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Systematic Chaos

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Triggered by RGs post (Studio Quad V2) where I suggested the GSP1101, and just for shits and giggles ( and since I had one of these in 2009) I hunted down a used GSP1101 incl a 1U SKB Rackbag on Yahoo Auctions for 85$.
This was Digitechs flagship guitar processor back then and some of Digitechs engineers kept an almost constant beta FW program running on MustBeBeta.com.
The lastest FW from there is C63 and it features quite some more amp and FX models than the original, vast improvements in all algorithms (especially Whammy and Harmonizer) as well as the capability to upload up to 10 user IRs. The factory IRs where "ok" when it was new but you can now upload the lates Ownhammer, Redwirez, ValhallIR, ML-Sound,.... IRs and take this "old" bad boy to another level.
Dubbed "the poor man's-" or "the working man's AxeFX" is neither an over nor an understatement. The GSP1101 has a relatively open FX chain, as you can assign the blocks pre or post (Pre)amp. It has 2 (L/R) 1/4" Outs as well as 2 XLR Outs that are independently congifurable, meaning you can e.g. select the 1/4" outs for amp input/loop return without IR and the XLR outs for direct FOH with IR.
The open structure also allows (and was specifically designed for) integration of an external preamp in various hook-up configurations.
FX wise there's all in there you could want. Gate, Compressor, OD/DS, all kinds of Modulation, Delays, Reverb (courtesy of Lexicon since Digitech and Lexicon are part of Harman).
Compared to the Axe it definitely lacks the "granularity" in terms of feature/parameter depth and thus the 500% detail in the finished sound product. But at the end of the day where talking tools to make music and have fun and not the 13th row of overtones.

My approach has progressed to dialing in a sound with my ears rather than with my eyes. So with gear my ultimate question is always "can I make this thing sound to feel comfy and be happy with what comes out". Amp-tone wise my comfort zone is in the Mesa Boogie Mark type, with the MkIV being my personal favorite amp of all time. with the tools the GSP1101 provides (with C63) I can get there hands down. Sparkling Clean, crushing Crunch and singing creamy Leads.
My preferred IRs (atm) are ValhallIR's take on a 1992 Mesa Boogie Straight 4x12 loaded with 70w Celestion V30s (https://valhallir.at/en/shop/mb-1992-v30/)

Same as for RG, footprint and transportability is a big factor and issue for me. I live in Tokyo and gig out on a weekly basis. There is no chance in this city to roll up with your van and lug the 10U fridge rack around. Mostly because of limited parking spaces near the venues. There's some parking spots throughout the city but I'm definitely not paying 20$ per hour (which is the going rate).
99% of the musicians I gig with use public transportation (Tokyo Metro) with is inexpensive, more than reliable and gets you to every place in the city with an average delay of 15s.

The GSP1101 comes in very handy for this application, especially in the 1U SKB RackBag. The Rackbag is sturdy and offers enough place to store als cabling in the back as well as sufficient space to bring a small Midi board and a Wah (Digitech Control 7 and a Jim Dunlop spring-loaded CryBaby 95Q in my case).
So I'm down do a small lightweight rackbag (the 1101 itself weighs next to nothing) and a guitar gigbag for a maximum of independence in transport with a minimum of footprint/weight.





     
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AWESOME. Nice find tooo, for less than a hundred bucks  :thumb-up:
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Good score SC! Under $100 what a deal.
I have an 1101 myself, some of the amp sims sound really good going FOH, others sound a bit artifical. The effects sound stellar.
I too am running the mustbebeta c63 update. I tried running a few different preamps into its loop, but wasn't blown away with the results. Currently trying to run it as a stand alone preamp with my power amp and split stacks but not finding that really good tone/patch yet. If you come up with any I would love to give em a try. :headbanger:
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.... If you come up with any I would love to give em a try. :headbanger:

I'll extract my main Crunch and Lead patches tonight and shoot you a p.m. incl. the IR.
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Thanks S.C. you da man!
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I'm intrigued by these Digitech GSP1101.  However no good deals going within my price range.

JUst curious, but what is this unit going dirt cheap?  https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Digitech-Twin-Tube-GFX1-signal-processor/142726584107?hash=item213b2ad72b:g:8HgAAOSwk75anZaC
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I had one of those, it sounds good. It's a pain to set up patches, as you have to go through ALL the parameters to save it.
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I think the GFX1 was digitechs go at making something like the MP1 but adding in effects
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Had one, sounded and felt too sterile to my taste.
Effects were good, compressor super, but especially distortions and amp models were too sterile and harsh.
I never loaded it with custom IR's, though, which was probably a big mistake.
However, the electric violin player who bought it immediately got great sounds out of it ;)
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I have an 1101. Bought it new about 6 years ago. Took me quite a while to figure out how to get it to produce killer tones. Love it but you do have to work it and sometimes think outside the box. A good cranked tube power amp is the secret to great sound. Cab sims don't cut it.
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Re: Digitech GSP1101 - Small footprint, huge sound
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....Cab sims don't cut it.

I have to disagree on that. With FW C63 and the option to upload user cab IRs you can make that thingy shine and sing....or scream \m/
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Re: Digitech GSP1101 - Small footprint, huge sound
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OK...been a long day at work but I just sat down and did a direct recording over a drum loop (attached)....
GSP1101 with my preset/IR (my take on a Boogie MkIV Ch3) straight into a Steinberg UR22 MkII into Reaper on a MacBook Pro.
No post processing.
Rhythm guitars were mono triple tracked (100L, 100R, Center), Swamp Ash Ibanez RGR620 with Dimarzio Crunchlab.
Leads is one Stereo Take (65L / 65R), Mahogany Ibanez RGR7620 7 String with DiMArzio Crunchlab 7.

Long day, rush-hour drive home....unprecise sloppy playing. Just to show what this thingy *can do*

*edit*...attachment doesn't upload...hereĀ“s the file on dropbox:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/blusdgehjro4892/1101%20Direct%20Recording.mp3?dl=0
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Re: Digitech GSP1101 - Small footprint, huge sound
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Hey SC, nice playing BTW  :thumb-up: , sounded great, lots of phase cancellations and subsequent vol changes (coz of triple track ?) But very nice tones  :thumb-up: .
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Re: Digitech GSP1101 - Small footprint, huge sound
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15mins rush job, had a chilled bottle of Montes Alpha waiting ;)
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Re: Digitech GSP1101 - Small footprint, huge sound
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Hey SC, well good job  :thumb-up: , would also be interesting to hear it through a decent power amp/cab, I also liked the sound of your crunchlabs, well most of it's in your fingers  :headbanger: but they do sound quite nice.
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