Call me a simple guy…
…but I think I’ve realized that I have fairly simple gear needs. I want some great sounding core tones that are quick and easy to get, and I don’t seem to have the aptitude (nor burning desire) to want to spend hours and hours tweaking and twisting knobs on a relatively complex gadget to get a bunch of new sounds from it that are a 5% incremental in terms of personalization over what the presets have to offer.
Cases in point: the Eventide Harmonizer PitchFactor that I bought last week and sold yesterday, and the TC Electronic Nova Delay that I bought and sold last year. Some great sounds inside these gadgets to be sure – these are awesome products with huge potential, but I just find the immediate gratification of my guitar into a distortion pedal into a delay and then into my amp so satisfying that I don’t need any more weirdness and/or wonderfulness on top of it. Alternatively, a simple clean with a bit of reverb and a decent wah pedal and I’m in tone heaven. I don’t require quad-voice pitch shifting with individual tap tempo assignable delays that go forwards, backwards, up and down and left and right.
It goes to show the ingenuity of the marketing of these folks where they can manipulate the GASeous urges of individuals to want to buy stuff that they don’t even know that they need. When will I ever learn? (answer: whoa – what the hell is that? I have to buy one of those…)
On the Eventide, well, yeah, I lost some money – about $10 on what I paid for it. Well, consider it as I rented a new bit of gear for a week, tried it, and then moved on.