2112 Studio Guitar System
AJ6stringsting, on february 24, 2015 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Purchased from: The Tone Shop
Ease of Use: Easy to use, just follow the manual... But if you can't get one, the DigiTech site has it where you can download it. I have the first edition of it, I'm keeping mine stock just like a classic car, for the sake posterity. The sounds of these classic units from DigiTech, to me, have a more convincing tube amp tone that is lacking in many of the new rack units of today. Many of the newer units don't have the dynamics that I love to have when I manipulate the volume or tone knobs on the guitar. A salesman at Guitar Center told me that the 2112 is very very soon, going to become a collectors item, as well as my RP-1 and 12. If any of you see them on eBay, jump on it, these are only going for under $500.00, US dollars. // 10
Sound: I play blues, 1980's metal, shred/neo classical metal, thrash, speed metal, classic rock ('60s, '70s, '80s) and fusion instrumental music. I'm running some old DigiTech RP-1 and RP-12 into the 2112. The RP-12 handles all the Distortion/Overdrive, with light modulation, the RP-1 handle the majority of the modulation (Chorus, Flanging), reverbs and delays.
I use the 2112 mainly as an amp head with light modulation, delay and reverb. The amp simulations I created are: Soldano Slo 100, VHT: Pittbull, Deliverance, Carvin X-100B, Legacy 1, 2, 3, and V3, Marshall: JCM 800, 900 and Mode Four, Mesa Boogie Mark 3, Mark 4 and Mark 5, Randall RG 80, War Head and RG 100, Fender Princeton, Bassman and Super Twin Reverb, Peavey JSX, Triple XXX and various Triple/Quad Rectified amp simulations.
The 2112 has a dual solid state and tube amp signal paths, that can be combined in any mixture of the two and you can create any amp ever made or some that aren't invented yet. The tube amp section with 10 band Graphic EQ with 30 pre amp sims, 12 tube amp distortions/overdrive types (with another 10 band EQ), the solid state section has 13 distortion/overdrive types (with another 10 band EQ).
Reverbs 50 + types, Rotary, Echoes, Delays, various 8, 15, 31 mono and stereo Graphic EQ's and 3 and 6 band mono and stereo Parametric EQ's.
Reliability & Durability: This was made when DigiTech was at the fore front of the Effects Industry in the mid to late 1990's. I bought this 3 and a half years ago and it reminds me of my old Johnson Millenium 250 amp, that I had back in the 1990's, in fact, it is just like it. It's built to last (thanks to my rack case) and is great for delivering studio control and sound onto a live stage. My former band mate, who has the latest Rack 11 unit, is floored that DigiTech made a unit this good back in the 1990's. When we first started rehearsing, he looked at my pedalboard of old DigiTech floor units (RP-1 and RP-12), as I was setting it up, he was amazed at the quality of the sound from my old gear. // 10
Overall Impression: As I posted on this review, you can get any sound you want with this classic unit. I can get any amp type from any era... from the classic amps to the modern Rectified Monsters and beyond. It's like having 100 amps and it has two 12AX7 tubes in the circuits, to give it that organic tube tone. With the Control One pedal control board, I can call up any amp tone, love the expression to control the tube drive... you can do that while playing with old style amp. In fact, you can add another expression pedal on the Control One and another on the back of the DigiTech 2112 SGS... Which makes 3 expression pedals. I wish DigiTech would have added another input jack for stereo inputs. // 10