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  1. Rob-V0BmI

    izotope Spectron

    I've been playing for 10 years, gigging for 8 and been gigging round the country for 3 years now. I use the Jag, or a Fender Tele with lots of effects. The Jaguar is a unique guitar. It has personality and with it it has quirks that you don't get with a tele or strat. It's up to you if it suits your musical style, if you can be bothered to modify it to your standards and then maintain it. If you do you'll be rewarded with one of the most playable guitars out there. Jaguars have a cool look and feel that you just don't get anywhere else.
  2. I heard that the small stone was the best, warmest and most buttery phaser on the market. It sounds alright (especially on organs) but I think the Boss PH1, DOD and MXRs are much better soundwise. Even the Boss PH2 and some plastic rockteck phasers gives a better sound than this one with less (or at least more controllable distortion). The volume drop, and different type of AC adapter and lack of control over the sound make this completely impractical for live use. Sorry, but this pedal really quite sucks.
  3. Rob-V0BmI

    Swift SG Copy

    This guitar cost only ¿¿49 brand new. I wanted a cheap guitar to play with drumsticks and eventually trash. For the price it is good value. Swift music are based in London. For a beginner it is not as good as a squier strat or a yamaha pacifica, but better than an encore or the dire catalogue rubbish. If you are a beginner I'd suggest one of those instead.
  4. Rob-V0BmI

    Boss PS-2

    As a Pitchshifter this is a very dated pedal by today's standards. It can be useful, but very limited and the newer PS3 or PS5 or a Digitech Whammy will sound far far better if you want to tune to anything more than an octave up or have spot on shifting. I'm considering getting a second more modern pitchshifter with more versility. This pedal has remained on my board for years and will continue to do so. I see this as a unique and unrepeatable delay pedal, with some added shifting options to use occasionally. I'd highly recommend to all experimentalists and noisemakers. I've tried many delay pedals from compact digital delays, to the Memory Man to tape echos. There is NOTHING that sounds like the delay modes of this pedal. If it broke I'd track down another one from ebay immediately. I use this pedal on nearly every song and it's vital to my sound. Plus it's probably the cheapest pitchshifter on ebay if you need something basic.
  5. This guitar was bought second hand, which is hard for reviewing because I do not know how it was from the factory. Generally Squire guitars can be decent, but the quality control is not as good as Fender. The action, neck and playabilty of this guitar is perfect. Other bits could be better. Adequate but not great. A Squire guitar can be a great guitar if you are prepared to adjust it yourself, change the pick ups and upgrade the accessories. If you don't mind having "Squire" on the headstock it can be a good way to save money. I wouldn't get rid of this guitar for anything, even though it is no longer my main guitar. I have a Fender Telecaster now, but it doesn't have the smooth playability of this one.
  6. This is a great fuzzbox. It's got some nice smooth sustain for classic rockers, or some nice noisy sounds and interesting overtones for experimental players. Turn the octave off if you want to play Hendrix, turn it on if you want Sonic Youth. Fuzzes really are a very personal taste - there's such a huge variety you have to keep trying them and find one you like. This pedal is great value for money. I wouldn't use it live due to its reliability but it's great to keep handy in the studio or when writing. I can't believe that something so cheap sounds so good and its definitely worth a tenner of anyone's money.
  7. EH pedals are made by American hippies. This means you can get some unique sounds that you don't usually get with regular stompboxes but often you don't know what the hell they were thinking. But their pedals are pretty cheap compared to the boutique pedal rip offs. This is an odd Tremolo pedal and as such it's quite interesting. Nonetheless I sold the pulsar immediately. It's too subtle and I couldn't get the sound I wanted and I didn't have time to tweak knobs all day to find it. As with all EH pedals it's huge and takes up a lot of space, but I was expecting that and would be willing to overlook it if it sounded good enough. This pedal eats batteries. A new battery lasts about 15 minutes in the pulsar. This is probably due to the flashing LED that blinks in time with the speed. Good idea, but utterly flawed if it kills the battery life. The AC socket is a different type to boss pedals, meaning that I would have to use another PSU from my multi tap to use it live. I use an awful lot of gear live and I simply do not have the strength to lift much more than I have now. This meant that I decided to use a sequencer to make interesting throbbing and stuttering sounds in the studio, and a Boss TR2 live. The TR2 is not nearly as interesting, but it does the job much better than the Pulsar. Good try EH, but it wasn't for me. Keep taking those drugs guys.
  8. I do not deny that Zach is a lovely bloke by all accounts but he's also a marketing genius. While this is quite a good fuzzbox it's so overpriced it's not true. You could nearly buy a new amp for the price of this little fuzzbox new. Seriously, if this were a DOD pedal all these glowing reviewers would be complaining about how it picks up radio signals, how it squeals and how it never sounds the same twice. They would be annoyed how much it costs for so little in return. It's a case of Emperors new clothes. Sure, the FF is fairly versatile for a fuzzbox, it can make some fairly interesting sounds and it would probably be useful to make music with if you were in Radiohead or Sonic Youth in the studio. But for the same price you could buy a Classic Fuzz, an extreme metal pedal, a compressor and a noise gate and then you'd get all the same sounds as a fuzz factory and even more besides. I've recreated all these sounds and more with a circuit bent HM2 that cost me $20. If you've got money to burn then try one, if not buy a clone off ebay. If you are of regular income like most of us then stick with a Big Muff and buy a booster and compressor to boost the sound to get the squeal and sustain or make a feedback loop up. This pedal is nice but you really really don't need it. It's a tragic fact for rich guitar players that quality is finite. Paying $200 for a pedal does not make it 4 times better than one costing $50. It probably won't even be half as good. Just remember that before you buy it. Good luck with your music everyone and I hope you enjoy the pedal.
  9. Rob-V0BmI

    Boss XT-2 Xtortion

    I have had my eye on this pedal for a while due to it's lovely red colour and potentially interesting sound so I wanted to give one a go. It really is one of the best looking pedals ever made. It's sound is ah, interesting, and for a very small number of people it will work very well for their sound. Boss produced this pedal to try to create a "new" distortion sound in the mid 90's. It is fairly unique sounding, but for most styles of music it utterly fails. Noise players will probably like this pedal because it is unusual and has the gain they want without the scouped mids standard metal sound. This pedal sold very poorly and is now discontinued. I can see this pedal becoming a collectors item one day, like the DOD gonkulator and Digitech Space Station but for now it's just a funny curiocity. If it were stolen I wouldn't care that much because it only really brightens up my pedalboard with it's beautiful red glow and I rarely actually use it. Most people will hate this pedal. A very, very small minority will love it. If you like nasty sounds and like experimenting then it's worth a try. You never know. Trent Reznor would do good things with this. If not get it from ebay for next to nothing and put it aside to sell in 10 years time.
  10. I play a lot of textured soundscapes. I used to use 2 Boss DD3's and a DM2 to build up layers and I bought this pedal with the aim of selling these three and using the DL4 instead. I was disappointed to find that you cannot use more than one patch at once, so there is no way to build up mulitlayered delays. I very often use three cascading delay pedals all on at once in my music and this is not possible with the DL4. I am still keeping this pedal because it's a lovely bit of professional kit, and the loop sampler will be used in the future a great deal. I will still keep my other delays because I need to use more than one delay at once and I also miss the simplicity of a simple stompbox to use onstage when all I want is a slapback echo. I also play all kinds of music in several bands and it seems silly having a huge Dl4 onstage when a DM2 will be easier if I just want a simple reverby slapback delay in a surf band. The patches do sound great, and this is a lovely pedal, well worth the money. If you wanted even one of the vintage delays it models it would cost you more than this pedal costs. However the DL4 did not fill it's function of never needing another delay pedal again. It does so many lovely sounds you will feel sorry that you can only save three patches and it's hard to choose. You cannot use more than three patches for a gig because of the hassle selecting new ones. You need to order the PSU seperately because it's not included and it's different adapter tip to standard. This is an annoyence so it's lost another point for that. You can use 4 C batteries, and they last quite a while, but not too long. Not long enough to rely on to record a single or more than a few gigs. Nice pedal, could be improved slightly by being able to use more than one patch at once. But then that's me.
  11. This is one of the most underrated pedals of all time. If you think of "Heavy Metal" as that scouped mids chainsaw sound from Marilyn Manson records than you're gonna be disappointed. This pedal came out in the 80's so think ZZ Top, Iron Maiden, Judus Priest. I don't think it's even that good for that sort of 80's Metal (you need more of an overdrive sound for that), but this pedal is great for anyone who just wants a heavier sound than normal. Dave Gilmore used one for a bass-heavy sound in Pink Floyd. It's got lots of great sounds, oodles of sustain, great for solos and this pedal sold so many thousands of units in the 80's there are hundreds lying around. Every pawn shop in the world has one, so you can get one for next to nothing. A total bargin. Also worth noting that this is an 1980's metal pedal just like the overpriced Shredmaster. Anyone who wants a Shredmaster but can't afford one check out this pedal because I've got lots of Shredmaster sounds from my HM2. They are not the same, but they sound close enough for a lot of people, and the HM2 is many times cheaper. If this pedal wants to be a metal pedal then it would be good to have a mid control, but since I don't like it for that I wouldn't change anything about it, other than the name. For it's low price it's wonderfull. If it were stolen I wouldn't worry too much but I might get another since it's so cheap. Easy come, easy go. The HM2 is not the greatest pedal in the world but it's easily the greatest pedal that you can buy for $20 on ebay. Check it out.
  12. Rob-V0BmI

    DOD FX33 Buzz Box

    I play nofi rock or make experimental noise in my room with feedback loops and a four track. I've used a DOD Grunge pedal for years to get horrible noises. It's stupidly over the top but not scooped mids like most "metal" pedals, so it stands out in the mix. If I want to play the Roobarb and Custard theme, or sound like a chainsaw chopping down an oak tree I use my trusty Grunge. The distortion in the Buzz Box is very similar to the Grunge. I also used an MXR Blue Box for the octave sound and thought I didn't need a buzz box because with a Grunge pedal AND a Blue Box together you can get just about all of the sounds of the Buzz Box, so it's debatable whether anyone need pay all that money for this rare pedal at all. To compare them: In the Buzz Box the distortion and Octave are in parallel (not series) so the octave is that little bit more disconnected, a little weirder. Plus of course you can turn both the distortion and octave on with one stomp, and also the Buzz Box is far rarer and therefore cooler to other guitar snobs. The Buzz Box isn't so heavily gated as the Blue Box and so it just destroys any signal that goes into it and feedsback like crazy. Which is good. The Blue Box has a warmer sound on it's own and is more musical, despite some volume and noise gating issues. I'm debating which one to keep because there's very little between them, they are near identical. To sum up: Buy a Grunge and an MXR Blue Box and you'll have a DIY Buzz Box and you don't need to pay all that money for the real deal. But the Buzz Box is still waaay cooler. Back to the Buzz Box review: everyone who'd want one knows what it sounds like. It's horrible, and it does it rather well. It works as a sound source for noise music and it's a lot of fun. Having the real deal is better than Blue Box/grunge imitation I described, and this is the most disgusting pedal I've heard: forget the Fender Blender, Shin Ei Fuzz Box, the Fuzz Factory - this is genuine hell on toast. It makes all those look like a nice Disney movie. No real musical value, but it's good to keep handy. It tends to be an unpredictable beast, so having a sampler on hand is useful because you're unlikely to get the same thing twice. You can always keep it on your board to scare people, wake them up if they look like they are losing interest in your music, or inflict pain on the unappreciative audience only here to see the other band. Most people will turn it on at the end of the set to make a big din, and walk off stage with feedback ringing behind them. The Buzz Box is the most horrid and out of control pedal ever made, and it's well worth getting if you see one. Lots of fun. It's by no means essential, but if you play noise, you'll probably already have at least one. An MXR Blue Box is a much cheaper and more reliable alternative.
  13. Rob-V0BmI

    DOD FET Preamp

    This pedal does what it's supposed to, it boosts the sound or acts as a pre amp. It has lots and lots of sweet sweet gain. Mmmmmm. You can't turn it off because there's no footswitch so you can't really use it as a booster unless you leave it on all the time. It does make me sound better and gives me a hotter signal. To drive your overdrive pedals (or a tube amp) with this really sounds cooking. I think it would be a useful tool for recording, and you can pick them up for next to nothing. It's much cheaper than a POD or amp simulator. Not as versitile as a POD obviously, but it gets rid of that dead sound of instrument into PA. Useful solution for anyone on a budget. This pedal doesn't do much but it does it's job. The more enterprising musician could even add an on/off footwitch and have a budget MXR Micro amp or Zvex super hard on.
  14. This is a good tremolo pedal and will get the job done at a nice price. It is not as good as the higher end tremolo's but it's OK for the price. This is a very simple "one trick pony" type pedal, but I wasn't expecting any more. If you want a better tremolo then you'll have to spend more money, but that's kind of obvious. If you are going to use tremolo all the time and use it as your signature sound then maybe you should think about getting something else. But most people will not leave this on all the time like they would an overdrive pedal, and couldn't justify spending all the extra. There is nothing really wrong with this pedal. As one person said here that if Boss were to release a TR-3 with tap tempo, Panning modes, expression pedal options to control the speed and a booster option to compensate for the volume loss then they'd really clean up and destroy all the competition. Are you listening Boss? I would also like to have seen this pedal go slower than it does to make very very slow gentle throbbing, like the PN2 did. But anyway, this pedal is absolutely fine for what it does and does me fine. It's basic and simple - yes, but I've no problems with it and it does it's job. I would say it's much better than the PN2 for modern music because it goes faster. Good pedal and I'm not disappointed with it. Don't listen to the bad reviews here - this pedal really isn't that bad.
  15. This was purchased from www.no1derland.com. They sell Theremins on ebay and on their website. This is a very cheap theremin for someone who wants a sci fi noise for one song or to make noise in your bedroom. Overall rating is therefore relative. If you want a theremin to make sci fi movie sound effects for a play and don't want to play a theremin seriously then this will be adaquate for your needs. On the other hand if you wanted a proper theremin you'd be a fool to expect something so cheap to be any good. However £50 is quite expensive for what it does. You could build your own for less than £10. I'll also mention that the pseudo fractal stickers on the casing were replusive. I took them off within minutes of it arriving. This theremin is below average, but it's also cheap. It will be adaquate for some people I guess. I'm keeping mine for now but I don't use it much.
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