MI Audio Tube Zone owners please chime in!

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Super Locrian, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. Super Locrian

    Super Locrian Member

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    I'm eyeing this pedal. I like the clips on the MI Audio site, but would like to hear from TGP'ers who own the pedal. I'm mainly going for a smooth lead tone à la Holdsworth, can the Tube Zone cover this well? Are you able to control the amount of compression? I tend to prefer a rather open sound, but it would be nice to be able to dial in a more compressed tone when needed.

    Any things about the pedal you feel could be done better?
     
  2. Original_Fire

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    I had the Tube Zone V3 and it's a great pedal. It nails the Mesa sound IMO. I think it does smooth pretty well, I only got rid of mine cause I realized I much prefer a Marshall sounding drive.

    I think this is a pretty good demo of it, as far as what you seem to be wanting to use it for:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOH5rVqWC2g
     
  3. Brett Valentine

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    I still use one. It does a great Mesa type tone and is very dynamic with a high amount of gain on tap as well. Useable tones throughout the gain range. For more compressed sounds, you might want to add a compressor before it.

    Takes a bit of time to dial in your sound, but it's very powerful. I can go from warm mids to scooped modern just by tweaking the "Mids" control.
     
  4. DavidE

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    I have the three knob version. Too many knobs and I'll make it sound terrible....

    I'm not using it currently, but when it's a great high gain pedal for my amps that can't do that on their own. If I remember correctly, it does some nice low gain sounds as well.
     
  5. Sikor

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    I have a TZ v3. It is great, versatile pedal. From a clean boost to heavy high gain and everything between. But... there is a but: be prepared to spend a lot time tweaking this monster. 6 knobs + internal trimmer, some controls are interactive. It could be heaven, but it could be hell if You are not tweaker :)
     
  6. aksman

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    +1 on all of the comments.

    For lead and smooth stuff, the TZ v3 is great. The only reason it got knocked off my board was because I needed a really high-gain marshall sound and ran out of room on my board (the TZ can match the Crunch Box/OCD territory, though).

    It's going back on the board now that I bought a stiletto ace.
     
  7. jackrockerman

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    pls bring this post up!! :)
     

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