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Old 10-26-2012, 12:46 AM   #1
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US What are multi effects pedals?

Can some one explain what are multi effects pedals and what they do im looking into finding a way to get all sorts of effects like distortion and overdrive etc without buying and looking for a ton of different pedals can someone help explain to me.
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:54 AM   #2
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Can some one explain what are multi effects pedals and what they do im looking into finding a way to get all sorts of effects like distortion and overdrive etc without buying and looking for a ton of different pedals can someone help explain to me.


multi effects pedals are pedals that contain multiple different music effects, like:

-distortions/OD/fuzzes
-reverbs
-delays
-phaser/chorus

to name a few. usually these are implemented digitally through DSP (digital signal processing) chips. usually they work by allowing different effects to share time on the DSP chip so you can have multiple effects running at once.

most multi effects arrange effects much the same way you'd lay out pedals, the create a modular environment (they treat each effect like it's a separate pedal) where you can tweak the parameters of the effects much like you'd tweak the knobs on a particular pedal.

some amplifiers will have a multi effects system built in, complete with amp simulation.

i personally don't mind some of the effects on a multi effects system, reverbs and delays can usually sound quite good. but distortion effects usually suffer.

that being said, there are some quite incredible multi effects systems out there that do an great job of sounding very realistic.
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:59 AM   #4
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problem is when you buy your 200-300$ multi effect pedal and it breaks , its going to be hard to repair (complicated digital circuits there, parts impossible to replace sometimes). they dont really sound great compared to the individual pedals, unless you buy a very expensive multi effect pedal

go for quality and buy a boss/ibanez distortion pedal
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So itd just be more cost effective and simpler to just fine good pedals and make your own effects board or would seeking out a good effects board that has realistic tone to it be better to do
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go for quality and buy a boss/ibanez distortion pedal

Don't really agree with this. Most of the Boss and Ibanez distortions are pretty terrible. Boss' overdrives are okay and the Ibanez ones are great, but I think the TS really needs something like a multieffects to get his head around what effects and sounds he likes.
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well you will eventually buy your 100$ zoom multieffect pedal or whatever other brand and realize in a few years it sounds terrible on gigs when you crank your amp. dont really think you need all the different delay , phaser, modulation, and 10types of distortion a multi effect would offer you unless youre really into that experimental music

but if you just want to try and have fun because of the quantity of effects go for it, nothing wrong with that
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So itd just be more cost effective and simpler to just fine good pedals and make your own effects board or would seeking out a good effects board that has realistic tone to it be better to do

To get an idea of what sort of effects and sounds you like, yes. Once you get an idea on what sort of effects you like you can buy the individual pedals.
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Don't really agree with this. Most of the Boss and Ibanez distortions are pretty terrible. Boss' overdrives are okay and the Ibanez ones are great, but I think the TS really needs something like a multieffects to get his head around what effects and sounds he likes.

Youre right, not all boss products are good (take for example metal zone and mega distortion pedals), but some of them sound great on good amp. Best thing to do is at the guitar shop, to take your guitar and try the pedals you will want to use on the amp you have at home (if possible), and crank it up just to be sure it doenst sound like plastic but only good at low volume. Id recommend Ibanez TubeScreamer, i use it at very low level on my overdrive channel and it sounds great

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well you will eventually buy your 100$ zoom multieffect pedal or whatever other brand and realize in a few years it sounds terrible on gigs when you crank your amp. dont really think you need all the different delay , phaser, modulation, and 10types of distortion a multi effect would offer you unless youre really into that experimental music

but if you just want to try and have fun because of the quantity of effects go for it, nothing wrong with that


If a $100 multi effect lasted me a few years, I'd be pretty damn happy with that investment. I've spent more to be entertained for 10 minutes.
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If a $100 multi effect lasted me a few years, I'd be pretty damn happy with that investment. I've spent more to be entertained for 10 minutes.


Hookers? Anyway ts buy a used cheap multi effect figure out what ypu like and don't like and buy your gear accordingly.
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Hookers? Anyway ts buy a used cheap multi effect figure out what ypu like and don't like and buy your gear accordingly.

best advice in this thread. pick up a cheap multifx, learn about effects, then you have an idea of what you want to use and buy down the track.
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So itd just be more cost effective and simpler to just fine good pedals and make your own effects board or would seeking out a good effects board that has realistic tone to it be better to do


Not necessarily. There are some MFX out there that are quite good. And once you get into that range, it moreso becomes a matter of your preferences as a player. As you can see in my title, I'm a MIDI *****. I had individual pedals for a while, and that just doesn't work for me. MFX/MIDI allows you to control many things at once - for instance allowing you to go from a clean amp with chorus, reverb and delay to a dirty amp with an OD and an EQ with one stomp. With individual pedals, that change would take 6 stomps.

However if you don't need to make changes like that, and you're going for a simple/straightforward tone, then pedals can have a lot of allure, and arguably yeah you're most likely going to get better tone out of a standalone pedal than a digital sim, but that's pretty much exclusive to pedals that cost $150+.

At the end of the day, neither way is right or wrong - you have to figure out what you need.

As far as cheap MFX go, I recommend a used Boss ME-70. leave the amp models alone, and it's a pretty decent unit.
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best advice in this thread. pick up a cheap multifx, learn about effects, then you have an idea of what you want to use and buy down the track.

I said that earlier.
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I said that earlier.

yours was an opinion, his was direct advice.

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