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Strymon Lex vs. H&K Rotosphere

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by fuzzface71, May 22, 2011.

  1. fuzzface71

    fuzzface71 Supporting Member

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    Has anyone compared both pedals yet? That Lex sounds the most promising from all the ones that I've seen. I've been a Rotosphere user for almost 7 years now. And imo, IT IS THE "Leslie in a box" pedal. :)
     
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    I second this
    Looking for the results
     
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    Third.

    I've been using the H&K for almost ten years. I haven't heard better...my eye is on that Strymon, if only because it's smaller.
     
  4. ruger9

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    +1. Still hoping someone does a side-by-side demo.

    So far, the only real complaint I've heard with the Lex is that the drive can sound too "digital" (which of course it is)... the drive on the H&K is one of it's "magical" properties...
     
  5. fuzzface71

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    I have seen the Strymon, but I honestly haven't done any major investigation. Is it digital?

    Ditto on the size. But years ago, I have used a Line 6 Rotomachine in place of my H&K. My pedalboard wasn't the same without the Rotosphere. I didn't have bar patrons gather around my pedalboard on stage, like when I had the Rotosphere on board. :D

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    I've had a Lex since the first batch, and it's never even crossed my mind that the drive sounds digital. I have no clue what anyone that would say that is talking about.
     
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    Digital isn't necessarily bad. We've been trained to think that by Boss, but there's plenty of good sounding digital pedals out there now.

    For me it would be a size factor. The Rotosphere would have to be A LOT better sounding to overcome that.
     
  8. Don A

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    I would love to try the Lex and the Ventilator, but my Rotosphere was paid for at least 10 years ago and it more than gets the job done!
     
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    My Lex arrived yesterday. Right now I'm just trying to dial it in to my liking. Seems like it's going to be a fun pedal.
     
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    I own and love a Skreddy Echo, is it not digital? Also long time owner of the Rotosphere.
     
  11. ruger9

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    Just to clarify, I'm not saying "digital is bad" at all... I'm not an "analog only snob"... I had just heard some complaints that the drive on the Lex SOUNDED digital... sounding digital and being digital mean 2 different things. I've had my share of digital effects, and still do, but I don't keep the ones that sound digital to me, and keep the ones that don't (Strymon El Cap is a perfect example).
     
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    Quoting myself from the Lex thread:


    Hope that helps a little.
     
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    Im another happy Rotosphere user... It would be hard to get me to change to digital, If anything, I would go back to a real leslie.

    I use the Rotosphere for guitar, but mostly for organ and it simply screams. Also I find the interface very easy to dial in on the fly.
     
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    what about comparing the lex to the destination rotation single? ive owned the later for several years now. i have nothing bad to say about this unit. but when i saw the demo for the lex, i was blown away! thoughts?
     
  15. ruger9

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    I had a DRS, (I don't own a Lex yet), but I have owned the DLS Rotosim, Line 6 Roto-Machine, and H&K Rotosphere.

    The DRS wasn't bad, but it sounded more like a phaser than a leslie, to me. I thought it had a good drive function, but in the end just didn't sound realistic enough. I prefer the Rotosim & Rotosphere. (altho the Line 6 was the worst; I'd take the DRS over the Line 6 any day.)
     
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    +1. Would like to try the Lex but the RotoSIM is satisfying me. I love the Rotosphere in fast mode, but the slow just didn't get the grind I needed. -E
     
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    actually it did. :)
     
  18. Trebor Renkluaf

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    Same here - in fact I was pleasantly surprised at how good the drive sounded. It didn't sound like you put an overdrive pedal in-front of the Lex, it sounded like the the power amp section of a Leslie amp driving hard. I like it.
     
  19. Trebor Renkluaf

    Trebor Renkluaf I was hit by a parked car, what's your excuse? Silver Supporting Member

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    I don't know how people can say the Destination Rotation sounds like a leslie - it sounds like a phasor/tremolo combined. I had both versions and neither one to me ever had me thinking I was plugged into a leslie speaker. The first time I stepped on the Lex the hair on the back of my neck stood up - and that was in mono.
     
  20. fuzzface71

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    Ditto on the DR. I was disappointed on that one, when I finally tried it. Years ago, when it first came out, I so did wonder about it, because of the size, that it might be a good replacement. I was so glad, GAS didn't hit me hard on that one. :D
     

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