If you are looking for an "all-in-one" effects box for your guitar rig, the AdrenaLinn III should be on your short list. With 40 amp models, a dizzying array of effects, sequencing, and a built-in drum machine, this pedal could be all you need. The amount of control available through the unit can take you right to the borders of lands previously only inhabited by synth junkies.
AdrenaLinn... an entirely apropos name for a product guaranteed to rev up your heart-rate and your music. Think of it as the world's coolest adapter: On one end you plug a fluid, free-flowing instrument like guitar, bass, vocals, electric sitar, etc. On the other end you get rhythmic and harmonic pulses that are tightly sync'd to MIDI Clock, Tap Tempo, or to the onboard drum machine. AdrenaLinn makes everything you play work with Electronica, Techno, Dance, and more.
While that feature alone is worth injecting AdrenaLinn into your system it goes way beyond that. The quality of the distortion, amp, and cab models is an unexpected surprise, giving you lots of massive sound that makes the pulsing much more dramatic. The sound then gets pumped into a very powerful and flexible filter that can synthesize a wide range of effects that morph your instrument into something entirely new.
The final pharmaceutical magic is the sync'd stereo delay that scatters your filtered pulses across space and time and... well, let's face it: If the AdrenaLinn can't revive you, you may already be dead.
(Hot Tip: If you want to sound like you're from a different galaxy, try plugging into an Electro-Harmonix H.O.G., and then into the AdrenaLinn. It's a head snapper!)
Very good for guitarist that are playing on there own with the drumbeat feature!
AdrenaLinn III - Pure Trip
For those who intend to be a songwriter, here is a real idea's factory. Great concept.
I Keep Coming Back
In the never-ending search for great guitar sounds, I've owned so many effects/processors/stomp products that I can't remember them all. I've owned POD, Digidesign, Boss, and almost all of the major brands, models, etc.
A few years ago I owned an AdrenaLinn II, and wrote/recorded some of the best music I've ever done. Along the way, I sold it. Big, big mistake! Then I bought an Adrenalinn III, and eventually did the same stupid thing.
Nothing...and I mean nothing...comes even remotely close to what Roger Linn has done. This isn't a stomp box, or an effects box. To call it that would be a serious insult. It's a 'musical instrument.' While I've been able to get most of the traditional effects when needed out of the AdrenaLinn, that's really just the tip of the iceberg. Even the traditional effects have a more musical feel to them. The tone other-worldly.
I've been playing rock & roll, alternative, country, funk, and almost any style you can imagine for over 30 years, and I've come full-circle...again. This isn't some experimental piece of equipment...or a synth...or anything that you've ever experienced. It's really hard to explain...but if you use one of the preset beats (great sounds by the way), and start to jam with it, you'll be composing something new before you set your guitar down. That's a promise. It's almost as if the AdrenaLinn 'feels' the music with you, and it reacts in such a way that it gets your musical 'adrenalin' flowing.
The computer editor is very cool. I only wish that Roger would put a USB connection in the rig, rather than having to use midi cables. It's a small sacrifice.
No...I don't work for Roger Linn or Sweetwater Music. I've just purchased my third AdrenaLinn. This one's mine!
Good Stuff, Lots of Fluff
This pedal has some really cool filter sequencing options. I wish it had more sequencing options, but I can do a lot with 32 steps, so I'm not complaining about that.
I will complain about the overall quality of the unit, which is barely passing.
To begin, the components feel cheap. The knobs feel like I could break them with my fingers. We'll see how long the buttons last. The foot switches feel sturdy enough. The box itself is a thick hard plastic. The software seems a little glitchy sometimes, but mostly while editing effects.
However, Roger Linn has a lot of support available for malfunctioning units. I hope I won't have to use it, but I love that despite his fame and success he's still so personal about his work. Also, the manual is very comprehensive, which, though daunting at first, is simple enough once you actually start using the pedal. Soundtower's editing software makes editing a lot faster.
The signal processing sounds a little bit lo-fi, and there's no way to internally bypass the dsp, but most of the time I don't notice it. The amp models are unusable for me. If tone isn't key to your expression, they will probably suffice. But they aren't very convincing for very long. The delay is really basic. I would probably use it if I didn't already have a delay that I prefer, but I like having options with delay, and this doesn't really offer any. The reverb is good, though again really basic. The compression is not good at all. It it causes unpleasant clipping, even at its lowest settings.
The drum samples are ok. There are about ten samples per instrument (kick, snare, hi-hat, percussion). Pretty cool for jamming at home and creating. I doubt I'll ever use them in a mix. What I will do, though, is use the drum machine as a metronome for my drummer so he can sync up with my step sequencing. This is a very cool feature, and it puts this pedal on a short list of those that can be used live for rhythmic effects.
The mods are really why I bought this pedal. As I said, the step-sequencing is really cool, though tonally a bit limited. It takes a lot of tweaking to get it right. The random flanger and random filter are really awesome sounding, but for some reason, you can't program them step-wise. They are random, and that's all you get. The trem sequence is also very cool, but not tonally transformative. One thing I love is the envelope feature. You can set up the filters to respond to the transients of your playing, which is obviously awesome, although its response can be a little bit slow.
One big complaint about the filters is that the attack and release are on the same knob, so if you wanted to adjust one via midi expression pedal, too bad. You'd end up increasing the attack very slowly, and repeatedly increasing the release very very quickly, which would sound really weird.
I'd give this pedal 5 stars if it only had really good and versatile step-sequencing mods, without amp simulators that I can't use. The only reason this one is staying on my board is that it's the only pedal out there that does step-sequencing mods for guitar audio. I suppose I could the ehx 8-step and find a mod with an expression jack, but that's more time, money and pedal-board real-estate.
I swear I really do have a life, but I'll just add one thing: if you love your own amps and don't care about step-sequencing, this is probably not for you. If you want high-quality amp modeling and multi fx, the price on this really is too good to be true; you'll have to go with a fractal system or something in that price range. Line 6 has some intermediate compromises. If you want to dabble in step-sequencing without going MIDI or just using a keyboard, this is actually pretty good.