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Fractal Audio Axe FX Standard Preamp/Effects Processor

Fractal Audio Axe FX Standard Preamp/Effects Processor

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In the shop we have a used 1st Gen Axe FX Standard Preamp/Effects Processor by Fractal Audio!

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In the shop we have a used 1st Gen Axe FX Standard Preamp/Effects Processor by Fractal Audio!

If you're looking for one of the best digital multi-effects processors and amp & cab modelers around, Fractal Audio is known for excelling in that category for a reason! While this is a first gen unit, the quality of simulation, effects, and overall sound still holds up, as well as it's versatility, level of control, and ease of use.

This unit is used but still in great condition with the exception of some common rack rash and functions fully as expected. There are some scratches in the finish on top, as pictured, which is common on Axe-Fx units, but for most users who intend to use it as a rack unit, this shouldn't show when mounted.

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With the Fractal Audio Systems Axe-Fx we have hopefully restored digital to its rightful place as the superior solution to musical effects processing. Every aspect of the Axe-Fx has been designed to deliver the ultimate in sonic quality. The converters are of the highest quality offering low-noise, high linearity and uncolored performance. The DSP has more raw compute power than many desktop computers allowing uncompromised processing algorithms. All processing is done at 32- bit precision yielding uncolored, transparent sound. We hope you enjoy using the Axe-Fx as much as we enjoyed designing it. Over five years of development have gone into making what we hope is the quintessential effects processor.

What is the Axe-Fx? Well, let's start by telling you what it isn't. It's not a modeler in the strict sense. Although it has cabinet emulation and different amplifier "types" it does not attempt to model any effect exactly. Rather the Axe-Fx was designed to simply provide the effect as originally intended and with the utmost quality. All effects can be described in terms of their desired sonic manipulation. All effect processors, whether "stomp boxes" or otherwise, process the input signal to get an output signal, simple as that. However, some processors obviously do better than others. The Axe-Fx approaches effects processing as a strict set of specifications and implements those specifications.

For example, the wah effect in the Axe-Fx is not intended to model any of the classic wah-wahs. Instead the input-output relationship of a wah was distilled into a set of specifications. From there the effect was designed to exactly meet these specifications. There is no "black magic" or obfuscation. The effect does exactly what it should do. Inherent in this approach is a degree of flexibility that you do not get with other processors. In our wah example this allows you to set the sweep range, "Q" and other parameters. Most modeling processors do not allow this level of control.

The Axe-Fx’s amp, drive and cabinet simulations, however, are very faithful reproductions of the originals, but without the drawbacks of the originals. What this means is that they sound like the originals but are easier to adjust and provide more flexibility and a wider range of tones. For example, the Brownface amp sim sounds remarkably like a particular classic amp however the AxeFx contains working midrange and presence controls. Also the tone controls are much more responsive providing all the tones of the original plus new tones that the original could not achieve. Once again the philosophy is practicality and presenting the “effect” as it was originally intended.

The Axe-Fx does not use any analog processing or any tubes. If you look inside1 the Axe-Fx you will not see any glowing tubes or any of the revered op-amps that the analog pundits claim offer mystical sonic properties. What you will see are modern, high-quality components that offer specifications and performance far exceeding any of the aforementioned devices.

The Axe-Fx does contain, however, very accurate digital replicas of actual vacuum tubes. We gathered up some classic tubes and measured their transfer functions and then stored these transfer functions in the Axe-Fx’s massive brain. Our replicas are so exact that we can reproduce the harmonic spectrum of a real tube amp with amazing accuracy. Most modelers don’t even come close.

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