Arion MM-1 Metal Master

Single-Effect Pedal

Made by Arion

Description Metal Distortion on a budget.
Posted By Greg Johnson (2721)
Directory Equipment: Effects
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Overall Rating: 3.0 (of 5)
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On 1/7/2008, Michael Laurance (4040) posted:
Overall Rating:
I want one again, just to have around.
Model Year: 1986
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Perry's Music, Villa Park, IL
I wish I had one of these again. This pedal got me through years of bands, and was great for a cheap pedal. The thing that puts it above other distortion pedals is seperate treble and bass controls, not just a tone knob. Youcan dial in a better sound this way.
Sound Quality:
This is meant to be used with a clean amp. It's a distortion, not an overdrive. This will not enhance your amps natual distortion, it'll muddy it. If your amp has good distortion, use this on the clean channel to give yourself additional sounds. It is a metal pedal, tried and true. It won't do blues, it won't clean up well, it just grinds. And it grinds very well.
Ease of Use:
Very easy to use.
It's plastic, so no, it won't last forever like a Boss will. But, it'll get through a couple years of gigs.
On 12/28/2003, Greg Johnson (2721) posted:
Overall Rating:
I chose this for the price, mainly. If it were stolen, I would probably buy it again, simply because I can't afford a better one. I looked at the Boss pedals, as well as DOD. Both did not seem to be what I wanted. So, I went with the cheapest. I will probably get the Ibanez Tube Screamer one of these days, just to give me some more versatility.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $20.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's Friend
Level, Low, High, Distortion controls. Battery powered or can be used with AC adapter. Basic dist. stompbox. One input, two outs.
Sound Quality:
I run an Epiphone Les Paul Special II through the MM-1 into a Behringer Ultratwin GX210. This pedal is suited to metal. Not realoly anything else. With the mids rolled bck, you can get a really thick, meaty rhythm distortion, or crank the mids and it gives a great soloing punch. Can get a little noisy, but hey, it's a cheap metal distortion pedal. Other than that, good sound, at least to my ears.
Ease of Use:
It only takes a minute to dial in what you want and plug-and-play. Owner's manual in some badly translated English, but you really don't need it.
It's plastic, but it seams fairly sturdy. The knobs could easily be broken off, and I don't think it could take a ton of stomping, so it might not be the thing for gigs. However, not terrible.