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Arion SMM-1 Metal Master Effects Pedal

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The Arion SMM-1 Metal Master Effects Pedal delivers massive heavy metal sound! The Metal Master features level, hi- and low-frequency, and distortion...Click To Read More About This Product

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Versatile and toneful!

The Arion SMM-1 Metal Master Effects Pedal delivers massive heavy metal sound! The Metal Master features level, hi- and low-frequency, and distortion controls on the pedal with a soft/direct switch and stereo output.

The following power adapters work with the SMM-1 Metal Master: Boss PSA-120 or Line 6 Tone DC-1.


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3.3

(based on 53 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for the price

I had one of these back in the 80's. Although it is not the best pedal in the world, it is good for the price if you are just beginning or on a...Read complete review

I had one of these back in the 80's. Although it is not the best pedal in the world, it is good for the price if you are just beginning or on a budget and just need something to get you by for a while. I played alot of gigs with it and it served me well. I would say that for teh price you can't beat it, which is true to a point, but you could spend a little more and get a better pedal if you can afford it, but if not, then this is the way to go. My only complaints is that it has a plastic body, but it did hold up well (until I let my drunk buddy borrow it and he got mad at his girlfriend and threw a temper tantrum and then also threw the pedal) The distortion sound is good, but is a bit noisy. And finally, as someone else mentioned, the battery runs down faster if you fail to unplug the cables, which is a real hassle after a while, so a power adaptor is the way to go with this. I have bought another one since then and do use it. I have other pedals and even a multi effects pedal that has all different distortions on it, but I use this one on a few tunes because I do get some sound that I do like out of it that I can't get from the other pedals.

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Not what I was expecting

This pedal was ok when I first got it, though it didn't sound great. I wish there was more tone control, and I had to change the settings on my amp to make...Read complete review

This pedal was ok when I first got it, though it didn't sound great. I wish there was more tone control, and I had to change the settings on my amp to make it sound good, which then sounded sucky when i turned off the pedal. I had it for about three weeks until my bandmate knocked it off an amp, and the battery cover popped off, flinging out the battery and causing the weight of the battery to rip out the wires that connect the battery to the pedal. with an ac adapter it sounded different for some reason, unfortunately it sounded even worse. I thought of using it simply as a signal splitter, but it colors my sound too much even when not on. now it sits in my cabinet with other worthless gear. I wouldn't recommend buying this.

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3.0

Not that good.......

By Andrew-6G2th

from Ben Lomond, CA

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I got this for Christmas and it stopped working after less than a month. Get the DOD distortion over this.

 
4.0

Can't complain

By DEATHmetalGODDESS

from Wilkes-Barre, PA

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It's one of those situations where you get what you pay for. It's an overall decent and respectful pedal, but it does in fact drain your 9V battery quickly. If purchasing this pedal, I also suggest buying the GODLYKE PA-9 Power All Power Supply, forget the batteries.

 
5.0

At this price, Can't go wrong

By Slowhand9495

from Jackson, TN

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I bought this pedal as a second one, searching for something with a different sound. This one hit it as for what I'm looking for. It has a good low end and can get chunky. I noticed it was pretty clean too. I know it isn't perfect, but look how much you're spending. There is no need to pick it apart. You can spend more money and get better, but if you're not a card-carrying professional, this is definitely good enough for you.

 
4.0

How to use it and get good tone...

By Sweetums

from Vermont

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I tried using this pedal for distortion, but it's not "metal" it's more of a "scooped overdrive". I originally bought this thing for feedback purposes.(which it works great for) But I rarely use feedback, so it wasn't until recently where I decided use it for a "boost" in front of my dirty amp for my solos. It works very well. I set the distortion low, the level at about 9'oclock and tweaked the EQ knobs until I got what I liked. It covers up sloppyness when shredding with that extra gain, so I'm happy. But turn it off for when you go back to playing rhythm, because when you palm mute, it puts out this unhealthy sounding tone.

 
5.0

Awesome

By xSocialDefiancex

from Front Royal, VA

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I've had this pedal for a year now and its hasn't given up on me like everyone says. I play in a metal band and it compares to my rhythm guitarist's Digitech metalmaster. If you are thinking about getting this because you don't have enough $$ for a digitech GET THIS!

 
3.0

Has Potenial Elsewhere

By Bleed_Timi_SDMF6

from Robbins, TN

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I bought the Arion Metal Master about a year ago, and I must say, I was not impressed. I DID find another use for it though (sort of). I turned the distortion knob all the way down, the low knob all the way up, and the high all the way down, and used it as sort of a compression effect. (Best used with a different type of distortion)

 
2.0

Not that great

By rabidkid54

from Ashville,NC

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When i first got the thing it sounded pretty good but then after a while it changed in tone. Before i got it i read reviews about it and they said it changed for them too. What the heck is arion doing? Why does it sound different after a while? If you want to buy it i suggest you save for a better one. Its ok for 19 bucks though

 
5.0

This pedal Rocks

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This pedal compares to all the big name brands like boss or korg. With its sick metal crunch and amazing flexibility, the Arion METAL MASTER is an overall brilliant pedal.

 
4.0

Dollar 4 dollar a good deal

By goat019-AgRVD

from grand prairie, TX

The only thing to make this pedal a 10 would be a morph control.

 
2.0

Cheap- I'll give it that!

By Rinos88

from Pekin, Illinois

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I didn't expect a lot from a cheap pedal, so I wasn't really too dissapointed. It takes a lot of tweaking on this pedal to get an acceptable sound. I am not a big pedal fan, but always like to mess with different sounds. The distortion seemed extremely stiff, with no harmonic overtones. Muting strings makes a horrible, computerized, strange sound. To be fair, I am not against Arion products or cheaper products in general. The Arion Tubulator(though a different style) actually sounds pretty good for a cheap pedal and the Arion Bass Distortion is not too bad either.

 
1.0

Crap in a Stompbox

By DumbPuNk08

from Appleton, MN

Okay I purchased this thing a while ago, and I honestly never ever played on anything worse. I could crap in a stomp box and it would sound better. DO NOT BUY THIS! SAVE UP FOR A BOSS METAL MASTER!!!!

 
4.0

very affordable and decent pedal

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

has a good clean sound distorted or clean channel, very good price and quality

 
4.0

It is awesome

By Geoff522

from Central NY

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It works great and for what it costs why not buy it. If you do buy it thought make shure you take the imput cable out of the pedal, or your battery will die faster.

 
2.0

Review

By Dont want to know

from Canton, OH

This effect pedal sucks. It only works well with crappy amps. When i plug it into my marshall it sounds so bad. I wouldn't waste money on this. If you want something that sounds good, spend a little more money. I'm disgusted with how ugly this is!!!!

 
5.0

Liked It

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I use this pedal with my Bass to get a good Scorpions-style sound. As a stand-alone pedal the sound is pretty good, but I really get a cool effect combining it with my Arion Stereo Chorus pedal (#SCH-Z) (placed in-line after this pedal). My only complaint is that the battery cover broke after a month of light use. For house and garage work or for learning about pedals it is a good value.

 
5.0

nice sound 4 a nice price

By orfnerwerdna

from Keller, TX

Some of these reviews are so negative about this product, and it makes me have to bring up that, HELLO?! It's not a $100 pedal or anything. For the price that it is set it is a very good bargin. I truly think the sound quality was great and so was the price. If you are thinking about this pedal, then go ahead and get it!

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1.0

Not Even Metal

By BigBird-mEmln

from milton freewater

This pedal doesnt put nothing but fuzz out doesn't even make palm mutes sound good and its sounds like pure fuzz you can get from turning up the gain on a cheap amp, just buy the real metal master its well worth it.

 
4.0

Great for the price

By Racquel

from Louisville, KY.

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I had one of these back in the 80's. Although it is not the best pedal in the world, it is good for the price if you are just beginning or on a budget and just need something to get you by for a while. I played alot of gigs with it and it served me well. I would say that for teh price you can't beat it, which is true to a point, but you could spend a little more and get a better pedal if you can afford it, but if not, then this is the way to go. My only complaints is that it has a plastic body, but it did hold up well (until I let my drunk buddy borrow it and he got mad at his girlfriend and threw a temper tantrum and then also threw the pedal) The distortion sound is good, but is a bit noisy. And finally, as someone else mentioned, the battery runs down faster if you fail to unplug the cables, which is a real hassle after a while, so a power adaptor is the way to go with this. I have bought another one since then and do use it. I have other pedals and even a multi effects pedal that has all different distortions on it, but I use this one on a few tunes because I do get some sound that I do like out of it that I can't get from the other pedals.

 
5.0

Great Pedal

By Slipknot-Freak

from NY

I know im not a pedal expert but this one blew me away with awesome sound and clean breakthrough, I turned it up as loud as my amp with go and played my guitar and rocked out, of course my parents didnt like it but I did =D, its a great pedal and i will use it at any show my band gets!

 
5.0

It just flat out rocks!

By Birch Lover

from San Francisco, CA

This baby is everything I've ever dreamed of; tonal range and give-away pricing! Thank you so much! I surprisingly covers many styles of heavier rock. It also doesn't have that annoying buzz when you crank up the distortion.

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