Actually, I have expected of this pedal to be a little more crappy. It looks cheap, and perhaps it would sound cheap. It doesn't come with the power supply, and the power input is so easily breakable. It's so bad made. I have managed to find the particular power supply. The effect itself is aesthetically ugly, it doesn't look well, and overall, it is placed in a cheap plastic. As soon as I've plugged this effect, I've instantly had a feeling that this would be bad. But, before I get to review the effects, let me just tell you that the user manual is of very bad making. Basically, they don't explain what the effect does, but instead of that, they put subtle references to things such as Eddie Van Halen and Klon Centaur.
Pre-effects We have 9 of the effects there. First of them is a compressor, which is noisy as hell when activated, but he does the job. He sustains the notes just like he needs to. The next effect is pretty hard to explain, it is like pickup simulator. You can dial in whether the effect wants to emulate the SSH or HSS sound on guitar. I never actually used this one as a pickup simulator. It comes to me handy as some kind of boost. Next one is acoustic simulator. Korg has made this one cool, because you can emulate various types of acoustic guitar. It goes from "old-size bodies" to "large bodies" and to resonator guitars. It does its job as far as the acoustic simulator could go. But, all the options sound the same, except for the resonator. Resonator does its job excellent, it kind of reminds of National Triolian at times - if you tweak the settings right. Next thing is the wah. According to the manual, two wah sounds are present - one that emulates Vox V847 and one that emulates the Vox V848. Apparently, there should be differences because the V848 has the true bypass (Vox geeks, correct me if I'm wrong)...I have no idea whether does that have any connection with the effect, but it just sounds horrific. No matter how hard you try to tweak the settings, it will always get that crappy, ear-rage-inducing tone. It just screams, but not in a good way. That is the reason I use autowah instead. Although I hardly even use wah, mostly for Pearl Jam's "Black", some Bloc Party songs and those four notes in "Let's Get It On", the autowah does its job really good, and that is why I will prefer it over usual wah. Kirk Hammett would love it! The next effect is Univibe/Phase/Vibrato. It's a crossover with all of those effects. Again, in the user's manual, it says that it should emulate the "four-stage phaser that was made in Denmark and packaged in a black box" and "popular four-stage phaser that came in a banana-colored box". What the hell? I don't know any of those effects, and the only Danish company I know is T-Rex. Instead of actually explaining how to use those effects, their wordplay is obviously more important, because of copyright reasons, they couldn't just write the name of the phaser! We all know that the only acceptable thing Univibe is used for is Pink Floyd's "Breathe", so I've tested it on that song. It sounds good, although it can get raspy at times. But if you want that spacey sound- choose this effect, especially if, with that spacey sound, you also want a lot of feminine humans. The next effect is chorus/flanger, which is supposed to do something like Ibanez CF7 or TC Electronics SCF does, I guess. It does its job, without any tweaking, you can get nice swirly sound which has fair share of both chorus and flanger sound. This tone is nice, but I usually prefer using either chorus or flanger, and those effects can be found under the modulation section, which I'll write about later. Next one is the octaver. The octaver seems pretty useless here, because the pitch shifter is featured in this effect as well. Octaver clearly has some issues; it doesn't track some notes when played, and usually I play very slowly, so that the octaver could track the notes down. I don't use the octaver much; maybe if I want to do some Royal Blood stuff, or the Arctic Monkeys' "Do I Wanna Know?". "Don't play it with chords, the octaver will get confused." - that's what the manual says, but it didn't say that it also gets confused with the single notes as well! I mean, the open E string with the octave down sounds extremely confusing and weird- it just fails in that. Next one is ring modulator, which is really a useless thing to me. I hardly even used it. When I first started playing through it, I thought that it was malfunctioning. But, when I checked the reviews of things such as EHX Ring Thing, Way Huge Ringworm or Moogerfooger Ring Modulator, it appears that it's just that those pedals sound like that. The sound is so bad, it's unimaginable to me that this device was actually used on "Paranoid" solo. Next effect is drone. This one should replicate the sitar sound, and this effect is awesome! You can set the key of the drone (I usually use D major for sitar) and it actually works pretty good. I might use this effect for songwriting, because this one is the best sitar emulator out there, this one is as good as EHX Ravish Sitar.
Drive/amp models Oh, boy, this is going to be interesting. The first model is the tube overdrive, which, according to the user manual and its clever word plays, is supposed to emulate the Ibanez TS9 sound. Now, it sounds pretty decent, of course, not as the real Tube Screamer, but it does the job, as many other effects here, it's not anything special. Next one is the boutique overdrive, which should emulate the Klon Centaur. This bombastic sentence impressed me, so I've had to try that one out. Well, it tried to emulate Klon, but it ends up sounding too bright to be a Klon. It is a decent overdrive, but sounds nothing like the Klon. Next one is fat distortion, which should sound like the ProCo RAT, and this effect is nailed. It sounds maybe 80 to 90 percent close to the RAT: Although I like clean tones, the RAT is a good distortion effect. Next one is "orange distortion", which is supposed to nail the Boss DS-1 tone, and this one is done pretty good, although it can get noisy and make unwanted sustain when holding a note or a chord. Next two are probably the worst things here. Of course, it's about shred and metal distortion. Those two are so loud and noisy, and the sound that comes out of those two presets is just so horrific. I mean, which piece of gear are those supposed to emulate? Because it sounds nothing like those supposed 80's metal tones such as Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax. The next one is fuzz, which is raw and reminds me of those Sola fuzzes which were made in the 60's. The amp models include the boutique clean amp, which is extremely good, and it gives me an amazing clean tone, which I use mostly for jazz improvisations. The tone there is extremely good, and even beats my Peavey's clean tone, which is actually pretty good! Next one is the black 2x12 combo, which sounds pretty good, but doesn't get used much. The next preset, which is supposed to emulate the 1962 Vox AC15 combo, and this one is one of my favorite presets. It has the warm sound I am seeking to get. Anyway, I use just those amp models. Next ones are AC30TB, which is good for Queen leads, UK68P, which is supposed to get the Marshall Plexi sound. Green Day uses Marshall Plexis, but I just can't get the tone right with this one. Also, there is UK80, which gives some kind of warm, Hiwattish sound, UK Modern, which makes my ears a living hell, and UK Modern, which is supposed to give you ALL THE SHREDZ!!! The cabinets are pretty much tweed or black or Vox cabinets or UK H30, T75 or V30. I don't choose those, so I can't give you the proper review of it.
Modulation effects Classic chorus - this effect should emulate the infamous built-in chorus into Roland JC-120. So, I should get instant Smiths tone with this one. Unfortunately, this chorus sounds much more brighter, like Boss CE-3 maybe. It is still a great chorus, I use it in conjunction with the vibrato to play songs from Mac DeMarco, and the tone I get is pretty close. Also, Smiths can be played, but there is a lot of tweaking to do, such as setting speed and depth, output mode, center frequency of the sweep. Multi-tap chorus - This one is my favourite chorus. It also has delay in it, and it sounds much more richer than the classic chorus. I use it for my own songs, because not many artists have this kind of delay in their songs. Classic Flanger - This one is fantastic. It is supposed to emulate the EHX Small Stone, but it sounds much more richer the Small Stone. Unfortunately, I'm using phaser much more than the flanger, so I don't use this for anything, except for "Barracuda" and times when I'm feeling like an ultimate shred god. Phaser - This effect is the best effect on here. It nails that swirly MXR Phase 90 sound, and can be used for things such as Pink Floyd songs, or Van Halen's crazy solos. For any kind of improvizations, this phaser can be used to fulfill the sound, especially if you set it at low setting, like 3.7. I'm not using it all the time, but when I play alone and not with the band, the phaser is on all the time. I know, there might be some better alternatives to it, but I'm really happy with this one. Bi Chorus - this one comes before the phaser, but I've left it out. Anyway, Korg claims that the Bi Chorus is the unique Korg effect which isn't supposed to emulate anything, although there are Bi Chorus pedals already existing, like Analogman Bi Chorus and Ibanez BC-9. It sounds fantastic, and the best recommendation for me is to keep it that way. Bi Chorus here has enormous amount of settings to mess with, and usually, it doesn't go well. I don't mess around with the Bi Chorus, I usually just combine this one with spring reverb for some of my songs. Then we have the tremolo, which is pretty basic. It does what it's supposed to do, just like the Boss TR-2. I don't use tremolo very often, because I often mess my timing up when playing with it. I use it for a couple of Link Wray and Nada Surf songs, and that is pretty much it for the tremolo. Just a rock solid, good effect. Next one is the Leslie simulator, which should do the impression of the Leslie. Of course, nothing sounds better than the Leslie itself, but the effect here that should do this rotary thing actually sounds more like a chorus than the rotary speaker! But, if you change the speed and depth, you can get nice sound that is heard on Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun". Again, I don't use this effect a lot. Next one is the pitch shifter. I use this one a lot, especially to add a sound which is 7 semitones up from the standard tuning. I use this one as some sort of octaver. Of course, not every note hit during using this effect sounds right, but it sounds really good when you hit the right notes. Also, if you adjust the level of the effect to 10, and if you turn down direct sound to 0, you can play only the pitch you've chosen. So, if I set my pitch to -12, I can play bass guitar. Of course, it feels nothing like a bass guitar, and it doesn't sound well, but still, it's a poor man's Fender Precision Bass into Trace Elliot. I use it also on the -1 setting to play Smashing Pumpkins, because I'm lazy as hell to tune the guitar half step down. If you set the pitch to +12, you will likely get some kind of anime theme sound, and I don't use that one at all, but still, if you play on 12th fret with this effect, it will likely annoy someone from your household, so I use it for that mostly. Under these effects, there is also random step filter and envelope filter, which are really weird effects that I don't use very much.