Three Things to Consider Before Buying an Electric Guitar Multi-effect Processor
With the right setup and settings, you can sound like a guitar legend, even if you’re still learning to play.
You might not be able to play a guitar like Hendrix or Clapton but you sure can make it sound like theirs. How? A multi-effects processor is your best friend. This is never truer than if you’re the guy who has collected 45 pedals and custom-built a pedalboard that takes two guys to lift up! Swapping out your cherished pedal collection for a two-pound multi-processor seems like a no-brainer. Here’s what to look for.
You might get away with a sensitive, lightly constructed multi-effects processor if it always hides out in your studio, but if you gig with it you need a reliable processor able to survive a six-foot drop or an inch of rainfall. It helps also to run on both batteries and plug-in.
Layout and Playability
A multi-effects processor is of no use if it’s not laid out in a playable manner. Stomp buttons should be placed for easy access and minimal confusion. The pedal should be lit well enough to see when standing in dark bars and gig settings.
A USB output enables interface with your computer or digital audio workstation (DAW) and a whole universe of opportunities for recording, storing and editing patches, and loading new sounds onto your processor.