Price paid: £ 100
Purchased from: Ebay
Sound — 8
I am playing my BC Rich Beast through this pedal & it makes it sound a million percent better than it used to sound, at present I have only used the pedal through headphones but it sounds amazing with no noise or feedback what'soever. There is a noise suppressor in the unit but so far I haven't had to use it. The effects are top class in my opinion, there are one or two weak sounds that I will probably never use but you always get some in multi effect units... Some of the stand out presets are "One" which is supposed to simulate a Metallica style clean on channel A & then a really nice heavy distortion sound on channel B. "Acustix" is an acoustic simulator which sounds really crisp & bright and is great for strumming chords. "Indabox" is a great fun preset with the expression pedal set to control the vowel talk effect, when you press the pedal you get a great "Yai Yai" sound which is fun & a great alternative to the usual Wah Wah. One thing you cannot do is edit the setting for the pedal wah which kind of limits to sound you can get but that is probably the only thing I have found as a negative so far... After tweaking around for a few minutes you could get any sound you wanted out of this pedal, it is really flexible in what it can do.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall I would say this is a great multi effects pedal for someone Who has been playing a few years and really wants to start experimenting with their sound. It's not the most advanced unit out there but for the price it's really good. There are more expensive and higher quality units like the AX3000G, Boss GT-10, Vox Tonelab SE, Line 6 POD XT Live etc... But for people looking to spend around 100 - 150 this is a great choice to go for.
Reliability & Durability — 9
The whole unit body is made of metal with rubber "feet" underneath to stop it getting scratched on the floor, there is a hook on the back to thread the power lead through so if it gets pulled then it won't pull the plug out of the back which is always handy in case you trip over it on stage and accidentally turn off the pedal... The stomp switches all seem solid and able to withstand some stomping and the expression pedal is metal with a rubber grip on top. The LCD display is nice and bright which makes it easy to use in low light and it displays the name of any dial you turn or any effect you select etc... I would definitely use this thing for a live performance because it's built nice and solid and would be able to withstand many a stomping!
Ease of Use — 9
Out of the box this pedal comes with 48 presets arranged into 16 banks (3 patches per bank) Each patch has two channels A & B allowing you to get two different sounds out of each patch. There are 11 Drive-Amp settings, 11 Cabinets, 11 Modulations, an expression pedal that has 11 assignable effects and it has 11 delay/reverb settings. There are 5 dials which control Drive, Level, Treble, Mid & Bass so it is easy to tweak around to get the desired sound you are after. At first it's a little daunting with all the switches, buttons, dials etc... but after an hour or two I felt comfortable with the unit. Switching between the banks is easy enough, just press the Bank Up footswitch then just press Switch 1, 2 or 3 to choose the patch in the selected bank! Editing patches is easy, now remember I said there are 48 preset patches? well there are also 48 user programmable patches for you to save your own sounds in. To create your own patches you just start altering the levels and it automatically enters edit mode, once you are happy with your sound you simply press write, choose a bank to save it to and press write again! There are some more complicated functions like phrase trainer which allows you to record up to 13 seconds of music from an external device and then plays it looped with the option of slowing it down to aid learning of difficult musical parts! There is also a built in tuner & metronome which is always handy to have!