Price paid: $ 345
Purchased from: Furtados music
Sound — 5
I use it with a Yamaha Pacifica 112J guitar & a Roland Cube 30X amp. U have to finely tweak the EQ & noise gate, especially when your patch has a lot of parametres, specially distortion. Sometimes, you'll be at a deadlock initially to eliminate the noise, but you'll find a way soon. The amp volume for two amps per patch is not the same, even if you set it at the same volumes. The effects are ok for a unit in this price range, specially the reverbs. However, its no big thing, as DigiTech is world renowned for its reverbs. Effects are nothing if you compare them with Boss single effect pedals. However, comparing effects from a multi effect unit to those in single pedals would be foolish. You can get the sound of any artist you like, you may even take help of the factory patches fot that as they can't be overwritten. Creating sound of artists who have a simple concept while designing their sound is easy using this effect unit e.g. Slash's tone. However, to reproduce sound of those artists who are technically complicated fine tuning would be required, which sometimes proves difficult as the unit has only 3 pedals to change the effects, even while in stompbox mode. The distortion would have been better, but I've tried many units in the medium price-range & good distortion is a problem with all brands there.
Overall Impression — 5
I play various genres & its a good match for me. I wish I had known that it didn't have tap tempo feature. However, it's all a matter of being used to. If it were lost, I would save enough & wait long to buy a top end Line 6 unit instead. If someday I get a better tube amp, I would buy a top end Boss unit instead. That's because, I don't think I would be able to save enough for buying individual effect pedals. Boss is good with effects, Line 6 with amp modelling. DigiTech is somewhere in between, you can call it poor man's Boss or Line 6, as it has more features, though. My favourite features are the looper, stompbox mode & the amp switching as A/B per patch. I compared to a Boss ME-25, but it had less features & no drum machine. I also compared to a Korg processor which was incompatible with my version of windows. There was Line 6 Floor POD Plus there, but I didn't feel like trying it. Except ME-25 all units available there were outdated. ME-25 seemed too low end. I wish it had more pedals & a little better effect quality.
Reliability & Durability — 5
I'll have to depend on it as it's adequate for me. Sometimes I feel it has some effects which I would never be using, but that's with all the multi-effects. I've gigged with it without a backup, but I'm one of those musicians who emphasize emotion & content rather than tone & effects, so it may not have been technically pleasing, but I don't bother.
Ease of Use — 5
Getting any sound through it is easy, thanks to the simple interface. This is a rare unit in its price range as it lets you use upto 11 effects at a time, so its versatile. Editing patches is a breeze, too. There are 70 factory & 70 user patches given. The manual doesn't explain how to recognize whether you are viewing a patch which is factory or user created. While browsing through factory patches quickly, letter F will be displayed at the middle of the display. The manual is too short. I've never upgraded the unit as its quite new.