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Sound Quality

The effects included are... Compression Overdrive Distortion Chorus/flange PannerDelay Speaker simulator Coil tap 4 band Parametric EQ Effects loop Classic EQ Noise gate 5 band graphic EQ Two pitch shifters Envelope filter Splitter Stereo simulator Reverb The delays and chorus are distortions and overdrive are usable. The multitude of EQs allows the user to shape the sound to almost any requirement. Compression does bring up the noise and should really be used sparingly and the reverb and pitch shifting don't stand up to close scutiny. Over the years I've been adding new items to my rack and currently run a Rocktron Piranah into the Profex 2 followed by a Digitech Quad 4. The tones from the Piranah are infinitely superior to the Pro Fex, which is to be expected from a tube preamp and the reverbs of the Quad 4 are are much smoother than the grittness found in the Pro Fex 2. Effectively the Pro Fex has been reduced to EQ and chorus duties. In the context of recording the Profex 2 would not stand a chance, however as a dirty home practice box it works fine.

Reliability/Durability

I bought this unit when it first came out in the UK back in 1992 and it's never broken down. I've had to replace the power supply after dropping - take note all those manufacturers who insist on using PSUs.

General Comments

The Profex 2 wins on it's intuitive user interface with the ability to place effects anywhere within the chain. Also with the ability to midi map patches (meaning an effects chain need only be created once if used for more than one patch) the Profex is still certainly more flexable than many of todays low budget multi effects units.

Where it falls down is on the sound quality - not that it's terrible, but given the advances in technology since this was released there are many much better sounding units out there.

Overall I would recommend this unit for a beginner who is not too bothered about recording but wants some additional sounds to add to their canvas.




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