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Pedals or Multi-Effect Pedalboards?

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foogered  
11 Dec 2008 14:23 | Quote
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It seems like there's a lot of support here for Boss's ME products, which I find interesting because I've always been a "pedal-purist". So my question is what do you support and why?

Me: Individual pedals all the way baby.
Why: Having individual pedals has always seemed like the more flexible option to me. I've always felt like the multi-effect pedalboards couldn't reproduce the same tone and sound that the original pedal could, and that some things are better analog, rather than digital. Buying pedals individually is obviously more expensive, but I try not to buy something unless it's an absolute must-have in my pedal-chain and I feel like I'm paying for a higher quality, more stage-friendly product than if I bought a multi-effect pedalboard. I'm not too sure what kind of fancy features are available nowadays, but it seems kind of hard to change effects on the fly, which is obviously unnecessary with individual pedals.
Empirism  
11 Dec 2008 14:37 | Quote
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Ive always used multieffects. I have now POD and Zoom g1x. Well, I think that invidual pedals are better if you look for a tone and one kind of a sound and tone.

Advantages of multieffectes like Zoom and POD are they can produce very different sounds even experimental sounds. Its better choise for me example who want to do different kind of music for fun.

Some people also are very sound purists too. Its affect their preferences.

Well I wish to say I support both, but I still leaning to multieffects. Also in gigs if I have tons of pedals and wires I get headache :P. Anyway. Still sound is more "unique" and better in tone in invidual pedals.
shredguitar17  
11 Dec 2008 15:26 | Quote
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Pedals all the way. Altough there is a sorta multi effect pedal I like, but its not a multi effect either. Its the steve vai jemini double distortion pedal. Its almos like two completly different distortion pedals in one.
EMB5490  
11 Dec 2008 15:54 | Quote
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multi pedals sound likes **, none of those ever will sound like an arrangement of single pedals.
GRX40  
11 Dec 2008 16:01 | Quote
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I prefer single pedals, since I don't really want/need all the effects a multi-effect has. Also, MultiFX are generally not as good sounding as high-end pedals (though they probably can be just as good or better than some lower/mid-range pedals). I tend to try to save up a lot of money and spend it on one excellent pedal than get a lot of decent effects. It's just my personal taste though.

shredguitar17 says:
Pedals all the way. Altough there is a sorta multi effect pedal I like, but its not a multi effect either. Its the steve vai jemini double distortion pedal. Its almos like two completly different distortion pedals in one.


I like effects like that. Visual Sound has a range of those, like the H20 Chorus/Delay, the Jekyll and Hyde OD/Distortion (where the "Dr. Jekyll" side is a lighter OD and the "Mr. Hyde" side is a heavier distortion.
JazzMaverick  
11 Dec 2008 17:51 | Quote
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I don't really mind what i try, as long as I can mess around with something I'm always having fun tampering with the sound. I like multi effects because I can create some weird stuff just for entertainment. I made eliphant noises once, then turned it half way and it sounded like a car crashed into it. What an adventure!

What's everyone's favourite pedal?
GRX40  
11 Dec 2008 18:09 | Quote
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^ Budda Budwah is my favorite. :)

It's a supa-smooth wah that is excellent for funky schtuff.

And EMB, not every multi-effect sound like **. The Roland VG-99 is a multi-effect processor/modeller and it cost $1400. Of course it won't sound as good as the real thing, but is a pretty good imitation.
telecrater  
11 Dec 2008 18:20 | Quote
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pedals....you have more control over you sound and can on the fly change the chain. I have some mulit effects units that are built in and though they are ok they just don't give me the control I really want.
EMB5490  
11 Dec 2008 18:34 | Quote
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well ye but if you compare great to great, *** to ***. the single pedals will be better every time.

my fav? id have to go vintage. i happen to love my mxr distortion + and dod preamp overdrive pedal. both vintage, both rock.
foogered  
11 Dec 2008 18:39 | Quote
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@ Jazz

Favorite pedal would have to be my Snarling Dog "Mold Spore" wah pedal (and I can't talk about it enough).




3 wah modes with controllable gain coupled with a ring modulator (wet/dry/frequency controls as well as a switch that allows the pedal to control the frequency). You can use Wah and Ring Modulator seperately or use both at once, and that's where the fun really starts (plus the pedal looks like a foot and the eyes light up depending on what mode you're on! I mean c'mon, how cool is that?). This baby is at the designer's shop in New Jersey being repaired, but it should be on it's way home soon. I just mailed the check last week! Can't wait to plug it back in! I'll definitely make some recordings.
Empirism  
12 Dec 2008 00:27 | Quote
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Well, I have to disagree that MultiFX's sound bad, they actually sound very good. Its only a preference and how you use them and what kind of sound you want.
blackholesun  
12 Dec 2008 01:46 | Quote
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EMB5490 says:
multi pedals sound likes **, none of those ever will sound like an arrangement of single pedals.


You always say that, but if so then why do companies like Boss make them if they could just stick to the single pedal market?
league  
12 Dec 2008 01:57 | Quote
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because they sell. And Americans buy anything thats newly marketed just ask our women.
jcb3000  
12 Dec 2008 02:02 | Quote
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Zoom GFX8 for me :)


plus i use a preset crybaby wah on the end so i can use the volume pedal if i need it at all.
EMB5490  
12 Dec 2008 07:00 | Quote
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they sell. they make money, and people who just want cool effects nd everything for a reasonable price, they buy the multi's. just b/c people sell stuff doesnt make it good.


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