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  • The new AX8 is an all-in-one Amp Modeler + Multi-Effects Pedalboard. It features many of the same leading-edge technologies utilized in our flagship Axe-Fx II processor at a fantastic price. Quantum Amp Modeling gives the AX8 over 220 exquisitely modeled amps that recreate the incredible nuanced tone and feel of real tube amps: sparkling cleans, elusive “edge of breakup” tones, and everything from warm, touch-sensitive overdrive to face-melting distortion. Ultra-Res™ Speaker Simulations offer a range of cab tones, with 130+ “Factory” cabs, plus 512 “User Cab” memory slots to store entries from our celebrated Cab Packs. Add to this a stunning selection of effects, featuring our state-of-the-art algorithms: dazzling G3™ drive pedals, HD reverbs, compressors, delays, EQs, choruses, phasers, flangers, rotary, tremolos, pitch shifting, wahs, and many more. Above all, the AX8 sounds great, with a pristine, high-quality signal path and the signal processing power that makes Fractal Audio Systems the industry standard for today's most discriminating professional guitarists.
  • The AX8 is “built-like-a-tank” to be road-worthy and reliable. It sports a signature black steel chassis and aircraft aluminum end-panels, a convenient top handle/guard, and eleven quiet, durable, solid-state stomp switches with no mechanical contacts to fail.
  • Hands-on editing has never been easier than on the AX8. Dedicated LED-ring knobs give direct access to eight “must-have” amp controls: Drive, Bass, Mid, Treble, Presence, Depth, Master, and Level. Add to this five additional “soft knobs” beneath a brilliant LCD display, six buttons, including SHIFT for extra functions, front-panel LED meters/indicators, 27 LEDs in three colors, and dedicated knobs for output levels.
  • The back panel contains an instrument input with Fractal Audio’s signature “Secret Sauce” circuitry, stereo main outputs with XLR, ¼” Humbuster™, and SPDIF out, plus a stereo-in/stereo-out effects loop that can also be repurposed as a utility input or output. This allows the AX8 to output “cab sim” signal to “front of house” while simultaneously addressing a power amp and conventional guitar speakers for on-stage “backline”. USB, MIDI IN, and MIDI OUT ports round out the set. Above all, the AX8 features an extremely high-quality signal path to deliver ultra-low noise and pristine sound.
  • The effects in the AX8 offer “XY” switching, giving each effect two completely different sound settings from a single block instance. For example, you might equip an AMP block with discreet “Deluxe Tweed” and “Plexi 50W” channels, or toggle a reverb between “spring” and “hall” sounds.
  • “Stompbox Mode” gives you traditional effects switching using the eight main footswitches, while three assignable “Function” footswitches let you change modes or access other AX8 features.
  • There are 512 preset memory slots, with each preset featuring our now-familiar “4x12” layout grid and eight easy-access “SCENES” per preset to engage pre-defined groups of effects, switch XY states, adjust levels, and more.
  • Our fantastically flexible “modifier” system enables easy, real-time sound changes. You can plug four external switches or expression pedals (like the Fractal EV-1) into the onboard jacks to control Wah, Whammy, Volume, or virtually anything else, or utilize MIDI or onboard controllers to make sound changes.
  • A precision, full-screen tuner, two global equalizers, and a convenient Tap Tempo function are also built-in. AX8-EDIT, a full-featured software editor, is included free.
  • The AX8 is also fully compatible with Fractal-Bot for preset sharing, easy backup and restore, plus firmware updates in the tradition of continual improvement that has become as much a hallmark of Fractal Audio Systems as the quality and sound of our products.


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  1. Just Awesome!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Aug 2018

    I have always been a tube amp snob, but since my purchase I have been totally reconverted. The options available are endless and just such good quality.
    The service from Independent was excellent and I consider this such good value.

  2. The business 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Jan 2018

    The most important thing about this thing is it’s sound. It sounds fantastic. For someone who needs at least three entirely different sounds, this is simply an excellent solution. And it’s fun.

  3. I've been waiting 5 years for this! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Dec 2017

    Ever since I got my first taste of gear lust with the AXE-FX II, which I first saw at a gear expo in Poland, I've been dying to get that fractal tone shaping.

    One of my guitar students sprang for this unit and I couldn't be happier! I'm selling all my pod stuff. Great amps. tones, effects are all top-notch and very tweaky. I've been gorging on the video tutorials and in the first week I played it out in 4 different live settings :) Buy this and you won't regret it!

  4. Revolutionised My Rig 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Jan 2017

    After watching all the amazing demos and having a couple of friends whose opinions on tone I trust greatly tell me how much they love the AX8, I decided to take the punt.

    Best choice I have made. Basically, I bought it as a simplification tool for my 'B' rig, but already the power is intoxicating. Currently running in the 4 cable method and using the midi to control my amp, I now have the most simple and clean set up. The flexibility to set it up however suits you is phenomenal and all of the effects and amp models are tremendous.

    Its primary use is as a controller and FX for my amp (so all the 'tone' is still made by my amp, not the AX8) but even at home plugged straight into my DAW, the tone is ridiculous. As a person with a couple of the amps modelled in the AX8, I can confirm that sounds are so faithful, you'd struggle to identify which is which.

    Have become a complete AX8 evangelist and am convincing my friends to jump on board. For me, you'll never beat the tone from a cranked tube amp, but it's so close now that to the untrained ear, there is no difference here.

    Amazing and thanks independent music!

  5. Years of pain and tone searching gone.... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Dec 2016

    I have owned most amp brands, and have accumulated a mountain of pedals that I have swapped and changed out for over 25 + years of playing the guitar.
    I received my AX8 a week ago ( very quick delivery, may I add) and have to say I am blown away.
    IMO this unit sounds amazing , it is very compact and delivers everything I need and much more, I have actually kept quite a few of the presets as my go to sounds ( no tweaking) .( I play for covers bands & original artists)
    The sounds I am dialling are exactly what I hear in my head, and the sound/output/quality is consistent ( try that with a dodgy tube amp). I no longer need to look for any more toys, this AX8 has solved my search for tone.
    I have it hooked to a QSC kK2 as monitor( plenty of power) and then direct to PA.. ( that simple) .. try one you'll love it.

  6. Great product 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Nov 2016

    Excellent product that does everything. Love it. Quick shipping too.

  7. Great Piece of equipment 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Sep 2016

    This is a great addition to my little home studio. I like that Im able to connect it through the fx loop of my 5150 combo which sound great and also it has been great for recording direct into Logic ( late at light ) just straight ( 1/4 jack ) into the direct input of my interface, the quality sounds awesome.
    Still alot to learn with it, but I think it has been a great investment so far, I highly recommend this unit!

  8. Sell your amps and buy this! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Aug 2016

    Couldn't be happier with the AX8. Once you get your head around how to get going you'll wonder why you mucked around with amps and pedals. All the good stuff from the Axe Fx and nothing you don't need.

  9. The Promised Land - FOUND! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th May 2016

    I can't rate this product highly enough. The options - mind boggling; the amp sims and cabs - mind blasting; the fx - mind altering; the sound - mind altering. Seriously though this multi-fx/amp modeller is the future. It's built like a tank and has enough options to keep any guitar player occupied for years on end.

  10. YES! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Apr 2016

    Just YES

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