Fractal Audio Systems Axe-Fx II XL


Fractal Audio Systems

Plaistow, NH, January 27, 2014 — Fractal Audio Systems, creators of industry-leading guitar amp modeling and effects technology, announced today that a new model, the Axe-Fx II XL, will be available for sale in March 2014. The Axe-Fx II XL has the same DSP and amp modeling capabilities as the Axe-Fx II Mark II, but offers expanded memory, new I/O ports, and other upgrades detailed below.

Axe-Fx XL Features:

  • Built-in FASLINK™ port for connection to MFC-101 Mark III over conventional XLR cables.

  • Dedicated MIDI IN, OUT, and THRU jacks (vs. shared OUT/THRU in the Mark II).

  • Two onboard PEDAL jacks (vs. one in the Mark II).

  • Primary VALUE entry via optical encoder with a lifespan of 1,000,000+ rotations.

  • “Secret Sauce III” instrument input features an even lower noise floor.

  • 128 Mb of non-volatile Super-FLASH memory allows for storage of up to 512 presets and 512 user cabinets with copious reserves for future expansion.

  • Double-capacity preset size allows for expanded functionality including X/Y switching on more blocks and more instances of effects.

  • Built-in backup firmware allows recovery in the event of complications during update.

  • Backward compatibility with Axe-Fx II Mark I/II presets via Axe-Edit software.

The Axe-Fx II XL will be available in March 2014 with a list price of $2999.95. (Direct Price TBA).

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