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Rating and Reviews: Korg PX4A Pandora Effects

Great Sound. 100 Programs. Built In Tuner.

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"Great Acoustic Sounds" submitted November 20, 2008

By a customer from cox.net
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Musical Background: Active Musician
Music Style: C,S,N,Y Eagles, Clapton, Beatles type stuff
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Sound: I don't know what people are hooking this up to or what kind of cables they are using, or if their house is directly under huge power lines, but I get absolutely no hiss. I'm using shielded cables, but nothing fancy. I'm going guitar--PX4A--Old Peavey stereo mixing board--Mac Garageband and I get no hiss...to just play through headphones, or record. This box truly takes the piezo edge off my acoustic-electric. I don't even bother with additionally mic-ing my acoustic-electric guitar anymore. Feature: I originally looked at this for the 12-string simulator. I don't really care for that sound and use another tweaked setting for that sound. When I heard the the rhythm and bass patterns you could play along with (100) and the fact you could select the key--well, that was it--I pulled out the plastic. I've had no regrets. There's a lot to keep you interested and playing your guitar on this thing. Ease of Use: It's pretty straightforward. Just by the fact that it does a lot of things, well, you have to get to know how to navigate it if you want to utilize it all. Most times I just want to tune up, use a couple of acoustic guitar pre-sets and maybe tweak volume or reverb level, and that's very straightforward. Quality: I do notice that sometimes, while I'm playing, it loses the setting it's on and goes back to no effects. In that case a push to the next effect and back works. Value: It does a lot more than a Fishman Aura. I believe the sound it comparable and it does a LOT more. The Fishmans are guitar specific and don't even have a tuner...and they cost more. Manufacturer Support: Haven't used it. The Wow Factor: I'd buy another one if it were lost or stolen. Overall: I just have to figure how to have it accessible, yet out of harms way if I do a solo gig. A stomp box may be of more utility in this setting.
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"FANTASTIC HEADPHONE AMP! NO HISS!!!!" submitted October 7, 2007

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Musical Background: Former pro - currently music is the passion of my life
Music Style: Fingerstyle jazz, traditional bebop
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Sound: I am using the PX4A with a Yamaha Silent Guitar (nylon) and I am totally thrilled to get such a high quality headphone amp at such a low price! Others who have reviewed this item made note of hiss. I will also note that SOME headphones cause the unit to hiss, but if you experiment with different headphones, you will find that IT DOES NOT HISS with some headphones. I find it works superbly with my Shure E3's, Fostex T-10's, and my favorite headphones to use are my Koss PRO35A's (because they sound great and allow me to hear what is going on in the room). The PX4A makes a loud annoying hiss with my stock Ipod earbuds and my Panasonic earbuds. Feature: The reverbs are absolutely fantastic! I am extremely picky about reverb - I refuse to use most reverbs because they make my guitar tone muddy. This is not the case with the PX4A - The reverb sounds are lush without being muddy. There are several reverbs to choose from - I go with ROOM2 - they are all fully adjustable for mix and depth. There are several acoustic guitar modeling EQs to choose from. It is very nice that they gave us BASS, MIDDLE and TREBLE dedicated knob controls on the front of the interface. (I have not tried any of the chorus's or delays yet - so I cant comment there) Ease of Use: I found that the interface takes some manual study to figure out how to do things. I was comfortable with the interface after about 10 minutes of playing around and studying the manual. Once you are familiar with the interface, it is easy to adjust the various parameters. I really appreciate having the percussion options, but wish they had put in some conga loops instead of all trap set. You can adjust the level of the drums and cut the bass out if you prefer. Quality: My only problem with the quality of the unit is in the ON/OFF switch. It feels cheap and I am very careful to treat it with great care. Value: I am amazed at how great the sound of this tiny unit is! The reverbs in particular are exquisite! I would have no problem using the reverb for recording or as the main reverb in a high quality PA system. I think it is worth way more than its retail price - a RARE find these days! Manufacturer Support: no experience The Wow Factor: It is so tiny! I have it velcro-ed to my guitar. Overall: As long as the ON/OFF button does not break, I expect to happily use it for many years. The only thing that would entice me to replace it is if Korg came out with a newer version that had conga percussion clips. (Plus the jazz percussion clips are pretty corny sounding - more of a shuffle than a jazz swing feel - so I would appreciate if they could upgrade the jazz percussion clips)
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"Small box, good price, great product" submitted January 22, 2013

By Mark T in Amarillo, TX
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Musical Background: 30 yrs playing acoustic, strumming, finger picking, flat picking, lead solos
Music Style: Contemporary Christian
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Overall: I use it with my Line 6 Acoustic modeling guitar to expand the sound options. It has lots of features, so read through the manual front to back to really get a feel for what it can do. Separate bass, mid, and treble controls help keep the sound even. Easy to use and quickly select the options I want plus the drum kit with optional bass line is great to practice with.
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"Many features, very expensive, unsuitable for serious players." submitted June 5, 2006

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Musical Background: Amateur "Pub" Live Musician
Music Style: Country, Folk, Acoustic Pop
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Sound: Hiss is the greatest problem with this unit. You can Feature: features is the best part of it. So many that you may get lost the firts times you use it. But the lack of a small, simple, button style pedal to stop working while you are playing, is a serious handicap. If you are playing and want to stop effects but continue playing, you have to stop all and use your hand to bypass it. Quality: Hiss can bother you after half an hour of playing. Rest is OK, but this is A SERIOUS HANDICAP. Value: Too expensive for a TOY. And this is what it is. A lot of money for having fun at home.
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"This is a nice toy for your kid, but don't expect to use it professionally." submitted February 25, 2006

By a customer from rrci.com
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Musical Background: Active musician
Music Style: Rock, Blues, World
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Sound: Unfortunately, it emits a great deal of hiss, even with no instrument connected!!! It is unusable for live performance or recording. I tested a second unit, and it emitted the same noise. Feature: Has the first 12 string simulation that sounds half way convincing. Ease of Use: Straightforward and simple interface. Quality: Seemed to be decently put together. Value: Great featureset, but the hiss is a showstopper. Manufacturer Support: Don't know - didn't use it. The Wow Factor: has a built in phrase looper!!!
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