Exceptional value for money
I've had very good experiences with Vox modeled amps and FX, and so when I was looking for a battery-powered multiFX device to take to jam sessions I decided to give this a try. The Stomplab IG has a lot going for it at its price point of $70: a metal case and two metal footswitches, four bands of EQ on every patch, good FX, including nice delays and spring reverb, a decent pitch shifter, a rotary speaker effect that sounds very good, and a broad selection of good-sounding amp and cabinet models, including plenty of crunchy stuff. I really like the echo models, which have a big fat sound that adds a lot of depth to the tone.
The most difficult omission to accept is the absence of a USB port and computer backup and restore for single patches and the entire user memory. Editing and saving patches is also more complex than it might be--you will definitely need to read the manual, and maybe have it in your hand while programming, to figure out how to program your sounds. (In fact, without the manual, I don't know how anyone would decode the 2-digit display that's the only source of information about the settings of every effect parameter.) Did I mention that you can't save your setups to a computer for quick loading when you need them? I docked the score for this thing 1/2 point for that reason.
That said, the price is amazing considering what’s in the box. The thing is rugged and sounds very good. It'll fit easily into many a pedalboard, and it adds dozens of FX to a rig, each of which would cost as much or more than a Stomplab if purchased separately. All that plus battery power. For a jam session, it's absolutely ideal, and a lot of players will find that running a line out from this to a PA is all they need for many gigs. I'm sure it'll work well for recording too, though a USB out would really be nice for that purpose--without that, the signal has to go through two more sets of D/A converters before it's recorded. That aside, at $70, this box is a solid, gig-worthy purchase.