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2. Concept

From the late 60s onwards, effects (we’ll use the shortened form ‘FX’ from hereon) gradually gained popularity with guitarists. FX units came in many shapes and sizes in the 70s, but by the 80s, two formats had come to dominate - the compact FX pedal, and the 19” rack unit.

Compact pedals offer easy and relatively cheap access to a huge variety of effects, from various types of distortion and overdrive, to chorus, delay, phasing, reverb and pitch shifting amongst others. Compact pedals have simple and obvious advantages - trying new sounds is easy, and pedal setups can be infinitely customised. Three pedals can be connected in six ways, four pedals in twenty-four ways… the possibilities soon become practically endless.

Large pedal setups have obvious disadvantages however. Long chains can introduce more noise than some players find acceptable, and batteries have to be changed frequently, or if power supplies are used, cabling can become complex. FX pedal voltage has recently become almost completely standardised at 9V DC, but in the early days, an FX pedalboard might have required many different power supplies. Like Christmas tree lights, such long chains can fail completely if just one part fails. All else being equal, one would not choose to place a complex array of audio equipment on the floor and subject it to the ravages of dust, dirt and spilt beer!

The rock ‘dinosaurs’ of the 70s, looking to replicate sounds from expensively produced albums on stage, began to take studio equipment on the road. Studio FX units in this era did one job each, were generally expensive, and required constant maintenance – particularly so in the case of ‘trademark’ devices such as Leslie speakers and tape delay machines. Chaining them together in such a way that the guitarist could access combinations of sounds quickly was a complex task. While Pink Floyd or Genesis could afford technicians to take care of all this, the average working band could not!

By the mid 80s, studio FX processor design had widely adopted the standard 19” rack design, and solid-state electronics had achieved a high standard of sound quality and reliability. Processors could be permanently connected and transported in a portable rack. While many such units can be operated via footswitch, a full rack could involve a tangle of separate footswitch cables, drastically reducing the practical elegance of such a solution.

A ‘multi-FX’ processor does exactly what it says on the tin - provide several effects simultaneously. Multi-FX units come in various formats – we’ll take a look at the most common over the next few pages.

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Slate Digital ML-2 Harley Benton Fusion-HSH Roasted Maple Alesis Nitro Kit Mesh Kit Slate Digital ML-1 DPA 4066-OC-A-F10-LH JHS Pedals The Bonsai Zynaptiq Intensity Sennheiser ew IEM G4 A-Band Korg KONNECT Sound Devices MixPre-6M Tech 21 DP-3X Harley Benton Dynamic-HSH FMT Charcoal
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Slate Digital ML-2

Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone For Slate Digital VRS8 Thunderbolt audio interface, similar linear and flat frequency response to the Slate Digital ML-1, Allows microphone placement that is difficult or impossible for a larger microphone, Side mounted pad switch -...

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159 €
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Harley Benton Fusion-HSH Roasted Maple

Electric Guitar Ergonomically shaped mahogany body, "Ultra Flame" flamed maple veneer top, Matching headstock, Bolt-on neck from "roasted" Canadian flamed maple, "Roasted" maple fretboard, Neck shape: Modern C, Clay Dot fretboard inlays, 24 Medium jumbo stainless steel frets, Nu-Bone...

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406 €
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Alesis Nitro Kit Mesh Kit

Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit, e-drum set for beginners, Mesh Heads for toms and snare, Nitro drum module with 385 sounds, 25 preset kits, 15 user kits, 60 songs, metronome, mono 1/4" jack outputs (L/R) to connect speakers or mixer, stereo...

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385 €
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Slate Digital ML-1

Large-diaphragm condenser microphone Neutral ML-1 condenser microphone that can be combined with VMS hardware and software, Optional Neutral VMS preamp ensures minimal sound-colouration (not included!), Via VMS plug-in software, you can completely change the sound characteristics even after recording,...

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855 €
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DPA 4066-OC-A-F10-LH

DPA 4066-OC-A-F10-LH, d:fine CORE 4066 Omni Headset Mic, professional headset microphone with removable and adjustable neck holder for left or right-sided use. Omnidirectional, 20Hz-20kHz with 3dB boost between 8-20kHz, 144dB SPL max.,TA-4F Switchcraft connector for Shure Transmitter . beige, Great...

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725 €
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JHS Pedals The Bonsai

Effect Pedal Overdrive, 9 Tube Screamer Overdrive modes, 5 Classic TS circuits and 2 popular mods, Analogue operation, True bypass, Volume, sustain and tone controls, 9-Way rotary control to select between Tube Screamer modes (OD-1 / TS-808 / TS-9...

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259 €
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Zynaptiq Intensity

Zynaptiq Intensity (ESD); enhancer plugin; innovative algorithm increases detail, clarity, density and loudness of any audio signal; suitable for single tracks, groups, mixbus or mastering; easy to us clearly arranged user interface; additional soft-knee saturating limiter at the output stage;...

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150 €
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Sennheiser ew IEM G4 A-Band

Evolution Wireless In Ear System Consists of UHF bodypack receiver (EK IEM G4), 9.5" transmitter (SR IEM G4) and IE4 earphones, Stereo / focus / mono modes, Up to 1680 frequencies in 42 MHz switching bandwidth, 20 Channel banks...

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990 €
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Korg KONNECT

Portable, Powerful Stereo PA System Equipped with: 6.5" Woofer and 2 x 1" tweeter, Output power woofer max. 140 W (top), Output power tweeter: max. 20 W x 2 (top), Frequency range: (-10dB): 55 - 20,000 Hz, DC 20V...

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419 €
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Sound Devices MixPre-6M

Portable multitrack audio recorder and USB audio interface Max. of 12 tracks, 6 of them simultaneous, Kashmir microphone preamplifier with 76 db gain, Inherent noise:-128 dBu max. (A-weighted, gain = 76 dB, 150 ohm source impedance), Limiter per channel,...

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955 €
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Tech 21 DP-3X

Preamp for bass dUg Pinnick signature model, Controls: volume, chunk, high, mid, low, comp, drive, Gain switch, Mix button, Chromatic tuner, XLR DI output, TRS input / output, Headphone output, Dimensions (W x D x H): 19.7 x 6.4...

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304 €
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Harley Benton Dynamic-HSH FMT Charcoal

Electric Guitar Ergonomically shaped mahogany body, "Ultra Flame" flamed maple veneer top, Bolt-on Canadian Hard Maple neck, Ebony fretboard, Neck profile: Modern C, Clay Dot fretboard inlays, 24 Medium jumbo stainless steel frets, Nu-Bone nut, Nut width: 42 mm,...

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253 €
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