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Posted by El Pájaro on April 30, 2001 at 07:41:46:

In Reply to: Effects posted by Zach on April 28, 2001 at 13:37:41:

: Hey all,

: I'm in the market for a rackmount effects processor for some upcoming studio projects I've got going on. Among the options I need are:

: 1. Rack-mountable (as explained above)
: 2. Must have the following effects:
: *Envelope filter/IQ/Auto-wah
: *Reverb (for fretless)
: *Octaver
: *Distortion/Bass Overdrive
: 3. Footswitch or pedal controller (if possible)
: 4. EASY TO USE!!!

: I'm looking for a good middle-priced ($100-$500) unit. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to get these options, or what effects processor would have all these options? What units should I look? Which ones should I avoid?

: I'm not looking for a floor processor unless it is used to control a rackmount processor. I've tried my share of the Digitech BP8s, and none of them worked for me. I would like it to be digital, but I'm not too partial.

: Any help is appreciated!
: Zach

Yo Zach,
If what you need is a bunch of effects to be used in recordings, then my suggestions would be get rid of those heavy, clunky effects units and plunge right into the world of FX plug-ins right away. For that to happen, of course, you'll need to record to hard disk. The good part is, you don't need to blast out a huge amount of dough to do so, and with the correct software, you can do awesome recordings using just the same computer you're using to read this.
Effects pulg-ins are versatile, upgradable, fun to use, and some of them are even freely distributed all over the internet. I'm relatively new to the home recording realm, yet I already found quite a few of useful effects, from traditional to radical.
Oh yes, I know dealing with real knobs and switches is far more satisfactory than tweaking your effects with a mouse, but it's worth the try anyway, so check it out if you can afford it. Buena suerte and keep your basses up front in the mix,

El Pájaro

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