I finally found the perfect affordable multi-effects processor for electric violins. The search took a couple years (yeah I know, analysis paralysis) but the wait was worth it.
First of all, it’s important to know what a multi-effects processor is. Simply put, it’s an all-in-one stomp box device that distorts sound for electric instruments.
There are many superior multi-effects processors out there, but all are in the $300 - $500 range. I was looking for something more practical and less expensive. Happily, I discovered the G1Xon made by Zoom while shopping at Ted Brown Music store. Wha-la, it retailed at $70.00 and had over 100 sound effects!
After getting the multi-effects processor hooked up in the studio, I quickly dove into the manual and googled several how-to videos on YouTube. Then... frustration set in and I decided to just give it a go by the seat of my pants. To my surprise it was fairly easy to figure out the basics. I tried all the different sound effects and looping feature without instructions. But for the more complex functions such as programming and auto save, the manual is your friend!
The only shortcoming with the G1Xon is that the sound quality of the electric violin is lessened ever-so-slightly when hooked up to the amplifier. However, for the price, it’s certainly worth the slight quality difference.
Here are the main features it comes with:
"Vogue Violin's Reveiw: Zoom's G1Xon Multi Effects Processor" author: Suzy, violinist and founder of Vogue Violin. www.vogueviolin.com Photo credits: www.zoom-na.com