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A Bunch Of Pedals Or A Multi Effects Unit?

Discussion in 'Effects Pedals, Strings and more' started by Steadfastly, Apr 27, 2010.

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An Array Of Pedals Or A Good Multi-effects Unit? Which Do You Prefer?

  1. Multi-effects Unit

    17 vote(s)
    17.7%
  2. An Array Of Pedals.

    79 vote(s)
    82.3%
  1. ThePass

    ThePass

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    Years ago I had a Digitech RP-1. I liked it, but basically only used one patch consisting of OD, delay, compression and maybe reverb. I can't recall it's been years but that being said basically I never used it to it's potential I suppose.

    I like the idea of pedals myself as opposed to the newer FX units. Just my two cents.
     
  2. david henman

    david henman

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    ....for compression, overdrive, distortion etc: an an ever-changing array of pedals

    for delay, chorus, trem etc: multi-effects unit
     
  3. mhammer

    mhammer

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    Yep, if it is an affect which has to make recalculations, based on millisecond-to-millisecond differences in signals, I'll opt for analog and/or individual pedals. If it is basic algorithm management, then a multi-FX can handle that with aplomb.
     
  4. Robert1950

    Robert1950 Gold Member

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    If I want more than two effects, multi-effects. Simply cause I'm lazy.
     
  5. FrankyNoTone

    FrankyNoTone

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    Noob question here: If you want to have different settings for delay using single effect pedals, do you need to have more than one so you can switch between them without twiddling knobs during a set/song?
     
  6. Depends. There are some "single effect" pedals that offer presets. See: empress effects multidrive or superdelay or the Boss DD-20. They all differ in how they do "presets" but the end result is that you can switch between multiple variations of the effect with your feet.
     
  7. mhammer

    mhammer

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    The Line 6 M5/M9/M13 will let you save settings (at least 20), and scroll through them, using a simple up and down momentary switch. I suspect the various PODs do the same thing. Pretty much all the completely digital units will do something like that. The differences are a matter of whether the number of presets you need is provided, whether the display suits your needs, and whether the parameters for adjustment are the ones you need. For example, some players may want a volume level change for each patch.
     
  8. FrankyNoTone

    FrankyNoTone

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    Those empress pedals look really well engineered and sophisticated (and pricy). I think being able to set and sequence any combination of effects per song or within a song would provide a lot of artistic freedom.
     
  9. -mbro-

    -mbro-

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    The most correct answer is both a multi and some single pedals . I prefer the sound of the single analog
    pedals I have. Im picky about dirt pedals and have bought and sold many until I settled on a couple I really liked. The multi fx takes care of delay, reverb and any other effect I may need.
     

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