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All you must know about multieffects
The world of effects has always been dominated by single effects. The development of technology and the need for handy all-in-one solutions are responsible for the birth of multieffects Initially these were simply connected analog cubes, enclosed in one large housing. It was only the 1990s and the digital revolution make that the multieffects market exploded! And although fashion has returned to analogue vintage equipment, digital "harvesters" continue to maintain a strong position in the market.
Apart from the price and sound capabilities, we have to take into consideration the size and therefore the convenience of the device. Virtually every one of the commercially available multifaceted effects has a variety of effects - from modulation effects, through interrupts, simulations, reverbs, compressors, and various delays. For this set of inputs, outputs and usually the option of working as an interface. Therefore, in this article we will concentrate primarily on convenience of use
The small one and two button multieffects had until very recently offered very limited functionality. Revolutionary in the mid 90's, the Zooma 505's construction has remained remarkably long in the digital world. , today's simple multi-effects based on this solution , such as Zoom B1 and Vox Stomp, offer only the switching between pre-programmed "Bank" voices. And even if such banks were 99 , and each of them offered the ability to combine several effects (which is also standard), always the functionality of this type of device will be strongly limited to ordinary analog cubes. Who skipped a few dozen banks between songs or worse - during playing song - knows what a nightmare. The situation has only changed recently. Manufacturers have realized that multi-user users - both small and large - simply want a fully functional "floor" in the form of a single device. We set the desired sound from the rich palette, we write and under the "leg" we have the simulation of the flanger, overdrive, chorus, delay ... No jumping between the banks - just "on" and "off". Strange that after so many years anyone got into this idea!
The idea that mid-sized multieffects have adapted long ago. Of course, each of the larger multifaceted designed to replace the entire pedalboard, also offer programming sound banks and switching between them. The size of multieffects with at least 3 footswitches allows for a clearer location and description of all functions and sounds - which are often the same as for "smaller brothers". Technology goes forward and very popular once Bossy MS20B and MS50B have to give way to new constructions, although they still offer quite a lot! However, the purchase of modern Zooma or Line6 M9 - a larger and much more extensive "brother" M5 will certainly hit the bull's eye. The B3 is exceptionally transparent - it works primarily like three interconnected cubes. Line 6 goes further - to these three basic, programmable sounds, it joins the set of buttons necessary for the footsteps of the 28 second looper. However, none of them has a built-in expression pedal. This is an element needed to control the effect volume, wahwah work or some filters, and nice when you do not need to use a separate device.
Heavy weight multieffect is basically limited to three powerful and maximally functional constructions. The possibilities of a big multieffect can give you a headache. Let no one be surprised 100-page instructions, both for the "royal" Zooma B2.1u as well as Bossa GT001! The design of the Boss Group, GT001 is not the latest, and unfortunately it bounces on some features and slightly wobbly design. However, it is equipped with all necessary inputs and outputs - including USB and MIDI. Unfortunately, his 24-bit processor that offering 44.1kHz sampling is worse than all modern Zooma designs.
Into The "heavy weight" we should also include the remarkable Digitech device - the RP 1000's "programmable floor". RP 1000 is a well-designed "floor", featuring 10 footswitches for effects, two to choose between effects and amp simulations, the next two corresponding For switching banks of sounds and the necessary expression pedal. Processing of 20kHz sample rate data is equivalent to a 24 bit converter and two processors. The perfect flooring design, combined with a processor with more than 160 effects (Wah, sound compressors, noise gate, equalizer, chorus, flanger, pitch, vibrato / rotary, delay, reverb, distortion) make this device exceptionally user-friendly. Sadly, the price far exceeds 1000zł.
For whom multiefekt?
The times when small and inexpensive multiefeklets offered poor sound quality have long been behind us. Both the smallest and the biggest digital floors are ideal for a overworked bass player who has to concentrate first and foremost on his task.