Reviewed: Zoom V6 Vocal Processor
Once upon a time the idea of a dedicated vocal processor just… wasn’t there. Occasionally you might spot a singer like Robert Plant (watch the Page & Plant Unledded DVD) or Mike Patton (especially in Mr Bungle) with a few guitar pedals repurposed for live vocal use, wresting control away from the sound engineer and placing it right onstage with the vocalist. Now floor-based vocal processors are much more commonplace and there’s a real push to make each one unique, rather than just ‘Hey bud, here’s your delay and pitch correction, have fun.’ The Zoom V6 is pretty serious about grabbing your attention among the various products competing for your love.
Mixdown's Pedal Special: Multi-Effects, Modellers & Utility Effects
Here at Mixdown, we wholeheartedly believe there's a pedal out there for every guitarist. A stompbox soulmate, if you will. Find your perfect match from the realms of multi-effects and modelling pedals right here, as well as all the weird, quirky pedals that can take your rig from 0 to 100 real quick. You can thank us later.
Reviewed: Kemper Profiler Stage Floorboard
The Kemper Profiler Stage would be Kemper’s flagship product, if Kemper weren’t so vehemently committed to retaining and continuing to support every customer they’ve picked up along the way. Even the earliest incarnations of their ‘toaster’ head units are still easily updated with the latest firmware and software, whereas some competitors continue to produce subsequent products that supersede their last product, and further drive their older products towards redundancy.
Reviewed: HeadRush Gigboard Guitar Effects Processor
Ah, multi-effects boards and amp modellers. A controversial topic that many guitar purists refuse to acknowledge as a legitimate source of inspiration. If you’re part of that team, it may be time to reconsider. The market is burgeoning with innumerable amounts of these devices, and they only seem to be getting better and better as technology evolves. There’s plenty to love about digital effects: they’re super handy for both stage and studio, are comparatively lighter than a large pedalboard, and most importantly, they have unrivalled versatility to suit your every need.
Reviewed: NUX MG-20 Guitar Modeling Processor
I never got on the multi-effects floor pod train as a teen guitarist. I was unjustifiably concerned about the “fidelity” of my tone, decrying the inauthentic tinny sounds of the all-purpose slab. Instead I dropped a heinous amount of money on what I considered the real deal; Russian Big Muffs, rare Wahs, etc. As time has gone on and technology has refined, that has become a rather silly position to take.
Reviewed: T-Rex Fuel Tank Chameleon
T-Rex has been producing pedals and power supplies alike out of Denmark since their inception in 1996. Producing world-class and widely used pedals such as the Mudhoney and Replica pedals, they’re used and loved by artists such as Steve Lukather, Alter Bridge, Depeche Mode and Patrick Matera (Katy Perry). T-Rex also produces power supplies that power these famous pedals and the Fuel Tank Chameleon is the middle-of-the-road option in the Fuel Tank Series, flanked by the bigger and aptly named Goliath, and the slightly smaller Fuel Tank Classic.
Reviewed: Line 6 HX Stomp
It’s time to admit something to ourselves: amplifier modeling is the new reality. This new wave began in 1998 with Line 6’s kidney-shaped POD. While, realistically, the tones weren’t especially close to what they claimed to imitate, the convenience of being able to switch between ‘amps’ and patches, either effected or not, was groundbreaking. This was superseded by the Fractal Audio Axe-Fx in the mid-2000s, who then released the Axe-Fx II in 2011, which became the industry standard. In the same year, Kemper released their profiling amplifier, which allowed users to model their own amplifiers with startling accuracy. Fractal and Kemper have been neck and neck ever since, while Line 6 has slowly released updates of the POD, such as the POD HD and HD X series. Unfortunately, Line 6 has remained associated with the tones and sounds and effects on the original POD, despite consistently releasing top-quality products. This all changed in 2015 when they released the Helix and re-entered the big league. Enter stage left (or left and right; there’s a stereo output): the HX Stomp.