Which multi fx rack?

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  1. RockerAlex

    RockerAlex SS.org Regular

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    Still in a dilemma, no matter how many reviews I watch, feature lists I read or youtube clips I watch/listen to I can't make my mind up.

    At the minute, I seem to have narrowed it down to either a Line 6 Pod HD Pro or G-Major 2 ... both have features I really like and features that really lack, unfortunately. I like the reverb and delay trails/almost 0 noise patch switching on the G-Major 2, as far as I understand, the Line 6 can't do this at all. Same goes for relay switching, so that you can change patches and amp channels all in the same button press.

    At the end of the day they both have all the effects I need. What would you do? Line 6 for the added amp modelling for recording straight in in the studio or the G-Major 2 for pure effects?
     
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    If you don't really need the modeling, the TC is better.
     
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    mcleanab Theta Sagan Swords

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    What are you using for your amp/preamp?

    I don't play out live, so I don't worry about switching fast or drag time between patches...

    With that being said, ANY and all Lexicon units. Competition? Stomped like a narc at a biker rally...

    Seriously: I have an old Lexicon unit and NOTHING compares with the quality of it's reverbs and delays. My Rocktron Xpression has a killer two voice chorus. And I am digging it's simple but very effective cabinet simulators and mic simulators as well...

    But this might be outside of all your practical needs...
     
  4. RockerAlex

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    I have a Triple Rectifier at the minute, so I'll be going through it's FX Loop no matter what.

    I've literally no idea what any of that is ...
     
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    Can't the GSP1101 do delay tails over switching? I think that was enabled in a firmware update.
    It also has modelling, ability to load your own impulses and even some Lexicon stuff built in.
     
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    Aevolve Yugen.

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    /inb4 first Axe-Fx suggestion
     
  7. RockerAlex

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    Interesting, I've definitely overlooked this one!

    Nowhere near enough cash, I'll probably never be able to afford an Axe FX 2 in my lifetime.
     
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    larry ". . . . . . . ."

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    axe fx is a good suggestion, but even in the used market a standard can still fetch roughly
    a grand. also, iirc, none of the FAS units natively facilitate relay switching. Standard, Ultra or II --you will still need to invest in an amp gizmo or some other intermidiary midi
    relay. i had to do this to my 2:100, by adding a highly liquid msa-r relay internally. it was
    alot of effort just to get the modern voicing midi switchable, but it was a fun project.
    also, the newer FAS units transmit 3.5 volt midi signals as opposed to the older 5 volt standard. so anyone thinking about using the midi-solutions relay will HAVE to purchase a
    seperate power supply.

    i will say that dispite the costly integration of going with the any of the FAS units, they are
    indeed an excellent value. op, if you've got the means to grab one of 'em. go for it!

    :2c:

    imo stick with the g-major unless recording is a real important goal. the GSP 1101 is also a
    decent bet, since it has alot of features (relay switching, seamless patch changes, spill-
    over, flexible routing, 24 bit dsp etc..), is geared towards live performance, can be
    recorded with via usb and can be had on the cheap!!
     
  9. RockerAlex

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    Unfortunately Axe FX is out of my price range completely, even used.

    I'm liking the look of this GSP1101, I'd never heard anything about it until I read this post!
     
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    larry ". . . . . . . ."

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    prior to buying my ultra, i thought about buying two 1101s to run one in each
    side of a carvin ts100. it doesn't sound too bad in YT clips, and since my first rack
    mount rig i've learned to RTFM and tweak til i get what i need. given the gsp's
    flexibility i don't doubt the ability to get a good patch, especially with alot of
    tweaking.

    check one out, they should still be going for around 300-350 used. :yesway:
     
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    Any other opinions out there? I'm open to everything at the moment.
     
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    Ya it does.

    I have both the eleven rack and the gsp1101. Gsp1101 integrates really well with an amp and has great effects, but the pitch shifter and harmonizer are sub par everything else is awesome. The gsp can get some killer tones, but I feel like the eleven rack has better quality effects it just doesn't has as many variations or variety of effects hence why I have both.

    The eleven rack can be got for like $500-$600 used and $720 refurb or $900 new with update pre-installed(have to buy it otherwise), some descent presets and the latest protools at sweetwater.

    The gsp can be had on its own for dirt cheap for the controller 2 which IMO is a must with the gsp it will run you anywhere from $450-$650.

    I've heard good things about the pod and obviously axe-fx is probably awesome, however, if this is your first multi-effects purchase you'd be lost if you got one. GSP is best with an amp IMO. Eleven rack sounds good either way and can be about $300-$500 cheaper than the axe-fx.

    If you want a foot pedal with it the cheapest route is the GSP or HD500 because for g major 2, eleven rack and axe-fx you'd need to buy one. So the GSP and the HD500 would suit you best if that is what you need. Nice thing about the GSP and Controller 2 setup is unlike the HD500 you can leave the GSP on the shelf and have one cable on the floor. For the HD500 you'd have a bunch of cables running from the floor to whatever. Just some other things to think about before you make a decision.

    Also, if you're not interested in amp modelling I've heard good things about the BOSS modeller's effects.
     
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    Thanks for the in depth reply buddy.

    I've been reading a lot about the GSP1101 today and some 11 rack stuff popped up too, when I watched the videos it seemed to be all about recording direct into Pro Tools and shit, which is not what I need a multi fx rack for. Amp models and direct in are all fine and well, but I need a rack that sounds great in the FX Loop of an amp. Relay switching is nice but not required, I could just pick up a Mini Amp Gizmo or something similar and MIDI pedals is a whole other story ... I don't wanna start into that headache until I can actually make my mind up on a rack. :/

    Also, is it just me or do all these racks either have no loop pedal function or it's total shit? (5 seconds, really?) I guess I'll have to find myself a good loop pedal to go along with whatever I end up deciding on.
     
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    ROCKTRON INTELLIFEX OR REPLIFEX (HAS CHANNEL CHANGING CAPABILITIES TOO)

    THANK ME LATER. GREAT FOR THE PRICE.
     
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    Yeah I don't understand that either. In that case you'd get more for your money with the gsp or HD or even the BOSS. Well it matters to an extent because if you get a pedal board and it has relays then you have to run more cables and if it doesn't then an amp gizmo would do the trick, but with the foot controller and the gizmo that's a lot of extra cash to throw down on top and if you got the HD or BOSS that would be a little redundant. :lol:

    Guitar decisions are so complicated. :lol:
     
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    Line 6 POD HD for sure.
     
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    I love my G Major, I especially got it for the relay switching.

    My only complaint is the Flanger is not that great or maybe im missing something in the settings.
     
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    Another question is do you need whacky effects or distortion effects? If you don't go g major route with like an FCB1010 or something. If you do then consider the other options...
     
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    I just need nice reverbs, delays and pitch shifters (+ - 1 octave on top of original guitar tone type stuff) but I don't know if I want the amp modelling capabilities for recording in the studio ... decisions decisions.

    EDIT: If I were to settle on a Line 6 POD HD Pro, does it have/support relay switching?
     
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    Rocktron Replifex!!! It has relay switching and is more durable than the Gmajor 1. Trust me!!! Very good units...if you look around can be had for under $150.
     

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