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Old 20th September 2008 , 09:27 PM
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Hi everyone, this is a user review thread that focuses on Fx pedals, amp sims, pre-amps, and bass DI units. Please write a review of any items you currently own within those categories using these guidelines as best as possible...



1. Name of the product and current version:

2. When you bought the product:

3. Why you bought it:

4. How much did it cost:

5. Installation / Setup:

6. What do you like about it?:

7. What don’t you like about it?.

8. Any improvements:

9. Comparison to similar products:

10.Would you buy it again:

11.Licence:
a. Transfers allowed?
b. How many, per (PC or MAC)

12. Format (PC or MAC):

13.Copy Protection:


14. Pros and cons summary:

15. Rating:



Please bear in mind they are just guidelines. You can make your review as long or as short as you wish of course. Thanks!
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Old 21st September 2008 , 12:16 AM
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1.Name of the product: Rocktron Banshee

2.When you bought: ??? 6months or so ago?
3.Why you bought it: wanted the daft punk effect for my synth
4. Cost: 120
5.Set up: Easy
6.What do you like about the product: Solid and Easy to use
7.What don’t you like about it: no power switch, manuals where a tad lacking
8.Any improvements: power switch
9.How does it compare: n/a not many others out there except for jim dunlop?
10.Would you buy it again: yes why not

Pro's - easy to use and great fun

Con's - you dribble every where and no power switch

UPDATE: Rocktron Banshee 2 is out, priced at 229.99 it offers an extra signal loop for other Fx to be patched in

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1.Name of the product: Rocktron Banshee

2.When you bought: ??? 6months or so ago?
3.Why you bought it: wanted the daft punk effect for my synth
4. Cost: 120
5.Set up: Easy
6.What do you like about the product: Solid and Easy to use
7.What don’t you like about it: no power switch, manuals where a tad lacking
8.Any improvements: power switch
9.How does it compare: n/a not many others out there except for jim dunlop?
10.Would you buy it again: yes why not

Pro's - easy to use and great fun

Con's - you dribble every where and no power switch

UPDATE: Rocktron Banshee 2 is out, priced at 229.99 it offers an extra signal loop for other Fx to be patched in

I was just about to write a review on this one xD
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I was just about to write a review on this one xD
if your opinions vary to mine maybe add to it
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if your opinions vary to mine maybe add to it
Your opinion is the same as mine so no need
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Cheers sureno!

It's great to have a review to start off with, for the categories in this forum. Nicely done.

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1.Name of the product: Digitech X-Series Synth Wah (XSW) Envelope Filter



2.When you bought the product: January 2008

3.Why you bought it: I'm rather fond of making a guitar sound unusual, plus it was used extensively by Daft Punk.

4. Cost: 59

5.Set up and/or installation: The pedal has four dials. The first (type) changes the filter effect, of which there are 7. The other three dials control the speed, range and sensitivity of the filter.

6.What do you like about the product: The sound. It's absolutely joyful, and very customisable given the simplicity of the three dials. The case is also very hard, and I'm confident that I could throw this pedal from the roof of my house, and it'll only suffer minor scratches. So for gigging situations, you can be pretty sure that this will last you for ages.

7.What don’t you like about it: It's not true bypass, therefore the guitar tone is subject to degredation if the dry signal guitar is ran through it. So if you are after this, be sure to have an A/B box to bypass around this pedal when not is use. Also the battery compartment requires that you take the footswitch off, which can be a niggly affair.

8. Improvements: Obviously, the true bypass. Secondly, the battery life could be much better. It lasts between four and six hours, but it'll drain away if you leave an instrument cable plugged into the input socket.

9.How does it compare to similar products out there: Off the top of my head, there aren't many products similar to the sound that this one produces, and even if there are, this is definitely the cheapest option available.

10.Would you buy it again: Definitely, but with that metal case, it's unlikely.

Pros: Original sound, fairly cheap, strong case
Cons: Not true bypass, battery life

RATING: 3.7/5
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Name: Behringer CS100 Compressor/Sustainer



When bought: This month

Why bought: To increase the guitar's sustain, and to even up the volume of the guitar output.

Cost: 18.99!!!

Set up: 4 dials: level, tone, attack, sustain. One 1/4" input and one 1/4" output. Optional 9V adaptor socket.

What do you like: The price. Oh boy, what a bargain this is. It's possibly the cheapest compressor on the market, but don't let that put you off as it actually does it's job, and fairly well too. It crispens the sound of a dry signal to give it an almost acoustic quality, and I've never had to have my OD turned so low. The pedal itself is also quite small, and will take up precious little space on your pedalboard. I also can't hear any tone degradation when the pedal is switched off.

What don't you like: There's a disadvantage to it's size. Normally to replace a battery in a pedal, you push the hinges on both sides of the footswitch using an instrument cable, and then pull the switch off. The same is true for this, but come on, they could've used a spring which isn't so strong. It took ten minutes for me to be able to even be in a position to start pulling the footswitch off, and then it was fitted too tightly, so it took another minute to get it off. Also, the attack dial does nothing, and if it does, it's too subtle to notice. It doesn't matter about it's position, it always sounds the same, so you wonder why it's even there. I'm not alone with this, and other people (after a google search) have wondered this same problem. Finally, there's no threshold, so everything in your signal will get compressed, even the hum. It's not noticeable for a dry sound, but turn on a bit of OD/Distortion, and it very quickly gets irritable.

Improvements: Make the footswitch a little easier to take off by using a weaker spring. Get rid of the attack dial altogether, or actually make it do something at least. Give the pedal a threshold as well to get rid of hum.

Comparisons: The other most used compressors are the Boss CS3 and the MXR Dynacomp. Of course, the Dynacomp is the best of the three, but it is about 100 more than the CS100. Between the Boss CS3 and the Behringer CS100, it's all down to your expectations as well, so go have a playtest of both, and make your own mind up. Also note the CS3 is 20 more, and is apparently more subject to hisses and hums.

Would you buy it again: It's a good pedal to own, but I'd much rather save up and buy the Dynacomp. For players who don't want to spend that much, it's affordable enough for you to buy two in one go and keep one as that just-in-case backup.

SUMMARY
Pros: Price, size, actually does a very good job, good variation of compression
Cons: Difficult to change battery, subject to noise, attack dial does nothing

RATING:
4/5
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