P1 Intelliphase review by Akai

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  • Sound: 4
  • Overall Impression: 5
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Ease of Use: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 6.5 Neat
  • Users' score: 6 (3 votes)
Akai: P1 Intelliphase

Price paid: $ 40

Purchased from: ebay

Sound — 4
My favorite setting on phasers is a slow and deep phase, and when I dial that in on the Intelliphase, it's really subtle. That's the only real problem I have with this pedal: It's too subtle. I think the sound is most akin to the MXR Phase 90, which I'm not a big fan of. It also slightly colors your tone when it's on, but it wasn't very noticeable.

Overall Impression — 5
Think of this as a more versatile MXR Phase 90. If you're into that sound, I'd check this one out. The Intelliphase is about 4 times the size of the Phase 90, but I think since the Intelliphase is overall more versatile, it's better than a Phase 90. I didn't really like the sound of this pedal. In my opinion, I can get better sounding phase tones with a small stone.

Reliability & Durability — 8
It's made out of metal, and I think if I dropped it it would still work. I would use it at a gig without a backup. The switch for turning on the touch phaser mode seems pretty flimsy. I'm almost certain the switch would break after a year or so of continuous use.

Ease of Use — 9
It's got your basic Depth, Speed, and Feedback knobs on it, which are easy enough to figure out if you know anything about phasers. It's also got a "Touch Phaser" switch on it, with 3 positions: Off Soft Touch, and Hard Touch. Off negates the whole touch sensitivity deal, Hard Touch activates the phasing when you the vibrations from the strings get up to a certain point, and Soft Touch activates the phasing when the vibrations go down to a certain point (as it's decaying). There is also a Touch Sensitivity knob, which decides what point the vibrations have to reach in order for the phasing to activate in Hard Touch or Soft Touch modes. I don't really have a use for the touch phaser mode, but others might. I do not have a manual.

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    I have this model, very good peval, true bypass, flexible configuration, good tone. This pedal is better mxr90, but pedal a large and it's only drawback.
    What this is better than the MXR Phase 90? Pedal Royality? I'd kill for an MXR Phase 90, it sounds amazing. I fail to see how an Akai pedal betters it?
    The akai is better than the phase 90 IMO because you can get the phase 90 sound out of it (when I dialed it in right, it sounded exactly like a phase 90), but the akai much more versatile and costs less.