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This topic comes up a lot on the various forums here, I think it would be a good resource for MFX n00bz to check out.

 

Everyone could chime in on MFX processors they've used past or present and state some of the pluses and minuses of them and then we could get some kind of ranking system going.

 

...So whatchathink?

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intellifex blackface = awesome, cheap

intellifex LTD = awesome, cheap

intellifex xl = awesome, rare

intellifex online maroon USA = awesome, cheap

intellifex online grey Korea = okay, bad resale value

intelliverb = awesome, rare

intellipitch = never tried it

replifex = awesome, reasonably priced

multi-valve = just like replifex, includes tube

xpression = just like replifex sans switch jacks, Korean-made

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Originally posted by tats_dragon

Good idea on paper but...........aren't there about 300+ models if you include used.

It's so rig dependant too. Serial or parallel etc.


Jun

 

Sure they're tons of old FX boxes out there but you don't have to comment on them all...just the ones you've used and/or liked, disliked.

 

Heh, maybe I should exclude the GrooveKing, since he owns everything!

 

:D :D :D

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Originally posted by guitarslinger

intellifex blackface = awesome, cheap

intellifex LTD = awesome, cheap

intellifex xl = awesome, rare

intellifex online maroon USA = awesome, cheap

intellifex online grey Korea = okay, bad resale value

intelliverb = awesome, rare

intellipitch = never tried it

replifex = awesome, reasonably priced

multi-valve = just like replifex, includes tube

xpression = just like replifex sans switch jacks, Korean-made

 

:thu:

Aren't you just full of enthusiasm...

 

I had kinda envisioned it a bit different tho, more detail about the quality of the FX, strengths and weakness..stuff like that.

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I think we need a breakdown by price.

 

Boss SE-50 = a great unit for under $100. Nice ambience, rotary, and delays. Battery replacement could be necessary because of age but very easy access. No tap tempo.

 

Roland RSP-550 = would like to keep this a secret because it sounds great for about $100. Great rotary, chorus, tap tempo delay. Similar to Boss SE-50 without all the distortion/overdrive. Physically it's very deep compared to the efx of recent years.

 

TC Electronic M-One = Great unit for about $200. Two independant efx with flexible routing. User friendly. Esp. like the tremolo, tap tempo up to 2500ms (I think). Use for guitar, FOH or recording.

 

Jun

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Originally posted by boogieman_dan

:thu:
Aren't you just full of enthusiasm...


I had kinda envisioned it a bit different tho, more detail about the quality of the FX, strengths and weakness..stuff like that.

 

HAHA

 

boss se-50 = awesome, cheap

digtech tsr 24s = awesome, cheap

digitech dhp 33 = awesome, cheap

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I was thinking something like this:

 

Edit: This is gonna be a work in progress.

 

Name: Rocktron Replifex

Availability: Discontinued

Price: I paid $650 new, now

 

Effects:

 

HUSH*

Compressor*

4-band Parametric EQ*

Delay*

Reverb*

Tremolo

Phaser

Flanger

Chorus

Pitch shifter

Auto Panner*

Rotary Speaker

Speaker Simulator*

 

*Available in both configurations

 

Two configurations: Classic and Rotary.

Global Setting and full Mixer controls per preset.

2 on/off relays for other/amp channel switching.

Preset spillover for Delay and Reverb.

Tap tempo feature

 

Usage: Serial FX loop or parallel with mixer (serial FX loop recommended)

 

Thoughts: Very nice modulations (4 or 6 stage) Phaser, 2-tap Chorus, 2-tap Flanger, and Tremolo. The Rotary sim is one of the best I've found in MFX rack units. The 1 voice Pitch Shifter (2 octaves down to 1 octave up) tracks kinda slow yet can handle chords...unlike some newer MFX units. The Delay has 2-taps and 1 second of delay time, easy to dial in dual, ping pong, tape echo types of delay. The Reverb is OK but no dedicated room types...you have to simulate your own using the depth, high-freq dampner and level controls. The Speaker Sim is great...I sometimes use it as a cut/boost resonance and presence control. The HUSH is superior to any noise gate that I've used.

 

Positives: Nice analog sounding FX, easy to program, built to last.

 

Negatives: No programmable filters, Multi-voice pitch shifting, intelligent harmonizer, programmable LFO's or envelope generators, and no custom FX routing.

 

Specs:

 

24 bit Motorola DSP

.009 THD+N

104db Dynamic Range (HUSH in)

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Originally posted by boogieman_dan

Alright Jay! So hows about that MPX-G2 review?

:D
:D
:D

 

Yes...I need to post a more in depth one. Bottom line is I wouldn't recommend it unless someone has prior experience with rack units and midi, but I'm really enjoying the unit after a few weeks of programming. Sound quality is superior to the rocktron units I have used in the past. At a sub $500 price point used, it is a steal for what it does. I do have mine taking up two loops in my GCX so I can completely bypass it as well.

 

Wish I had time to say more.

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