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In the late '70s and early '80s guitarists and other musicians, sometimes with the help of engineers, were looking for practical ways to control their growing pedalboards and integrate studio rack units, such as those made by Eventide, into their live performances. These thoughtfully designed rigs were in some ways, the first multi-effects, allowing a guitarist to completely change their sound with a click.

As presets and MIDI integration became more common, units that provided more than one effect became more intriguing, although the consumer-level options didn’t always offer sound or hardware quality.

Today, DSP (digital signal processing) and tiny powerful chips allow compact pedals to contain dozens of sounds worthy of stage and studio, and more complex units can also model amps and add bonus features like loopers and tuners.

What is the advantage of a multi-effects pedal versus individual pedals?

Unlike the refrigerator-sized racks of the '80s and '90s, portability is one advantage to using a multi-effect unit. Easy access to presets and quick tone changes are also possible with most multi-effects, many of which are programmable with software or mobile apps.

Using a variety of stompboxes can allow for complete customization of your sound. However, there's no reason you have to choose. Pedals like the Zoom Multistomp and Eventide H9 are small enough to fit on even mini boards, and the Line 6 Helix family offers the HX Stomp and HX Effects, which both integrate perfectly into any pedalboard.

What multi-effects have a drum machine and looper?

Bedroom players and solo musicians who want a single solution should look at the Zoom G series. Features include presets, expression control, amp modeling, preloaded beats, onboard tuner, and a 60-second looper.

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