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Digitech EX7 Expression Factory Featured

 
Multi effect pedal with a continuous control pedal built in


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Good multiple FX pedal featured

Ease Of Use This pedal is quite easy to use. Effects models are selected from a dial switch on the upper right part of the pedal. They are numbered 1-7, so one must consult the instruction manual to learn what the effects are. The instruction manual does include starter settings for each effect, so one get can playing quite quickly. A two color LED makes it simple to tell if the unit it off, in effects only mode, or in effects plus distortion mode. Dial controls include tip and ring. Tip controls the effects models parameters and the ring controls the distortion.


Sound My setup; JEM7VWH or UV777BK into this pedal, then into a Hughes & Kettner Attax 200. All effects models are quiet, even when the distortion is on. The two wah models are particularly nice. The whammy, while not as elaborate as the stand alone unit, is nice considering it's included with all of these other effects. The space station synth swell is interesting, and sounds really good using clean tone on the amp. The distortion models are impressive. I can't compare all seven models with the original pedals, but the ones I am familiar with are pretty close. I'm particularly fond of the Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer.


Reliability I've had no issues with my pedal. It is constructed quite well, as the electronics are housed in solid metal. Issues with the rocker switch that are present in similar pedals are absent on this one. Toe and heel activated switches work well and are easily switched. Tip and ring dial controls are working great and still noise free.


Customer Support I have not had to deal with Digitech as I have had no troubles with this pedal.


Liked about it Rugged construction. I really like the solid build quality. Both wah effects models are great. I also like the whammy effect. One secret gem of this pedal is the seven distortion models that are included, two of which are an Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer and a Boss DS-1 distortion. Another bonus is when setting seven (ADA Flanger) is turned off, the rocker pedal acts as a volume pedal.


Didn't like Speaking of distortion, one drawback is that an effect always has to be on with the distortion. It would have been nice to be able to use the distortion models separately. Of note, it can be done. One control of the whammy effect is wet/dry mix. To use just distortion, select whammy and turn this control to zero. Furthermore, you can move whichever of the seven distortion models you like into the whammy effect slot. So it can be done, it's just more difficult than it should have been.


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4.0

By therightjem
Apr 19, 2012
 
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Digitech EX7 delivers

Ease Of Use I love my EX7 because it's simple to get great sounds from. There are no digital menus and sub menus to scroll through. Just turn a knob to tweak the sound and away you go. This is the simplest multi effect pedal I've used. If you can't figure this one out switch to bass. Lol


Sound I've been able to get great sounds from any guitar I plug into it no matter what style of pickups. It tracks flawlessly and offers a lot of flexibility to dial in just the right sound for you. There isn't a bad sounding effect in the unit and they all have a use. There is plenty here to keep you inspired for a long time.


Reliability It's made of metal and is pretty heavy. I think with proper care it should last a lifetime. It is particular about it's power supply though. If you are a gigging musician and rely on it then you might want to have a backup power supply for it. The standard Boss and Ibanez units wont work. It takes a special kind and it wont run on batteries.


Customer Support I'm about 2 hrs from Digitech headquarters and I've heard nothing but good in the area about their customer support. I've never needed it with any of my Digitech equipment.


Liked about it My favorite thing is the wah models. They are completely adjustable. I can make the wah sound just like an envelope follower or a stock wah pedal PLUS I can vary the output volume and Q. Sweet! The next thing I really like is the Univibe model. It sounds superb. Very lush and not glitchy. The Whammy function is also great. It's smooth and tracks wonderfully. All in all this is one versatile and incredibly functional pedal.


Didn't like The only quibble I have is that it's difficult to access just the distortions without engaging a modification effect at the same time. It's limiting in that regard. But that isn't why I use the EX7 although it would be nice to have that option.


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5.0

By Spudman
Nov 15, 2009
 
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