FX Rack?

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  • #14780
    Avatarchauloko
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    Hey guys,

    I’ve been looking for some time now for a good FX rack.

    Now, I’m not looking for any Amp or Cab modeling, I have more than enough in that area. I say this so no one gets ahead and types “Axe-FX!!!!”. That unit seems great, but it’s pricey and I won’t be needing so much. I already own a Soldano SLO, so that area is pretty much covered, the thing is a beast! I only need the FX part.

    I’m looking for a unit that can:

    1- Do my channel switching. I plan on controlling the whole thing via MIDI. And I’d prefer it if I didn’t have to buy an Amp Gizmo to do that task separately. I hate to have to tap dance with my FX live. I just want to step on ONE switch and have everything change.

    2- Have seamless patch change. I hate it when delay tails get cut out.

    3- I’d prefer if I could connect it using a 4 cable method, so as to allow using the boost, compression, and the like before the preamp section and the delay, reverb, modulation, etc in the FX loop of my amp.

    4- It has to be silent and reliable.

    So far, a two units keep showing up in my search, and I’m just looking for some input regarding these so I can make a decision. I’ve read the Harmony Central Reviews, but I would value any opinion you guys could give me.

    First, there’s the TC Electronics G-Major. Given my situation, pros are:

    – It does channel switching for your amp
    – It is reliable
    – Has seamless patch change

    Con:

    – It has no “boost” section. It is designed to be in the loop of the amp. That would mean I would probably need to get a GCX with the real pedals (TS-9, etc). That would be expensive. I am willing to go that way if the unit I’ll describe in a bit is not as good though.
    – I also have heard really bad reviews about the noise gate. The SLO is a high gain amp, mind you…

    Then, I found out about the Digitech GSP1101.

    Pros:

    – 4 cable method is an available, I can get a boost section before the pre, and the time based effects in the loop. I don’t know how good the boost section is though…
    – It would allow me to gig without having to carry all my gear when it’s a job, and not related to my band.
    – It’s silent and reliable.
    – Has seamless patch change

    Con:

    – No channel switching for my amp. I’d have to get an Amp Gizmo or something similar.
    – Bad noise gate too, apparently.

    So if any of you guys could go ahead and give me some input about the sound of these units, that’d be great. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmkay?

    Lol, joke aside, I would really appreciate it. I don’t mind if the unit is not intuitive or any of that stuff. I really don’t care how difficult something is to use, as long as it sounds good.:)

    Cheers!

    -Mauro

    #24790
    AvatarEriksson
    Participant

    I’m using G-major and behringer FCB1010 with UNO CHIP MOD to control my rig.

    here’s the pict:
    Myrack08May2010.jpg

    you’re right, there’s no boost on G-major. but for me just fine. cos I just used for home purpose. 😀

    #24794
    AvatarRichard Lundmark
    Participant

    I think Glabs is what you’re looking for, got all the specs you’re asking for and more.
    Avaliable in both rackmount, and floorboard versions.
    http://www.glab.com.pl/mgc-6_en
    Browse around the site, hopefully you’ll find what you need right there.
    mgc6_m.jpg
    gsc_m0.jpg

    #24984
    AvatarEriksson
    Participant

    @chauloko 11317 wrote:

    Hey guys,

    I’ve been looking for some time now for a good FX rack.

    Now, I’m not looking for any Amp or Cab modeling, I have more than enough in that area. I say this so no one gets ahead and types “Axe-FX!!!!”. That unit seems great, but it’s pricey and I won’t be needing so much. I already own a Soldano SLO, so that area is pretty much covered, the thing is a beast! I only need the FX part.

    I’m looking for a unit that can:

    1- Do my channel switching. I plan on controlling the whole thing via MIDI. And I’d prefer it if I didn’t have to buy an Amp Gizmo to do that task separately. I hate to have to tap dance with my FX live. I just want to step on ONE switch and have everything change.

    2- Have seamless patch change. I hate it when delay tails get cut out.

    3- I’d prefer if I could connect it using a 4 cable method, so as to allow using the boost, compression, and the like before the preamp section and the delay, reverb, modulation, etc in the FX loop of my amp.

    4- It has to be silent and reliable.

    So far, a two units keep showing up in my search, and I’m just looking for some input regarding these so I can make a decision. I’ve read the Harmony Central Reviews, but I would value any opinion you guys could give me.

    First, there’s the TC Electronics G-Major. Given my situation, pros are:

    – It does channel switching for your amp
    – It is reliable
    – Has seamless patch change

    Con:

    – It has no “boost” section. It is designed to be in the loop of the amp. That would mean I would probably need to get a GCX with the real pedals (TS-9, etc). That would be expensive. I am willing to go that way if the unit I’ll describe in a bit is not as good though.
    – I also have heard really bad reviews about the noise gate. The SLO is a high gain amp, mind you…

    Then, I found out about the Digitech GSP1101.

    Pros:

    – 4 cable method is an available, I can get a boost section before the pre, and the time based effects in the loop. I don’t know how good the boost section is though…
    – It would allow me to gig without having to carry all my gear when it’s a job, and not related to my band.
    – It’s silent and reliable.
    – Has seamless patch change

    Con:

    – No channel switching for my amp. I’d have to get an Amp Gizmo or something similar.
    – Bad noise gate too, apparently.

    So if any of you guys could go ahead and give me some input about the sound of these units, that’d be great. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmkay?

    Lol, joke aside, I would really appreciate it. I don’t mind if the unit is not intuitive or any of that stuff. I really don’t care how difficult something is to use, as long as it sounds good.:)

    Cheers!

    -Mauro

    I just found out that G-major can do BOOST.
    I use Behringer FCB1010 as my controller and modified with a UNO Chip.
    so what this chip does is changing the button 6-10 as a Stompbox mode.
    so I assign one of my button as a volume boost about 6db for guitar Solo.
    it’s a great unit actually at this price range.

    cheers

    #19080
    AngelopesAngelopes
    Participant
    #15586
    Avatarchauloko
    Participant

    Yeah, but the Gmajor boost is a volume boost that goes in the Fx loop, that’d be a clean boost. I was referring to a boost prior to the preamp, to push the tubes a little harder and get some more gain out of it, sort of what you would use the Tubescreamer for.

    I actually ended up getting the GSP1101 and I’m not regretting it one bit. It’s a GREAT bang for the buck, it’s constantly being updated and you can even load your own Impulse responses on it. Great unit. As for the amp switching, I really think I don’t need that. I’ve got it on a crunchy setting, change a patch and I add more gain with a OD in front of the amp, and if I need a clean sound, I just roll the volume down on the guitar. I’m starting to believe there’s really no need for a lot of channels, 2 is plenty and at the moment I’m just using one and it’s enough.

    #25113
    Avatareighteez
    Participant

    If anyone is looking for an extra FCB1010 with the UNO chip I’ve got one for sale.

    I have the standard chip too.

    #25202
    AvatarSteve Hubbard
    Participant

    The TC G-System can be put in a rack, and would do what you’re looking to achieve. It’s important to use the proper cables, to keep from tone suckage! There’s a document for this on the TC forum.

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