[survey] Multieffects "pedals" Zoom G2.1u vs. Boss ME 70 vs. Line 6 Pod v 2.0 vs. Line 6 Pod xt

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[survey] Multieffects "pedals" Zoom G2.1u vs. Boss ME 70 vs. Line 6 Pod v 2.0 vs. Line 6 Pod xt

Post by anaerobe on Tue May 26, 2009 12:35 am

EDIT: Thanks to all for their feedback. The Zoom G2.1u is the pedal I went with, well worth the money. Great range of clean and distorted tones, amp models, wah, etc. One thing that I learned is how important the input is to the function of the multieffects box... good thing I have 7 or so electrics to choose from, eh boyo.... anyway, guitars with pickups that push the mids are really well suited for this pedal. My '78 (or so) Onyx sounds great with this pedal, as does my Westone x70.

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I've been suffering from acute gear acquisition syndrome, and have been looking around and pricing these. At the moment, 1 CDN dollar = 0.87 USD.

The Rocktron Utopia can be picked up for $150 CDN (online) which seems very inexpensive. The new Boss ME 70 is about $375 CDN, the Line 6 Pod 2 is $265 CDN, and the xt is much more @ about $500.

I'm guessing the Line 6 pods are the best sellers at the moment in Canada, and can't find anyone who's played with the Rocktron stuff.

Let me have your opinion, go ahead and rank these in terms of performance and value. I'm interested in any feedback.

Thanks!

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Re: [survey] Multieffects "pedals" Zoom G2.1u vs. Boss ME 70 vs. Line 6 Pod v 2.0 vs. Line 6 Pod xt

Post by corsair on Tue May 26, 2009 4:05 am

Jeez, brother - no use asking me; all my FX are old Boss stompers bought when I was but a lad!!It must be said, though, that I prefer to stomp 'on' and then stomp 'off', rather than cycle through banks and pages in one of those multi things, eh!! Laughing

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Re: [survey] Multieffects "pedals" Zoom G2.1u vs. Boss ME 70 vs. Line 6 Pod v 2.0 vs. Line 6 Pod xt

Post by silence86 on Tue May 26, 2009 4:24 am

I can recommend the BOSS multi effect pedals...(we all play these in our band (gt10, gt8, gt6b) and we are more than pleased). I guess the me70 is also a very good one...

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Re: [survey] Multieffects "pedals" Zoom G2.1u vs. Boss ME 70 vs. Line 6 Pod v 2.0 vs. Line 6 Pod xt

Post by anaerobe on Tue May 26, 2009 10:27 am

Thanks.... I have to admit, I do like the K.I.S.S. approach to life and gear... however the BOSS brand stuff and others is very big bang for the buck (at least 15 effects, probably a lot more). At a local shop, an Ibanez tubescreamer (the "9") is $170 with taxes in, for example - eg, one pedal.

Score: BOSS -1 Rocktron - 0 Ass'td Line 6 - 0

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Re: [survey] Multieffects "pedals" Zoom G2.1u vs. Boss ME 70 vs. Line 6 Pod v 2.0 vs. Line 6 Pod xt

Post by corsair on Tue May 26, 2009 3:41 pm

Don't get me wrong, mate - I've got Roland (Boss) stuff 'cause in the beginning there was no other available in NZ for less than a king's ransom, and I've seen no reason not to continue with Boss on the 2 occasions in the last 10 years that I've bought a new pedal; a PS5 , which is, incidentally insane!!, and an HM5 with a local fellas alterations to make it a better all rounder.
I've no doubt that the others you mention are fine in their own right, eh!! Very Happy

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Re: [survey] Multieffects "pedals" Zoom G2.1u vs. Boss ME 70 vs. Line 6 Pod v 2.0 vs. Line 6 Pod xt

Post by anaerobe on Tue May 26, 2009 4:15 pm

OK thanks John -

Score: Boss - 2; all others - zip

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Re: [survey] Multieffects "pedals" Zoom G2.1u vs. Boss ME 70 vs. Line 6 Pod v 2.0 vs. Line 6 Pod xt

Post by colt933 on Wed May 27, 2009 10:51 am

I have a Pod XT Live and I think it's great.

It sounds really good direct for recording. I have found that it doesn't sound all that good in front of a preamp, but is marvelous in the effects return on a tube amp. This bypasses the amp's preamp completely and only hits the power tubes and speaker of the amp. It gives the Pod XT Live even better tone than going direct. The amp models are great and the effects are pretty good too. I need to get another expression pedal for it.

I want to trade-up for the X3 Live. Its main advantage is that you can assign one patch to each side of its stereo out, so you can have two completely independent signal paths. This is one of the secrets that the pros use for their monster tone - more than one signal path at a time. This works well for recording and live.

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Re: [survey] Multieffects "pedals" Zoom G2.1u vs. Boss ME 70 vs. Line 6 Pod v 2.0 vs. Line 6 Pod xt

Post by anaerobe on Wed May 27, 2009 11:39 am

Thanks Colt -

Boss - 2, Pod xt live -1, Obscure equips - 0

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Re: [survey] Multieffects "pedals" Zoom G2.1u vs. Boss ME 70 vs. Line 6 Pod v 2.0 vs. Line 6 Pod xt

Post by madmarcus1960 on Wed May 27, 2009 3:09 pm

check out the Digitech RP1000, RP500, and older GNX3000 and GNX4 as well. Do a search, the GNX stuff is considered by many the best true modeling in a pedal and it serves as a soundcard for recording into a PC as well. They're being phased out for the newer RP's so you can get them on the cheap. The Boss GT-10 is the only thing that comes close. It has it's benefits as well. Search for reviews.

PS I personally own a GNX4 and 3000. love'em

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Re: [survey] Multieffects "pedals" Zoom G2.1u vs. Boss ME 70 vs. Line 6 Pod v 2.0 vs. Line 6 Pod xt

Post by anaerobe on Wed May 27, 2009 9:44 pm

Madmarcus - thanks, good info.

So, the poll expands a bit (a good thing):

Boss 2; Line 6 iterations 1; Digitech GNX3000/4 - 1

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Re: [survey] Multieffects "pedals" Zoom G2.1u vs. Boss ME 70 vs. Line 6 Pod v 2.0 vs. Line 6 Pod xt

Post by Barry on Thu May 28, 2009 9:12 am

corsair wrote:Jeez, brother - no use asking me; all my FX are old Boss stompers bought when I was but a lad!!It must be said, though, that I prefer to stomp 'on' and then stomp 'off', rather than cycle through banks and pages in one of those multi things, eh!! Laughing
Um, what he said.

I'm even older and have less than John--a Boss Chorus CE3 and an Ibanez Digital delay DL10 which I use on vocals! Both circa early 1980's.

OK...I lied. Last year during a GAS attack I also picked up a Danelectro Shift Daddy and a Danelectro Rocky Road. Both very funky pedal effects and strictly for fun. clown

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Re: [survey] Multieffects "pedals" Zoom G2.1u vs. Boss ME 70 vs. Line 6 Pod v 2.0 vs. Line 6 Pod xt

Post by anaerobe on Thu May 28, 2009 11:45 am

THanks Barry!

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Re: [survey] Multieffects "pedals" Zoom G2.1u vs. Boss ME 70 vs. Line 6 Pod v 2.0 vs. Line 6 Pod xt

Post by anaerobe on Thu May 28, 2009 11:56 am

Madmarcus - I found a 2002 Digitech (which used to be "DOD" brand IIRC) Genesis I. Its new old stock, and its going for $99.... would this be anything like the GNX series that you have??

Thanks, it may be a good deal.

BTW, the score (after Barry 'fessed up with his new, hip and happenin' Danelectro arsenal - and including stomp boxes) is:

Boss - 3; Line 6 iterations - 1; Danelectro - 1; Digitech GNX series (DOD) - 1; Ibanez - 1

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Re: [survey] Multieffects "pedals" Zoom G2.1u vs. Boss ME 70 vs. Line 6 Pod v 2.0 vs. Line 6 Pod xt

Post by madmarcus1960 on Thu May 28, 2009 2:54 pm

Not the same animal. Stay with the 3000 or better yet, the GNX4. This studio engineer created a series of patches(for a cost) that totally expands the available amp models. This is because the GNX series has 2 amps on each patch(footswitchable) and through it's extensive computer editing, allows you to morph, blend, etc, and 2 amp/cab components to create new ones that you can store.

Check out http://www.guitarworkstation.com it is a forum for the GNX series and should answer all your questions. The poster guitar3456 is the above mentioned patch creator. His product is called MFXsupermodels. You can search that on the net as well. I own the GNX4 and GNX3000 patched he created. The GNX4 is much more extensive.
By the way the GNX4 uses a memory card like a digital camera to store direct recording you make live or it stores extra patches, midi files for the on board drum machine andthe part I like best, MP3's to jam with all in the GNX4 itself, no extra gear.

I've owned and own Line6 stuff, a Toneport UX1, I use it more as a direct box/soundcard than for the POD sounds. They're weak compared to the Digitech.
I heard the Boss GT series has more effects and but doesn'r model as well, also very confusing unless you put hours into it.
The GNX with the supermodel patches is pretty plug and play, especially into PA system. It's designed to be used with a full range system(L+R XLR's, plus 1pr of balance outs)


That should be enough info to make your head hurt Razz

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Re: [survey] Multieffects "pedals" Zoom G2.1u vs. Boss ME 70 vs. Line 6 Pod v 2.0 vs. Line 6 Pod xt

Post by anaerobe on Thu May 28, 2009 3:18 pm

Awesome...! I'll just pop some ibuprofen (Hey Barry, send me some of that tongue ) and keep researching. Very Happy

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Post by hendrik on Fri May 29, 2009 2:26 pm

Hi,

let me add some other brand to the discussion:
ZOOM G1 or G2...
Prices are around 100-200 CHF. No idea how the northern peso stand to the swiss franc. Laughing

http://www.zoom.co.jp/english/products/index.html

I have a GM-200. Amp Modeler + some effects.
Keeps the neighbours happy and the sound is fantastic. Also as an preamp into a big amp.
It's not produced anymore. But EBAY.....

H.

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Re: [survey] Multieffects "pedals" Zoom G2.1u vs. Boss ME 70 vs. Line 6 Pod v 2.0 vs. Line 6 Pod xt

Post by anaerobe on Fri May 29, 2009 2:28 pm

Ah, for a few more northern pesos....

Thanks Hendrik.

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Re: [survey] Multieffects "pedals" Zoom G2.1u vs. Boss ME 70 vs. Line 6 Pod v 2.0 vs. Line 6 Pod xt

Post by colt933 on Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:34 pm

madmarcus1960 wrote:

I've owned and own Line6 stuff, a Toneport UX1, I use it more as a direct box/soundcard than for the POD sounds. They're weak compared to the Digitech.

Line6 products are in much more wide-spread use here in Nashville where they make and sell lots of records.

The high end Digitech products are great too, just not used on as many albums in Nashville as the Line6 stuff.

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Re: [survey] Multieffects "pedals" Zoom G2.1u vs. Boss ME 70 vs. Line 6 Pod v 2.0 vs. Line 6 Pod xt

Post by madmarcus1960 on Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:41 pm

Line six is good for some stuff, It's my opinion that the new stuff isn't made as well, the sounds haven't really gotten better since they came around. Where you're in Nashville I'm sure most people aren't using the high gain(METAL!!) stuff that Line six is just not very good at. It does Fender ok, even though the new Amplitube Fender add on that just came out blows it out of the water.

It's all a matter of taste. The Dig-GNX4 is hands down the most flexible unit for live performance or PC recording, anyone that hasn't tried it with the Supermodels is just plain missing out.

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Re: [survey] Multieffects "pedals" Zoom G2.1u vs. Boss ME 70 vs. Line 6 Pod v 2.0 vs. Line 6 Pod xt

Post by anaerobe on Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:50 am

There is also a Canadian made line of effects pedals that use tubes in their circuitry for emulation. Radial is the parent company.
I tried one out the other day (British pedal) - it sounds great.

Have a look:

http://www.tonebone.com/


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