Fractal Audio Support

Firmware & Factory Presets

Firmware and Factory Presets for current and legacy products can be found below, as well as Drivers and Owners' Manuals.

Please see the included "Read Me" or "Release Notes" before installing firmware. Failure to follow any special upgrade instructions may render your product non-functional. Always audition presets after upgrading as new parameters will have been initialized with default values. Also, verify system settings as these may also change.

Axe-Fx II / XL+ Downloads

  • Firmware & Presets
  • Drivers
  • Axe-Edit
  • Fractal-Bot
  • Manuals
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Axe-Fx II XL PLUS - Quantum v6.03p1
Jan 6, 2017 - Zip Archive
NOTE: Please disconnect MIDI/MFC/Pedals during firmware updates.

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Axe-Fx II XL PLUS Preset Banks A, B and C
Dec 2, 2016 - Zip archive containing A, B, C individual bank files, plus "All Banks" file - Use with Quantum 6.01 or later.

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Axe-Fx II XL Firmware - Quantum v6.03p1
Jan 6, 2017 - Zip Archive
NOTE: Please disconnect MIDI/MFC/Pedals during firmware updates. 

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Axe-Fx II XL Preset Banks A, B and C
Dec 2, 2016 - Zip archive containing A, B, C individual bank files, plus "All Banks" file - Use with Quantum 6.01 or later.

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Axe-Fx II Original / Mark II - Quantum v6.03p1
Jan 6, 2017 - Zip Archive
NOTE: Please disconnect MIDI/MFC/Pedals during firmware updates.

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Axe-Fx II Preset Banks A, B and C
Dec 2, 2016 - Zip archive containing A, B, C individual bank files, plus "All Banks" file - Use with Quantum 6.01 or later - COMING SOON

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Axe-Fx II USB Setup (167) for OS X
Jun 21, 2013 - Required for Axe-Fx II USB Audio and MIDI-over-USB functionality under Max OS X. Requires 10.5.7 for MIDI-over-USB and 10.7.4 for USB Audio.

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Axe-Fx II USB Driver Setup for Windows
Jun 6, 2014 - Required for Axe-Fx II USB functionality under Windows. Requires Windows XP SP3 or newer (x86 or x64).

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Axe-Edit for OS X
Dec 8, 2016 Version 3.11.0 - .dmg file.
Requires OS X Version 10.6.8 or newer.
Requires Axe-Fx II Firmware version Quantum 3.0 or newer.

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Axe-Edit for Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista
Dec 8, 2016 Version 3.11.0 - .exe file.
Requires Win 10, 8.x, 7.x or Vista (x86 or x64) or XP.
Requires Axe-Fx II Firmware version Quantum 3.0 or newer.

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Unsupported Legacy versions of Axe-Edit for older Axe-Fx II firmware versions and Ultra/Standard can be found at a 3rd party web site: http://archive.axefx.fr.

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Fractal-Bot for OS X
Jun 15, 2016 Version 2.8.0 - .dmg file.
Requires OS X Version 10.6.8 or newer.

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Fractal-Bot for Windows
Jun 15, 2016 Version 2.8.0 - .exe in a zip archive.
Requires Win XP or newer.

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Axe-Fx II Owner's Manual (All Models)
Jul 29, 2014 - Version 15 (PDF File). 

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Axe-Fx II Beginners Guide
(PDF File). 

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Axe-Fx II XL Getting Started Guide
Jun 10, 2014 - Version 15 (PDF File). 

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Axe-Fx II/XL Firmware Update Guide
(PDF File). 

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Axe-Fx II XL MIDI THRU Guide
Jul 30, 2014 (PDF File).

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Axe-Fx II Scenes Manual
Dec 6, 2012 - Version 1.02 (PDF File).

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Axe-Fx II Tone Match Manual
Apr 24, 2012 - Version 1.06 (PDF File).

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Axe-Fx II Cab IR Capture Guide
Feb 9, 2015 - (PDF File).

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MIMIC™ White Paper
Apr 5, 2013 - (PDF File).

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Fractal-Bot Manual
Mar 28, 2014 - Version 2.0 (PDF file).

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AX8 Downloads

  • Firmware & Presets
  • Manual
  • AX8-Edit
  • Fractal-Bot
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AX8 Quantum 6.02
Dec 19, 2016 - Zip Archive

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AX8 Factory Presets 6.02
Dec 21, 2016 - Zip archive

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AX8 Owner's Manual
Dec 16, 2015 (PDF File). 

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AX8-Edit for OS X
Oct 28, 2016 Version 1.5.0 - .dmg file.
Requires OS X Version 10.6.8 or newer.
Requires AX8 Firmware version 4.00 or greater.

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AX8-Edit for Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista
Oct 28, 2016 Version 1.5.0 - .exe file.
Requires Win 10, 8.x, 7.x, or Vista (x86 or x64).
Requires AX8 Firmware version 4.00 or greater.

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Fractal-Bot for OS X
Jun 15, 2016 Version 2.8.0 - .dmg file.
Requires OS X Version 10.6.8 or newer.

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Fractal-Bot for Windows
Jun 15, 2016 Version 2.8.0 - .exe in a zip archive.
Requires Win XP or newer.

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FX8 Downloads

  • Firmware & Presets
  • Manual
  • FX8-Edit
  • Fractal-Bot
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FX8 MK II Firmware v5.01
Dec 19, 2016 - Zip Archive

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FX8 MK II Factory Presets
Feb 1, 2016 - Zip archive

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FX8 (Original) Firmware v5.00
Dec 19, 2016 - Zip Archive

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FX8 (Original) Factory Presets
Feb 1, 2016 - Zip archive

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FX8 Owner's Manual
Feb 2, 2016 (PDF File). 

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FX8-Edit for OS X
Sep 16, 2016 Version 1.4.2 - .dmg file.
Requires OS X Version 10.6.8 or newer.
Requires FX8 Firmware version 3.60 or greater.

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FX8-Edit for Windows
Sep 16, 2016 Version 1.4.2 - .exe file.
Requires Win 10, 8.x, 7.x, or Vista (x86 or x64)
Requires FX8 Firmware version 3.60 or greater.

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Fractal-Bot for OS X
Jun 15, 2016 Version 2.8.0 - .dmg file.
Requires OS X Version 10.6.8 or newer.

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Fractal-Bot for Windows
Jun 15, 2016 Version 2.8.0 - .exe in a zip archive.
Requires Win XP or newer.

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MFC-101 Downloads

  • Firmware
  • MFC-Edit
  • Fractal-Bot
  • Manuals
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MFC-101 Firmware v3.08
Mar 20, 2015 - Zip Archive with separate versions for Original/Mk2 and Mk3.

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A Robust Editor for the MFC-101

MFC-Edit is the official editor for the MFC-101 MIDI Foot Controller, making it easier than ever to edit:

  • Instant Access Switches
  • mfc edit 300Presets
  • Songs
  • Sets
  • External Switches and Pedals
  • Internal CCs
  • ProgramChange Maps
  • Axe-FX Preset Transmit Maps
  • MIDI channels and settings
  • Custom Midi Messages
  • Performance Modes and Banks
  • ... and everything else the MFC-101 can do
  • Convert between Mk I / II / III models


MFC-Edit is a java application for Mac, Windows and Linux.

You can purchase MFC-Edit at shop.fractalaudio.com

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Fractal-Bot for OS X
Jun 15, 2016 Version 2.8.0 - .dmg file.
Requires OS X Version 10.6.8 or newer.

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Fractal-Bot for Windows
Jun 15, 2016 Version 2.8.0 - .exe in a zip archive.
Requires Win XP or newer.

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MFC-101 Owner's Manual
Dec, 2013 - MFC-101 MIDI Foot Controller
(PDF file).

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MFC-101 Looper Control Mode
Jul 13, 2012 - MFC-101 Looper Control Mode Mini Manual(PDF file).

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MFC-101 Quick Start
Apr 11, 2014 - MFC-101 Quick Start Guide(PDF file).

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Discontinued Products

  • Firmware & Presets
  • Axe-Edit for Ultra and Standard
  • Manuals
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Axe-Fx Ultra Firmware v11.00
May 9, 2011 - Axe-Fx Ultra Firmware 11
Sysex file in zip archive

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Axe-Fx Ultra Preset Banks A, B and C
Nov 15, 2009 - Banks A, B, and C for the Axe-Fx Ultra
Current for latest firmware- Syssex file in zip archive.

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Axe-Fx Standard Firmware Version v11.00
May 9, 2011 - Axe-Fx Standard Firmware 11
Sysex file in zip archive

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Axe-Fx Standard Preset Banks A and B
Nov 15, 2009 - Banks A and B for the Axe-Fx Standard
Current for latest firmware - Sysex file in zip archive

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Unsupported Beta Axe-Edit for Ultra and Standard

Axe-Edit requires a 3rd party MIDI Interface such as the Roland UM-1

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Axe-Edit Beta 1.0.191 for Mac 
Aug 1, 2011 - Supports Axe-Fx Ultra Firmware 11
Sysex file in zip archive.

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Axe-Edit Beta 1.0.191 for Windows
Aug 1, 2011 - Supports Axe-Fx Ultra Firmware 11
Sysex file in zip archive.

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Axe-Fx Ultra/Standard Owner's Manual 
Apr 11, 2010 (PDF File). 

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Tutorials

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Axe-Fx II/XL and MFC-101 Tutorials by Cooper Carter.

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

Tutorials

bernd kiltz tutorialsAxe-Fx and MFC-101 Tutorials by Bernd Kiltz.

Firmware 19 highlights

How to update the MFC

MFC-101 & Scenes

Great Factory Presets

Great Clean Tone

Useful Utilities

  • fractalbot-125Axe-Fx Firmware can be updated with Fractal-Bot, Fractal Audio's own MIDI Utility.
  • A 3rd party SysEx utility can be used for updates or backups. We recommend MIDI-OX for the PC or Snoize Sysex Librarian for the Mac.
  • Manuals and other PDF documents require a PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Support Contact

SALES
For general inquiries please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone 0049 461 1828 066.

TECH SUPPORT
For the fastest response please email a detailed description of your question(s) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Most support questions are answered within several hours.

FORUM
The Axe-Fx user's forum is another valuable resource for users seeking to gain the most out of their Axe-Fx.

WIKI
The Axe-Fx II wiki / Axe-Fx wiki(Standard/Ultra) are user-created resources that contain a wealth of information on the Axe-Fx, Axe-Fx Ultra and Axe-Fx II.

Firmware History

  • QUANTUM 6.0 >

    Advanced quantum mecha­nics - this time it’s all about fine tuning. Read More
  • QUANTUM 5.0 >

    Quantum 5 is once again an up­date that ma­kes it feel ‘like a blan­ket has been pul­led off’ or ‘as if the win­dow has just been clea­ned’. Read More
  • 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 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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