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Rocktron Xpression Guitar Multi-Effects Processor

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The Rocktron Xpression Guitar Multi Effects Processor comes with 128 presets for guitar and bass and lets you use up to 10 effects together. Includes...Click To Read More About This Product

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Professional DSP multi-effect unit for guitar or bass.

The Rocktron Xpression Guitar Multi Effects Processor comes with 128 presets for guitar and bass and lets you use up to 10 effects together. Includes many vintage and classic stompbox-style effects with multivoiced delay and chorus for both live and recording. Delay and Rate tap controls, 4-band parametric EQ, active/passive input switch, D.I. out with speaker simulator, analog bypass, and Hush noise reduction gives you lots of options. 24-bit DSP processing, MIDI programmable.

FEATURES
  • 128 presets for guitar and bass
  • Up to 10 effects together
  • Vintage and classic stompbox-style effects models
  • Multivoiced delay and chorus
  • Delay and Rate tap tempo controls
  • 4-band parametric EQ
  • Active/passive input switch
  • D.I. out with speaker simulator
  • Analog bypass
  • Hush noise reduction
  • 24-bit DSP processing
  • MIDI programmable
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RocktronXpression Guitar Multi-Effects Processor
 
4.3

(based on 13 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

GOOD BUY!!!!

Rocktron really could be asking a lot more for this processor. It only has one down side, the programing of effects is changing the origanal ones it came with (you can set them...Read complete review

Rocktron really could be asking a lot more for this processor. It only has one down side, the programing of effects is changing the origanal ones it came with (you can set them back though) and you have to scroll through the knobs a lot to tweak out your sound, thus a lot of time spent working instead of playing. The sound is killer though!!! Clean and more than enougheffects to keep you busy for a long time! It is everything you could want in an affordable effects processor.

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What happened rocktron????

I was dissapointed with this product. The sounds are pretty good and transparent; although, i have noticed a hiss when i play clean. The unit thins out my amps tone severely, even...Read complete review

I was dissapointed with this product. The sounds are pretty good and transparent; although, i have noticed a hiss when i play clean. The unit thins out my amps tone severely, even with the eq section bypassed. Two of the knobs have stopped turning. If i didn't have the MIDI mate i couldn't use the unit at all. A few times now, while adjusting parameters, the unit has just shut off. The blue flashing light is annoying. Do not buy this unit. I've used rocktron products for a while. They just cheaped out on this one. I have a marshall tsl/jackson rhoads v/gibson sg/fender strat. All of my gear is top end and this thing won't cut it

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

What happened rocktron????

By Spiderhands

from Rochester, NY

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Comments about Rocktron Xpression Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

I was dissapointed with this product. The sounds are pretty good and transparent; although, i have noticed a hiss when i play clean. The unit thins out my amps tone severely, even with the eq section bypassed. Two of the knobs have stopped turning. If i didn't have the MIDI mate i couldn't use the unit at all. A few times now, while adjusting parameters, the unit has just shut off. The blue flashing light is annoying. Do not buy this unit. I've used rocktron products for a while. They just cheaped out on this one. I have a marshall tsl/jackson rhoads v/gibson sg/fender strat. All of my gear is top end and this thing won't cut it

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GOOD BUY!!!!

By Graybunch7

from Roseville, Ca.

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Comments about Rocktron Xpression Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

Rocktron really could be asking a lot more for this processor. It only has one down side, the programing of effects is changing the origanal ones it came with (you can set them back though) and you have to scroll through the knobs a lot to tweak out your sound, thus a lot of time spent working instead of playing. The sound is killer though!!! Clean and more than enougheffects to keep you busy for a long time! It is everything you could want in an affordable effects processor.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Analog bypass not the same

By Twn Fusion1

from Southest USA

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Comments about Rocktron Xpression Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

Great sounds but It WILL suck the tone and life out of your amp if you don't have a true bypass in your effects loop. I am constantly working on beefing up my already beefed up and modded Marshalls to keep my tone when using this product but it is a challenge. Great sounds but am disappointed about the bypass on this one. Rocktron should really include true bypass on the next models.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Near perfect rack multi-effects!

By PacerX

from Michigan

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Comments about Rocktron Xpression Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

The Xpression has pretty much the whole shooting match. Flange, phase, chorus, delays, tremolo, compression, rotary speaker, EQ, pitch shifting (non-intelligent), etc.. all are genuine, sound great, and very useable.Simple to use and ideal for the guitarist or bassist who has an amp they love the sound of and doesn't need a preamp section from another processor muddying up the works. Especially with the TRUE bypass capabilities available in the XP - your unprocessed sound is just that - 100% unprocessed.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Crystal Clear-Lets my Boogie Tone come thru

By T

from Ny

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Comments about Rocktron Xpression Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

I have had this unit since it was first made (had to order it). It has never failed me yet! I was looking for a unit that would let my Mesa Boogie rock without being affected by amp processing. THIS IS IT! I am a die hard tube fan and want the amp tones to be genuine Boogie and not some imitation almost sound alike (why spend the money on a great amp and have the effects destroy the quality of your sound). The tones are excellent and smooth as I toggle through the presets on stage. I would be lost without it.The presets are good right out of the box and very user friendly. It is as simple to dial in more or less effect as it is to raise and lower the saturation of gain on your amp.If you are looking to let your amp shine and just add effects, This one is for you.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great effects.....some QC issues

By Crunch Rocker

from Maryland hon.......

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Comments about Rocktron Xpression Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

After trying (and returning) MANY multi-effects, this is the product I am most happy with. Have bought products from Boss (didn't care for the sound quality), G-Major (wait till you try to program this one!), and Line 6.....this has the most going on and bang for the buck. About every effect you could want, and once you read the manual it's not too bad for semi-bonehead guitar players. Get the Rocktron midi-mate and you are done. Had a QC issue but Rocktron replaced my unit - no problems there. PRS/Mesa Dual Rectifier/Rocktron = great tone.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great for thre money

By Kev-Yx6gQ

from salida, CA

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Comments about Rocktron Xpression Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

I am very pleased with this product, when I first got it I had a little trouble understanding the features of the rocktron midimate foot controller I have to go with it. But once I figured it out I am very excited about it.All the effects sound amazing and I am very pleased with the transparentness of the unit when I turn off all the effects. I run a marshall jcm800 and/or jcm2000 dsl live with this and I love it to death.To be honest I was skeptical about it at first...I'm a bit of one of those tubefreaks so the thought of a multieffects processor scares me but once I got it hooked up in my rack setup I was very impressed.Now my tone is much more versital, with a quick foot stomp I can change parametric EQ settings along with endless effects and I love the fact that you can set each preset to have different noisegate and compression settings. No more crappy sounding choppy cleans for me when I try to keep my jcm800 quiet under loud stage volumesAs a side note, most of the presets arent all that great but the liefson flanger setting and the pantera preset sound exactly like their tones through my setup, I was amazed at how much I can shape my sound without changing guitars or amps.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rocktron!! Good One!!

By DragonFlySlayer

from Fresno Calif

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Comments about Rocktron Xpression Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

I am familiar with Rocktron and the history so I was looking at some options for my Two Fender 5150 III Heads. I also wanted to get rid of some clutter with Floor Pedals so I wanted to try this unit and compare it with what I was doing. After about a week I have decided to put my Pedals away! At least for now. I still run the Paul Gilbert Flanger on the floor with a Vox Satriani waw. Love that waw! But the Xpression is looped in series with my Sonic Maximizer and into one of my two stacks. The other stack is dry. The delays are beautiful and transparent. Learning to program the Rocktron is well worth it. make sure you choose Guitar and then choose levels and either also choose Mono or Stereo in the Mix when you program effects. Running this thing through the loop is all I need. Except for a Midimate to call up effects which is coming as soon as I can. If Ihad anything to change with it I would say maybe the color of it. This is totally unimportant but I would have gone with Black like the previous models and maybe called it a Cobra or a Black Mumba with a cool Logo... but thats just no matter at all considering it's transparent sound. The flashing light doesn't bother me at all in my rack. I like Lights in my rack anyway...the flashing light reminds me of a Fighter Jet. Since people actually complain about a light flashing... Rocktron backs it up for three years. This unit has more than the last model in it and I love what it does for me in my rig. 5150III with two of the matching cabs!! Trust me,...for me to go ahead and put my pedals away....It does the trick. If it breaks I will get another one. I also have had no trouble with those poping sounds that some people mentioned. So far so good...

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Rocktron Xpression Unit

By DragonFlySlayer

from Fresno Calif

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Comments about Rocktron Xpression Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

The Bypass switch is nice. The tap tempo with the blue airplane light is cool too. The ability to use a serious switch board for it is a good thing to invest into if this unit suits your fancy. I use this unit looped in one 5150 III and a Lexicon MX400 looped in the other 5150 III in series with a BBC Sonic Maximizer. My sound is awesome through the Greenback 20's. But I really enjoy the Lexicon unit much more. Even though I can only program two effects layered at a time it is plenty for me looped in back. Some will argue that the Rocktron unit is the core JP thing and that it simply rules in a sense. It can indeed but working the two units side by side with two of the same amp set ups let me just say this. Quality vs Quanity? In a nut shell the delays in the Lexicon can be set to 5 seconds of delay. And there is several of them including Reverbs and Modulations that sound anything but cheap. And their so transparent they don't touch my amps tone. The Chorus/Flange made me almost fall out of the chair it was so lush and transparent with what Im running. 24bit processing, these units are really created for some studio application and the MX400's also have 1/4" in's and Outs making it very simple for guitar amp signal use. There is no major switch board for it though but I really don't need that. There is a switch box that can be used that works to move channels up and down. Im pulling the Rocktron and saving it in a box because it is a keeper but the Lexicon sounds so good in the other head I want it in both. Also ...the wallwart for a power supply in the Rocktron is kind of an indicator of a slightly less quality item compared to the Lexicon. So I ordered another one for both sides. I like to play with two signals. I like two amps or sometimes three. It makes the sound HUGH and much nicer. The Rocktron is a nice unit though. Just wanted to tell people what is working for me. Try it at the store first and see what works for you. or try it here with Musicians friend. They are pretty fair at returning things to taylor your needs.
No ,...I don't work here either. ;p)
The features are alright. Comon with other rack units in a sense. Rocktron does make foot switches that help one get around quite a bit in the Rocktron units. One thing that I really have not liked in this unit and the Rocktron units in general mainly is the way you have to set parameters within a given program or effect. It is a little bit limited and just not as nice as the Lexicon units I have tried in that area.
Some people have complained about popping or snapping noises. One Rep at Rocktron over the phone told me that the reason they switched and went to this model was because environmental regulations made the current chips and certain parts no longer legal to employ. This is a drag. This is why I think that some people's amps react to the newer chemistry of semi conductors. Like maybe older amps with different circuit chemistries if that makes sense. I use two 5150 III's and this didn't happen to me. I looped the unit through one of my heads. it sounds pretty good. But these are more modern heads.
It's a good unit. But it only has roughly 1 second of delay. Good for the basic guitar signal though. It will layer up to 9 or 10 different effects at once. Big deal. Doesn't mean much to me. Some of the effects in it were not too impressive to me. You can be creative but programing effects in a Rocktron gets old to me. Mainly the way they structure the format on how your supposed to apply parameters for a given effect. The Wall wart is a bummer too for a power supply compared to units that do not. Not all times, but sometimes there is a difference.
I simply do not enjoy that as much as other units I have used.

 
5.0

awsome

By takamine13

from Reading PN

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Comments about Rocktron Xpression Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

this is and awsome effects unit. this is an updated version of what judas priest use live. i was always messing with my tone every day but then i got this. now every day i love my tone and others do to it sounds amazing. no more stompboxes all you need is a midi board to controll for stage. if kk and tipton use it it must be good. just have to learn how to use it becasue it is very difficult at first. but once you know how your going to be golden. it doesnt have distortion so jus buy like a boss overdrive and you are set.

 
3.0

This is no Intellifex

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Rocktron Xpression Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

What a giant step backward for Rocktron. No comparison to the old Intellifex. This one is made in China, and it sounds like it.P.S. Rocktron- Lose the incredibly annoying flashing blue light from the faceplate. It serves no purpose other than to aggravate the user and anyone else within 1000ft of the unit.

 
3.0

SENT IT BACK.......

By 95U74kzZJ

from San Diego, CA

Comments about Rocktron Xpression Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

I purchased this and tried for a week, but decided to send it back. There are way too many parameters to adjust. Using the knobs to scroll through and adjust the parametes was a pain in the butt. Make sure you have the manual handy when you try to create your own patches!Overall, this is a decent product at a very resonable price. The quality was good and didn't seem to alter my Mesa tone. However, I did not like the flashing blue "tap delay" light. It is very bright and annoying and won't shut off! The Rocktron tech told me to just put a peice of tape over the light. I don't think so. How about design the product a little better?Anyways, I think I'll get the G-major instead.

 
5.0

Fantastic unit for price!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Rocktron Xpression Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

I have read reviews from others who had problems with this unit in regards to popping and crackling noises, so I was hesitant on purchasing it. All I can say is they must have got a defective unit which is really too bad. As usual I am utterly impressed with yet another Rocktron product and am replacing my Intellifex LTD with this one. It is crystal clear, has the spillover for super-smooth transitions when changing from one preset to another, of course absolutely NO dropouts when changing presets, and the quality of ALL the effects are superb! I give it a 10!

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