TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb Pedal Review

TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb Pedal

Quick Summary

Digital reverb pedals have been around since the Boss RV-2 was introduced in 1987, and because reverb has long been one of the most popular effects among guitarists, the market has remained heavily saturated. The TC Electronic Hall of Fame is one of the best selling modern reverb pedals in its price range and it’s very easy to see (and hear) why. It packs 10 distinctive reverb types; world-class guitarist presets and endless customization options through TC’s TonePrint technology; and versatile setup possibilities via switchable true/buffered bypass and standard/kill-dry options, as well as stereo inputs and outputs. The tones are deeply lush and rival those of units costing more than twice the price, and there is a serious amount of flexibility afforded by all of the adjustable parameters. For a great reverb pedal that won’t break the bank and is up for the job both live and in the studio, the Hall of Fame is a superb choice.

Pros:

  • Wide variety of reverb types with truly distinctive differences in character
  • High quality reverb algorithms ranging from rich, cavernous sustain to bouncy Rockabilly spring reverb
  • TonePrint software allows for deep customization options and the ability to save, share, and download presets (including signature presets from legendary guitarists)
  • Modulated delay setting can be configured to use flanger or phaser rather than just chorus
  • Can be used in a wide variety of setups thanks to its flexible configuration options (true/buffered bypass, standard/kill-dry, stereo inputs and outputs)

Cons:

  • Reverb type knob travel feels ‘soft’ and is lacking in tactile feedback to assure it has clicked into place
  • The wide assortment of tweakable parameters via the TonePrint app may feel like option overload for some guitarists (this flexibility can obviously be a benefit for many, but may result in option paralysis for some)
  • Most reverb settings lean a little towards the dark/warm side of the EQ spectrum (can be mostly remedied with the Tone knob, but it still may not sound quite pristine enough for some players)

Overall Rating: 4.5 stars

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DigiTech GSP1101 Preamp/Effects Processor Review

DigiTech GSP1101

Quick Summary

The DigiTech GSP1101 has been around for quite some time now, but remains a popular choice for budget-conscious guitarists who want a flexible rack processor capable of providing high quality effects and a versatile assortment of guitar amp and cabinet models. With a substantially lower price than newer units that offer similar features (like the Fractal AxeFX II and Line 6 Helix), that GSP1101 packs a tremendous bang for the buck. Any semblance of outdated modeling technology with this unit totally vanishes with the use of third-party speaker cabinet impulse responses, which can be loaded into the unit by updating to the beta C63 firmware version. With a selection of great impulse responses loaded, it is clear that the GSP1101’s amps and effects modeling is top notch despite the sometimes lackluster stock cabinet models. The unit also provides tremendous versatility for any situation with its flexible input/output routing options and comprehensive MIDI functionality. With all the features and great tone it packs, it’s no surprise that it’s been a favorite of artists such as Dave Mustaine and Dweezil Zappa.

Pros:

  • Huge number of amp, effects, and cabinet models
  • Very flexible routing options for functioning in many different rig setups
  • Built-in FX loop allows the ability to use an external preamp with GSP1101 effects
  • User friendly preset editing interface and great software for editing presets via computer
  • Functions as a 2-input/2-output audio interface, negating the need for additional recording equipment
  • Extremely comprehensive MIDI functionality
  • Unofficial beta C63 firmware update adds many great features, such as third-party IR support

Cons:

  • Cabinet simulations are lackluster
  • Limited ability to change signal chain placement of effects units
  • Maximum of 6 effects blocks may be used simultaneously (and pitch shifting and modulation occupy the same block)
  • Model is no longer officially supported/updated by DigiTech (all firmware updates are considered beta and unofficial)
  • X-Edit software update for beta C63 firmware supports Windows only

Overall Rating: 4.5 stars

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