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MGR/rawhide 02/07/2002

Korg PX3B : MGR/rawhide's user review

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I began looking for a multi effects processor that I could use when our band meets and at home when I wanted to learn a new song or play along with a CD. I also wanted an amp/effect mobile processor I could use with my travel guitar when I am out of town (about 3 days a week). I searched on line and found one for about$200. AS time goes on they can be found cheaper than that.

The ability to play a CD and fill in on the Bass part (low range is muted) is a lot of fun and helps get a great sense for timing and emphasis the Bass plays in any new song your trying to learn. I also like the Phrase recorder which allows you to loop a portion of the song from a CD or from my guitar then play it back and work on the bass part until I get it down. The Rhythm tracks are also a real plus, and although the PX3B is specifically for the Bass, I use it (as my amp/effects)with my Traveler guitar on the road with a set of headphones.

The batteries don't last long and I recommend that you get power adapter and use the back lighting only when you need it while using the batteries. I which you could use the rhythm backing and phrase trainer at the same time. When you use the Phrase trainer the Modeling effects are somewhat muffled or muted. I am sure all of the above have to do with the amount of processing power and the need to keep the unit small.

The unit is pretty well constructed and has survived several drops as well as traveling in a suitcase for over a year. I was amazed at the sound it could generate from such a small box and I think it will serve me well for years to come. I have yet to spill any liquids on it, but I think it would handle minor amounts of moisture.

I think anyone with a bass guitar needs to have the Pb3x if for no other reason than to be able to be the bass player on any CD you want to play. Unlike playing along with a CD where you have to fight to be heard or overpowering the song the unit will mute the Bass and you can blend right in with just a little tweaking. Of course being able to plug in head phones and not have to fire up your amp will be appreciated by friends and family and the price is great for what it offers. Especially mobility.

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