I still haven’t made up my mind which way I want to go. One day I’m leaning towards multi effects, then the next day I wake up and want to buy pedals instead. I’ve summarized below my arguments for both sides so far, I’d be happy to hear your thoughts if you have anything else to add, or especially if you disagree with my arguments.
My use case is playing at home for fun, not gigging.
Also, when I say multi effects, I primarily have the Helix floor in mind. I know that there are cheaper options available, but I also know that I would be unhappy about their limitations fairly quickly. So if and when I decide to go with multi effects, I intend to go with the Helix floor.
Arguments for individual pedals:
- Cheaper entry point, more appropriate for my skill level
- They are “the real thing”, not a simulation
- More modular than a single multi effects unit, individual parts can be added/replaced/upgraded as needed
- Adjusting parameters is simpler, you just turn the knobs and that’s it (I find the UI of the Helix intimidating)
- No latency (for analog pedals at least I guess?)
- I love the idea of collecting and mixing and matching various pedals (this is just personal preference)
Arguments for multi effects:
- Cheaper in the long run (vs. buying tons of pedals)
- More compact, less clutter (fewer cables, etc.)
- Doubles as a DAI, would simplify my recording setup a lot
- Bigger selection of effects
- Easier to switch between presets
- Noiseless (I assume analog pedals add some noise?)
- Cab simulation