Rocktron Xpression Guitar Multi-Effects Processor
Desktop & Rack Guitar Effects
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Professional DSP multi-effects unit for guitar or bass.
The vintage effects include many classic stomp box style effects like Flanger, Phaser, Rotary and Tremolo that were modeled after actual vintage products no longer available on the market today. Rocktron's multi-voiced Delay and Chorus are designed for Guitar and Bass for BOTH live and recording situations. A Tap Button for "Delay" and "Rate" control is on the front panel and is MIDI Programmable. Reverb, Multi-Pitch Shifting, Compressor and much more are included. The Xpression is designed to maximize EFFECTS to be used WITH your favorite preamp or amplifier, thus there are no distortion presets in the Xpression.
Rocktron's SIMbiotic(TM) 4-Band Parametric EQ offered in the Xpression is the ultimate tool for tonal shaping of your sound and it has also been designed specifically for Guitar and Bass. Separate Input and Output Level controls to accommodate all kinds of guitars and basses with active and passive pickups.
Speaker Simulator allows you to RECORD DIRECT using your favorite preamp or amplifier OR to connect directly to a PA System using your favorite preamp or amplifier - (leave that heavy cabinet at home)! Rocktron's unique Signal Routing which allows you to choose between an Analog Direct Feed, or full Effects Routing. With a MIDI Footswitch and expression pedal you can control virtually all effects parameters. (Optional Rocktron MIDI Mate or All Access footcontrollers are available).
Other key features include: HUSH Noise Reduction, Speaker Simulator and Speaker Modeling, Mic Position Modeling, Dynamic Tube Reactance Modeling, Hi-Pass Filter for Bass, Run up to 10 effects at once. 24-Bit Internal Processing via Motorola DSP Engine for Double precision 48 x 48-bit multiply with 96-bit result.
- 128 presets for guitar and bass
- Up to 10 effects together
- Vintage and classic stompbox-style effects models
- Multivoiced delay and chorus
- Delay and Rate tap tempo controls
- 4-band parametric EQ
- Active/passive input switch
- D.I. out with speaker simulator
- Analog bypass
- Hush noise reduction
- 24-bit DSP processing
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Comments about Rocktron Xpression Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:
I purchased my Xpression a couple years back through an online vendor. My previous experience with the original Rocktron Prophesy and MIDI Mate had me fiending for some high quality effects to fill out my stage gear (Marshall TSL 100 w/ 1960av, dbx 31 channel eq, sonic maximizer, bbe compressor, Morley bad horsie 2, Jackson rr1, esp ec-1000 fr). The Prophesy had more than I needed (distortions, ect) so I looked at this. Its described to just work with your amp. PERFECT! Just what I need. At least that's what I thought until I got it.
This thing is cheap. All of the knobs and buttons are thin cheap plastic. A few of them don't even work anymore, making it impossible to adjust any presets. Aside from that, the sounds aren't even good. Every time I turned it on my tone would be zapped straight from my amp. The only time I could get a decent workable sound is if I completely covered up my amps tone with loads of effects. A few times, during preset adjustment, the unit shut off and restarted a few moments later. There's no way this this should be considered stage quality gear.
The delays are probably the best thing the unit has going for it. With the MIDI mate you can get all 128 presets which would have been amazing if it wasn't for the quality problems. Reverbs and chorus are pretty nice, better than any line six stuff.
All in all it's a good idea that was produced horribly. If your looking for stage or studio gear, I would recommend something from TC electronic. If you are lookin for something to just jam with at home and aren't picky about quality, try line six or boss to save yourself some money. Stay away from this.