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Good milti effecs pedal?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by bassman1185, Oct 23, 2001.


  1. My birthday's coming up soon, and I really want some effects, but I dont' want to mess with a bunch of different pedals and pwer adapters. So I'm looking at a multi-effect pedal, maybe the Zoom BFX507 (?) or the Digtech BP200 (? again). What do you all recommend? I tried the Digitech today, and I like the sound of it, but it seemed like there was a tracking problem on one of te effects. I don't remember which one, so for all I know, it was delay and it was supposed to do what it did. A friend of mine also said that he didn't like his Zoom pedal and that it really sacrificed tone. The effects I'm really looking for are distortion, wah, phaser, synth, and compression.
     
  2. nope
     
  3. Nope meaning...? if you don't like either of the ones I mentioned, what DO you recommend?
     
  4. Never go mulit effects, I've had nothing but bad experience with them. IMHO singles are always better.
     
  5. its pretty strange with effects. If you go with a multi-effect, you loose some of the capabilites of that you have with singles, with singles, you loose some of the capabilites of a multi. I had the Zoom BFX-708, it sucked. Signal loss, noisy effects, almost totally useless, i have no clue why i bought it.

    Often with multi's is people complain that the effects arnt good at all. If you get a good quality multieffect, by good quality, i'm talking $500+, and then controll it via midi. Its kinda just like individual pedals, and generaly good if not great effects. With Singles, you suffer from signal loss due to all of the connections from one pedal to another, and then the problem with the lack of a true bypass. I've read a lot of guitar player stories of guys ditching tons of singles, going to one multi-effect unit, only to switch back to singles, then once again, going back to the multi. They lost tons of money in the process. my moddo is keep it super simple. For guitar the only effect's (if they're even considered that) is delay, reverb and distortion. For bass, i plug strait into the amp.
     
  6. nope as in stay far away from multi-effect units. go with invidual pedals unless you have a rediculous amount of money and go for a huge rack setup with multi-effect studio processors and a midi controller floor board unit
     
  7. gfab333

    gfab333

    Mar 22, 2000
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Search this forum on this topic and you'll find a lot of comments, good and bad.

    I have a BFX-708 and I agree that there is a slight loss of signal and tone, there's no true bypass, and the effects aren't as good as the $100-$200 individual effect pedals.

    With that said, I still use it and I have a great time with it because I recognize its shortcomings and focus on its strengths. I don't use it all the time, and when I'm not using it, I go straight into the amp. I use it occassionally as a octave box, flanger, wahwah, envelope filter, overdrive, and delay. also serves as a tuner. The cheesy drum machine is also fun to jam with at home. If I bought separate pedals for these effects, I'd have much better sound quality but I'd be out at least $600. by comparison, you can get a 708 new for less than $150; used ones go for maybe less than $75.

    If you're not going to use it in the studio, you use effects sparingly, and you have an open mind, go for a 708 and have some fun. If you have high standards for sound quality and will not settle for less, go buy the individual pedals.
     
  8. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    If you want digital multi, I'd recommend something in the range of the T.C. Electronic G-Major, Boss GT-5/6#, VF-1 or higher.
    The low-price stuff a la Zoom isn't worth the money, go analog stompbox instead.
     
  9. MultiFX are never a good idea. If you really must have the option of stepping on one button to activate numerous FX just get a decent bypass looper or something. This one looks cool; http://www.mmfxonline.com/cpr.htm
    Individual boxes will _always_ sound better. Digital overdrives and Ev followers are creepy. The last thing you want to do during a live set is scroll through a bunch of menus.....
     
  10. i-personally-hate-multi-effect-pedals...in-my-band...out-guitarist-has-one-and-when-he-wants-to-switch-its-goin-through-all-these-different-effects-and-throws-everyone-off...so-im-staying-as-far-away-from-them-as-ebola.
     
  11. cassanova

    cassanova

    Sep 4, 2000
    Florida
    For the money the DOD Bass-30 is'nt all that bad, I also like the features of the 3XPB Bass Pandora from Tone Works.

    IMO your better off saving up a bit more money and going with something rackmountable like a used Art Sgx Nightbass, or a Lexicon.
     
  12. Steve Lawson

    Steve Lawson Solo Bass Exploration! Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2000
    Birmingham, UK
    Not sure how much they are in the States, but the Boss VF-1 is a great unit - half rack size, will operate with just about any MIDI footcontroller, great sounds, loads of options for programming it - as used by Michael Manring, Ed Friedland etc... If I was starting again now, that's what I'd get...

    i've got a Lexicon MPX-G2, which is amazing, but pretty expensive!

    cheers

    Steve
    www.steve-lawson.co.uk
     
  13. i'm really not too fond of effects, but hows the 'mo bass' from swr?
     
  14. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Clumsy.

    Look for a used Boss ME-8B. Easy to set up, excellent effects and amazingly inexpensive used (~$100)
     
  15. Steve Lawson

    Steve Lawson Solo Bass Exploration! Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2000
    Birmingham, UK
    If as Brad says you can get an ME8B for less than a hundred bucks, that is indeed a steal - that would be a great place to start with effects, getting used to programming stuff, setting sounds etc. The synth sounds on that are really cool (Stuart Zender used to use on in Jamiroquai)

    Steve
    www.steve-lawson.co.uk
     
  16. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Steve, amazingly enough, that's what I've been seeing them for. I sold one of mine to another TB'er for $100. I'm probably going to start using mine live again. $100 for what it does is a steal.
     
  17. cassanova

    cassanova

    Sep 4, 2000
    Florida
    1.) What effects are in the boss ME-8B?

    2.) How many of them can you use simulataniously?

    3.) What are the Eq capabilities?
     
  18. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
     
  19. cassanova

    cassanova

    Sep 4, 2000
    Florida

    I like a few of those effects it has to offer, Especially the octaver and that you can use quite a few at one time. The 3 band eq is also nice to have. I think im gonna have to try and find one of these untill I scrape up the cash for a good rackmountable processor.

    My brother used to have the me-6 for guitar, and I remember that it sounded really good. I often wondered how the bass version sounded, thanks alot.
     
  20. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    I haven't seen another unit with as many nice effects that's also as easy to use live... even in a rackmount.