Submitted October 11, 2018 by Vanessa P in SomewhereIn, AZ
"Nice, but not what I was hoping for"
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First of all, I've never played any previous TS pedal, so I cannot make any comparisons. Youtube has lots of videos if you want to hear about that.For me, the selling point was the new "NuTube" technology. I was wanting some nice, natural tube-based warmth to go in front of the interface to my DAW. Something a bit more organic before the signal hits the digital domain. I had this fantasy that the NTS would bring all those amp/cab emulations in my VST plug-ins to more vivid life. What I found was that it just tends to muddy the waters. I couldn't get an optimal setting in that use no matter where I set the wet/dry knob or any of the other controls. It seems those emulations sound best with a dry signal going in.In front of my solid state amp, the NTS sounds nice.But not $249-dollars nice.I have a Wampler Euphoria and a good old classic Boss BD2 that, to my ears, sound every bit as good in their own way as the Ibanez NTS. The NTS has it's own color and response, but I can't find a reason why I would prefer it over the others I already have. Maybe, like a good old-fashioned vacuum tube, it just needs time to break in.* the review filters require a rating for manufacturer support, but I cannot comment on that because I haven't needed it. I assume an 'average' rating is fair.
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