This pedal will do everything for you; great for a serious guitarist on a budget. High-quality effects, great amp models, amazing customability, versatility, and recording/drum machine capabilities are very useful; This pedal has inspired me to push my playing to higher levels.
The computer interface could be more user-friendly - they fixed this in the GNX-4. Also, there's only 12 minutes of lowest-quality recording memory on board, but SmartMedia cards can be used to expand.
Try this processor - you'll probably buy it!
Price: $399.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Victor Litz, Gaithersburg MD
Digital; mono or stereo; one 1/4 inch input; one XLR in/out; one MIDI in/out; S/PDIF input. AC Power, adapter included. Software included. Flexible controls include:
5 effect switches: - in 'bank' mode, select one of five presets in a bank - in stompbox mode, 1=toggles stompbox model, 2=switches between two amp, and engages optional warp between the two, 3=toggles selected effect, 4=toggles selected delay, 5=assignable to any other toggle (default reverb, or can be turned off) - in recorder mode, controls playback (stop, play, record, rewind, undo) - 1+2=toggles bypass; 2+3=toggles chromatic tuner; 3+4=toggles jam-along feature; 4+5=cycles through the three modes
2 selection pedals (plastic): - in bank mode, goes up or down a bank (five sequential presets) - in stompbox and recorder mode, goes up or down a preset
1 Expression pedal: - pressing all the way down on adjustable pressure switch toggles between Wah and up to three other expression parameters - any parameter is assignable to wah-off expression pedal (with definable range)
5 Effect assignment knobs: - one toggle button and five knobs are used to define most parameters - between two and seven parameters (some effect parameters can only be adjusted with the software which is included) for each effect
1 Rotating knob: - Cycles through presets in all three modes - used to select options in utility and recorder setup menus
6 utility option buttons: - trigger utility, "amp save", drum machine, etc.
Recorder control buttons: - rewind, play, record, etc; unlike footswitch controls, work in all modes
Recorder setup buttons: - drum/clicktrack toggle
- setup options (audio quality, etc)
Master volume/mic volume controls
- on back pannel
I use this pedal several ways:
- Guitar->Pedal->Mono out to practice amp
- Guitar->Pedal->Stereo out to 2 practice amps
- Guitar/Mic->Pedal->Mono or stereo (for talk-box simulation)
- Guitar->Pedal->DI box->Mixer
One of the utilities allows to specify "target system", and the processor adjusts the output accordingly. Sound quality is very good.
This processor has many effects and amp models that allow for a virtually limitless stylistic application - everyone (except perhaps the classical guitarist) can benefit from the capabilities.
Sound quality and effect quality is exceptional - amp models are for the most part accurate. Compared with most processors in the price range, this one shines.
I don't notice any noise generated by the processor. Compression and Noise Gate are available and customizable for each preset.
Most effects are top-notch. Some are not very usable (such as the "Talker" talk-box emulation - takes lots of practice) but most others can be tweaked to perfection.
The unit is very easy to program. To begin with, most default settings will certainly please. Adjustment of settings is a breeze (just be sure to save a preset after making changes). For advanced users, effects are extremely customizable and programmable beyond the capacities of the processor controls, via the computer interface (included).
While a good sound is easy to find, setting up a specific sound that you want will take time. Using the available amp/cabinet models, you can "warp" the tonal characteristics of any two to a percentage desired. It may take time to find your perfect sound, but you can definitely pull it off.
Compared to other similar units, most notably BOSS, programmability exceeds industry average. All attributes are programmed individually (for example - stomp box models have the actual parameters for each one, from Ibanez TS to BOSS Metal Zone, not just "stock" gain-tone-level controls).
All controls are easy to access; buttons are easy to press, and the expression pedal switch is of adjustable pressure.
While I haven't had any other DigiTech products in the past, I know from friends who have that they are all very durable.
GNX-3 is pressed steel. The only possible trouble spots are the master volume controls, which are light plastic; and the footswitch buttons, which are also plastic but a little heavier. However, I haven't had problems, I'm very careful with the unit, and it hasn't failed to work once.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $399.00 (new)
Where Obtained: musicians friend
Very cool machine, it really helps like when u have a chord progression and want to try to solo over it u can use the recorder and make a loop. tons of effects and endless sound making because you can take 2 different amp s and combine them more or less as you chose. Has a drum machine. not much recording time but you can buy a card to get more, only setback.
Its made for playing live so ya i would say so.good heavy duty construction.
Its a must-have! it definetly improved my overall playing and my creative side!!!
Price: $450.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Local Store
Ok. I would try to explain as much as I can. What do you want from a floor unit??? Well, the GNX3 have it! 8 tracks recorder, Multi-effect (many stompboxes, chorus, flanger, phaser, delay from 10 to 2000 miliseconds, reverb, wah, whammy, equalizer, noise gate, compressor, etc...), drum machine (you can change the tempo, the style and the level), Easy-to-use presentation makes this little monster a must have!!! It also has a lot of different amps and cabines, so you can mix them (2 of them) to create a new amp, or just to switch between one and another. 65 presets and 65 for user, with different outputs (mono, stereo, guitar and recorder separated, etc...) and a milti-effect expression pedal, you can control almost everything real time!
The sound is amazing. With the noise gate and the compressor you can really create a huge sound without external noise. With the different amps, you can edit each one and also add the eq effect, which adds even more control over your sound.
Incredibly ease to use once you know how. You can navegate between the 3 modes very easily and control almost everything from the footswitches.
Strong-made!!! Believe me