Korg AX1B

Made by Korg

Posted By ActiveBass
Directory Equipment: Effects
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Overall Rating: 4.0 (of 5)
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On 1/7/2004, Lukas Hamacek (5379) posted:
Overall Rating:
I wouldn't buy it again, in general, I don't like to play with it, because I am too lazy to set the sound what I want to hear. I haven't found "my way to the unit" yet Best aspect-expression pedal Worst aspect-you have to switch between banks by button (diameter about 6mm) - try it on the stage, in the dark!!!
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music store
Features:
Power -AC or battery (both not included) it is whole transistor made without tubes.
Sound Quality:
My friend tried to play guitar through this effect, and he has found a lot of usable sounds. Lot of factory presets are very useful, but the rest is better to self-programme. Pitch shifter seems like crap-the atack is very late (hearable) I can't say anything about amp simulation, because I don't know the original sound of these ones
Ease of Use:
It takes a lot of time to set what you want. Maybe it is better to buy some separate effects with more changeable options. This multieffect has about one or two changing values for each part.
On 2/21/2003, Lucas Higuera (26) posted:
Overall Rating:
Nice for its price, it has the fx abc's. The best, soun quality; worst, it has no user manual. Better than DOD, but not as good as Boss or Digitech.
Price: $150.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
Solid state multieffect, features two up/down selectors, an expression pedal (!), large LCD display w/LED for recongizing the current effect. Battery and AC powered (not included). No stereo jacks
Sound Quality:
With a Washburn XB200 and a Fender BXR25, it provided a great tonality range. Its built-in effects suit for almost every style u play, even though they are not as good as individual effects. It grows noicy with time, but through a noise gate it cleans perfectly. Nice effects, expression pedal is not very useful (responds with a lag, little effects needed it)
Ease of Use:
It is not very user-friendly. u need a lot of time to get through it, since it doesn't come with a manual or something alike. It is impossible to use the loop/sampler cuz u dont know how to record a phrase.
Durability:
Its construction is somehow light (plastic covered), but it never had problems with it. i guess it will get through a tour.
On 8/4/2001, Jon Johnson (116) posted:
Overall Rating:
The only downfall is the fact that it may be hard to switch from one effect in bank 1 to another effect in bank 2 quickly. However, with 30 programmable spots, you can move those effects close together to make it easy to switch between them
Price: $119.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
I'm just going on my experience playing with this machine. It is a great introductory effects pedal. It has 71 different effects to utilize, and an incredibly easy interface. However, this easy interface may cause some delays in getting from one effect to another. The two stomp switches only switch from next effect and previous effect. That is the only downfall. Unlike other pedals that can switch between sets of 3, this only can jump by one effect at a time. It runs of either AC (not included) or 4 AA batteries (also not included).
Sound Quality:
It has some great tone adjustment features that really provide a new realm for me. I play rock/metal, however it has some great effects that can liven a persons playing very easily in many styles.
Ease of Use:
It is very easy to program this beast. It can have 30 programmed effects that you can switch between. There is a Bank feature which stores 10 effects, and there are three banks. The only problem is you can't stomp between banks. You have to touch the button, and it will cycle 10 effects forward (i.e., if you are on effect 4 of bank 1, you will be on effect 4 of bank 2 when you press the button) Each effect is renameable, which can be useful. It doesn't take long to get the adjustments you want with the spin adjustment knob.
Durability:
I am not very experienced with effects pedals, but even before I bought this, I had heard of Korg, and the salesperson directed me to this one almost at the start. There hasn't been a glitch with it yet, which leads me to believe it is steady enough for live playing. Its construction is fairly heavy, even though it is plastic.
On 12/10/2000, Rick Grigson (2448) posted:
Overall Rating:
A good pedal for the money, it has its share of tricks up its compact sleeve.
Price: $160.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
    includes:
  • Switchable input for active/passive instruments
  • Stereo output into amp(s), headphones, stereo, soundboard, etc.
  • Built-in expression pedal
  • 30 editable effect programs
  • Two foot buttons to scroll through the programs
  • Many different effects, like distortion, compression, phaser, flanger, envelope filter (auto-wah), chorus, reverb, pitch bend/split, amp simulation, among others.
  • A nice big LCD display with program name & info, plus a LCD program/bank indicator.
Sound Quality:
On my DeArmond Jet-star, a normally "warm" bass, the AX1B allowed me to get tones I never thought i could. Though a couple voices can be a bit noisy even with no signal, and the "plain" wah has a wierd clip on it, the majority of the effects are of good quality for a multi-effects unit. It is very versatile, and most players, from funk to screaming death-metal, can find a few effects they like. It sounds much better than the Zoom 506, plus it adds a greater amount of control with the built-in expression pedal.
Ease of Use:
The different menus accesed through a few -small- buttons can take a little getting used to, but the LCD display is very helpful and easier to use than simple LED dots on the Zoom and Digitech units. It may take a while to get to the effect you want with the two foot scroll buttons, but since there are only 30 programs, it doesn't take too long (unless you're in the middle of a song!!).
Durability:
The plastic housing is a bit worrisome, but not as much as the plastic expression pedal! Being reasonably gentle onstage will ensure that the unit won't break, as long as you remember that it's NOT a crybaby w/ a cast iron housing and you can't stand on it with one foot.