumors about this new alien black box… Believe them! My two most recent records and live sound are direct Axe-Fx. Future now. It allows the culmination of all I've learned about amps and effects to happen in two rackspaces with uncompromised, unbelievable quality and accuracy. Words fail me... and that's rare.
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
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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Brit Floyd Web Site
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!
JOTNAR Web Site
The Axe-Fx II 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!
Mixer, Engineer (Rush, Dream Theater, Aerosmith, Def Leppard)
The Axe-fx II 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 II is truly an inspirational experience.
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.
Keith Urban's masterful guitar playing and magnetic energy are accompanied by a true dedication to great tone. It's an honor that he is preparing to use our amp modeling in his live rig, and that he chose to be listed here. We previously worked with Keith's personal Twin to produce a cab pack and an amp model now featured in the Axe-Fx II and AX8.
Guns N' Roses
The Axe-FX II 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.
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.
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.
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 II 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!
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!
The Axe FX II 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!
The Axe-Fx II 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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Solo & Collaborative Artist
The new Axe-FX II has all the functionality and tonal quality of the Axe-FX I, and then some. The introduction of the Axe-FX 1 unit into the pantheons of guitar FX processors was akin to the invention of the wheel. The Axe-FX two is like having 4 wheels and racing into the abyss.
The quality of all the effects is superb. There is great depth and transparency, and excellent imaging that makes listening with in-ear monitoring a wonderful aural experience.The choices are limitless and it's fully loaded with all the options you'd ever need. Take it for a test drive, you won't be disappointed.
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.
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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.
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 II 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!
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!
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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Saigon Kick, Owl Stretching, Solo Artist
The Axe-Fx II 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 Edge is known for his signature sound—a combination of musical elegance, exquisite core tone, and innovative effects—especially echo. For him to trust this illustrious sonic asset to the Axe-Fx II expresses that it meets his exacting needs, but also demonstrates that this guitarist is a veritable force at the forefront of both music and technology. We're proud that he chose to be listed here.
I'm using the Axe-Fx II 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.
We wanted to hate the Fractal. All that work formulating and honing the Metallica guitar sounds was going to be lost. We couldn't have been more wrong! It opened the door to way more options than we had ever had before. In short, WOW. — “Big Mick” Hughes, Engineer, Metallica.
After years of tone chasing, with the Axe-Fx II 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 II will be the king of my setup for many years to come.
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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.
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.
I've always believed that the least amount of gear between a guitarist's fingers the ears of the listener. That's been difficult to say the least... up until the Axe-Fx. My rig today is guitar, power conditioner, wireless, Fractal. That's it -- and my tone sounds better than ever. Minimal. Modern.
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King's X, Supershine, Solo Artist
King Crimson, Studio Musician
[Robert Fripp does not conduct interviews. He is using the Axe-Fx II in his rig, utilizing amp modelling, scenes, and effects processor capabilities.]
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.
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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.
Bush, Gavin Rossdale, Helmet, Orange 9mm
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