Price paid: $ 290
Purchased from: Brookdale music
Sound — 9
I use this with a Washburn X-50 and Brian Moore 81.13 through any amp with a aux input. This is important, because an auxillary input bypasses the amp controls straight to the speakers. If just put through a regular guitar input, it wouild severly muddy up the sounds. Now, I could go on forever explaining every little effect, but on the DigiTech website they have everything you need to know. All of the effects can be tweeaked to your liking, and the pedal can be assighned to numerous functions, mostly detunuing (to a million diffent ways as well), and doubles as a wah pedel by pressing down with your toe. Online, people post how to set yuor effects to sound like your favorite artist, it just requires you becoming a member (which is free) to DigiTech. Most of the presets are really bad, overly distorted effects, but they can all be changed. You can adjust effect's parameters, EQ on a red and green challel, amp and effects on seperate channels that can be swithced with the touch of a foot pedal, or warped together for a whole new sound. The possibilities are really endless, and no one could really do this product justice in a review.
Overall Impression — 9
This is a good match for any style of music. I have been playing for eight years, and I love this product. If stolen, I would definatly by another, or a similar model. I also love the fact that it has a mic. in and out, as well as midi in and out, and recording in and out. The eight track recorder is perfect. It has the count off, the drum maching/metronome, and you can combine tracks, so you can really hold as many tracks as memory will support. The internal memory, however was very disapointing. Only three min. of recording time. And the smart media cards it requires to give you more memory are expensive. But, I'm not really complaining, for the price I paid and what it cost before it was upgraded. This product is great for any guitarist serious about sound and recording.
Reliability & Durability — 7
Yes, I take it to gigs. Yes, It's on the road with me. Yes, It hasn't fallen apart. But no, I don't trust it. A lot of this is plastic, and the knobs don't feel really sturdy. The foot swithces are plastic, and one little LED light burned out, and it wasn't easily replaced. It hasn't failed yet, but I can't fully depend on it.
Ease of Use — 10
This thing is so easy to get a sound out of, once you read through the manual. Actually, you could probobly stand to read through the manual two or three times to fully understand it. Before you start to play, don't think that the pre-sets are all this thing can do. It has been upgraded twice, but this one's just cheaper. It has so many sounds that you can twaek to perfection, and, although sometimes a little tedious, well worth it.