Until you take some time(I spent about 6 months programing mine) and you tap into the parametric equalizers and set up your own effects banks called "user algorithm's". (You have to patch every effect you want inline with inputs and outputs all in a bank like a string of stomp box effects called "algorithms", then you run out of memory and have to start a new user algorithm to get all the effects you need in different user algorithns). I programmed these units until I ran out of memory (about 73,000 bytes of info) and had 12 personal user algorithm's and 30 presets I developed using the 12 user algorithm's I created(The 12 are now condensed into 5 user algorithms automatically by doing system memory dumps to save on memory use). THIS UNIT IS SETUP AND READY TO PLUG AND PLAY, NO FOOLING AROUND WITH THE 93 PAGE OWNERS MANUAL FOUND ONLINE It sucks programming these units as it is very difficult and time consumeing.... But I did it for 6 months and have about 30 personal programs from clean to heavy metal, to crazy effects sounds, more than you will ever need, and they are all fine tweeked and ready to go.And I laid them out so you have the main 10 program buttons all on one floor pedal bank so if you get the FC-1 foot controller(not included) it is all set up and ready to use with your main effects bank #2 which is 11-20. (You still get the factory presets as well but you won't like the factory settings after hearing mine) Trust me, you will be amazed at the preset programs I have on this one! Forget about setting one up yourself as i have done all the work to bring out the true capabilities of these units! The factory settings mostly suck in my opinion as there is no tone or gain and these units sound weak until you set up your own user algorithms utilizing the parametric EQ's.
I still cannot believe that none of the factory settings even use the parametric EQ's so you're missing out on the deep capabilities of these units if you only use factory and/or the Artist programs. I found the way to really get these units to growl with the 5 band paremetric EQ!! (I've always been told I have a great ear for sound ever since 1979 when i started playing guitar and owned my own 24 channel tri-amped PA system back in the 1980's).FYI: SOFTWARE/FIRMWARE: These units have 2 chips like memory in your computer. There are 1.0, 2.0, and the 3.0 Artist versions. People are deceived into thinking if they get the 3.0 Artist version then you can plug it in and you will sound just like your favorite musicians like George Lynch, Joe Satriani, Steve Via, etc.
None of the artist settings use the parametric EQ's, no one has taken the time to create an effects algorithm to include the hidden potential the parametric EQ's have! I use 2.0 software versions and higher because the 2.0 and 3.0 versions can talk to each other using the midi in's and outs so I can copy and save my programs from unit to unit, I find no difference other than the 2.0 has 200 and the 3.0 has 240 programs but no difference in sound because i only use my own 30 programs.This unit for sale has the 2.01.01. And gives you seamless program changes so when one programs effect is panning out, like a long delay, you can switch to another program without canceling the old one giving you seamless program changes, great for live performances. This unit(And all the limited edition versions)does include the PPC-210 card. FYI: 10mhz or 20mhz chip: Some have a 10mhz, and some have 20mhz, the only difference i can notice is with the 20mhz chip the system starts up faster and the buttons are faster to respond. Units with the 20mhz chip will display an. A at the end of the software version shown upon startup. This unit has the 20mhz chip.
FYI: Battery: I heard alot on other listings and even from Digitech about if your internal battery(a coin cr2032) goes dead then you will lose all your programmed information, fearing this I changed 5 batteries in 5 different units in May 2016 and none of them lost any of the programmed information, and 4 of the 5 batteries were really, really dead! I did replace the batteries fast, but again I lost none of my programs.
Update, I did have one unit lose programs recently when changing the battery so it seems it can be hit or miss. I have installed a brand new Sony cr2032 battery with a "use by" date of 2026 in this one so it's all programmed and ready to rock! The condition is very good and works great with no problems, except for the paint chips on the edges of the faceplate, and this one came to me missing the FC-1 Foot Controller input jack, I think the previous owner took it out because although it is a standard midi jack, the way it's wired is different than a standard midi because it uses the connection for power as well as the data so it only will work with the FC-1 Foot controller and will damage standard midi pedals so they took it put so they won't make that mistake, this works fine with any midi pedal board, just not the FC-1 Control One. Here are the presets that I set up for this unit, they are all in CAPITAL LETTERS so they can easily be identified and I laid them out conveniently for use with the Control One foot controller that IS NOT included.
10 RYTHM CLEAN DISTORT 11 JAMMIN W/ CHORUS 12 JAMMIN W/ FLANGER 13 JAMMIN W/ DELAY 14 CLEAN 15 JAMMIN 16 JAMMIN W/ DETUNE 17 JAMMIN W/ PHASER 18 SPACE HARMONY Easy to change Harmony from 5ths to 7ths to 12ths or? 19 CLEAN CHORUS 20 RYTHM 22 JAMMIN W/ FLANGER SATURATE 23 JAMMIN W/ DELAY SATURATE 25 JAMMIN SATURATE TUBE 28 SPACE OCTABASS 29 RYTHMIC ORBITS 30 RYTHM TUNE 32 JAMMIN W/ FLANGER 2 33 LEAD IN SPACE 34 CLEAN PHASER 35 JAMMIN 2 GRUNGE 38 MORGUE AUTOSWELL 39 FLOATING 5THS 40 RYTHM W/ PHASER 48 LOTUS LOVE 49 KILLER CHORUS 50 RYTHM W/ CHORUS 58 SPACE ICE 59 CLEAN CHORUS W/ DELAY 68 ETERNITIES 78 SPACE HARMONY 12THS My Favorite setting is # 15 JAMMINThink Marshall crunch! Good for power cords like Black Sabbath, Disturbed, AC/DC etc. You can play all day with the radio and sound just like the guitar sounds coming from your stereo!
I set up in my living room with speaker cabs on both sides of the room so I can play with the stereo or my HD TV! And you get variations of my preset sounds by just going to the next bank but keeping the last digit the same, for instance my 15 JAMMIN is the same as 25 JAMMIN SAT. Or 35 JAMMIN 2 GRUNGE but with different distortion settings, or 19 CLEAN CHORUS is simular to 29, 39, or 49 all are clean programs with heavy effects but different settings, and then there are the crazy 8's like 18, 28, 38, 48, 58, 68, and 78 that will blow your mind with the crazy sounds from the crazy 8's!!! And I have set them up in a usable layout using the foot controller(Not included), so if your on bank 2, 3, or 4 the ten floor program buttons are layed out so you know 5's(15, 25, or 35) are the Jammin standards, 3's(13, 23, or 33) adds delay for leads, the 9's(19, 29, 39, 49, or 59) are the clean programs with heavy effects etc. And I left the bank 1 from 1-10 alone so you can select and send and save your favs and set up your own personal lineup if you like.
These processors have made me a much better/faster lead player because when you go way high on the fretboard it has great gain/sustain!!! Not like my old Marshall head straight through with my old Tube Screamer that sounded good with the power cords but always left me struggling with the dryness of the lead gain. Note: When playing really loud you may want to adjust the noise gate threshold and reduce the distortion gain some.I used a Charvel Model 4 guitar with the Jackson JE-1200 electronics to set up the sound back in year 2000... I used a Rivera Stereo Hammer 120 tube guitar amp with speaker cabinets on each side of the room(For true stereo effects that pan back and forth from left to right). You need to play in stereo(It is soo fun) so I recommend a stereo rack mount tube guitar amp like Rivera, Marshall, Mesa Boogie, etc. And the speakers you use will make or break your sound....
I use the original 30watt Celestions with the black plastic back, or the Vintage 30's that sound close to the originals. If you don't yet have the cabs or amp you can use 2 small practice amps for the stereo effect, but set the 2 amps tone neutral and no overdrive/distortion as the 2101 processor has all the effects already in it.
Check out my other auctions as I usually have 40+ guitars for sale. I also have been playing lead guitar since 1979. Here are some further descriptions that I have copied from others: DigiTech GSP2101 Studio Tube Preamp/Processor.
Effects include chorus, phaser, many distortion and overdrive modes, delay, reverb, auto wah, whammy, pitch shift, etc, etc... This item features Power Switch, Parameter, Function Keys, Display window, Headroom Meter, Clip indicators with link, edit, overload, and bypass indicators, Program up/down buttons, Edit buttons, data wheel, output level control, instrument input jack, Rear panel input, Headphone output, balanced outputs, left main output, right main output, speaker compensator switch, left (mono) FX return, right FX return, FX send, and built in Tuner. The GSP-2101 consists of a digitally-controlled analog preamp section followed by a true stereo digital effects section.
The 2101 utilizes Digitech's S-Disc, a proprietary Digital Signal Processing chip. Due to its modular design, the 2101 benefits from the ability to upgrade to a second S-Disc processor for enhanced capabilities. The 2101 has a rear and a front 1/4 monaural input jack.
The rear jack is slaved to the front such that a connection to the front jack disconnects the rear jack from the input section of the 2101. This signal passes through the Analog Preamp Section of the 2101. A single monaural 1/4 output jack is provided for Fx Loop Send.The signal from the output of the Analog Preamp Section is ALWAYS present at this jack regardless of the state of the Fx Loop (Bypassed, Summed, or No-Sum). Each input is independantly converted from Analog to Digital, thus making the 2101 a true Stereo Digitial Signal Processor (2 independant inputs, 2 independant outputs). Two (left and right) 1/4 monaural jack ouputs are provided as Master Outputs. The signals present at these outputs have passed through the Digital Section, the Master Mixer, and the final Output Level Amplifier. The Output Level Amplifier's knob is on the front panel in the upper right-hand corner. This is not digitally controlled, since the Master Mixer has level settings which are digitally controllable. Finally, there is NO Hardware Cabinet Emulation available at these outputs, although a software Cabinet Emulator module has been added to the 3.00.00 firmware. A 1/4 stereo jack ouput is provided for headphones. This output signal is always present. The level is adjustable via a front panel knob (not digitally contrallable).
Finally, this headphone jack includes a Hardware Cabinet Emulator designed to cut some of the high's in the same manner as typical guitar cabinets would. This Hardware Cabinet Emulator is not adjustable in any manner (furthermore, it is always active for the headphone output and cannot be bypassed), although some users have reported success in altering a couple capacitor values to change the brightness of the emulator.
Two (left and right) balanced XLR jack ouputs are provided for mixing board applications. The signals at these outputs are identical to the signals at the 1/4 master outputs.However, note that the 1/4" master outputs are BALANCED, but that typically you will connect them to a device expecitng UNBALANCED 1/4" signals. This is perfectly acceptable, but you will be negating the effect of the balanced circuit. Also, there may be perceived differences in signal strength when comparing balanced vs. Unbalanced configurations as a result of the additive input in the balanced configuration. Finally, there is a switchable Hardware Cabinet Emulator available. This is the same emulator that is always used in the headphone circuit, except that it is switchable (on/off) for the XLR outputs.
The switch is located in the rear of the unit next to the XLR ouputs. The item "Digitech GSP-2101 Purple Haze Studio Tube Preamp/Multi Effects Guitar Processor" is in sale since Sunday, October 28, 2018. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Parts & Accessories\Effects Pedals\Processors". The seller is "carrguitar" and is located in Golden, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.