The FX8 is a new multi-effects pedalboard designed to deliver Fractal’s signature quality without compromise
in an effects-only floor unit. FX8 runs up to eight simultaneous
effects using the state-of-the-art algorithms made famous in the Axe-Fx
II line of processors. It features a rugged steel chassis with aircraft
aluminum end-panels, convenient top handle, eleven quiet, durable solid state footswitches with no mechanical contacts to fail, 27 LEDs in three colors, five knobs beneath a bright display, Humbuster™
outputs to eliminate hum due to ground loops (when used with Humbuster™
cables), dual TRS relays for amp switching, two switch/expression pedal
jacks, USB, MIDI and more. The unit is designed for unity gain and offers true bypass.
Above all, it features an extremely high quality signal path to deliver
ultra-low noise and pristine sound quality. In other words, “no tone suck!”
Onboard preset memories let you create 128 totally different pedalboards.
Every effect in every preset can be run in series or parallel. Using
the optional “four cable” setup, you can place each effect “PRE”
(between guitar and amp, where pedals go) or “POST” (in the amp’s
send/return loop, where rack effects are typically placed).
Use Stompbox Mode on the FX8 for traditional effect “tap dance” switching, or leverage the eight SCENES
in each preset to engage pre-defined effect groups from a single
switch. Many effects also offer “XY” switching, which gives them two
completely different sound settings: imagine dialing in a single drive
pedal with both “Overdrive” and “Fuzz” channels, or a reverb with
foot-selectable “spring” and “hall” sounds.
The fantastically flexible modifier system enables easy
real-time sound changes. You can plug two expression pedals (like the
forthcoming Fractal EV-1!) into the onboard jacks to control Wah,
Whammy, Volume, or virtually anything else, and utilize MIDI or onboard
controllers for automated dynamic effects. A precision tuner, two global equalizers and a dedicated, global 4-minute stereo Looper are also built-in.
FX8-EDIT, a full-featured software editor, is also included free.
In the tradition of all Fractal Audio Systems products, the FX8 is fully
compatible with Fractal-Bot for preset sharing, easy backup and restore, plus firmware updates as new features are added.