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Some of the Best Multi Effect Guitar Pedals

by admin on June 15, 2011

Here’s a review of some of the best multi effects guitar pedals on the market today.  I’ve placed then in order of cheapest to most expensive. Of course there’s a massive range of multi effects pedals around today and this is just the tip of the iceberg…

Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi Effects Pedal – $199.95

This guitar multi effects is great value for money with over 100 effects in the one pedal. It also features stereo outputs with an option for an expression pedal and its MIDI compatible.

The advantage of this pedal of the Pod pedals offered by Line 6 is its ease of use without needing to read the manual to workout how to changes the effects settings.

If you find yourself wanting a wide variety of sounds at a reasonable price, the Line 6 M5 may be the guitar multi effect pedal for you.

Zoom G2.1Nu Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal/USB Interface – $199.95

Competing with the Line 6 M5 at the same price point the Zoom G2.1Nu offers a similar number of preset sounds (100) . However it offers other effects not included on the M5 such as an expression pedal , USB recording interface and a built in drum machine which is a handy practice tool. Some users online have expressed the opinion that the sound quality of the effects are better than the Line 6 effects but it may come down to personal taste.

Again like the Line 6 M5 if you want a range of effects at a great price that includes an expression pedal and USB connection consider the Zoom G2.1Nu Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal.

DigiTech RP500 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal – $269.95

The DigiTech RP500 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal features a pedalboard mode that makes the RP500 act  as 5 seperate stompboxes and effects. The Amp/Cabinet Bypass turns the RP500 into a guitar effects processor that works with your amp’s tone. It also includes a built-in expression pedal that controls the RP500′s internal wahs, volume, Whammy™, and other parameters.

The guitar multi effects pedal is well built and is easy to use and like most Digitech products it offer a good range of high quality sounds and effects.  Though it does of that “digital” sound to it that is not as warm as an analogue effects unit. Though for the price it is excellent value and on of the best priced multi effects guitar pedals around.

Carl Martin Quattro Analog Multi-Effect Pedal – $685.30

The Carl Martin Quattro Analog Multi-Effect Pedal is different to most multi effects pedals as it has no screens or menus to work through but a simple selection of knobs and switches. It combines an logical combination of four popular analog guitar effects that sound warm and expressive.  The pedal features the following effects:

  • Compressor/Limiter – with single controls for compression and level.
  • Two-channel overdrive – has switches for on-off and for selecting between the crunch and high-gain stages
  • Vintage Chorus – with speed and a depth control
  • Vintage Style Echo – with controls for level, tone, repeat and tap-tempo, as well as an on-off switch.

If you’re looking for something with a different sound to all those digital multi effects guitar pedals on the market definitely check the Carl Martin Quattro out.

Rocktron Prophesy II Guitar Multi Effects Processor -$1,299.00

Finally at $1,299.00 the Rocktron Prophesy II Guitar Multi Effects Processor is the more expensive option reviewed here. However for this price it is rated by many users to be one of the best sounding multi effects units on the market. Some of the features include:

  • Dynamic tube replication
  • Technology (DTR)
  • User definable effect configurations
  • User assignable stereo effect loop
  • Tap tempo delay and tremolo
  • Built-in chromatic tuner
  • Stereo XLR outputs
  • Real amp knobs for on-the-fly tone,
  • “pluck detector” (patent-pending)
  • ADSR for dynamic effect control
  • Pre distortion effects and post distortion effects
  • Programmable speaker simulator with parameters for speaker size,
  • Mic position, reactance

It is a class-A  tube preamp which is a big reason to why the Rocktron Prophesy II sounds so good the quality of tones from clean to distorted are always of the highest quality. If you looking a high end multi effects unit check out the Rocktron Prophesy II.        

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Bill December 2, 2011 at 5:25 pm

I’ve got the M9 which is the same as the M5 but allows up to 3 effects at once.

The reverb, phaser, chorus and delay are dynamite. The distortion and overdrive are not as good as other analog boxes like the Boss or Ibanez. I use it for just the aforementioned effects together with two overdrive pedals and a wah and it’s a good combo.

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