DigiTech Genesis 1
DigiTech Genesis 1

Genesis 1, Multi-Effects for Electric Guitar from DigiTech in the Genesis series.

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moosers's review

DigiTech Genesis 1
The DigiTech Genesis 1 is a mutli-effects and amp modeling processor, designed for use with electric guitar but suitable with any electronic instrument of your choosing. It has 1/4" connections, so whatever you want to use it with must be compatible with that, as most things will be. However, I'll be discussing the Genesis 1 in relation to electric guitar, as that is what it is primarily made for and is the only instrument that I have experience with in tandem with the unit. It isn't a rack mountable piece of gear as it is comes in the form of a box (similar to the Line 6 POD).


Using the DigiTech Genesis 1 is a pretty simple task, as everything is designed to be user friendly and aimed at those who might not have as much experience as a professional would. On top you've got parameters for effects like compressor, modulation, reverb/delay, and a gate. Below that there fixed setting parameters that allow you to choose from both a plethora of amplifiers and cabinets. It then has more standard parameters to control your general tone like gain, bass, mid, treble, and level. A manual isn't necessary unless you feel you are lost just from looking at it...


While versatile, the sounds that you can get from the DigiTech Genesis 1 are below average in my opinion. They really just come off as lackluster at best. While it certainly seems like a good thing on paper, as you have pretty much every effect and amplifier/cabinet modeling combination that you could ask for, as far as I am concerned the sounds are just not up to a professional's standard. Perhaps this is just aimed as a lower end product, but the amplifier and cabinet emulations just don't sound very realistic to me at all. I always try to use real gear when I can, but there are some products out there that can replace them somewhat adequately - unfortunately, the DigiTech Genesis 1 isn't one of them.


While I believe that they stopped making the DigiTech Genesis 1, as they have a newer version out, you can still find them for sale new and used if you're interested in one. However, if you couldn't already tell I would recommend staying away from it. There are a number of other effects and amp modeling boxes out there that are much better, even if you have to spend a few extra bucks. If you're looking for something for your recording studio to help you add versatility to your possible guitar tones, check out any number of multi-effects systems and/or amp modeling software and hardware, as much of them are better than this one...
MGR/Kelly Conroy01/31/2002

MGR/Kelly Conroy's review"Digitech Genesis 1"

DigiTech Genesis 1
Mars - $99.

This is an incredible unit. I want to say "for the money" but that always sounds like "it's cheap and it doesn't suck TOO much so it's OK". This thing is great for the money. It would be great for twice the money. The amps sound great, very expressive and authentic. The Mesa Boogie is to die for and the Marshall is sweet, crunchy goodness. You can get just about any sound you can think of by tweaking the amp, cabinet, EQ and gain. Very happy.

It is kind of hard to play it through an amp just because you have to tweak controls on both to get it to sound right. Not too hard though.

It is a good product but it is plastic and not meant for the rugged stage environment. Please don't drop it.

I love this thing. It sounds great and it is SO easy to use. You don't have to mess with complicated patches and saved presets. You turn the amp knob, you turn the cab knob, you add an effect or two, you rock the house! I would by another one in a second.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/Kelly Conroy11/30/2001

MGR/Kelly Conroy's review"Digitech Genesis 1"

DigiTech Genesis 1
$99 at Mars. I was looking for something to record with on my computer.

First and foremost, it is EASY to use. Just knobs. No memory resets, no screens, no patch 1A, 1B, 1C. Choose amp, choose cab, add an effect or two or not. Kick A!
The models sound great, I like the boutique the best but the Marshall is great too. Great fr amature recording.

It is a little frail, just light plastic. Geez, just be careful and nothing will happen.

Oops. I think I just answeered this one. Kinda fragile but not too bad.

I love it, it gives me so much versitility. Now I have 11 amps and 11 cabs to create with. Beatles on minute then Zep then Metallica then BB King. I like it!

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

@lx's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)

DigiTech Genesis 1
If you want to record your guitar easily and quickly this unit is what you need!
It is truly comprehensive.
Plug the guitar, please choose the amp (from clean trash the mega distortion), please choose the cabinet (speaker simulator), which plays mainly on the tonality of the sound. Rgler as the legalization of an amp.
Effect or not and plays hop ca.


Too simple to use as an amp!


I also have a gnx3 but I record my guitars with the genesis for the compression effect is very good! I think the sound is more rgulier. It really brings the sound of a microphone in front of an enclosure. The chorus is fantastic, and it is so easy to adjust! It is true that some distortion sound a little synthetic, but it sounds better than pedals directly into the computer!


For the price you have a crumb of POD and sounds are substantially the same. The only drawback is that it does not save anything. The need to buy the Genesis 3.
To save your ides squenceur prfr or a model is the right investessement.