Vintage Plexi’s TM – Fractal Tone Match Presets (Axe-FX III, FM3, FM9)


Fractal tone match presets featuring a pair of early 70’s Marshall Plexi’s. For these presets, we’ve tone matched the Fractal amp models to the actual amplifier, resulting in patch that sounds almost exactly like the amp.

Includes presets for Axe-FX III, FM3, and FM9.


NOTE: This demo was made with the Helix patch, but the Fractal presets sound and function very similarly.


This download includes patches for Axe-FX III, FM3, and FM9. Please make sure to import the appropriate patch for your hardware – they are not interchangeable.

The pack includes 2 presets (each with SC and HB options). We’ve tone-matched both an early 70s 50w Plexi and a 1971 100w Super Lead Plexi.

  • Mars 50w Plx WTs and Mars 100w SL WTs – These patches use the IR’s and are meant for guitars with single coils.
  • Mars 50w Plx WTh and Mars 100w SL WTh – These patches use the IR’s and are meant for guitars with humbuckers.
  • NOTE: The FM3 folder includes an ‘FX” patch. This patch includes the additional effects blocks from the full Axe-FX and FM9 patches. Feel free to substitute any of these effects blocks into the main patch to suite your needs.


For these patches, we tone-matched the stock Fractal amp models to these 70s Plexi’s. The result is a set of Tone Match User Cabs that completely transform the Fractal amp models, making the Fractal hardware sound exactly like these amps, and the microphones, preamps, and EQ chains that we use to record them.

This pack includes 2 iconic ‘Plexi amplifiers’  – an early 70s 50w and a 1971 100w Super Lead. They are quite literally the sound of rock n roll. Both of these specific amps have been modified to internally jump both channels and these are designed that way.

We mic’d a Bogner 2×12 cab with a Royer 121 and Earthworks SR25 through a stereo Neve 1073 preamp.


  1. Input
  2. Compressor
  3. Pitch (POG)
  4. Drives: KOT (yellow side), 808, and more
  5. Volume
  6. Amp
  7. IR (Tone Match)
  8. Tremolo
  9. Chorus
  10. Delays: 1/8 delay, Dotted 8th delay, Dual stereo delay
  11. Reverbs: subtle and ambient
  12. Output

The FM3 presets cannot fit all the effects into a single patch. For that platform, we include the amp and essential effects in the main presets, and then we include the additional effects blocks in the ‘FX’ preset. Feel free to mix and match the additional ‘FX’ blocks into the main patches to suite your needs.


For each effect block, we set up all four channels to give you as many options as possible for each individual effect types. For example, in the Compressor block, there are four different types of compression. For drives, we use all available channels in each drive block to get different overdrive flavors. Please experiment with the channels in all the different blocks to find your favorites. Typically we use our favorites in Channel A.

The exceptions to this are usually the amp and cab blocks – for those we usually only set up Channel A.


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