Electrix MO-FX: Electrix» multi effect rackmount unit». The Electrix Mo FX is a digital multi effects unit. The effects it includes are distortion, flange, tremolo and delay. The effects can be used singularly or they can be. Electrix audio processors all share a very distinctive look, like a cross Electrix has broken some interesting ground with the Mo-FX ($).
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All user reviews for the Electrix Mo-FX
Co-inventor of the The Gristleizer. Will this new unit match up to the high standards already set by the first two? The power supply is internal with an standard EC socket and power switch on the busy rear panel, which also contains all the connections to the outside world: MIDI electix, out and thru, left and right audio input and outputs on both standard balanced jacks and phonos, plus left and right effect insert sockets.
As a result, and because all the controls are dedicated to single functions, setting up effects patches is a cinch. This arrangement is useful for rhythmically tapping an effect in or out of a track.
A nice feature mo-fs that if the Delay is set with any amount of regeneration the sound will still decay in its own time without cutting off the echo tail even if the Delay effect is switched off. These unspecified bands are divided into High, Mid, and Low and any of seven different combinations of frequency bands, or any single band can be selected at any time by repeatedly flectrix the BAND button. At any time all the bands can be selected simultaneously the default value by pressing and holding the Band button.
Other uses would be to isolate and effect only certain frequencies, for example: Many multi-effects units have a preset signal path configured to run their effects in series from one block to the next. Also it occasionally results in a certain amount of effect cancellation when two or more effects are active and using the same EQ bands. This is the only block with stereo inserts and the only block that can function in series after a fashion with the other effects.
The distortion ranges from a muted overdrive to full blown grunge and although it can sound a little rough around the edges it can be a fairly usefull effect with the right material and in the right situation.
The quality of the flanger is unquestionable, very clean and digital sounding with no weird artifacts. But there lies a problem, it has a tendancy to sound a little bland and samey as with many flangers. If a sound is passing through the DELAY block while you adjust the SPEED control the sound elechrix about slowing down and speeding up for a few seconds while the electronics emulate adjusting to a new speed setting.
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This is a fair approximation of an analogue delay line but it actually sounds more like a cross between a tape delay and an analogue delay, depending on how fast or far you adjust the control, still an interesting effect though. This short wall of silence can be really disconcerting, even more so in a live situation I would think. This last button selects the way flectrix which the dry signal is passed through the audio chain. When set to Thru the original signal is sent to the outputs unaffected, regardless of the Engage or Momentary buttons.
AUTO the default state mutes the dry signal when any elctrix the effects are engaged and KILL mutes the original and just leaves the effected sound. The Tap Tempo is fast and relatively accurate, which mostly depends on your own dexterity.
It will in fact try to sync with only a couple of taps but is a lot happier if you tap at least three times, basically the more you tap the more accurately it will sync. As with all the other buttons the large Tap Tempo buton has 4 built-in LEDs around the transparent rim.
This can be a little confusing if you are tapping in a new beat while looking at the button as your brain tends to lock-on to the flashing beat of the existing tempo and you end up going around in circles.
Alternatively an incoming Mp-fx clock can be bypassed just by tapping in a new tempo. A complete list of transmitted controller numbers is printed in the instruction manual. Basically everything does what it is supposed to do and it does it well and reliably.
Electrix Mo-Fx user reviews and opinions
The effects work pretty much as they should and sound great with just about anything you might want to throw at it: CD players, record decks, mixing desks, keyboards, you name it.
I even tried a connecting a guitar and although the Distortion block needed to be active and boosted to get a decent signal I was still quite impressed with the overall result. This is a professional unit both in terms of build quality and in creating musically useful time-synchronised effects manipulations. Also the way the processing path is configured may not endure it to studio types, although this is compensated for by the versatility and quality of the effects themselves, which are top notch.
Another heavyweight winner from Electrix. PROS Exceptional sound quality. Real-time effects tempo sync.
Intuitive layout, buttons and indicators. Solidly constructed, professional unit. CONS Inflexible parallel signal path. Only basic level metering. No input level control.
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