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Yeks Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive Models

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About the guide

Forum member Yek (Alexander van Engelen) goes into detail about every Drive model in his Guide to the Fractal Audio Drive Models (PDF).

The guide was preceded by his series of threads on Fractal Audio's user forum. Forum member Simviz assisted with migrating the contents of those threads into a PDF guide.

The guide is updated periodically.

If you find the guide useful, consider donating to a good cause.

Brief information about the Drive models is also available on this wiki page: Drive block.

Two versions of the guide

Fractal Audio's drive modeling has been improved in firmware Ares versions 3.02, 10.0 and 13.x, and firmware 3.03 for the FM3. Gain, output levels, characteristics and tone have changed, depending on the model. So, tips and information for the current firmware may not apply to the Drive models in earlier firmware for the Axe-Fx III, AX8, FX8 and Axe-Fx II.

Because of this, two editions of the guide are available:


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Download demonstration presets

Simple presets are provided to demonstrate most Drive models.

The presets were created on an Axe-Fx III with firmware Ares v15, using models of a Fender Deluxe Reverb and Plexi, and Legacy cab #103.

Download "January 2021" versions here