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Yamaha Magicstomp II Guitar Effects Processor

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The Yamaha Magicstomp II Guitar Effects Processor uses a 24-bit A/D converter to keep your signal pristine and a 32-bit DSP engine to deliver intense...Click To Read More About This Product

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Put a little magic in your sound.

The Yamaha Magicstomp II Guitar Effects Processor uses a 24-bit A/D converter to keep your signal pristine and a 32-bit DSP engine to deliver intense sonics. The Magicstomp II comes loaded with Yamaha effects: DG, AG, and UD Stomp programs, as well as SPX sounds and 99 factory/99 user presets. A redesigned interface and USB delivers deep editing access to all parameters. Has stereo outputs and a headphone jack. The Yamaha Magicstomp website offers program uploads and downloads where you can show off your patches and download new ones.

FEATURES
  • 24-bit A/D converter
  • 32-bit DSP engine
  • Loaded with DG, AG, and UD Stomp programs, and SPX sounds
  • 99 factory/99 user presets
  • Onboard editing
  • USB deep editing access
  • Stereo outputs
  • Headphone jack
  • Magicstomp website offers program uploads and downloads
  • Limited lifetime warranty

It delivers stellar tone from the studio to the stage and a private practice preamp. Order yours now.

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4.4

(based on 17 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great sound, extremely flexible, slight learning curve

This pedal is the most creative and has the largest expansive palette of sound in a pedal this size. Think of all the creative sound possibilities in an Axe FX-II minus the Vocoder,...Read complete review

This pedal is the most creative and has the largest expansive palette of sound in a pedal this size. Think of all the creative sound possibilities in an Axe FX-II minus the Vocoder, Wah, Formant, and Synth.
So pack all that, plus Virtual Circuit Modeling, and you have the Magicstomp pedal
The Yamaha Magic Stomp units use Yamaha's Virtual Circuit Modeling technology that more accurately models the behavior of electrical circuits and tubes. As a result, the virtual "tubes" behave like real tubes and can be pushed (e.g. boost pedal in front).
By using VCM the pedal recreates, not just simulates, the cabinets and heads of some of the legendary amps for a more accurate reproduction of that specific amp's sound.
I can get a thick Soldano, or Mesa Boogie, or Marshal Plexi, or Fender, you name it.
Plus all the effects are worth the price alone.
My only wish is if this pedal comes back that you could be able to chain the effects together into a single patch which could be edited on the computer editor.
I own several of these and I enjoy the ability to tweak them at home while exploring different sounds then locking them into the patch and then downloading the edited sound to the pedal. Then I go play a show and see how the patch performs in a live setting. I then tweak the pedal using the onboard editing features and save the changes. When I get home I can download those edited changes back to the computer and save them to a file. After saving the live tweaked patches I can then upload the single patch, or all the patches I edited, to another Magicstomp pedal. That way I have backup files and backup pedals ready to go. Plus I can share my patches or entire selections with any other Magicstomp user to upload to their pedal.
These pedals are true-bypass when not on and can be chained together. However, chaining them together is like chaining any set of pedals together so your sound will vary as you add more pedals or various effects or distortions.
I use these in the Effect Chain line of my pedal board instead to get a cleaner effect in the overall signal chain.
The versatility of this pedal is unprecedented and I am not sure why they were discontinued.
There are various support groups around the Internet and one good one is on Yahoo groups.
There is too much to cover about this pedal in one review but suffice to say this will always be in my pedal board arsenal as the core pedals I build my sound around.
We opened up for Lita Ford once as one of 4 opening acts and we had to go on first. I brought my Carvin DC200 koa wood guitar, a Fender 112R, and 1 Magicstomp pedal. The sound guy mic'd me with a flat ribbon mic and ran me through the soundboard. The place could not tell that my little Fender 12 sitting on top of, and in front of, several Marshall stacks was making that much sound. That incredible sound came from just one setting on this pedal. When the gig was done I pulled the pedal and the small amp off the stage to surprised faces.
I cannot endorse this pedal enough and only wish Yamaha would bring back this awesome pedal and the community it spawned. I own all 4 models, Mark 1, Mark 2, Acoustic, and Bass.
To the people who say you cannot program these from scratch, I tell you to check the paperwork that came with the pedal. It explains everything in the instructions on how to build the sounds from scratch.

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Beware! Severe Programming Limitations

While the factory presets are exaggerated demos, that's true of every multieffect unit I've ever heard. The real problem is that, incredibly, you cannot program new patches from scratch, but only modify...Read complete review

While the factory presets are exaggerated demos, that's true of every multieffect unit I've ever heard. The real problem is that, incredibly, you cannot program new patches from scratch, but only modify the existing ones, and only to very limited extents. Adding or completely removing effects from these patches is usually not possible, even with the software! This is an unbelievably lame way of rigging a device with the Magicstop's wide range of effects, and apparently explains its unpopularity and subsequent demise.

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5.0

Great sound, extremely flexible, slight learning curve

By Rock Guitarist

from Virginia

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Pros

  • Extremely versatile
  • Incredible Sounds
  • True Reproductions

Cons

  • Slight Learning Curve

Best Uses

  • Live Shows
  • Practice
  • Studio Work

This pedal is the most creative and has the largest expansive palette of sound in a pedal this size. Think of all the creative sound possibilities in an Axe FX-II minus the Vocoder, Wah, Formant, and Synth.
So pack all that, plus Virtual Circuit Modeling, and you have the Magicstomp pedal
The Yamaha Magic Stomp units use Yamaha's Virtual Circuit Modeling technology that more accurately models the behavior of electrical circuits and tubes. As a result, the virtual "tubes" behave like real tubes and can be pushed (e.g. boost pedal in front).
By using VCM the pedal recreates, not just simulates, the cabinets and heads of some of the legendary amps for a more accurate reproduction of that specific amp's sound.
I can get a thick Soldano, or Mesa Boogie, or Marshal Plexi, or Fender, you name it.
Plus all the effects are worth the price alone.
My only wish is if this pedal comes back that you could be able to chain the effects together into a single patch which could be edited on the computer editor.
I own several of these and I enjoy the ability to tweak them at home while exploring different sounds then locking them into the patch and then downloading the edited sound to the pedal. Then I go play a show and see how the patch performs in a live setting. I then tweak the pedal using the onboard editing features and save the changes. When I get home I can download those edited changes back to the computer and save them to a file. After saving the live tweaked patches I can then upload the single patch, or all the patches I edited, to another Magicstomp pedal. That way I have backup files and backup pedals ready to go. Plus I can share my patches or entire selections with any other Magicstomp user to upload to their pedal.
These pedals are true-bypass when not on and can be chained together. However, chaining them together is like chaining any set of pedals together so your sound will vary as you add more pedals or various effects or distortions.
I use these in the Effect Chain line of my pedal board instead to get a cleaner effect in the overall signal chain.
The versatility of this pedal is unprecedented and I am not sure why they were discontinued.
There are various support groups around the Internet and one good one is on Yahoo groups.
There is too much to cover about this pedal in one review but suffice to say this will always be in my pedal board arsenal as the core pedals I build my sound around.
We opened up for Lita Ford once as one of 4 opening acts and we had to go on first. I brought my Carvin DC200 koa wood guitar, a Fender 112R, and 1 Magicstomp pedal. The sound guy mic'd me with a flat ribbon mic and ran me through the soundboard. The place could not tell that my little Fender 12 sitting on top of, and in front of, several Marshall stacks was making that much sound. That incredible sound came from just one setting on this pedal. When the gig was done I pulled the pedal and the small amp off the stage to surprised faces.
I cannot endorse this pedal enough and only wish Yamaha would bring back this awesome pedal and the community it spawned. I own all 4 models, Mark 1, Mark 2, Acoustic, and Bass.
To the people who say you cannot program these from scratch, I tell you to check the paperwork that came with the pedal. It explains everything in the instructions on how to build the sounds from scratch.

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2.0

Beware! Severe Programming Limitations

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

While the factory presets are exaggerated demos, that's true of every multieffect unit I've ever heard. The real problem is that, incredibly, you cannot program new patches from scratch, but only modify the existing ones, and only to very limited extents. Adding or completely removing effects from these patches is usually not possible, even with the software! This is an unbelievably lame way of rigging a device with the Magicstop's wide range of effects, and apparently explains its unpopularity and subsequent demise.

 
5.0

great piece!

By sirflyguy

from Marion, IL

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This is a great piece of gear, especially considering the price. The amp models (which is what I got it for - I need amp sounds directly input into a PA system while using no amp) are awesome, just like the DG Stomp's. Many who think they are thin or tinny need to make sure that the speaker simulator is engaged in each patch when you use it as a direct recording device or straight into a PA system. The effects are very nice and very musical. Not a better bargain to be had at the price. Heck, just get it for the SPX effects alone (or the DG, or the UD, or the AG Stomp effects). The onboard deep editing is much nicer than the old Magic Stomp, where you had to use a computer to do more than the preset edits allowed (and it didn't work very well). No computer needed for this one, although it still has that function available if needed.

 
5.0

GREAT box at an unbelieveable price!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is a really great pedal. The effects are pristine and extremely customizable. Very good range of overdrives and distortions too! At this price they won't last long...get one before they all disappear. And no, I don't work for either Yamaha or Musician's Friend. It's just that good!

 
5.0

Simply Awesome

By Audie

from Pittsburgh

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I Love it. I am only getting started into guitar, but having been doing the midi and computer musick stuff so long, this unit is a dream for the guitar and a mod freak. It seems to have no end of an ability to be tweaked and though the Yamaha guys didi not do so well at supporting this unit with their web site, I am still thrilled with it as I can do my own tweaking. I was able to get all the sounds I wanted and still more. THe ability to tweak a set and save it, then tweak some more and move the sets back and forth from the pc make this a sound modder's dream package. For playing it has the limitation of having only the three switches, but set up right with some fore thought that can be enough. It has a headphone jack so you do not need your amp for practice and the signal can be sent out to anything.For the price, get this multi-switch. It can be daisy chained and will always be useful.

 
5.0

Stomp ME

By Deuce Wylder

from NYC

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Ok... it's not true tube sound and it's not a Pod, but hook this sucker up to a tube amp and you will be blown away. The best thing to do is tweak it on your computer and then do your final adjustments through your amp. At this price, you can't go wrong. So, BUY IT BEFORE IT'S GONE

 
5.0

Three letters...WOW!

By MOTA

from Tecumseh, MI

I've had this unit for a few months and am still exploring it's potential. Sound quality is nothing short of amazing, and it's range seems almost limitless. It is no larger than many stompboxes but packs the capabilities of many rack units. About the only thing I could wish for would be a "favorites" submenu to combine effects sequentially in a customized order, hell it may have the capability as yet uncovered by my exploration. The tweakability of the various parameters is fantastic. If you're looking for a high-end rack unit in a stomp-box form, or great sounding effects box in a portable form, this does it! I had such a rush when I first plugged it in, started to roll through the presets, and kept saying, "Wow, I can't believe it!".

 
5.0

A winner!

By HarpDoc-kfjOc

from Salt Lake City

At this price, you can't go wrong. Excellent sounds and a big improvement from the MSI (which I also have). Really nice to be able to edit from the unit without computer. Also, the new version has a very good feedback rejector, which is helpful when I blow harp through this thing.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

it fried!

By misterawesome

from Jackson, NJ

It would be in your best intrest not to by this!! I had it. It fried. When I tried to install the editing software, it wouldnt work. The effects sould pretty good though. Only may need miner tweaking (which is all I could do with the 3 knobs anyway). I'm not getting a new one.

 
5.0

Don't waste $$ on other effects pedals

By dave52772

from Newton, NJ

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I have the original MagicStomp, and have had it for about 2 years now. I definately stands up to a beating, and keeps performing. The editing software kicks ass - you can basically re-create any guitar / amp / combo sound you have ever heard, and create some new ones as well. Not sure what upgrades the MagicStomp II offers, but some suggestions / warnings about the old one...1) There is about a 1 to 2 second delay when you switch from one effect to another. I bought a volume / compression pedal to use on my leads, and solos. That way I can use one distortion, and just boost the volume on it. 2) This sounds, and works a lot better (with my Peavey XXL amp) when I use it through the front input, rather than the effects loop. Anyway, I have always thought Boss had the best pedals, but the MagicStomp has given me a new outlook on all that. You would have to buy the whole Boss catalog of pedals @ $100 + per pedal to compete with what you can do on this $80 Yamaha!! It's a no-brainer!!

 
4.0

Review

By Vogtro

from NY

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I wanted to love the Magicstomp, and I'd say the relationship is bitersweet. I must say that the real power in this unit lies in the editing function. I was not impressed with most of the factory patches, they seemed too processed sounding to me (especially the heavy distortions) but once you get into the editing program and work your magic the Magicstomp truly comes alive. The other is that patch switching is not instantaneous and has an aggravating delay. Perhaps Yamaha will produce a firmware update to fix this down the road. Overall this pedal is very good overall and gives you some good bang for your buck in a gig worthy box, if you can cope with a few minor annoyances.

 
5.0

A very good all in one box

By Guitar Bum Drew-mxJjO

from San Francisco

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It doesn't have all the features of more expensive pedal processors, but what it does have is well worth double what you will pay for it. Straight out of the box it sounds great. The only thing I use with it is a Cry Baby wah pedal, and it sounds great for general use. I haven't bothered playing with the computer software, as there are enough choices already programmed into it. And tweaking the parameters is a simple task to anyone that has used an effects box before. If you have the money, just buy one. You can always sell it to a friend if you need the money for something else in the future. But I doubt you will sell it once you use it. The most important feature for me, for the price, is the headphone jack, now I can practice my guitar without having to put my guitar through a mixer. That alone is worth the price to me. As far as quality, if you gig every night in a rock band, it may wear out on you, but for home studio use, it will last you.

 
5.0

Does some things well, others poorly - good value

By Guitarzan-xIpmB

from Laguna Beach, CA

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Given the programmability of this as a high quality reverb/echo/chorus/compressor/eq I find it to be a surprisingly powerful tool in a strange little package for a very nice price. I was very disappointed with the guitar amp sims / distortions - so I don't use them. With a Tech 21 TriAC in front of the Magicstomp I am getting some great results for guitar, and this box is still a great value when used for only what it is good at. I don't like the presets, I think you need to learn to set it up yourself - however I find this true with most digital effects.

 
5.0

One Great Effects Processor

By Adam-mBXV7

from Cleveland,OH

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I bought this about a year ago and it truly is a great buy. you can edit the effects that come with it or update patches from the site. The toneis great, but there's no expression pedal like most processors have, so if you want to get expressionate just go get a wah pedal and run the effect processor through it, the magic stomp is virtually glitch free...great buy!!!!!

 
5.0

Excellent!

By HarpDoc

from West

At this price, this thing is amazing. The reverbs and delays are outstanding. I'm using one for live vocals and one for harp effects. I especially appreciate the anti-feedback feature for harp. I have a Magicstomp 1 and this thing is so much better. The only limitation is that you cannot combine all effects as you'd like, but rather have to stick with the combos that they offer. Nevertheless, excellent quality!

 
4.0

Good, but.....

By Robby-Jhnl5

from lumberton,nc

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A great unit in all aspects except one... it does not have a true bypass.I play an ART Express 2000 pre-amp thru a Peavey stereo chorus 50-50 post,thru 4x12 cab. Using the Magicstomp for newer distortions worked fine, but when on bypass the pedal tone still colored the guitar sound. Very usable in a home studio,or if you use it as your only pre-amp , stage your pre-sets so that you can rotate thru them. Also remember to balance out pedal output for each preset for live play.

 
3.0

Not bad

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

A bit overpriced.If your looking for something with good distortion this pedal is not for you, but if your looking for a good solid built floor tuner that has good sounding chorus,flange & delay effects this unit is worth it just for those alone.I had some trouble with the toggle switches not working properly, I gave them a little shot of WD-40 and they work so much easier.

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