What are the effects modeled in the Fractal FX8?

A-Mags

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Looking at the FX8 as a possibility to solve my guitar effect needs as well as adding my favorite analog drives. Does anyone know the effects modeled? Is there a list somewhere?

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Bishop5150

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I recently got it and it's a great unit. The fx are pristine and the drives are fantastic. The unit is very transparent in 4 cable connection. No tone suck whatsoever. I gotta say though I still prefer the layout and build of my G-System though. Try looking on the Wiki page to answer your question. Ton of info on there about the unit. It's mostly the same fx from the Axe-Fx.
http://wiki.fractalaudio.com/axefx2/index.php?title=Category:FX8
 
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Matman

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Hi A-Mags,

I'll answer your question with a long list, but first, I want to provide some important depth to the answer.

First: like the Axe-Fx, the FX8 provides more than models when it comes to effects. It is more like a platform that can be used to innovate as well as imitate. Therefore, a list of effects on the FX8 is limited only in terms of what happens to be provided "in the box".

Secondly, you'll notice my list includes BLOCKS (ALL CAPS) and underneath them, "Types". The types fall in to two groups. For some effect blocks -- like CHORUS for instance -- changing type is like selecting a mini preset just for that effect: it changes all of the settings to easily dial in a sound with only one knob. You can then adjust as desired, even turning one "type" into another.

For other effect blocks -- like PITCH SHIFTER -- changing type is almost like changing to a totally different effect. The whole algorithm is different. You can then adjust as desired.

If you're using the free FX8-Edit software, you can even save fully dialed-in blocks to your computer to share or use any time in your own presets. It's like an infinite effects locker.

To address your specific question about drives, the G3 Drive block is accurate, but also very versatile. With controls to recreate the tone you love from your favorite analog pedals, but also go further, with XY capability for two "channels" out of a single drive effect, plus a built-in equalizer.

Finally, I should mention that as I type this in summer 2015, this list is bound to grow as firmware updates bring new options to the FX8.

OK, on to the show...

CHORUS - Mono and stereo modulation effects, including vibrato:
4-Voice Analog
8-Voice Stereo
80'S Style
Analog Mono
Analog Stereo
Digital Mono
Digital Stereo
Dimension 1
Dimension 2
Japan CE2
Triangle Chorus
Vintage Tape
Warm Stereo

COMPRESSOR – Control dynamics and add sustain.
Dynamics
Pedal Comp 1
Pedal Comp 2
Studio Comp

DELAY - Up to 8000 ms, with types for analog, digital, tape, and more.
2290 w/ Mod
Ambient Stereo
Analog Mono
Analog Stereo
Digital Mono
Digital Stereo
Dual Delay
Ducking Delay
Mono Tape
Ping-Pong
Reverse Delay
Stereo Tape
Sweep Delay
Vintage Digital

DRIVE - 25+ types including boost, overdrive, distortion, fuzz, and many more.
BB Pre
Bender Fuzz
Bit Crusher
Blues OD
Esoteric ACB
Esoteric RCB
Eternal Love
Face Fuzz
FAS LED-Drive
Fat Rat
FET Boost
FET Preamp
Full OD
Hard Fuzz
M-Zone Dist
Master Fuzz
Micro Boost
Mid Boost
Octave Dist
PI Fuzz
Plus Dist
Rat Dist
Ruckus
SDD Preamp
Shred Dist
Super OD
T808 Mod
T808 OD
Tape Dist
Treble Boost
Tube Drv 3-Knob
Tube Drv 4-Knob
Zen Master

ENHANCER - Classic and Modern Stereo separator.
Classic
Modern

FILTER – From subtle EQ to extreme synth-type filters.
Bandpass
Highpass
Highshlf
Lowpass
Lowshelf
Notch
Null
Peaking

FLANGER – Anything from subtle chorus to through-zero tape swoosh to extreme jet.
Analog Mono
Analog Stereo
Digital Mono
Digital Stereo
Pop Flanger
Stereo Jet
Thru-Zero
Zero Flanger

FORMANT - Multi-mode formant filter creates vowel sounds.

GATE/EXPANDER - Provided in addition to a “global” noise gate.

GRAPHIC EQ - Easy, flexible tone shaping.
3-Band Passive
4-Band Passive
5-Band Constant Q
5-Band Passive
5-Band Variable Q
7-Band Constant Q
7-Band Variable Q
8-Band Constant Q
8-Band Variable Q
10-Band Constant Q
10-Band Variable Q

MEGATAP DELAY – Dense echo effects with group controls for time, pan, level, etc.

MIDI – Sends MIDI messages to the OUT port when the effect is turned ON or OFF.

MULTIDELAY – A variety of effects built from delay lines in creative configurations:
Band Delay
Diffusor
Plex Delay
Plex Detune
Plex Shift
Quad Tape Dly
Quad-Series
Quad-Tap
Rhythm Tap
Ten-Tap Dly

TREMOLO/PANNER - Classic trem, plus auto-pan and psychoacoustic effects.
Tremolo
Panner

PARAMETRIC EQ – 5-band precision tone sculpting tool.

PHASER – A variety Vintage and modern effects are possible.
Barberpole
Block 90
Classic Vibe
Digital Mono
Digital Stereo
Script 45
Script 90
Stereo 8-Stage

PITCH SHIFTER – Everything from classic detune to whammy to custom harmony.
Ad. Whammy
Arpeggiator
Cl. Whammy
Crystals
Cust. Shift
Detune
Fixed Harm
Intel Harm
Octave Div

RELAY - Used to operate the onboard relays for amp channel switching

REVERB - World-class recreations of springs, plates, rooms, halls, and more.
Ambience
Asylum Hall
Cavern
Concert Hall
Deep Chamber
Deep Space
Drum Room
Gymnasium
Hallway
Huge Room
Large Cathedral
Large Chamber
Large Deep Hall
Large Hall
Large Plate
Large Room
Large Spring
Lg Tiled Room
Lg Wooden Room
London Plate
Med. Cathedral
Medium Chamber
Medium Hall
Medium Plate
Medium Room
Medium Spring
North Church
Rec Studio A
Rec Studio C
Rich Hall
Small Cathedral
Small Chamber
Small Hall
Small Plate
Small Room
Small Spring
South Church
Stone Quarry
Studio
Sun Plate
Tunnel
Vocal Plate
Wide Hall

RING MODULATOR – Advanced ring mod also features optional pitch tracking.

ROTARY - Simulates a classic rotary speaker with multiple microphones.

VOLUME/PAN - Simple volume block also offers channel input/output tools.

WAHWAH - Multiple types based on classic originals:
Clyde
Color-Tone
Cry Babe
FAS Standard
Funk
Mortal
Vx845
Vx846

So that's the current list. Now, in closing, I also need to adjust what "victim5150" said, as there are a few effect block types on the flagship Axe-Fx II which are not present on the FX8. The majority are amp/cab/routing related: AMP, CAB, FB SEND, FB RETURN, FX LOOP, MIXER, QUAD CHORUS, SYNTH, TONE MATCH, VOCODER

Hope this helps.

Have fun!
 

Matman

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Yes... ALL of the "Controllers" from the Axe-Fx II are also onboard.

Two LFOs
32-stage Sequencer
2 x ADSR generators
Envelope and Pitch Detectors
2 Scene controllers
12 external controllers (each tied to a customizable MIDI CC)
 

Mincer

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Wow, 8 seconds of delay? i guess I didn't realize that. That is probably pretty useful for the stuff I do.
 

CheeseGrater

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Man, this unit sounds like it's exactly what i wanted about 3 years ago - 4CM done right. If i ever go back to using traditional amp heads, this will be a requirement.
 

skruempel

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Finally, I should mention that as I type this in summer 2015, this list is bound to grow as firmware updates bring new options to the FX8.
Is there any chance that we will see preamp modelling in future updates for the FX8 ? No cab and power-amp modelling - I realize this is the scope of the AX8 and FXII - but preamps would make sense for FX8 4-cable-method users. One could substitute the amp´s preamp with the Fractal one for those situations where sounds are needed the amp itself is not capable of... Thinking of those famous preamps from Marshall, Mesa, Bogner, Soldano, ENGL,...

Skruempel
 

Alchemist XP

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Hi A-Mags,

I'll answer your question with a long list, but first, I want to provide some important depth to the answer.

First: like the Axe-Fx, the FX8 provides more than models when it comes to effects. It is more like a platform that can be used to innovate as well as imitate. Therefore, a list of effects on the FX8 is limited only in terms of what happens to be provided "in the box".

Secondly, you'll notice my list includes BLOCKS (ALL CAPS) and underneath them, "Types". The types fall in to two groups. For some effect blocks -- like CHORUS for instance -- changing type is like selecting a mini preset just for that effect: it changes all of the settings to easily dial in a sound with only one knob. You can then adjust as desired, even turning one "type" into another.

For other effect blocks -- like PITCH SHIFTER -- changing type is almost like changing to a totally different effect. The whole algorithm is different. You can then adjust as desired.

If you're using the free FX8-Edit software, you can even save fully dialed-in blocks to your computer to share or use any time in your own presets. It's like an infinite effects locker.

To address your specific question about drives, the G3 Drive block is accurate, but also very versatile. With controls to recreate the tone you love from your favorite analog pedals, but also go further, with XY capability for two "channels" out of a single drive effect, plus a built-in equalizer.

Finally, I should mention that as I type this in summer 2015, this list is bound to grow as firmware updates bring new options to the FX8.

OK, on to the show...

CHORUS - Mono and stereo modulation effects, including vibrato:
4-Voice Analog
8-Voice Stereo
80'S Style
Analog Mono
Analog Stereo
Digital Mono
Digital Stereo
Dimension 1
Dimension 2
Japan CE2
Triangle Chorus
Vintage Tape
Warm Stereo

COMPRESSOR – Control dynamics and add sustain.
Dynamics
Pedal Comp 1
Pedal Comp 2
Studio Comp

DELAY - Up to 8000 ms, with types for analog, digital, tape, and more.
2290 w/ Mod
Ambient Stereo
Analog Mono
Analog Stereo
Digital Mono
Digital Stereo
Dual Delay
Ducking Delay
Mono Tape
Ping-Pong
Reverse Delay
Stereo Tape
Sweep Delay
Vintage Digital

DRIVE - 25+ types including boost, overdrive, distortion, fuzz, and many more.
BB Pre
Bender Fuzz
Bit Crusher
Blues OD
Esoteric ACB
Esoteric RCB
Eternal Love
Face Fuzz
FAS LED-Drive
Fat Rat
FET Boost
FET Preamp
Full OD
Hard Fuzz
M-Zone Dist
Master Fuzz
Micro Boost
Mid Boost
Octave Dist
PI Fuzz
Plus Dist
Rat Dist
Ruckus
SDD Preamp
Shred Dist
Super OD
T808 Mod
T808 OD
Tape Dist
Treble Boost
Tube Drv 3-Knob
Tube Drv 4-Knob
Zen Master

ENHANCER - Classic and Modern Stereo separator.
Classic
Modern

FILTER – From subtle EQ to extreme synth-type filters.
Bandpass
Highpass
Highshlf
Lowpass
Lowshelf
Notch
Null
Peaking

FLANGER – Anything from subtle chorus to through-zero tape swoosh to extreme jet.
Analog Mono
Analog Stereo
Digital Mono
Digital Stereo
Pop Flanger
Stereo Jet
Thru-Zero
Zero Flanger

FORMANT - Multi-mode formant filter creates vowel sounds.

GATE/EXPANDER - Provided in addition to a “global” noise gate.

GRAPHIC EQ - Easy, flexible tone shaping.
3-Band Passive
4-Band Passive
5-Band Constant Q
5-Band Passive
5-Band Variable Q
7-Band Constant Q
7-Band Variable Q
8-Band Constant Q
8-Band Variable Q
10-Band Constant Q
10-Band Variable Q

MEGATAP DELAY – Dense echo effects with group controls for time, pan, level, etc.

MIDI – Sends MIDI messages to the OUT port when the effect is turned ON or OFF.

MULTIDELAY – A variety of effects built from delay lines in creative configurations:
Band Delay
Diffusor
Plex Delay
Plex Detune
Plex Shift
Quad Tape Dly
Quad-Series
Quad-Tap
Rhythm Tap
Ten-Tap Dly

TREMOLO/PANNER - Classic trem, plus auto-pan and psychoacoustic effects.
Tremolo
Panner

PARAMETRIC EQ – 5-band precision tone sculpting tool.

PHASER – A variety Vintage and modern effects are possible.
Barberpole
Block 90
Classic Vibe
Digital Mono
Digital Stereo
Script 45
Script 90
Stereo 8-Stage

PITCH SHIFTER – Everything from classic detune to whammy to custom harmony.
Ad. Whammy
Arpeggiator
Cl. Whammy
Crystals
Cust. Shift
Detune
Fixed Harm
Intel Harm
Octave Div

RELAY - Used to operate the onboard relays for amp channel switching

REVERB - World-class recreations of springs, plates, rooms, halls, and more.
Ambience
Asylum Hall
Cavern
Concert Hall
Deep Chamber
Deep Space
Drum Room
Gymnasium
Hallway
Huge Room
Large Cathedral
Large Chamber
Large Deep Hall
Large Hall
Large Plate
Large Room
Large Spring
Lg Tiled Room
Lg Wooden Room
London Plate
Med. Cathedral
Medium Chamber
Medium Hall
Medium Plate
Medium Room
Medium Spring
North Church
Rec Studio A
Rec Studio C
Rich Hall
Small Cathedral
Small Chamber
Small Hall
Small Plate
Small Room
Small Spring
South Church
Stone Quarry
Studio
Sun Plate
Tunnel
Vocal Plate
Wide Hall

RING MODULATOR – Advanced ring mod also features optional pitch tracking.

ROTARY - Simulates a classic rotary speaker with multiple microphones.

VOLUME/PAN - Simple volume block also offers channel input/output tools.

WAHWAH - Multiple types based on classic originals:
Clyde
Color-Tone
Cry Babe
FAS Standard
Funk
Mortal
Vx845
Vx846

So that's the current list. Now, in closing, I also need to adjust what "victim5150" said, as there are a few effect block types on the flagship Axe-Fx II which are not present on the FX8. The majority are amp/cab/routing related: AMP, CAB, FB SEND, FB RETURN, FX LOOP, MIXER, QUAD CHORUS, SYNTH, TONE MATCH, VOCODER

Hope this helps.

Have fun!
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