I looked at several different units. I know 4 others who play guitar 2 of them use different multi-effects units a Zoom (something or other), a DigiTech RP100, 1 of them has a combination of single effects and the last had an entire rack set up. the zoom I didn't like the sounds the digtech was to hard to program and what can I say about the single effects and the rack WAY OUT OF MY BUDGET!! I love its user friendly programing and the sounds that you can get out of this. I would definately buy this unit again if something happened to it.
Price: $89.95 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's Friend
This is a great little unit. It's features include, 96 effects with up to 7 Simultaneous Effects 30 programs witch can be editied to your own sound. It also has a mtronome and tuner. 2 selector foot switches and exspression pedal. here are just a few of it's effects. distortion (this is a little wimpy), compression, delay, Chorus, echo, Fuzz and more. Also amp simulators. It runs on a 9V AC Adapter or 4 x AA size alkaline batteries, for 14 hours of continuous operation. The only thing i dont like about this unit is the display. It is supposed to glow in the dark. But, it's hard to see. If only it was back lit, it would be super for a dark stage. Other wise this unit for it price is an excelent buy.
Like I said the distortion is a little wimpy. To compensate I use Danelectro Black Coffee along with a Marshall G15MS Micro Stack amp and a Ibanez RX guitar. With a little tweeking on the unit I have been able to imitate a wide variety of bands.
This unit is so easy to program. Unlike others I have used where you needed to be a rocket scientist just to figure out what button to push just to get to the editing. With this all you have to do is push one button and you editing your own effects. In 5 - 10 minutes you can have your own unique sound.
This will be short. I have dropped this unit, knocked it off stage of about 2 feet in highth and it works just as it did when I bought it about a years ago.
This is good piece to buy to find out what types of effects you want then get them in idividual pedals.
Price: $100.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash
It has a stereo output but if dont connect headphones you will only get the left side. The Compression is really junky. The Wah is good but the size of the pedal suggests it was made for person with an extremely small shoe size! The Octave and Pitch Shifter has a really computerized sound to them. Has a few interesting but useless effects. You cant use certain effects together.
As hard as lt takes a baby to learn how to nurse.
I used this in big-time situations and it sprizingly did a good job.
Even though its plastic its still very strong.
I would recommend this pedal to anyone who is on a budget and wants loads of effects. But it is never gonna replace the boss equivilants.
Where Obtained: Tallaght music centre
It has an built in expression pedal, an up and down channel selector and multiple buttons for editing type of effect and adjusting the parameters.
It uses 4 standard AA batterys, or a 12v 500ma adaptor.
It also has a tuner and a metronome built into it.
As with most multi effects pedals, some effects sound better than others. If your gonna use this pedal live, make sure you bring your own wah and distortion pedals.
Most of the other effects are quite good though.
The chorus and delay effects, althought not as good as thier standalone counterparts, are quite good sounding, and there are other effects that would be very hard to find in standalones. Like the Filter effect, which is similar to the Mutronics mutator that Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead uses in Parnoid android. The compression effects are good also.
Hmm I wouldn't step on it too hard from fear of breakage.
I looked at several different effects proccesors most of the had somethink like 20 to 30 effects and not many presets and for what they cost you would think they would have more features. I stumble across this by pure luck. For it's price this little unit blew the rest away. With 69 effects and 30 presets it one of the best low cost effects unit you could buy.
Price: $99.00 (new)
Where Obtained: zZounds.com
The AX1G has 69 effects, 10 prestet user programs in 3 banks giving it a total of 30 which you can customize to your liking to create your own unique sound. 2 up and down selector swiches and exspression pedal you can use for volume, Wha bending plus tons of others. tuner and metronome built into the unit. The effects include Chorus, Reverb, Distortion, Overdrive, Flanger, Delay, Cabinet Resonators plus alot more. Pwer options are 4 AA bateries or a 9 volt power adapter.
At this time I am using a beat-up Harmony electric guitar. It is a good practice guitar and sound good through my Peavey Rage 158. But, with this effects unit it sounds almost as good as a $1000 axe. I tend to stay away from playing one particular style and this unit gives me the edge I need I can easily switch from one style to another with just a tap of my foot.
Programing this unit is as simple as pushing a button. After I got this (Christmas day) I went thru and found some sounds I didnt like after writing down thier positions (bank # and location #) it only took me about an hour to create 6 unique and totaly different sounds. Of course with a unique sound it does require a bit of fine tuning. But, the upside I came across a couple of website that have patches for the unit. These give you the correct voicings for different band specific sounds, such as Deep Purple, AC/DC, Pink FLoyd plus many others.
Its a simple user-friendly unit that every guitarist bigginer or advanced on a fixed budget should own.
Even though the unit is made of plastic. It can withstand any punishment that is comparable to the single effects stomp boxes. Mid you I don't think it could withstand being tossed around the roon or dropped out of a window. But, who would do this anyway.
I would buy this unit again.
My favorite aspect is its simplicity. The worst aspect is its inability to switch between several effects while playing. You pretty much have to have select one effect per song. It is ok for the acoustic type gigs I do, but a guitarist playing in a band would probably find it very difficult to work with.
Price: $99.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars
Foot pedal, up down switches, 30 presets
I use Ovation Guitars and Fender amps with this unit. I play and sing at acoustic type gigs.
The sound is quite acceptable for live playing, a bit difficult to justify in the studio.
Signal to noise ratio is great, especially in its bypass mode.
I don't do lots of programming, but what I have done has been pretty easy to accomplish.
It works ok for live playing. So far it has held up under the stress of live gigs.
Pretty good pedal for the price. Lots of cool effects.
Where Obtained: Friend
Two bank buttons. Expression pedal.
Decent sounds. Not good when used with amps distortion.
Plastic pedals and body. I would be wary.
On price, quality and fun value I would have no hesitation buying this unit again. It has for the last 18 months provided me with a reasonable pallette of sounds and done it simply and with a minimum of fuss that has rekindled my faith in multi effects after a disasterous start (See my RP1 comments)I will probably replace it with something more upmarket next but in all honesty I am in no hurry to do so.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $99.00 Sterling (new)
Where Obtained: Cranes, Cardiff,UK
The emphasis here is very much on simplicity (no bad thing for me!) just up/down patch pedals for the three banks of 10, each indicated by a traffic colour coded light. It is mains or battery powered but the AC adaptor is extra and interestingly + earthed. It also has a tuner built in, a metronome and a decent wah-wah which experts tell me lacks range, but includes an optical pot which shouldn't wear out in a hurry.
Valves ? at this price.............!!
My musical preference is blues/rock which I play using a strat plus(gold lace sensors) through a marshall G15 solid state. Read any magazine review and they will tell you the stumbling block of any multi effects is the overdriven bluesy crunch of a good valve amp and sure enough if you're expecting that from this pocket box then your likely to be dissappointed, everything else however is very good indeed particularly for the money. All the effect types, overdrives, modulations etc are totally acceptable especially if like me you just require a 'colouring' of tone rather than extremes I think you will be well pleased.
Sure there is a lack of flexibility over how much you can control each effect but that for me is a strong point. After just taking up guitar I was talked into buying a Digitech RP1, the memories of reprogramming algorithms almost put me off multi-effects for life, the Korg is exceellent in this respect and lets you get on with having FUN with it.
There are some very good presets in there and if you are a fan of Hendrix, Satriani, Johnson, SRV, the Edge, Gilmour et al there is something for everyone and if they are not your bag there is still sufficient variety in the number and flexibility of the effects to allow you to conjure up your idol/ess.
I haven't recorded with it but have been told the noise limiter is quite adequate for doing so and it is quiet enough in normal operation.
As I have said above - it's a doddle, reference to the manual (10ish A4 pages)is minimal
It's a largely plastic affair, but I have seen and heard it gigged and the owner was as pleased with it as I am, the pedals are a little on the small side though and the one dissapointment is the display which can't be seen in anything other than very good lighting. Other Korg users seem pleased enough with their products and I dont think the AX1G will provide you with any probs.
Perfect for the first time buyer who wants to add an extra dimension those mundane jamming sessions!
Model Year: 1999
Where Obtained: Belfast, N.Ireland
An AC and battery powered unit which is usefull if AC power supply is limited. A total of 69 sounds each highly modifiable. A total of 7 effects can be used simultaneously.
Great sound quality, with easily customisable sounds- great for inventing your own unique signature sound!
A great wah effect too for the Hendrix wanabees.
Unbelievably easy to use- 20 minutes to master (if your thick). Great for a first time buy.
Quite durable as long as treated reasonably and your are light with your foot!