QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Nov 8 2007, 02:55 PM)
I have to admit that I am not convinced there is much of a difference between a preamp and some multifx units in terms of what they do, except I imagine that preamps such as Muris' have very specific voicings to get a killer sound whereas multi fx are designed to be neutral (until you add amp and cab modelling). Can anyone throw some light on this?
Assuming that we're talking about rack multis like g major/force, eventide eclipse then I'd say you're pretty much right Andrew. A pre like Muris's lovely new Triaxis will be specifically designed to be able to reproduce various Mesa amps - and others. I'm guessing a bit but I'm sure it can do a great Mark 1 and 2 and a Dual/Triple Rec. Quite a few high end pre's have tube circuitary along with state of the art electronics for midi etc.
Something like a G Force may have some preamp programmes but they'll be a digital emulation and passed through a digital circuit. To my way of thinking a quality rack multi effects really excels usually at things like time and modulation type effects like reverb, echo, chorus and flanging etc. For eq and compression my preference there would be to a separate rack eq and rack compressor generally. (Anyone mention Neve
There's of course one or two multis like the Eclipse that can also do eq and compression well though:
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Tony aged 44
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