Price paid: £ 135
Sound — 8
It sounds amazing through a set of headphones when practicing and as mentioned before you can get any sound you want but you cannot add pre-amp distortion to it and you won't get a Death Metal distortion sound if you play that type of music. But through an amp - combining a heavy pedal distortion (such as the thrash or metal distortions) you can make ears bleed! Although the other effects do not sound as good and sound weaker and different. It isn't very noisy even with full distortion and has an inbuilt noise-supressor but if that is left off you will still get a tiny bit of distortion even on clean. You can get the sound of a steel string acoustic with it on your guitar's bridge pickup and a nylon-string with the bridge with the pedal's acoustic simulator - I have a stratocaster copy with all single-coils. For best sound with the acoustic simulator the manual sugests single coils - I have yet to hear it through a humbucker. It's very versitile and you can get the sound of Slash and zakk wylde even without having a les paul - with the overdirive, you can get more Hendix sounds aswell as it also has a wahwah. Then wah isn't very strong but can be tinkered with a lot like other effects but effects like delays, reverbs and pitch shifter (harmonizer) are very versitile and sound good at whatever setting. One thing that I don't like is that you can't have the volume pedal and wah on at the same time as it only has one expression pedal.
Overall Impression — 9
I play classic rock, hard rock and a bit of metal - it matches them perfectly, it can also do alternative rock perfectly. I own a 15watt tube amp and a stat copy - the amp is a Behringer and the pedal would probably would sound better through a stack with multiple-speaker cabinets, if it was stolen or lost I would probably buy some compact analog pedals because they are better quality and I now know what effects I use most - but this is best for starting off with effects. I choose this over a lot of other multi-effect pedals such as the Line6 pods and Vox pedals but came out as having most effects of the same quality and best value for money.
Reliability & Durability — 9
It very strong and heavy but I haven't dropped it at all, I probably would gig without backup and the only thing I would say is bad are the control knobs which feel a bit fragile although the pedal are stronger and the expresssion pedal is unbreakable. Since it is made of metal/metal alloy like the cover but the other pedals and knobs are plasic. You probably won't break it unless you did something realy serious.
Ease of Use — 9
It has an amazing different varity of sounds but takes time to actually get them, after a week or two of using it you probably won't need the manual anymore but even though it is pretty simple to dial the sound you want in, it's going to take some time to actually get the exact sound you want. The manual is strait forward and easy to use and explains things in detail, such as the MIDI function - I haven't used it but I could if I wanted since the manual makes it look quite easy. There are a lot of default patches (32) and they are easy to edit and switch to.