DigiTech Death Metal
DigiTech Death Metal

Death Metal, Distortion from DigiTech in the X series.

  • Increase or decrease font size
  • Print
  • RSS

All user reviews for the DigiTech Death Metal

  • Like
  • Tweet
  • Submit
Average Score:3.8( 3.8/5 based on 19 reviews )
 7 reviews37 %
 6 reviews32 %
 2 reviews11 %
 1 user review5 %
 2 reviews11 %
Value For Money : Excellent

mooseherman's review"Not a good pedal!!"

DigiTech Death Metal
This is a distortion pedal made by Digitech. It has two 1/4" connections for input and output as well as an input for a 9V adaptor. This is an analog pedal and as such cannot be edited through a computer or midi controller. It is not rackable.


Using this pedal is actually irritatingly simple. There are knobs for level, low, mid, and hi. The most obvious thing about this distortion is that it's missing a gain knob, which I find very frustrating. How do you dial in a level of distortion that you want? It makes the often erroneous assumption that metal players only have or need one tone.


I really was disappointed by this. It does have a really heavy sound that can work for a few different sub-genres of metal. While I figured that it would stick to mostly heavy tones, I really didn't anticipate just how limited it was. The lack of gain knob makes it go really hard the whole time. Sure, there's a three-band EQ, and it can have a volume adjustment that gives it some wiggle room, but the fact that it's the same amount of gain the whole time is pretty ridiculous. It basically colors the sound so much that it sounds roughly the same with every guitar, though obviously a humbucker will sound better as it will cancel some of the noise. It really removes the originality from just about everybody's tone, which is something I find disheartening as a guitar player.


I would only use this pedal if I had no other options. It's probably one of the worst I've tried. It's cheap, but I guess that's for a good reason. I wouldn't use this anywhere considering I don't play metal, which I guess does make me a little bit biased. But I still doubt any self-respecting metal player wouldn't want to take control of his tone, which this pedal doesn't allow you to do. Thus I must strongly urge all of you not to buy this.

FateFelledVictim's review

DigiTech Death Metal
The Digitech Death Metal effect stomp box is a single distortion pedal. It is a digital pedal, which cannot be edited. It is not rackable and has audio outs.


It is a pretty simple pedal, meaning that no manual is really required. The effect editing is easy as well, just 3 simple knobs on the front let you edit the sound. I have yet to need the manual, but the diagrams are very descriptive, and make everything very simple.


The effects are good for someone looking for a simple distortion. I use it in about 4 out of 10 songs and it sounds alright. The mid control brings a little bit too much hiss and the sound of the distortion is a little bit too overdrawn. Hitting multiple strings is almost impossible to make sound good, without some form of better EQ or compression.


I have been using this product for about a year. I like the ease of use that this pedal has, making editing the effect drastically easier than some of the RP models, but the sound suffers a little and sounds slightly like it is a trash can. I tried the overdrives and Grunge pedals and this one beats the Grunge, which is horrible. The price is decent for the effect, but more expensive models sound better, such as the Boss Heavy Metal distortion. If I could make the decision again, I would probably buy the Boss pedal.

Heavyspender's review

DigiTech Death Metal
This is a pure distortion pedal. You can get overdrive out of it, there are even presets for it. However, I believe this pedal is specifically tailored for hard, heavy, driving distortion. The heavier, the better. It is a digital unit and cannot be edited via computer. It is a floor pedal, so it is not rackable. The unit has one input and two outputs. One output is for going to an amp. The other is a cabinet modeler that allows you to go straight into the mixing board.


Configuration is simple. It has four knobs : level, low, mid and high. As digitech says, they've set the gain on 11 and ripped off the knob ! Thus the lack of a gain knob on this unit. Sounds/effects editing is very easy and the clear, colorful manual makes it even easier. There are not only presets for just this unit, but the manual also shows how you can combine it with other effects to get a solo tone.


This pedal really only serves one purpose....it's a death metal pedal, just like the name says! As such, it sound greats for death, trash, nu-metal, and even heavy metal! I put this thing through a Fender Twin and it was palm muting hell (or heaven depending on your opinion.) It is great for heavy rhythm grind. Unfortunately, because the treble is so harsh, I don't feel this is a great pedal for soloing. The manual has a sample setup that has this pedal chained to a delay and a chorus for a smoother soloing sound. When I mimic this set up, it sounds a little better, but the treble is still too harsh in my opinion, even with the delay and chorus.


I've had this pedal for about 3 and a half years. I love playing Metallica style, Evanescence, basically any kind of power chord riffs with this thing. Unfortunately, it is not good for soloing, even though it has a soloing preset. And using this thing at praise and worship? Forget about it! The only time I've used it on stage at church is when we played Bring me to Life by Evanescence. I figure that will be the extent of my use of this pedal in a church setting. I tried many DOD and digitech models before buying this one, but this one won at the time because I was specifically looking for something that could play the heavy riffs of a song I wrote. Unfortunately, I apparently did not take into consideration the soloing capabilities of this unit. If I did, I very well might have ended up with something different. It's not too bad of a $50 spent, and at least the 2nd mixer output gives me the option of adding another amp to my rig in stereo.

MGR/Rob's review"Digitech Death Metal"

DigiTech Death Metal
I paid $50 for this pedal at george's music. My amp's stock distortion just wasn't cutting it so i started looking for distortion pedals. I previously bought the Turbo Flange by Digitech and was very satisfied so i decided to get another digitech. I didn't want to pay $80 for the metal master so i looked at their new series.

I love the raw sound it gives perfect for any type of metal. I currently use a 10 watt guitar package amp with it. When i go out to stores and try out the world reknown marshall distortion/amps and a guitar that costs double mine i still prefer the death metal pedal over it. Can't wait till i get my marshall 50dfx then itll be even more amazing. Sounds amazing with downtuned strings and is great for rhythm as well as doing solos. Also an incredibly versitile distortion. Has as many if not more different tones then the metal master and costed much less. Amazing deal.

Hmmm....Not much really that i don't like...it takes a while to control the feedback. When i first got it i'd have to keep clicking it off to prevent terrible feedback. Once you learn how to control it the feedback can actually be a very good thing. I use the treble setting and the tone at 0 to create the least amount of feedback.

My brother dropped a ten pound weight on it...it still works as great as ever...also the digitech stompbox design is very comfortable.

One word to completely describe it - Lethal. Most amazing thing i've ever bought. I highly highly recomend this distortion for anyone whos into metal

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

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

DigiTech Death Metal
Good distortion pedal.
However, as the name suggests, it is not polivalente (no level adjustment distortion, it is always full).


Pedal very easy to use.
The settings are reliable because the knobs are a bit hard which prevents them tounrent with the vibrations of the scene (near battery ...).
The pedal is heavy and does not move when used on stage unlike other brands that are light pedals. on the other hand it is less convenient to carry.


Good record to play metal.


Use for 2 years, it is his job.

guigue106's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" ca manages pretty well!"

DigiTech Death Metal
pedal analog saturation


yeah there are only 4 buttons to rotate the rest is already done c ^ ^


I think that to use s know it takes a bit of experience, maturity and good amp refexion and all lights ...


I say that that is perfect, I say no more than that is the stew, for my part, everything but everything is so thoroughly on the "gain" of my pedals, so in a way it makes me completely agree on this side of.

my chaining is quite complex, I separate it into two loops via a boss ls 2, I enter the 535Q with my and my jpm jpm p1 p3 granted in D, then j attack the DM and then I go in and spend a MT2 in an mfx (Zoom 8080) for effect as the eq, delay, reverb etc. etc. etc. the and I finished (your choice) or guitar rig with a psycho delay; a custom eq 2 * 12 and a front and Another nifty trick or gadget in my valvking 2 * 12 in return for bombing the power amp

I use this pedal in 90% of cases to have rhythmic biting well in progressive (dream theater way) this side of the frankly I conquered.

Against it by missing a bit of texture to the lead for once I am back on the opportunities that mt2 more "soft" and therefore more enjoyable for something clean.

"color" of sound between the two pedal is substantially the same thanks to the equalo of my 8080.

All that to say that c is rather a very good pedal, but that we must think and think a bit more to try the exploited and realize that c is not crap unlike what some people say or think of way too subjective.

to tell you, I even tried to input the 2 * 12, with bass = 0, middle = 10; 0 treble, and all run on the pedal and frankly sends ca severe steak!! same volume was 5 (go ahead try you'll see!)

it; you say has the breast: a distortion in the input of an amp it "condemns" the clean channel and already changing the face of ca ..... his;

you have to play ....

Angrod's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" suitable."

DigiTech Death Metal
Analog distortion pedal for extreme metal.

A-3 band EQ and a level knob.

-1 Amp input.
-1 Input mixer.

-The construction of the pedal is solid.


-Very easy to use, the pedal comes immediately sound when turned on.
Configuration-simple also.


-I mainly cheeks'' death metal'', but the sound I was looking rather cold, although this pedal has a lot of bass I find the sound is a little too dirty and greasy for me.

-It is suitable for heavy metal as'' death metal'' etc. .. But not suitable for the more technical metal and clean.


-This pedal is generally quite good, for those who are fond of big sound that task: this pedal is for you! Those who prefer a metal cleaner, technically, I do not recommend it.

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

DigiTech Death Metal
What are the effects or types of effects available?
You can set the acute and severe the mid

What technology is used? (Analog, numrique, lamp ...)

Are ditables? Via an editor Mac / PC?

What is the connection? (Audio / MIDI)
2 amp outputs a table mix
Come January 1 guitar

Is this a rack or rack MODEL?



Configuration gnrale Is it easy?

yes very
The edition of sound effects or is it easy?

a bit complicated to find his sound but his shot on your little 10 minute pass di
The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
not need the manual so I do not know


The effects are they effective, suitable and adequate ralistes?
the serious big sound very heavy

Which instruments do you use?
Fender telecaster 1980
guibson SG
What are those you prfrez, you dtest?

the bass sound very powerful but we see has to move faster than the metal are not the acute to top


How long have you use it?
6 months
What is the particular feature you like best and least?
the most bass
the less acute

Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
yes boos ultra metal, vox multi pedal ...

How do you report qualitprix?
10/10 nothing to say

Exprience with, you will do again this choice? ...

yes but watch out for very specific PDAL dark music for the treble in the genre it is metallica mieu BOSS MT-2 ( https://www.thomann.de/fr/boss_mt2_metal_zone.htm ) but the price is twice as

ibanez7stringsaddicted's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

DigiTech Death Metal
Saturation analog pedals ...

Well, in those who accuse raction not be able to change the gain, I had our answer to that, there is Metalmaster trs etc are good! The death metal targets the extreme bottom mtal brutal neglect the usefulness of having a dictionary and ignorant until the existence of philosophy (like Schwarzenegger in Predator) ... I did not say that all mtalleux taient idiots, just to play that solo satriani, not rely on the pedals, that's all ...

Otherwise, 3-band EQ, 1 between 2 outputs and a volume knob


Sounds great thanks ISSA change qualisation the three bands on the manual, which manual?
the only usefulness of the manual are examples of "trains pedals" provided in this catalog dguis manually ...


I would say that the pedals is allierve sadistic ... While digging the grave, is monstrous ... ke its Personally, I'm a fan, I keep my tubeking for solos, did a great ANIB


Nothing wrong, I got it, I'm buying a spar Jekyll and Hyde from Visual Sound to me in the back for its grimey sounds to which I am so attached ...

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

DigiTech Death Metal
- Distortion pedals of extreme Metal.
- Good old analog technology (heureusement. ..).
- One input and two output jack classical guitar (output amp 'and exit' mixing 'with accumulation of cabinet).
- A 3-band EQ and a traditional knob level.
- The construction of the pedals is quality.

> In DEFINITIONS, CHARACTERISTICS classic a good ide for the exit 'mixing', for there is a point against black: there is no gain ... SETTING THE


The configuration is more than simplistic, the edition of sounds is a breeze!


Whatever you use for tuning the little that you are in Mount humbucker, the sound is rather rough and imprcis, I think this is because there is no gain adjustable. .. I think the problem vritable of the pedals is l. Rhythm, one can find good sound, nanmoins still fat enough despite the EQ trs effective. Perfect for the old school death in fact (Carcass, Nihilist, Pestilence ...). Solo, the pedals is not exactly the height and the grain is not really hi-gain short, you can feel the limits of the gear.


I had the opportunity to test the pedals from every angle, this is a good alternative for beginners on a budget guitar for the price (in nine or OCCAZ). Much better than the Behringer copies, of the same rank as the Boss MT-2, worse than the Guyatone (Metal Monster) or T-Rex (Bloody Mary), this is largely sympathetic PDAL anchor in the 80's, perfect for an old school style if you search a well prcis. Nanmoins it is not because of lack of versatile SETTING THE gain, compress the sound too. The sound is not breathing. Guitarists looking for sounds and dynamic prcis will be due. In short, a PDAL plutt orient beginners or for those who love distos pourritos.