Hands-On Review:Plug Your Axe into a Genetics Lab!

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DigiTech's GeNetX ProcessorsOK, so the Human Genome Project is a done deal. Human DNA has been cataloged and mapped promising huge benefits for humanity. All the while, the engineering crew at DigiTech kept an eye on the project wondering if the principles of DNA were applicable to the business of shaping sound. What emerged is an innovative family of four guitar processors that employ DigiTech's new GeNetX technology allowing you to create tone that, as they put it, is as unique as your own DNA.

GNX1 GeNetX Guitar Processor GNX1 - an evolutionary step
The company's line of multi-effects pedals with their dizzying array of effects coupled with cab and amp models has developed a loyal following among guitarists won over by the versatility and realism these pedals offer. Judging by the reaction of the crowd at this winter's NAMM show in Anaheim where the GeNetX processors debuted, this technology will bring plenty more players into the family.

The underlying premise with these processors is that guitarists need more than just an assemblage of amp and cab models - they need the ability to create entirely new tones by warping those models into utterly unique hybrids. The DigiTech engineers realized that musicians armed with such a tool would be empowered to produce just about any sound they could conceive of, and probably a lot more that they couldn't.

The first pedal in the series, the GNX1, represents a bold advance beyond guitar modeling. Equipped with a dazzling collection of amp and cab models, the big news is that those models can be warped into countless variations. For example, take a crunch-laden stack and marry it to a sustain-drenched cab model, then save the combination as a hypermodel. On stage, with the GNX1 expression pedal, you can warp between the two original parent models producing a range of incremental tones that lies between their sonics. And on top of that, you can dial in the size and resonances of the altered cab to further customize the tone to your preferences.

As revolutionary as the concept of morphing models is, DigiTech didn't stop there. They've equipped the GNX1 with a full complement of tools and features that give you the resources of an audio genetics lab. The impressive array of studio-quality effects includes: Pickup Simulation, Compressor, Wah, Amp and Acoustic Guitar Models, Three-Band Semi-Parametric EQ, Noise Gate, Auto Swell, Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Triggered Flanger, Triggered Phaser, Tremolo, Pitch Shift, Detune, Whammy, YaYa, Auto Ya, SynthTalk, Envelope Filter, Panner, Rotary Speaker, Analog Delay, Ping Pong Delay, and Reverb. You can use up to 11 of these effects simultaneously.

With amp channel switching, 24-bit A/D/A converters, a built-in expression controller, a rhythm trainer, and Learn-A-Lick phrase trainer, this processor is loaded with the stuff guitarists need.

Designed with 48 user and 48 factory presets and a very user-friendly knob/matrix interface, navigation through the GNX1's advanced features is intuitive so that you will soon master them. As a finishing touch, DigiTech includes PC/Mac editor/librarian software that'll let you save models to your computer as well as build and share a library of hypermodels with other users.

GNX2 GeNetX Guitar Floor Processor GNX2 - step up the evolutionary scale
Loaded with massive DSP processing power this box features all the capabilities of its sibling, the GNX1, and takes your tone to the next level by adding stompbox modeling so that you can incorporate your favorite pedal-generated effects into your hypermodels. Added to the effects repertoire is DigiTech's famous Talker. The GNX2 also includes an S/PDIF digital output and ups the presets totals to 64 user and 64 factory.

GNX3 GeNetX™ Guitar Workstation GNX3 - crown of creation
The GNX3 will put you at the top of the evolutionary scale. Loaded with all the features of its two siblings, its exclusive Patch Mode lets you play two presets at the same time. It also adds XLR stereo left/right outputs for direct-to-console operation.

Genesis3 - desktop GeNetX Lab
If you spend a lot of time creating sound within a desktop studio environment, the Genesis3 brings GeNetX capabilities to your studio. Incorporating all the GeNetX features of its pedal-box relations, it foregoes the expression pedal in favor of a unique control layout and compact dimensions that will allow it to easily fit into your setup. With all the amp and cab warping capabilities of its relatives, it also offers a S/PDIF digital output for integration into your home studio.

Its complement of effects is impressive and includes: Compressor, Wah, Amp and Acoustic Guitar Models, 3-Band Semi-Parametric EQ, Noise Gate, Auto Swell, Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Triggered Flanger, Triggered Phaser, Tremolo, Pitch Shift, Detune, Whammy, YaYa, Auto Ya, Synth Talk, Envelope Filter, Panner, Rotary Speaker, Analog Delay, Ping Pong Delay, and Reverb. The Genesis3 has full MIDI implementation and an optional remote controller pedal input is available. And of course it comes with that cool hybrid editor/librarian software for both MAC and PC so you'll be able to trade hypermodels with what promises to be a rapidly-growing universe of GeNetX users.




GNX1, GNX2, GNX3 Features:
  • Amp and cab warping
  • Cabinet tuning alters resonance and size
  • Multiple generation hypermodels
  • Amp channel switching
  • 24-bit A/D/A converters
  • Studio-quality effects - up to 11 at a time
  • User-friendly knob/matrix interface
  • 48 user/48 factory presets
  • Built-in expression controller
  • Learn-a-Lick phrase trainer
  • PC/Mac editor/librarian
  • Stompbox modeling (GNX2, GNX3)
  • S/PDIF digital output (GNX2, GNX3)
  • 64 user/64 factory presets (GNX2)
  • 80 user/80 factory presets (GNX3)
  • Patch mode plays 2 presets at a time (GNX3)
  • 1/4" and XLR stereo left/right outputs (GNX3)
  • 24-bit A/D/A converters
  • Studio-quality effects - up to 8 at a time; 48 user/48 factory presets
  • S/PDIF digital output
  • Full MIDI implementation
  • Optional remote controller pedal input