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Eventide Modfactor... do or don't?

RockDC

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I have a SFX-07 Seymour Duncan Shape Shifter Tremolo & a BYOC Phaser, Vibrato & Wah. I don't use chorus much, might enjoy an auto wah, not sure if I'd use the other effects much. I'm happy with what I have but it would clear some room on my board if the Modfactor is AWESOME!

My question is:

If I could sell the Phaser, Vibrato, & SFX-07 Tremolo for $250 is it worth paying the extra $100 for the Eventide Modfactor?
 

Kestrel

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I had a similar question today about the Modfactor.

https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/650008

I'm seriously considering getting one to replace a few individual pedals. I sometimes like to layer modulation effects on top of one another followed by a good bit of reverb and delay, but the Modfactor doesn't allow simultaneous use of effects, so using Chorus and Tremolo or Chorus and Flanger is out of the question unless I supplement it with a separate pedal. Still, it sounds really good (based on the demos I've watched) and the Undulator effect alone has got me GASing for one really bad.

Love the sound of the Undulator effect in this demo. Watch it at about 7:20. Sounds heavenly.

 

Rizza

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If combining effects is an issue, I'd look at the TC Nova Modulator.

I'm definitely happy with my Modfactor - It's very tweakable and versatile, but it takes some time making all the presets you want - not all sound great out of the box. It was a bit overwhelming when I first got it, but I quickly got the gist of it all.
 

trickness

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Ya not being able to run effects at the same time is a HUGE turn off!
+ 10000.

I had one, sold it. You have this great box that makes a zillion sounds, just not at the same time. It's got a dozen knobs, hundreds of settings, but if you're using the chorus, then you can't use the phaser. Dumbest pedal I've ever spent money on. Even sub $200 Line 6 POD stuff allows you to use multiple effects at the same time.
 

jzucker

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if you're a tweaker, get it. IMO, the eventide pedals don't sound the best at any one thing but they excel in their versatility.
 

Cirrus

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I'm very happy with my modfactor. I'm only an occasional user of modulation effects, but even if i was this thing would still be perfect for me. The way you can tweak the patches 'til your hearts content is fantastic - finding new sounds is always more exciting to me than yet another phase 90 or whatever. And yes, the undulator is an amazing if mysterious effect. I use it a couple of times during our regular set, it's great for spacy wierd sounds.

The song's a bit intense for some, but here's a recording where i use the undulator along with distortion in the verses and at the end of the chorus.

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=943433&content=songinfo&songID=7688900

Also, the rotary speaker simulation is the best I've heard.:aok
 

Reckedtrek

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I use the ModFactor and have been very happy with it. I use modulation fairly frequently, but prefer one mod at a time anyway. I don't want chorused flange! LOL! -but maybe trem/phase would be a good combo once in a blue moon. The ModFactor has given me access to sounds I would have never bought a dedicated pedal for (like Vibrato) or all new sounds (Undulator). What other multi let's you mod a mod like the MF does. That's sick!

Anyway, love the pedal, and it along with the TimeFactor have allowed me to trim down my board quite a bit while still having access to tons of sounds.
 

winstabull

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The rotary sounds on it are really good. That was the primary reason I bought it. The other effects were an added bonus. With that said, you have to spend the time to learn the pedal. You can't just spin a couple of knobs and get great sounds out of it.
 

soopajeanmi

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I have a SFX-07 Seymour Duncan Shape Shifter Tremolo & a BYOC Phaser, Vibrato & Wah. I don't use chorus much, might enjoy an auto wah, not sure if I'd use the other effects much. I'm happy with what I have but it would clear some room on my board if the Modfactor is AWESOME!

My question is:

If I could sell the Phaser, Vibrato, & SFX-07 Tremolo for $250 is it worth paying the extra $100 for the Eventide Modfactor?
I only heard online demos, but the modfactor really doesn't seem to be able to compete with top of the line standalone pedals.
 

Reckedtrek

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I only heard online demos, but the modfactor really doesn't seem to be able to compete with top of the line standalone pedals.
No problems here. Of course, YMMV, but my experience isn't based on online demos, but A/Bing the MF with standalone pedals- sometimes a bit better, sometimes not quite as good, but certainly reaching a degree that especially live no one can tell the difference. For recording, depending on the effect, I might go with a standalone, but in some cases I'd still use the MF.

In addition, the MF can do some pretty cool things most other mod pedals can't.
 

95strat

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I think I would use the trem, vibrato, and undulator. I can't stand chorus so no way I'd use any of that. Still that saves three pedals of space. I'm sure I could find other sounds I'd use. I need a Timefactor first.
 

KRosser

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if you're a tweaker, get it. IMO, the eventide pedals don't sound the best at any one thing but they excel in their versatility.
I agree, and I am a tweaker and really love the whole series.

I will add that one other feature unique to the Eventides (that I'm aware of) is the USB upgrade interface and the apparent willingness of the company to be actively interested in upgrading them.

This is very attractive to me and definitely tipped them in my favor. They're in no way limited to what they can do now.
 
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