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Traps 01/23/2005

Korg A5 : Traps's user review

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It has lots of effects for the price I paid (€85) and they are of good quality. You have a compressor, a distortion and an overdrive, an EQ, a reverb, delay, chorus, echo and noise reduction, all of them can be mixed and they are completely modifiable. If you have a stereo amp or two amps, it has two jack outputs (Left/mono and right) to get stereo effects (for delay and similar).
They can't be edited on a PC and it has no MIDI ports, only 1/4" jacks and a mini-jack for headphones.

USE

It has a pretty complex configuration and you'll need to take your time to figure out how to edit sounds. But once you do it's truly awesome. The manual is pretty technical but it's good to look for preset sounds.

To conclude, it's only a bit hard to configure at first.

SOUND QUALITY

The noise is great for a unit costing only €85! It's great for rehearsals and gigs, although I doubt it's good enough for high-quality studio recordings (along with your guitar if you don't have noiseless pickups), but it's great for basic studio recordings.
Effects can be modified at will so they can be adapted to any amp (from 10W to 100W and more).
I play a Stratocaster Vintage and a Jackson PS2 and it sounds fine. I have used it with many other guitars and the sound doesn't vary.

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using it for a couple of years. I bought it secondhand, so I don't know how old it is, but I've never had a single problem with it. Except for the jack input I had to resolder, but it's a minor detail.
I tested other pedals before, but with heftier price tags, especially if you want to get as many effects. I don't think it's too practical to have dozens of pedals in front of you.
Its value for money is simply insane!
Based on my experience, I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again.