Digitech Brian May Pedal

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  1. tiltrite

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    Anyone try this?
     
  2. steven.rogers

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    Nope, and I could be completely wrong, but I was a little disappointed because I remember not seeing a tone designated for Killer Queen. But then again, my memory's not very reliable.
     
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    hmmm, sounds interesting. Digitech's recently put out some great pedals, like the BM, Synth Wah, and Digidelay, and I'm not as wary of them as I've been in the past. Reportedly, even the GNX3K is a frontline contender in the MFX department!

    I would spring for it, except I wouldn't know exactly what to listen for (outside of the obvious cheap, fuzzy, synthetic, sound). For example, I was able to recognize the superior quality of my DGTM to my Bad Monkey (though the difference wasn't huge), but I don't have anything to compare the Brian May model to, with the possible exceptions of my Hot British and OD-20 (which is a great pedal!). I would like to get my hands on a V-stack BHM sometime!

    *edit* heck, I just saw the price for one of those. exactly the same as the V-stack. I know which one I'm getting
     
  4. Troy Baer

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    Just got one today. It sounds pretty good, too -- I have been using it between my Singlecut and Triamp so far, and its dry tone is pretty darned close to what I get from my RS Classic/treble-booster/homebrew-Vox-clone rig. It gives my Singlecut the same "meatiness" in the lower mids that I associate with my RS Classic. Its Deacy setting sounds pretty much identical to the VOX VBM-1, too. The harmonizer in it doesn't track as well as the one in my Intellifex, though... Like the Digitech Clapton pedal, one of the BHM's presets is an acoustic simulator. That and the Tele-into-BF-Fender preset (both putatively based on "Crazy Little Thing Called Love") are kinda head-scratchers amongst all the Voxy goodness.

    BTW, it comes with a sixpence to use as a pick. Trust me, you don't need to use it unless you have a Red Special copy. On a Tele or a maple-capped guitar like my Singlecut, the pick attack using the sixpence will just about rip your head off.
     
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    You can get better tone from a cheap amp then these. go buy a nice vox pathfinder (Soild state but sounds killer), a trebble booster, OD and a guitar with Singles and ur there.


    Aj
     
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    I heard the demo at NAMM last Saturday. It was running directly to the mixer, and all the settings were perfect recreations of Brian May sounds. I admit I was impressed.
     
  7. Don Rusk

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    maybe thats the problem with these pedals... is they are tweeked to be run straight into board like a pod or something,,, and not to be used like a drive pedal, but more like a sans amp... maybe they need a way to defeat t he speaker sim so it would work on pedalboards....
     
  8. Troy Baer

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    They have two outputs. The default configuration is to have one output set up to go to an amp and the other set up to go direct to the board; in fact, they're marked as "Output 1 (AMP)" and "Output 2 (DIRECT)" on the pedal. However, there're directions in the manual for how to set it up to be either stereo amps or stereo direct.
     
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    most, if not all, of the digitech stompers and treadle-type pedals have the amp or mixer outputs. Frankly, it's an awesome move on their part, as it makes portability and emergency situations much more manageable

    Question: Does the mixer out work also for when the pedal is bypassed?
     
  10. Troy Baer

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    Dunno, I haven't had a chance to try that yet. Maybe some time this weekend...
     
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    Yes please do so & let us know
    thanks
     
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    Bump one more time
     
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    fwiw, GP has a review on it this month
     
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    They gave the Editor's Pick award. No surprise, DigiTech spends a bundle on GP advertising. However, based on what I heard at NAMM, this one sounds good enough to actually be worthy of it.
     
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    I picked one up this weekend and only had an hour to goof around with it through my home stereo (into the audio jacks of my VCR: slick quick rehearsal trick!) in stereo ("mixer" is the default stereo mode). In bypass mode you get a simple, flat DI signal. IIRC, the level has no impact on the volume, though there is little signal loss between 12 o'clock bypassed and 12 o'clock engaged (depending, of course, on which mode you're in).

    BTW, the "Brighton Rock" setting is very happenin' and the GP review is accurate about it's harmonic complexity. Not as Digitech-y as I was affraid it could be (and I get more tone with two amps and a DL4 or DD20), but pretty freakin' happenin' nonetheless.
     
  18. MjCartney

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    There's a demo video from NAMM on the HC site <<ducking bottles and shoes>> if you're curious about the sound. The guy playing (I shall call him Digi-Brian...) was a little more inar-inar-inar-inar-inarticulate with his phrasing than the real Brian, but Digi-Brian did a pretty nice simulation of the Queen sound.

    http://img3.harmony-central.com/Video/SNAMM06_DigiTech_Brian_May_Pedal_Demo.wmv
     
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    Don't mean to be a downer, but just wondering...from my experience with the Jimi Hendrix "artists series"...the user interface, for me at least, made it unusable for gigging or even band practice.

    It is a FUN pedal, espcially for fans of whichever artist it is, but I just wondered...in the Hendrix they had recreated well the effects, but they were VERY limited in what you could tweak (almost nothing) on them...like a "delay" where you can ONLY adjust depth...

    Also, the different modes (one for each selected song they emulated) were not in any logical order. It wasn't like "softest to hardest" or anything like that. You had to memorize WHICH song was which mode, and then remember which effects they have, and then remember if it was totally different on the solo than the intro or verse (because there were three variations possible) and they actully on the matrix just had empty spaces for a lot of effects or adjustables they just didn't implement.

    I think the ones I have heard sound damned good mostly...but they just aren't useable for much other than those specific songs in a way.

    I guess I'm just warning, if you want to buy one, try it out at the music store first and see if it is something you can use for what you are thinking of using it for.

    Personally, I think they are great for recording, so it might not matter about the user interface.
     

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