eyeprod wrote:no digital delay can match a good analog delay. trust me, plug into a deluxe memory man and hear the sound of lush analog bliss
Ehhh, musicians will alway bash digital equipment.
Here is what I've owned:
IVP - SS preamp
UE400 - Analog multi-fx: comp, ts, phaser, chorus
SS Reverb unit
POD XT (digital preamp, digital effects)
Combos: Twin, Mesa LoneStar, Hotrod deluxe, Stage 160 (solid state)
Okay, I've been around a decent amount of gear and I say this.
A good digital effect is better than an average analog effect. However, I have a tube rack unit with vibrato and reverb and it kicks the shit out of any other effect I have ever owned.
In my experience many analog effects are noisy and tone suckers while digital are quiet and no tone loss.
That said, digital preamps are better than solid state but tube preamps rock. Nothing like the warm, depth, natural compression and responsiveness of preamp tubes.
Poweramps in order: tube, mosvalve, regular solid state. To my ears (and the years of many musicians and sound guys) the difference between a tube poweramp and mosvalve were negligible in fact everyeone thought it was tube.
Here is another twist. Your tone is only as good as the quality of gear you use. So say you get the HC DMM which is a great unit. But you are plugging it between Gorrila amp and a startup guitar your tone will not be good.
Rearlly, tone is only as good as the weakest link the chain: guitar (strings, pots, pickups, jacks), cables, effects (batteries, good power), amp settings, tube bias, age of tubes, good power source from the wall... The list goes on...
And don't forget setttings....
What I'm getting at is don't rule out any gear until you hear it with your own ears and ensure you have quality gear in your chain.