Crate DX212 Digital Amp

Made by Crate

Description This is a quality digital modeling amp. (In my opinion) it emulates the advertised models well. It has 10 changeable factory presets, with access to 100 via a MIDI footswitch. For the money, you can't go wrong here.
Posted By Matt Adams (70)
Directory Equipment: Amplifiers
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Overall Rating: 4.0 (of 5)
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On 3/31/2001, Tad Green (561) posted:
Overall Rating:
Its worth the money.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $250.00 (new)
Where Obtained: mars music
Features:
It's got delay,flange, chorus reverb and distortion. all the effects except for the distortion are controled by one knob. it does not have an effects loop. In a small room it sounds great, and when i hok it up to biger speakers or a stack it pushes good. it's both analog and digital. I have a small one but one of my friends has a larger version that has more effects and more power it's reliable.
Sound Quality:
The distortion could be "smoother" if you know what i mean.
Ease of Use:
It very easy to use since the effects are on one knob.
Durability:
I haven't had it very long, I had a vox amp before it so this one hasn't been threw hell yet. it seems that it will last. I say this because it is digital as well as analog.
On 1/23/2001, Jason Levandofsky (506) posted:
Overall Rating:
I almost bought a cheaper fender amp, and then they showed me this beauty! There was no question about it.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $500.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Duncanson's Music
Features:
This killer amp has it all. High, mid, low EQ, 10 digital presets, chorus, flange, reverb, echo, delay, auto-wah, 12 different amp models, and the kitchen sink!.
Sound Quality:
If theres a tone you cant acheive with this amp... let me know!
Ease of Use:
Easily programmable, and there are no bogus sounds! In comparison to more expensive amps I've tinkered with the dx is the man!
Durability:
I cant say much here because I cherish my equipment and am very gentle with it!
On 8/11/2000, Leslie Miller (59) posted:
Overall Rating:
I looked at quite a few different amps; so many I don't even remember. The main reason I went with this one was because of the price/performance ratio. It has effects I didn't need to replace, the power I need, plus it has the sounds of 16 other amps on it. All at a great price. There is even a hard/software upgrade for this amp, although I haven't seen it anywhere. In addition, I am still waiting for the controller pedal to come in. It has been a month of waiting already. Other than that, this is a great amp!
Model Year: 2000
Price: $640.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Local music Store
Features:
This is a very nice amp. It models 16 different amps, and has a bunch of digital effects--it even emulates a Leslie speaker setup! It has 2 12's (supposedly Crate vintage), and cranks out 100W.
Sound Quality:
The sound is excellent. I haven't tried all of the amps that this one models, so I can't say if the sounds are identical to the real amps, but I can say that they all have their own sound and feel. You can get all kinds of different sounds from this amp; it could literally be used for any type of music (although for true speed/death/etc. music you still need a good distortion box since the only distortion on the amp comes from overdrive). I really like the fact that when there is no signal from the guitar, there is very little noise from the amp, even at high volume. If you like to play with feedback, you will have to do something to generate some noise to loop back.
Ease of Use:
The DX-212 is programmable in that there are 10 presets you can change, plus about 100 more you can get at with the pedal controller. The only thing that is a drag with respect to the on-board digital effects, is that there are a limited number of combinations you can get, since only one knob controls them all. Also, if the amp is not sitting up on something, it is quite hard to read the knob settings; either get on the floor to fool with it, or put the amp up. If you can get away with the extra sound in a non-performance setting, then I would suggest elevating the thing.
Durability:
I haven't had the amp long enough to tell, but it does seem to be well--built.
On 12/14/1999, Matt Adams (70) posted:
Overall Rating:
Like I said, great amp so far (especially for the money). If anything goes wrong, it's under warranty.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $550.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Wilcutt Guitar Shop
Features:
Very versatile. It can give you an infinite number of sounds for many different styles of playing and won't break your wallet. I have yet to see the optional MIDI foot controller for sale anywhere and Crate doesn't say anything about it on their website (it was due out this past fall).
Sound Quality:
Sounds good to me. Does a good job of modeling all the amps it says it does. The signal has a tendency to break up a little as it fades out though.
Ease of Use:
Everything is laid out in "common sense" fashion, though the control panel could be angled up a little to give you a better look at the controls.
Durability:
Haven't had any problems thus far. I have dragged it around with me from here to there and it seems to hold up well.