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  • cedartcedart

    To grow in a beautiful red ....

    MXR M115 Distortion IIIPublished on 09/05/11 at 07:16
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Analog Distortion, the connectors are standard:
    - 6.35 2 Jack: IN and OUT
    - A standard 9V power jack.
    No editing possible via PC ...
    This is just a distortion pedal not a dashboard A320 ....
    Construction hyper solid cast steel casing.

    UTILIZATION

    I believe in simplicity MXR pedals are recognized as models of their kind.

    3 knobs: Distortion 1 (rate-distortion of the signal), 1 Tone (Tone), an output that adjusts the output level to the amp.

    The manual is very light though not at fault either. It even offers typical settings for the pedal.

    Editing is very simple, parameter settings are the three main distortion for a beginner to regain its small ....

    SOUND Q…
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    Analog Distortion, the connectors are standard:
    - 6.35 2 Jack: IN and OUT
    - A standard 9V power jack.
    No editing possible via PC ...
    This is just a distortion pedal not a dashboard A320 ....
    Construction hyper solid cast steel casing.

    UTILIZATION

    I believe in simplicity MXR pedals are recognized as models of their kind.

    3 knobs: Distortion 1 (rate-distortion of the signal), 1 Tone (Tone), an output that adjusts the output level to the amp.

    The manual is very light though not at fault either. It even offers typical settings for the pedal.

    Editing is very simple, parameter settings are the three main distortion for a beginner to regain its small ....

    SOUND QUALITY

    The distortion is effective, its sound is moving rather Blues, Rock and may extend, with some extreme settings, the Hard Rock sound 80 but not more ....

    The sounds are quite warm and pleasant looks just like a distortion amp.
    No breath.
    I use it mainly with a Fender Stratocaster Japan 54 with micro Di Marzio and ST Vintage Gibson Les Paul Custom plugged into a Fender Bassman 100 or a Vox AC 30 C2.

    But I prefer between the Start and vox top boost mode with a gain amplifier to less than half tones and vox to 12H for the settings of the MXR: distortion in 2H, and 11H to Tone Output between 2 and 3H, it is true that in this configuration also serves as the distortion boost (big difference in volume between disto committed or not) but also where it is best expressed and gives a great presence in solo and rhythm heavy (smothered in the right hand is a killer ...)

    If you are looking for crunch, you'll find, but I think that this is not his favorite .... why are targeting instead of OD MXR GT which is doing much better in this area.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for a year, and I've tried more than one but I find that the distortion comes in or the sound of solos with a need to boost the signal of excellence.

    Conclusion: as much effect in this price range do not expect to buy a Pandora's box where you got both light crunch that distos devastating modern rock, but an efficient pedal silmple of use after taming, will give you satisfaction.

    The Value for money is very good (OCCAZ unbeatable), and this choice I would do without hesitation
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  • swmcv2007swmcv2007

    MXR M115 Distortion IIIPublished on 01/22/09 at 08:19
    This is a pretty standard distortion pedal. No frills nothing fancy. It is analog, it has true bypass. There's a simple input and output, as well as a spot to plug in a 9V adapter.

    UTILIZATION

    The setup is very simple. It has three knobs. The Output knob acts like a booster. You can set it so that when you turn on the pedal on it not only adds distortion but boosts the sound as well. Very useful if you're using this for solos. The next knob is a Tone knob. This is kind of like a treble knob. This one should usually be cranked most of the way unless you play stoner rock. The final knob is the Disortion. You can just add a little bit for a nice crunch or crank it for solo's or any ty…
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    This is a pretty standard distortion pedal. No frills nothing fancy. It is analog, it has true bypass. There's a simple input and output, as well as a spot to plug in a 9V adapter.

    UTILIZATION

    The setup is very simple. It has three knobs. The Output knob acts like a booster. You can set it so that when you turn on the pedal on it not only adds distortion but boosts the sound as well. Very useful if you're using this for solos. The next knob is a Tone knob. This is kind of like a treble knob. This one should usually be cranked most of the way unless you play stoner rock. The final knob is the Disortion. You can just add a little bit for a nice crunch or crank it for solo's or any type of hard rock.

    Overall this pedal is very easy to use and you don't even need the manual to tell you how it works. All you need is about 5 minutes and you're good to go.

    SOUND QUALITY

    This is a great sounding distortion pedal. Not only is it simple but you can get a distortion for whatever you want. It sounds good no matter what you're using it for. If you just turn the Distortion on a little bit and crank the Tone all the way you get a nice bite to your clean tone. Perfect overdrive. Nice and clear with single coils. Dirty and buttery with humbuckers. If you want some power crank it up halfway for hard riffs or a dirty blues solo. With experimentation you could get any type of distortion save for thrash metal.

    I mainly use this as an overdrive pedal with my Gibson SG Standard through a Fender Blues Deluxe. Sounds great. When I add my fuzz pedal over it I get a great juicy solo tone reminiscent of Brian May.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I've had this pedal for about 5 or 6 months now and I love it. When I record I go from the guitar to the pedal to my computer. Works great. I love everything about the pedal. It's simple, very useful, it sounds great, it doesn't break the bank, and you can easily dial in your own tone with it. I tried a few Boss and Digitech pedals but none of them really stuck out like this one. Like I said, its not too expensive either. I got mine for $80.00. I'd buy another but I don't see this one having any problems for a long time.
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  • Audiofanzine FRAudiofanzine FR

    MXR M115 Distortion IIIPublished on 11/06/08 at 00:26
    (Originally written by fantomas197/translated from Audiofanzine FR)

    Analog distortion pedal.
    Three controls: level, distortion and tone

    UTILIZATION

    Ultra easy to use and it sounds good with every setting.

    SOUND QUALITY

    High-quality sound and good reproduction of the tonal character of the guitar (I have a Gibson BFG). You can play all styles of music from blues to hard rock, but you'll hardly be able to play heavy metal because of the limited gain, which is a real pity. Given its versatility, it could become a must-have pedal if it had a wider gain range (it's the only reason I grade it 8 out 10). The tone knob is very effective.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I've been using i…
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    (Originally written by fantomas197/translated from Audiofanzine FR)

    Analog distortion pedal.
    Three controls: level, distortion and tone

    UTILIZATION

    Ultra easy to use and it sounds good with every setting.

    SOUND QUALITY

    High-quality sound and good reproduction of the tonal character of the guitar (I have a Gibson BFG). You can play all styles of music from blues to hard rock, but you'll hardly be able to play heavy metal because of the limited gain, which is a real pity. Given its versatility, it could become a must-have pedal if it had a wider gain range (it's the only reason I grade it 8 out 10). The tone knob is very effective.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I've been using it for a very short time to replace my old DS1 (and there is no comparison whatsoever). I will keep it in spite of the limited gain because it's a real good effect pedal. Perhaps I will buy a more transparent booster and plug it just before this pedal.
    The value for money is very good when it comes to the sound. I already tried plenty of pedals of all makes (Maxon, Boss, Proco, Ehx....) and I like this best.
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