Yes, every once in a great while I get a new toy for myself. For every hundred or so small things Sharon gets for herself, I get one big thing. This time, that one big thing was a rather expensive piece of new music gear. It’s a Digitech GSP1101.
Since..christ, maybe 1989 I’ve been using a Digitech GSP2101, which was and still is just an awesome guitar multi-fx processor and pre-amp. I used it for both guitar and bass, and have been completely satisfied with its performance over the years. So much so, I’ve actually collected myself three of them just in case one ever decides to crap out on me.
For years, Digitech has crapped out on supporting that unit, despite its legions of loyal fans, and has instead been focusing a lot on floor pedals and such. Well now with the GSP1101, they’ve finally come out with a new rack mounted effects processor. So how is it?
Well to put it simply…it’s freakin’ awesome!
I’m not going to get into all the technicalities of it, but its capabilities are just simply amazing, and the sound quality is nothing less than beautiful. I actually had planned on using my 2101 for bass and using the 1101 strictly for guitar, but I made a bass patch on it tonight, and inside of five minutes I had a gorgeous sounding bass patch going. It still needs some EQ tweaking on that one, but it was really quick and easy to put a good sounding patch together for it.
The unit also has firmware updates now and then that expand its abilities and add new ones, plus it has a software editor and a usb port so you can plug it right into your computer to edit the patches if you want. Doing it that way is way cool, but it also means taking the unit out of my rack and bringing it in here since I don’t have a laptop, which is a pain. The software editor is excellently written and makes working with the patches a breeze. If however you choose to edit your patches from the front panel, that’s also extremely easy. In a VERY short period of time you’ll be an expert at maneuvering around the extremely well laid out and simple to use menu system.
I didn’t really mean for this to sound like a review, because it’s not. I’m just saying, this thing is awesome and I’m extremely happy with it so far. It’s also been taking up a lot of my time, along with a few other things lately, which is why I haven’t posted much. One of those other things being the playing of music, which I’ve been enjoying very much. I’ve been playing guitar almost exclusively lately. I’ve been trying to get better at it and I can see a noticeable improvement in my playing, so I’m just going to keep plugging away at it with my new processor egging me on.
I had something else going on this week that hasn’t been so awesome… – jury duty.
Man I hate this crap. I am SO against the jury system. Your average schmuck has no clue about the science and technology behind evidence gathering and processing, much less any real knowledge of the law. I guess back when they came up with the jury thing and the cases were simple, as were the people, it worked ok. Science and a massively bloated legal code have made juries obsolete though, and it’s about time we did a way with that archaic system once and for all and replaced it with a panel of judges hearing the cases instead, since the judges know enough about everything involved in legal matters to make rational and reasonable decisions.
Anyway, my number came up today but the case settled, so I didn’t have to go. They told me to call the next couple of days though. I called tonight, but they moved on to the next set of numbers, so I think I’m off the hook this time around! Woohoo!!
I would write more, but I’ve barely had any sleep lately and I’m not all that focused at the moment. I’ll post something again soon.(Current Mood: excited)