Been 100% reliable for me. Same for my XL and AX8. I've played hundreds of gigs with Fractal gear and never had a problem.
Yep, last video I saw (and posted here) about Metallica's use of them featured the II XL, and they had 2 each for both James and Kirk. We all know the old units are tried and tested, but I suppose the III's are still very new, so we'll have to see if they hold up the same way. I personally had to get a replacement unit from factory, but since then have been sweet. All the reports I've seen here about issues, seem to be identified pretty much right after delivery, and then replaced, haven't seen any threads yet about units having problems in live settings.I’ll be the voice of reason. Everything can fail. I’ve been a fractal user since 2008, ultra, II and now III. My three white screened at my first gig with it. Since then I bring a backup. Most of these big touring bands have redundant everything.
The same design philosophy went into the III. In general I overdesign things. I.e. if a capacitor is used to filter a 5V rail most designers will spec a 6.3V part. I'll spec a 10V part. For electrolytic caps I always spec long-life and high-temperature parts. We always use ENIG (electroless nickel immersion gold) circuit boards with FR-4 cores, no phenolic crap or HASL.The concern obviously isn't about previous fractal units which had amazing reliability. The concern is about the Axe-FX III specifically. I can tell you that my Ultra's and II's and IIXL+ were solidly reliable but that doesn't tell you if the III is reliable.
I certainly hope it is...
Just that i haven't seen them much onstage and more in studios, but then again I've seen guys like Def Leppard and Keith Urban changing to the Axe for live use, so there's gotta be something cool about it right?i just saw Def Leppard play an all Axe-Fx III show last week. i'd say yes.
curious why there's a thought that live can be problematic compared to not live? anything specific you're wondering about?