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The Rocktron Utopia G200 is a professional multi effects guitar system that delivers incredible tone and awesome sounding effects. Rocktron has loaded the Utopia G200 with 64 factory preset sounds and 64 user presets for a total of 128 presets. Everything you need to create your own signature sound has been included in the G200: 4 totally usable channels, 4-band EQ, and full bandwidth effects give you the tools to create awesome high-quality tones that will define and complement your individual playing style.
The Utopia G200 guitar system is easy to use and operate. Fully programmable,it features an easy-to-read Cool Blue LCD Display, (no cryptic tables to decipher or matrix-LED crossword puzzles — just plain easy). Not merely a plastic toy, it is built with a rugged metal chassis and roadworthy professional-grade expression control pedal made from metal!
Channel selections deliver awesome tones (Clean, Texas, British and Mega). Pre-effects include wah, phaser, compressor. Post effects include chorus, flanger, pitch shift, tremolo, delay and reverb. You also get Rocktron exclusives like a state-of-the-art Speaker Simulator (for excellent recording), Variac (tube sag emulation) and HUSH noise reduction.
When was the last time you plugged into Pop's old guitar amplifier? Most likely, never. So why buy a processor that promises you the sounds of old amps and cabinets? The Utopia G Series Professional Guitar Systems provide tone and effects processing for the next generation so you can be the player you want to be.
The Utopia G200 provides USB audio recording and playback connectivity, built-in tuner, glow in the dark pedalboard markings, illuminated footswitches, MIDI in and MIDI out/thru, assignable effect on/off, tap delay note quantization (1/16, 1/8, triplet, 1/4, 1/2 and whole).
It also provides Up/Down preset Bank by 3 with 3 instant recall buttons and a 2nd mode (1 assignable effect on/off footswitch, 1 mute/tuner footswitch, 1 tap delay footswitch when the 2nd mode is active).
HUSH is a registered trademark of GHS Corporation. Motorola is a trademark of Motorola, Inc.
- Motorola 24 Bit DSP Engine with AKM Converters
- Full bandwidth effects
- Stereo outputs
- Heavy Duty Headphone Output (1/8 stereo phone)
- Auxiliary (MP3/CD/iPOD) Input (1/8 stereo phone)
- Rugged professional grade chassis and expression pedal made from metal
- Power supply
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- Compact Design
- Excellent Sound Quality
- Good Selection Of Effects
- Difficult To Use
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ROCKTRON "UTOPIA" G-200 GUITAR PROCESSOR REVIEW
BY "Rhomvargo" SEPTEMBER 2013
The Rocktron Utopia, G–200. Oh my! Where to begin?
First let me tell you what I hoped that it would do: I am an older musician and I usually play alone. Parties, restaurants, pretty calm stuff, my own songs, and covers of standards……..though I am quite capable of rocking out with a screaming overdrive wah wah lead. Being a "one man band" I use a large pedal board and utilize looping, both self pre-recorded and on-the-fly, for my "backup band", and "chirpers". Four main units, interconnected and interactive…. Boss RC-50 Loop Station, my dear old Roland GR-30 guitar synth, a Boss ME-70 guitar processor, and a TC Helicon Voicelive 2 vocal harmony processor. I play into all of this with my Godin Multiac Spectrum MIDI capable guitar. That's a lot of pedals and knobs to keep track of and I found myself referring to lists and crawling on the floor between songs as I set each piece of equipment for the next performance. Not very professional! So I hooked everything together with simple MIDI cables, and now, when I change patches on the looper, all the other units automatically cue up for the next song……. except for one weak link. The boss ME–70 does not have MIDI, and hence my search for a MIDI-capable guitar processor with the same pedal board footprint as the ME-70….. enter the Rocktron Utopia G-200.
I don't ask much of my guitar processor. Cleans, some mild crunch, a couple of distortion patches, I like to use Wah, and the effects pedal needs to turn off the guitar volume when I use the synth. So, my normal mode of operation on the ME-70 is to select my patch bank, and the pedal is set to run volume until I press down and engage the toe switch at which point it switches to WAH. Simple right?
The new G-200 arrived. It fit into the pedal board perfectly after removing the ME-70. MIDI cables in place, the new unit tracked the patch numbers sent from the RC-50 perfectly, and passed them on to the GR-30.
I listened through the pre-programmed patches...nice! Although leaning toward the wild, snarly side a bit for this old guy, the sounds are lush and somehow more polished than what I get from the ME-70.
I was especially excited that the new unit is capable of MIDI mapping. The old GR-30 guitar synth has a peculiar patch and bank sequence. The patch sequence does not match the other pieces of equipment, and I was having to record copies of patches in many places on the synth in order to get everything to work together. Now with MIDI mapping, the G–200 should be able to receive a MIDI patch number signal, but transmit a different number to the GR-30 making it possible to reuse a stored synth patch multiple times. Cool!
Now it all goes sour. The manual for the G–200 is poorly written. Even though I have spent several days, and several hours a day playing with it, there are still statements in the manual which are baffling. In particular the WAH function is a complete mess. The switch under the toe of the pedal seems to have no effect on the function of the pedal. It may as well be another button on the face of the unit. What you program the pedal for (WAH, or Volume etc.) that is what it is, and clicking the toe switch will turn on a "pedal active" light, and change a pre-selected non-pedal-related parameter ...that's all. I can have WAH or Volume on that pedal…...but no way both without setting up another patch.
To make matters worse, the first unit that I received had a faulty toe switch under the pedal. I could put my finger under the pedal and make it click, but no way would the pedal make it happen with my foot. That first unit went back. The second unit is much better. Now the pedal makes the little light come on….but still no alternate function possible for the pedal. The toe switch under the pedal changes non-pedal parameters!
Programming, either patch parameters, or the afore mentioned MIDI-mapping, is a bit complex. With the unit installed on my pedal board, with guitar in, guitar out, MIDI in, MIDI out, and power plugs in place, the unit freezes repeatedly. and often, necessitating power off and on again to reset and start over. Unfortunately, my two-tier pedalboard makes the power switch on the back of the G-200 inaccessible without peeling up the Velcro and pulling the unit out. All my units are powered from one switch, so it's everything off and then on again to reset the G-200. After much frustration and many, many, freezes, resets, and re-dos, I discovered that the freezing problem goes away if I unplug everything but the power cord on the back of the unit. Problem is, I then had to program "deaf", and still had to tear the pedalboard apart to do any programming. No bueno!
The MIDI-mapping that I was so excited about also has a foible. With MIDI cables attached the unit will indeed track the incoming patch number changes, and pass them on to the GR-30, but unfortunately it will not do the transposition and send a different patch number unless the patch is selected using the dials and pedals on the face of the unit. If the patch is selected by an incoming MIDI signal the unit sends the same number……..completely negating the whole object of the exercise (midi automated song setup) for me.
I guess all we guitarist are different, and have our own idea of "Utopia" when it comes to our gear.. This G-200 is a nice unit with great sound, but designed by somebody that ticks differently from me. It just doesn't do the jobs that I need it for, so its back to the ME-70. The Utopia G-200 was a beautiful dream…...just not mine.
I bought the unit from Music 123. They shipped promptly, where courteous and helpful on the phone, and handled the return situation with professional good graces. Thank you for that. Sorry that the outcome was not positive this time.