What is FASLINK
FASLINK is a proprietary Fractal Audio communications link between the Axe-Fx series processors and the MFC-101 resp. FC controller over an XLR cable. FASLINK has replaced previous connection methods: MIDI and Ethernet. XLR cables (microphone cables) are common, flexible and robust. Runs of hundreds of feet are possible. FASLINK provides two-way communication and phantom power.
There are two versions:
- FASLINK (original) – Connects the Axe-Fx II and MFC-101.
- FASLINK II – Connects the Axe-Fx III and FC foot controller(s), featuring a new protocol.
Which Fractal Audio products support FASLINK
Axe-Fx III – Built-in FASLINK II support.
Axe-Fx II XL and XL+ – Built-in FASLINK support.
Axe-Fx II Mark I and II – FASLINK adapter needed to convert wiring from Ethernet/Ethercon to XLR.
MFC-101 Mark III – Built-in FASLINK support.
MFC-101 Mark I and II – FASLINK adapter needed to convert wiring from Ethernet/Ethercon to XLR.
FC controllers – Built-in FASLINK II support.
Adapters for older hardware
The FASLINK XA-1 and XA-2 adapters convert the wiring on older Axe-Fx II and MFC-101 hardware (see above) from Ethernet/Ethercon to XLR. These adapters are "active" (source). They can be bought directly from Fractal Audio's online shop and G66.
The adapters do not support FASLINK II.
Setting it up
Axe-Fx III – Connect the FASLINK cable between the Axe-Fx III and FC controller.
Axe-Fx II – Turn on FASLINK in the I/O menu.
MFC-101 – Select the correct port in the MFC settings. WARNING: do NOT connect a power supply to the MFC-101 when using FASLINK!
"The FASLINK port is protected against shorts." source