I need pro thoughts on multi-effects processors

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by Arranger, Mar 19, 2003.

  1. Arranger

    Arranger Active Member

    It seems like every manufacturer has jumped onto the bandwagon with these. I've tried a few, but can't reach a conclusion on which to buy for fear that it will kill my recordings. I might play out with it once in a blue moon, too. I just want to be sure it's as clean and quiet as possible.

    Can anyone offer their advice on which budget-minded multi-effects processors offer the most value today?

    To narrow things down a bit (not less than 24 thanks,) I'm interested in reverb, compression, delay/echo, flange and phaser options. I'd really like some overdrive/distorion, too, but that seems to narrow the field a lot - only the Rocktrons qualify there, and I'm not familiar with their line.

    Do any of the current flock meet my needs with any dignity at well under $500? or $300?
  2. loubeck

    loubeck Guest

    Any multi-effects unit is a comprimise. The cheaper you get- the more you comprimise.

    For that money, I'd pick up used Boss GT-3. It has all the effects that you mentioned and it's very versatile. Delays, reverbs, and chorus's are very good. The compressor is okay as are the analog Distortions/OD's. It's also great in Live use.

    The really cool thing about the GT-3 is that you can hook up an external OD pedal right into it. So if you're in love with your Big Muff, (or whatever) you can plug it right in the "External OD" loop and program it right into your patches.

    The newer GT-6 is pretty similar although the OD's are digitally modeled. I have never used or heard one so I can't really comment on it. The GT-6's go for about $400 new.
  3. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    As loubeck stated, these things are an exercise in compromise. I would forget about any compression unless they are intended as a part of a guitar or instrument "patch". The compressors found in these types of devices are usually fairly dismal. Get a RNC if you are on a budget. If you can afford it get a really good compressor. High quality compressors, like mics and pres can be a lifetime investment. You will keep it forever. Don't be afraid to spend a few bucks. In the long run you will save by spending your money once instead of several times. I would advise looking into Multi EFX boxes by Yamaha, Lexicon and T.C Electronics. Those are the best ones but may be more expensive than what you were hoping for. I couldn't recommend anything else however. .... Kurt
    I have no ax to grind! I’m not trying to sell anything :D
  4. Axeman32

    Axeman32 Guest

    You are dealing with 2 separate types of processors, dynamic and time based. I prefer to separate the two. For my guitar setup I use the time-based (reverb, delay chorus) in the effects loop or end of the signal chain. I use stomp boxes for the dynamic / Distortion items in the front of the signal chain. I have yet to hear a box that does both well. (IMO) I would suggest tackling each of these types of processing with different units. This will also give you more flexibility with routing as well. I use my Alesis quadraverb for my guitar rig and my recording setup. Studio compressors work with guitar but not specifically designed for it.
  5. Arranger

    Arranger Active Member

    Thanks, all. I think you hit it on the head, Ax. I'm getting a FullTone Bass Drive (I play Bass and Guitar - the Fulltone provides a well-respected Compression/Overdrive) and going to start looking for a seperate delay/reverb for late in the chain.

    I appreciate your replies.
  6. Mario-C.

    Mario-C. Active Member

    try the Lexicon MPX-G2 its a guitar pre amp / multi FX that sounds great, the preamp section is analog and you have tons of options, there's even a cool 24 db resonant moog type low pass filter, great for funky bass fx...

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