Re: Multieffects vs. Stompboxes
Multi-effects are great :
- They can store presets, which means you don't have to do the tapdance and you don't have to mess with all the controls between songs. All your tones are a single preset away, and even loop switchers can't do it all.
- They tend to be fantastic for time-based effects, particularly multi-tap delays and massive chorused tones.
- They don't add a load of noise to your signal and they have great noise gates anyway.
- They cram a whole load of sounds into one compact box and eliminate the need for all that messing around with plywood and patch cables.
- They only need the one power supply.
Stomp Boxes are great :
- If you want to tweak your tone, you can do it easily. Stomp boxes don't require you to press a series of tiny buttons in a sequence you can never remember. Hang on a sec while I dial in a slightly wider reverb, I think I just need to hit Menu>Settings>Reverb>Next Page>Next Page>Reverb Width>+>+>+>+>Save>Exit.
- Don't like that distortion tone? Not a problem, just swap out the distortion pedal for a different one, there are loads of them out there. Your delays, modulation effects and reverbs are untouched.
- They all add their own unique character to your signal. You don't know exactly how that compressor, overdrive, analog delay and reverb are going to play with your amp, but you can bet it's going to sound organic and in no way digital or modelled.
- Loads of brightly coloured pedals attached with velcro to a piece of black-painted plywood are, as anyone knows, the coolest thing ever.
- Dodgy power supply? Not a problem, they also run on batteries.
The decision? It's up to you. I started with pedals (didn't everyone?), then moved to multi-effects, then rack effects, then back to pedals. There are limitations to everything.