MetallicRiffer 01/06/2007

Roland GP-8 : MetallicRiffer's user review

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- What are the effects or types of effects available?

Autowah - Comp - OD - Disto - Phaser - EQ - Delay - Chorus

- What technology is used? (Analog, digital, tube ...)

Analog transistor except Delay and Chorus (stereo of course) digital pedals like following each other.

- Are they edited? Via an editor Mac / PC?

Yes with Emagic SoundDiver I think ...

- What is the connection? (Audio / MIDI)

Extensive connections: 2 in (one front and one rear), send, Return (I return), stereo out, stereo line out, 2 relay switch (for switching amp channels ), MIDI in out and through, making for FC100 pedals.

- Is this a rack or rack-mount model?

Yes, 19 "1U, internal power supply.

8 / 10 still lacks a reverb and a tap tempo to make it perfect! At the same time in 1987 was the high end and it is pretty well supplied, even now.

UTILIZATION

- The general configuration is it simple?

Could not be more simple! You take the pedals Boss, you put them in a row and you got a GP-8!
Top Notch is the preamp insert (send / return), which allows the use of effects autoq / Comp / OD / Disto / Phaser / EQ prégain (before preamp) and Delay / Chorus postgain (after preamp), and it There's very few who do multis (TC G-System and Lexicon MPX G2 for ex.), it allows you to use all aspects of the device.

- Publishing of sound effects or is it easy?

It is not hard to understand, but it is annoying to use (must do a lot of manipulations to adjust preset). With an editor's faster.

- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...

I have English and French and that's enough (I almost never read)

Go, I put 9 / 10 because it is a bit long to use

SOUND QUALITY

- Effects are they effective, responsive and realistic enough?

Well here we are clearly in the 80's! It has a grain of Californians style studios Lukather. Perso j'adore! The compressor is very thick and the stereo chorus is beautiful.
To the sounds modern and transparent is not for, should look elsewhere, that's not what's missing ... The GP-8 has a strong personality that like it or not and that's very typical 80 years.

- Which instruments do you use?

I use it with a JMP-1 as an insert, as explained above, and my multi EST for my pregain effects (especially the compressor and the OD that I use as a boost for the JMP-1), the phase pregain (EVH as the master) is also nice (especially since it is successful).
And since I really did not want me out of this super Chorus I put in the loop of my JMP-1! It makes the cable but it's worth it!

I put 9 / 10 because the delay is useless without Tap Tempo and the couple OD / Disto could have been based on a SD-1 and DS-1 that have proven themselves!

OVERALL OPINION

I have 2 years

Most:
Grain, preamp insert, the channel switching, compressor, phaser and chorus
The -:
No reverb, delay too simple, and OD Disto some limits

Knowing that I paid 90 € the report Qulité / and unbeatable price!
If it again, I do it again the same choice and if I take two pedals (CS-2 and SD-1) instead ...

I put 8 / 10 because it is not perfect, but despite its age it provides really good and it is far from being completely overwhelmed.