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Sound Quality

Alright, the bulk of the review nobody is going to read... My latest-and-greatest guitar is a cheap Ibanez RGT-42FM with an EMG 81 in the bridge (tell someone who cares!), and an 89 in the neck. I always keep a fresh battery in it. Setup is like this: Guitar -> MT2 metalzone -> GSP5 -> Peavey 231FX -> Creative X-FI Platinum. I use a Klipsch 4.1 surround system with a 2x12 fosgate subwoofer setup. I record with Adobe Audition 2.0, Steinberg Wavelab 5, and many many other worthless programs. Basically, I set my MT-2 metalzone up like this: Level maxed, Trebel @ 3:00, Bass @ 3:00, Distortion at 12:00. I almost always use patch #78 on the GSP5 (good solo reverb). I set the GSP5 @: EC 10, L 8, bA 2, 1F .16, 1L 4, 2F 2.9, 2L 6, rL 0 or 9 (solo or rhythm reverb), rD.50, rE 3, and uo 3. With it set up like this, I can get a damn good rhythm sound as well as a hot-ass solo sound (change reverb). Like this, sitting in front of a computer monitor, it's LOUD. Move away from the monitor, and it's fairly quiet, tipping the scales at an acceptable (to me) -25db. Sounds like a soft waterfall. It will also pickup local AM radio stations with the correct positioning and maximum gain on a MT-2 and the unit. By itself, it's actually sort of quiet. When I'm recording, the preamp shows everything from -60db on a dry, raw clean channel to a -20db on a high-gain, effects-laiden channel with my buzzsaw-esque MT-2. The sound is VERY digital, especially with low-volume sounds. You can actually hear the "digitizing" of the input sound @ around -30db. This is due to the ancient DAC. It should be noted that you CAN adjust certain aspects of the DSP via small potentiometers inside the box. If you're hearing a random "crackle or static," turn the BIAS pot until it stops. The effects sound decent. A far cry from the warm, natural sounds of todays digital effects processors, but they're still good. The reverb is fantastic and is the ONLY reason I insist on using this unit. That, and the amp models (which don't sound at all like ANY amplifier I've ever played!!!) sound good.

Reliability/Durability

This unit does not like to be beat-up. If you get pissed and whack the top of it, it'll usually make the "up" buttons sticky. Other than that, it's a solid unit and has NEVER failed me. NEVER. Failed.

Price/Value


General Comments

I play lots of different music. Full-on death metal, black metal, Vai-like solos, and acoustic guitar-like classical. I've been playing for ~7 years now. I wouldn't cry if it got stolen or lost...these things are cheap.

 

I like that it's survived 5 years of me playing. It sounds decent, and I've grown to like it. On the same note, I totally HATE it's lack of tonal versatility. Everything sounds the same.... there's just more of that sound or less of it, nothing special.

 

I've played many high-dollar amps/racks, and this thing CAN NOT compare to even a line-6 pod XT. But, for a freebie, it's not bad at all. I'll give this one a 5 because it's so basic and old. Cryptic patching, digital sound, noisy, and fake-sounding.


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