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Xranthoius
post Aug 14 2007, 10:48 AM
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Well I of course have heard about it before, but i just looked at all it can do, and it seems endless!!! If i do get one of these, will i need any other pedal? biggrin.gif


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post Aug 14 2007, 11:05 AM
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Boss GT-8?

I have a Boss GT-6 and I really like it. And no... you won't need another pedal! smile.gif


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post Aug 14 2007, 04:40 PM
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I guy here in my city was buying one - and i strongly suggested him NOT to buy one! Well he did buy it anyway - and a week later he was selling it because it sucked - especially fol live playing! It has totally awful distortion - at least what i heard in the club when he was playing was very bad.

I learned from my own experience that these huge multiFX are only good for room playing.

Before you buy it - spend some time trying it out!


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post Aug 14 2007, 05:29 PM
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I have a GT-6, while it is good, I would prefer to have each fx as a separate pedal. It was annoying me, sometimes its just hard to find a nice clean sound, or you just get a distorted mush. I have not played around with it too much. I know Opeth used to use the GT-6 and still do, they also now use the GT-8, unsure if they use it live or not.

But if you can't afford to buy all your fx pedals separate, and find a cheap secondhand GT-8, go for it!


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post Aug 14 2007, 05:56 PM
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I have and use a GT8 for recording (floor model rather than the more expensive GT8 pro). It's a high quality unit and for a modeller does it job well. What I found is that you need to spend some time writing and setting up your own patches. COSM (the modelling technology Roland use) is good but the presets can be improved on . Whether or not it sucks live, well I haven't used mine live so not sure. I do know though that I take mine direct into my mixer and not into an amp. I haven't found any multi-effects unit that I like fed into an amp whether in line or on the fx loop. At the end of the day I still use pedals as I don't think modellers are, as yet, as good as a good tube amp. What the GT8 is good at is providing a lot of different amps and effects in a relatively small package with a digital signal output.

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post Aug 17 2007, 04:39 AM
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does the boss have a chromatic tuner in the gt-8?


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post Aug 17 2007, 04:46 AM
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All I have to say is Analog will sound better than digital the majority of the time. People buy FX pedals or machines that have a gazillion settings on them and they end up only using 2 or 3. But hey, I'm old-school when it comes to that.

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QUOTE (Xranthoius @ Aug 16 2007, 09:39 PM) *
does the boss have a chromatic tuner in the gt-8?


Yes the GT8 has an on-board tuner - I've never used it but that's only as I'm too used to a pitch fork and tuning by harmonics.

BTW agree with Hardtail that analogue is better generally for tone but we buy multi-effects for lots of different reasons - cost per effect, total size/floor space, versatility, convenience, perceived ease of use, advertising, fashion, endorsement, because 'my mate has one' and so on. Major reason why I use one is the digital out so that I can go AD into an RME card or via my desk. Just on cost grounds - the cost of the GT8 is about the same as just 3 of my pedals - for anyone starting out a multi does ultimately offer good value for money. But with any effect, multi or otherwise, you need to get to know the unit and make your own patches settings. Just relying on the 100 or so factory sounds is a bit of a waste.

Have to admit that I have and use both a tube amp (Matchless Lightning) and a tranny (Roland JC) much more than the GT8 - I'm old school as well (most of the time wink.gif ).

Of the multi-effects I'd say the GT8 is one of the better ones.

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hmm... well yea idk anymore i think im going to listen to pavel and back off for awhile cuz hes GOD tongue.gif biggrin.gif


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post Aug 17 2007, 07:03 AM
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Best way, if you can, demo one. As with guitars, amps and so on hands-on is the best way so you can actually hear and also find out if the gear is right for you. Subjective opinion is great but 1st hand is better.

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Okay maybe im confuzed then.. I am also looking at a multi effects .. my reason is simple... in a song im writing called Collision.. In the intro i use a mixture of overdrive ( reverb and Tremelo) Then during the main rifs i use Phaser and then for solos i use a phaser overdrive mix then theres a slower part where i just use Reverb and at the end i exit with tap echo and phaser... now.. that wud be expensive to buy each pedal seperate.. so would a Multi be better for this?


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As a personal owner of the GT-6, I have to say that I really dig it.

I can agree with most on here that the factory presets aren't always the best but I think that Boss is just trying to capture a wide audience when setting those. Besides, why use the factory presets when you can make your own! Having your own sound is the whole point, right! smile.gif

As far as making my own sound, I made a great distortion patch the other day - really heavy and great tone. I have to admit that I was surprised to read that it has 'awful distortion'. There are about 8-10 different types of distortions. If you can't fine tune one of those then... well I dunno. Maybe it's beyond the unit?

The unit has a lot of potential if you just take the time to use its features. There are quite a few effects and within each effect there are quite a few settings to that effect. It may seem overkill at first, but once you get familiar with it, it's really nice having all of the effects at your disposal.

As far as playing live, I prefer having an all in one unit because it's easier to manage - contrary to what everyone else is saying. I guess it just comes down to personal preference.

Anyway, if you go with the GT-6 or GT-8 I don't think you'll be too dissapointed. ...And yes, it does have a chromatic tuner. I use it all the time and it works great!

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I think is a good pedal, it have a lot of effects but the distortions are not very good.
But also I think that is a good multiefects with a good price smile.gif


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QUOTE (Hardtail @ Aug 17 2007, 05:46 AM) *
All I have to say is Analog will sound better than digital the majority of the time. People buy FX pedals or machines that have a gazillion settings on them and they end up only using 2 or 3. But hey, I'm old-school when it comes to that.

Hardtail

+1 on that. My own experience too, even if you have 10,000 sounds at your fingertips you'll end up using a couple.

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Okay maybe im confuzed then.. I am also looking at a multi effects .. my reason is simple... in a song im writing called Collision.. In the intro i use a mixture of overdrive ( reverb and Tremelo) Then during the main rifs i use Phaser and then for solos i use a phaser overdrive mix then theres a slower part where i just use Reverb and at the end i exit with tap echo and phaser... now.. that wud be expensive to buy each pedal seperate.. so would a Multi be better for this?

If you record into a sequencer you could add effects afterwards.


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