Some Cool Analog Multi Effects Pedal Reviews

I have never been a huge fan of the more modern multi-effects pedals. Sure, they are cool and have a lot of options for tone. I just find that some of them can fall a little flat (especially the cheaper ones). This is mainly because the tones are usually digitally created. However, there are some excellent analog multi effect options that we checked out. Take a look at these:

1. Electro-Harmonix Tone Tattoo

The experience I had with the Electro-Harmonix Tone Tattoo was amazing. I was looking for something with some cool effects, and this delivered perfectly. I can’t say anything bad about it. It was lots of fun,and its cool design made it even more enjoyable. What I liked most about it was that it was simplified and not too complex. A lot of FX stuff is crazy hard to use. This is something that both the beginner and the experienced person can enjoy. I’m going to have to go ahead and give it a thumbs up. It was one of the best purchases I have made in a very long time.

I mostly use it when I practice, but I intend to take it in when I finally do land a job. I’m an aspiring artist right now. I’m not there yet, but I would love to be. I had funny playing with all the effects and pushing each one to the limit. This product went far beyond any expectations that I had for it. It’s an awesome piece. I would recommend it for anyone who is looking for something that is not too costly and can put out some sounds. My favorite part was playing around with the metal muff sound. Amazing clarity and sharpness on every one of the sounds. Total awesomeness.

Again, I can’t say that this was negative in any way. Delivery is impeccable. It’s lightweight, easy to use and it rocks. I would advise all band members to grab one of these today because it will turn out to be a spectacular investment.


2. Keeley Super Mod Workstation

I am not generally a fan of all-in-one, multi-fx pedals jam-packed with a host of features. As such, when I learned of the Keeley Super Mod Workstation, I was beyond skeptical. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I finally did try it and found features that I not only liked, but loved. Here’s a breakdown of my experience with the Keeley Super Mod Workstation.

The Keeley Super Mod Workstation comes with two independent banks, each with a total of eight effects that can be simultaneously or independently run. The special effects featured on each bank are different. Both the first and the second bank have the same harmonic tremolo, classic phaser, rotary speaker, and digital delay. However, the first bank differs from the second, having a funky filter, and Keeley’s proprietary 30ms Double Tracker. The second bank add a chorus/vibrato, two spacious reverb modes, and a flanger to the bag of fx tricks.

With only a slight learning curve for using the Keeley Super Mod Workstation morph controls, the overall control setup is straightforward. The controls allow me to control the banks independently using the level knobs. I can change the speed (labelled as Rate) and depth (labelled intensity) options available for each effect. The morph control option allows me to modulate the tremolo, delays and reverb, and flanger, to get exactly the sound it is I am looking for.

Even with the most impressive effects in the world, if the sound produced is not great, then the pedal would have been a waste. As intimated earlier, this was what blew me away about this pedal. The sound was rich, and the added controls allowed me to get the sound I desired. At the end of the day, this is all that matters.


3. Tech 21 Richie Kotzen Signature RK5

The Tech 21 Richie Kotzen Signature RK5 is a sleek, compact, and powerful rig. This rig has an all-analog SansAmp circuitry that makes it possible for it to be directly plugged into a mixer or a PA. The Tech 21 RK5 is packed with awesome features that include powerful effects such as reverb, delay, and tempo, an OMG overdrive, and a powerful boost. I had the opportunity to try out this rig and here are some of its features and benefits.

The Tech 21 RK5 is well-built and very easy to use. In fact, its design is so thoughtful that you do not have to go through the hassle of setting up when you arrive at a gig. All you need to do with this rig is to plug and play.

Some of its other features include:
– Boost that kicks in up to 21dB of pre-amp gain.
– The reverb is based on the Boost RVB pedal. This reverb recreates the rich ambiance of a vintage spring reverb without canyons of doom, clattery pings, and other sounds that annoy.
– The rig has a SansAmp tube amplifier emulator that has been preset for tones that are clean with Level, Drive to adjust the overall amount of overdrive and gain, and a 3-band active EQ.
– The RK5 can be used on its own to boost the gain of an amp, or independently to boost DLA and/or SansAmp functions.
– It is very easy to tap in the delay tempo you desire courtesy of the dedicated Tap Tempo switch.

I enjoyed using this rig. Therefore, the Tech 21 Richie Kotzen Signature RK5 is a great rig for you too.


4. Electro-Harmonix Epitome Multi-Effects Pedal

The Electro-Harmonix Epitome Multi-Effects is a pedal that combines three popular effects by Electro-Harmonix into one unit. These effects are the Holy Grail Plus reverb, the Stereo Electric Mistress flanger chorus pedal, and the Micro POG octave generator. I recently put to test this pedal and here is my review.

The Epitome is packed with a ton of effects and tweakable elements that work to make some of the best sounds ever made by a guitar. This pedal has three effect sections. These sections include the Micro POG section, Stereo Electric Mistress section, and the Holy Grail Plus section. You can use any of these sections independently to produce great sounding tones or combine all of them together to achieve the pedal’s full potential. Among the combinations that I tried and that really impressed me is that of the spring reverb from the Holy Grail Plus and the octave from the Micro POG. The resulting tone had a nice 12 string guitar effect. Also, turning up the tone of Hall reverb and adding the Sub Octave achieves a sound similar to that produced by a giant pipe organ. Turn up the Rate knob and then throw in the Stereo Electric Mistress and the pipe organ-like tone sounds like it is running through a Leslie speaker.

I also liked the fact that the Epitome can do stereo. Connecting this pedal to two combo amps gives a very nice sounding sound that can even tempt you to add more amps.

After trying out this pedal, I can say that the fact that it has three fully-featured Electro-Harmonix effects packed into one unit is reason enough for anyone to buy and use it.


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