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do you know any good ones? Are there any particular brands that make good products? for a good price I mean.
 

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Nowadays you can find one at any price range. What type of effects are you looking for and what’s your budget?
 

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I'm a guitar/cord/amp type but there's occasions when I can go ampless live or want to use a couple effects to spice things up.

My criteria shopping a few years back...
1. Simple to use
2. Sounds good
3. Simple to use

I chose the Boss ME-80.

They took their extensive line of pedals and put it in one box.

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Keep mine in a Road Runner case for traveling.

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Yes I am tossing up between an me 80 and a Mooer ge200 . What is the reverb choices like on the me 80? I love big spatial sounds
 

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I'm still successfully using the old Boss ME8 from 1996!! Can be got for less than one effect pedal.
 

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I have a Digitech RP500 I love.... It has separate kick buttons for Comp, Dist, Chorus, DDL, and Rev, along with a programmable expression pedal I use for volume. I love it.

That being said, I detest most factory patches with a passion, on about any multi effects units.

I think they are done by a drunk cab driver that has trouble with playing a radio.

In mine, I turned the modelling off as I want to hear MY amps. I then tweaked three patches. Three. One for single coils, one for Lesters, and one for bass. Remember there are separate kick buttons for the individual effects within that patch. So I am NOT changing patches...I am just kicking the respective effects on and off within that patch.

They are discontinued I think so can be had fairly cheap. I would suggest getting a multi effects unit only if willing to get in there with it and tweak.... Mine is no better or worse than any of em. Pretty much all can be kiler with tweaking...

Again, they take tweaking. I can live without all the freaking star trek reject whirlygig crap patches... I don't care if it can mimic an underwater egg beater on acid......

Takes some burning the proverbial midnight oil to get em right but it can be done...
 

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I'm still successfully using the old Boss ME8 from 1996!! Can be got for less than one effect pedal.
thanks for the reply. ..check out the me 80 you will see the reverb knob in the top right hand corner, it is a 4 field thing, and they are never good. Am I missing something, surely you can get more reverb than that one knob? Can you use a delay to get a nice reverb sound?
 

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I used to have the me50, which had the same 4 field reverb knob. Yes, that is all they have. It's like a reverb knob on an amp in operation, so that's the level of control you have. You could use one of the delays for slap back echo in place of reverb.
You've got to appreciate the me units for what they are, great grab and go effects pedals.
I got mine specifically for auditions, where I don't want to bring pedals, and I don't want to be scrolling through menus while they're all looking at their watches. I prefer no effects plugging straight in, but sometimes a band would require a certain sound.

One major drawback is the me series don't have effects loops, so you can't connect them to your amps effects loop (well you can, but it's not as flexible, doesn't sound as good).

I now have a zoom g9. 2tt, though old was flagship once and still sounds great, does the individual pedal or patch mode, 2 assignable foot controllers, 2 assignable foot switches, 2 12ax7 tubes, effects loop and the ability to move the effects loop routing. Between the 2 tubes (1 tube post, 1 pre controlled separately) , the overdives and the compressor, I'm most pleased with the control over the compression, which can be tweaked for any situation.
I would have gone with a boss gt10 or 100 and would have been something comparable, but the zoom came up first (used).
 
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Yes I am tossing up between an me 80 and a Mooer ge200 . What is the reverb choices like on the me 80? I love big spatial sounds
Hall, reverb and spring...... or this effect built in the ME-80.

 

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I got along pretty good with a Line6 M9. The overdrives were kinda lame but I did enjoy having the scenes for different types of modulation/delay. Mostly play just straight in nowadays
 

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I'm a guitar/cord/amp type but there's occasions when I can go ampless live or want to use a couple effects to spice things up.

My criteria shopping a few years back...
1. Simple to use
2. Sounds good
3. Simple to use

I chose the Boss ME-80.

They took their extensive line of pedals and put it in one box.

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Keep mine in a Road Runner case for traveling.

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When you go ampless , how do you get your amp and cab tones?
 

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I have been using the GT-3 and GT-5 for years and they're good prices S/H and are the best sounding boxes I have found. I tried a couple of the ME series (-20 and -70) and really didn't like the sound and feel of those ones. The early GTs take a little while to learn to program but have really great sounds in them. You can also hook up to a PC via MIDI and use a graphical program to edit presets which is cool.
 

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I have been using the GT-3 and GT-5 for years and they're good prices S/H and are the best sounding boxes I have found. I tried a couple of the ME series (-20 and -70) and really didn't like the sound and feel of those ones. The early GTs take a little while to learn to program but have really great sounds in them. You can also hook up to a PC via MIDI and use a graphical program to edit presets which is cool.
The vid mentions the ME8 which I have been using since 1996. I dont believe that all the distortions are 'pants' - I can get some great distortions for live work and I have also used them for direct recording. Again, it's how it's set up.
ps. I have a GT5 which seems great but I've never got round to sorting my own patches. I really would like to experiment with the 4 cable method.
 

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When you go ampless , how do you get your amp and cab tones?
Great sound can be had without the paralysis of twenty cab and thirty amp options found on some units.

Friend of mine and one of the known players in town uses a traditional pedal board and has gone straight to PA for years. He doesn't worry about trying to exactly duplicate a 4x12 or Marshall or name the guitarist sound.
 

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Great sound can be had without the paralysis of twenty cab and thirty amp options found on some units.

Friend of mine and one of the known players in town uses a traditional pedal board and has gone straight to PA for years. He doesn't worry about trying to exactly duplicate a 4x12 or Marshall or name the guitarist sound.
I only need one amp and cab myself. I was just curious how it would sound without either. Looking for a simple unit myself for rehearsals.
 

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The vid mentions the ME8 which I have been using since 1996. I dont believe that all the distortions are 'pants' - I can get some great distortions for live work and I have also used them for direct recording. Again, it's how it's set up.
ps. I have a GT5 which seems great but I've never got round to sorting my own patches. I really would like to experiment with the 4 cable method.
Yeah I haven't tried the older ME6 or -8s but I think the OD in them is more or less the Boss OS-2 circuitry. There is a video manual for the GT-5 and it goes through basically everything in the unit. It's a pretty deep unit even today and not that hard to program:
 

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I only need one amp and cab myself. I was just curious how it would sound without either. Looking for a simple unit myself for rehearsals.
I run my pedal board through an old DOD 285 active direct box into the PA when forced to play amp less. It has a build in amp/cab simulator with very good tone. It's the size of a DOD effect pedal. It runs off of a 9V battery or phantom power. My bass player has used it and likes it, too. Our favorite tone setting is "COMBO".

 

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I run my pedal board through an old DOD 285 active direct box into the PA when forced to play amp less. It has a build in amp/cab simulator with very good tone. It's the size of a DOD effect pedal. It runs off of a 9V battery or phantom power. My bass player has used it and likes it, too. Our favorite tone setting is "COMBO".

That looks cool! I love gadgets like that. However, it's not my portable Orange head that I don't want to drag around, it's my ego-boosting, security blanket of a pedalboard that I'd like to leave behind for rehearsals. A good all in one is all I'm after. I have a Line 6 POD XT Live, but think the distortion sounds like shit.
 




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