Price paid: € 200
Purchased from: Thomann
Sound — 6
I'm using the pedal for recording because I got Cubase with it and it has USB. I also use it as a low volume amp if I want to play when somebody's sleeping and don't want to disturb him or her. My guitar is Epiphone Les Paul Standard and my amp is Roland Micro Cube. Sometimes I use the pedal through the AUX input of the Cube (so the Cube is only a speaker for RP355) because the Cube is a digital amp and it doesn't like pedals. I used to like the sounds of the pedal but now they sound too digital and flat for me. They miss something that Micro Cube has although Micro Cube is not the best amp and is digital too. This pedal can give a good rock and metal sound. It does cleans but I think it distorts too easily when you turn up the volume. You can't get that funky sound out of it. It's too flat sounding. The effects are pretty good. Its got good delay models and I like the chorus. I rarely use other effects than chorus because I can't find a use for things like auto Ya Ya. There are some effects that I don't like and one is harmonizer. The harmonized sound doesn't stay in the right key. I mean it just throws some random notes there that are pretty close to the scale but not right. I don't understand the Octaver effect. Maybe my signal is too weak but sometimes it just doesn't play the octave below and sometimes it gives a laggy sound. I have used the pitch shifter to lower my sound one octave and I get a poor man's bass sound. I have no bass guitar so I use my electric guitar as a bass. It does its job but doesn't sound like a real bass.
Overall Impression — 6
I play rock and metal and I've been playing for about two years. I got this pedal as a present so I couldn't decide what I would have bought. First I was excited. It had lots of effects and sounds. I loved it and played many hours just trying what kind of sounds it could do. But then, after some months, I noticed that it sounded flat. I realized that real amps and effects are much better than some digital multi effect pedals. But it only costs about 200 bucks so it's not so expensive pedal. If it were lost or stolen it would be sad because I couldn't record any music so I maybe would buy it again but maybe I would watch for something else like Vox Tonelabs or Boss or Line 6 multi FX pedals. My favorite feature is that it's cleverly made and it's footswitchable that Micro Cube isn't. I don't like its too-digital and flat sound and I wish its amp models sounded more like a real amp. I hate its harmonizer and Octaver pedal that doesn't work properly. This pedal is good for recording especially if your style is rock or metal. If you want a recording pedal or a big package of stompboxes, amps and cabinets and some weird effects I think I could recommend this for you.
Reliability & Durability — 10
If I gigged I would have to trust on this pedal. It's the only FX pedal that I have so it would be this pedal or no effects. But I haven't had any problems with it. It's made of metal so I don't think it would break if you dropped it. It seems pretty solid.
Ease of Use — 8
It's hard to use when you have no experience with it but once you have learned how to use it, you'll notice that it's pretty simple. So I think the pedal is cleverly made: Editing patches is easy once you've learned how to do it. Reading the manual could help but I just started trying things and learned to understand it in some hours. To find a good sound you just have to try different amp models, different EQ settings and effects. I have found the amps that I like and use the most and I rarely use any other amps. In my opinion the Marshall amp models are the best for distortion and maybe the Twin Reverb model is the best for cleans. There are 126 FX and amp/cabinet models in the pedal so you've got what to choose.