Always consult the official Owners Manuals and Guides first.
Information about the FM3 may be incomplete or wrong, it's being worked on.
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. Length limit is 100 feet (source).
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.
Setting up FASLINK
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
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.