Zoom Multi-effects

Zoom MS-70CDR

I purchased the Zoom MS-70CDR (Chorus, Delay and Reverb) from Sweetwater Sound. I need a few effects that the current effects on my pedal board do not cover mainly ambient reverb. So far I am trying to figure out how the pedal works. I have read the manual, but it appears the manual kind of glosses over what the pedal is truly capable of doing. I’ll let you know in a few weeks what I truly think of the pedal, and if I was able to integrate the Zoom MS-70CDR into my current pedalboard…

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Digitech Metal Master

The Digitech Metal Master… I picked this distortion pedal up used from Guitar Center yesterday. They had it priced to move at $19.99. I have been in the market for a pedal that would give me some high gain tones. I decided to give this pedal a try.

Initial impression is I’m glad I did! The Metal Master has the exact sounds, and then some that I was looking for, to complement my other overdrive and distortion pedals already on my pedalboard. I’ll try the pedal with a couple of the bands I play with to see how this pedal stacks up with the others. That should give me a good picture if the pedal is truly useful in a band setting.

The Metal Master has been sounding real nice during my practice sessions at home. Keep an eye out for the full review coming soon…

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Behringer Vintage Tube Overdrive VT911 Arrives!

Musician’s Friend was blowing this pedal out about a month ago as one of their Stupid Deals of the Day for $21.99 with free shipping. I couldn’t resist the offer, and figured if it sounded like crap I could mod it or build something different to put inside the box. It appears Behringer built this pedal to be similar to the Chandler/Butler Tube Driver. The box is about the same size as the EHX Big Muff Pi from the 80’s. It is kind of on the large side for an overdrive pedal. It does have a real 12AX7 tube inside.

The pedal arrived two days ago. Yesterday I tested it briefly into my headphone practice amp, and my modified Fender Pro Junior tube amp. The pedal did not sound that good running direct into my headphone amp. Running the VT911 into my Pro Junior tube amp worked quite well as long as I kept the gain/drive low and level up around 8. Turning the drive control up much past 2 just got too fuzzy for me. This pedal is useable as is when used with a tube amp. Swapping the 12AX7 tube for 12AU7 tube would get it much closer to the tone/gain structure of the Chander/Butler Tube Driver pedals I suspect. I may write a more in-depth review of this pedal later. We will have to see on that…

Below are a few YouTube videos I found that will give you a better idea of how the pedals compare.

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