Nice Tech With Limitations
If you view this pedal as a stomp box (or 3, which is about how large it is), it's an unbeatable value. As a complete guitar processor it has some shortfalls. It's the usual type of pedal where you have a handful of lists (noise reduction, compression etc.) from each of which you can choose one effect. You then can change the parameters of that effect; there are usually about 3 parameters per effect, which are adjusted with knobs. (Of note, Eq is 6-band -- it's two different lists.) You can easily store the adjustments, and also easily reset to factory specs. Doing the adjustments themselves can be annoying, because you need to press the foot switch buttons with your fingers. Also, the display is only two figure-8 LEDs and two dots, which seems absurd in modern times, and pretty much locks you into keeping the manual around to decipher what it's trying to tell you. Speaking of the manual, it's mostly good but doesn't always make sense, as when it describes one parameter as "sound quality," with a range of 1-10. When do you want low sound quality? A few other parameters are equally mystifying.
There are 20 presets, each in a version for running into an amp (uses extra eq) or a recorder (uses cabinet sim), and 40 user slots. Most of the presets are weak, and seem designed to showcase some particular effect rather than to be useable, though they say they're based on particular albums. (Weird albums, unless you're really into Robert Fripp et al.) This is a strange and disappointing choice. Try the Behringer V-Amp presets, for example, and they'll sound much better. The other problem I have with this machine is that if you turn on the drum machine, the "reverb" section of effects shuts off. (This is remarked on only in fine print.) Obviously this isn't a problem if you're recording, since you're not going to use the drum machine for that (there's no "dry" output) settings can sound a lot different with the reverb suddenly gone, and since the point of practicing with a drum machine for me is to improve my timing, I miss it. Strangely you can have two delays running simultaneously with the drum machine -- just not reverb. (The I/O, by the way, is completely primitive -- 1 TRS in, 1 TRS out, and a 1/4 inch headphone jack.)
One final gripe: the middle ground between clean and totally distorted can be hard to reach.
So what's to like about this machine? A lot. For one thing, the sound is pristine and detailed. (A number of settings do pull forward the hum from a single-coil, though, which I've never heard before.) The sims and effects are mostly excellent. (Reverb's not the greatest.) The machine itself is quiet, switching is quiet and fast. The tuner is good. The drum machine has a lot more variety than most on this kind of device, and is both tappable and settable to BPM. The thing feels solid. It's the kind of thing you dreamed of a stompbox being when you were a kid.
And it's a hundred dollars! Which for something that's this useful as both a practice and recording tool (I don't "gig" much) is very much worth it.