Z-WREX TM – Fractal Tone Match Presets (Axe-FX III, FM3, FM9)


Fractal tone match presets featuring a Dr Z Z Wreck. 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.

  • Z-WREX TM WT SC – This patch uses the IR’s and is meant for guitars with single coils.
  • Z-WREX TM WT HB – This patch uses the IR’s and is 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 our Dr. Z Z-Wreck. The result is a Tone Match User Cab that completely transforms the Fractal amp models, making the Fractal hardware sound exactly like our amp, and the microphones, preamps, and EQ chains that we use to record it.

The Z-Wreck is a collaboration between Dr. Z, Ken Fischer (of Trainwreck Amps), and Brad Paisley. Together, they created the Z-Wreck in an effort to capture the tone of Brad Paisley’s vintage ’63 AC30. The Z-Wreck is a single channel, 30-watt EL84 amplifier, and it excels at the vintage AC30 tone. It also has a ton of headroom and works amazingly well as a pedal platform amplifier.

Our is a head/cab combo. The cabinet is loaded with a Celestion Alnico Gold and Alnico Blue. We’ve tone-matched the mic’d cabinet with a Royer 121 and Earthworks SR25 through a stereo Neve 1073 preamp.


  1. Input
  2. Compressor
  3. Pitch (POG)
  4. Drives: KOT, Klon, Fuzz, and more
  5. Volume
  6. Amp
  7. User Cab(s) (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.


The following scenes are set up for instant access to various tones:

  • SCENE 1: CLEAN. Base clean tone
  • SCENE 2: DRIVE. Stage 1 drive tone
  • SCENE 3: DRIVE+. Big rhythm tone
  • SCENE 4: P&W LEAD. Lead tone with lots of delay and verb
  • SCENE 5: AMBI CLEAN. Clean tone with lots of delay and verb
  • SCENE 6: AMBI MOD. Clean tone with chorus
  • SCENE 7: POG LEAD. Like Snapshot 4 but with POG
  • SCENE 8: SWELLS. Big ambient swells tone


Version 1.0 – 2023-01-12


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