Also, because the plugs are silicone based, they're also cleanable, which means you won't have to replace them after a certain number of uses. Now keep in mind, I am one of those people who brings earplugs everywhere. Keep it in your pocket or wear it around your neck. When I compared directly to the source without either of the earplugs and the volume reduced , the Faders sounded most like the source while the foam earplugs made the presentation much less natural and more robotic specifically the vocals which completely changed in timbre. Earplugs in, I reveled in my multitasking ability to review a product and rock out at the same time.
My plan was to take them out on the motorcycle with some of my friends with obnoxious bikes but I couldn't get them to reliably stay in my ears with my helmet on. This makes them ideal for racing spectators, music fans, and anyone who spends a significant amount of time around especially loud sounds but also needs to be able to hear fine detail, like those who work in factories and machine shops. Faders tuned earplugs are essential for clubs, concerts, racing, music practice and events. Your fit determines the sound and comfort, so you can fine-tune your experience without costly and time-consuming earmolds. Publisher does not accept liability for incorrect spelling, printing errors including prices , incorrect manufacturer's specifications or changes, or grammatical inaccuracies in any product included in the Musician's Friend catalog or website. Perhaps not as good as with my custom , but those are a lot more expensive.
For example, if you wanted to play lead guitar on Metallica's Master of Puppets, you can set one path for the basic rhythm tone, one for the clean interlude, and drop in a boosted lead tone with a wah for the solo. You go for the music. It does a lot more than the vast majority of players will ever need. Fortunately, this is resolved by simply removing the lanyard, but then again, that kind of defeats its intended purpose. But that feature adds a whole other world of versatility and fine-tuning to create your perfect tone.
Unfortunately, I didn't have the ability to try it out. I definitely felt like I was hearing more from outside than I had with the traditional foam earplugs. But what if those loud sounds are why we're there in the first place? I stick my fingers in my ears when ambulances and fire trucks go by. It's such a well-laid-out and intuitive design that I was able to figure it out fairly quickly without any guidance whatsoever. Conventional earplugs often sound muffled and others, including customs, can be positioned too deep within the ear canal compromising the overall sound. But I still found the level of noise reduction from the Faders to be very good.
Besides sounding extremely close to their inspiration sources, the pre-loaded tones, and the ones you can add manually, are extremely useful for cover-band situations, as many offer two-channel switching for songs with multiple tonal sections. Prices subject to change without notice. The next step was to see how they performed in loud conditions. You can find them on and. And recording with it is incredibly easy, so it'll make for an invaluable studio tool, especially for those with cranky neighbors or, in my case, a week-old baby in the next room.
I know I'll be sad to send it back from whence it came at the end of this review. There's also a red color available so that's my fallback. It's a beautiful little high-precision item with a serious purpose. And the system allows you to add two more switchable splits to the chain, acting as a loop switcher for songs with stacked effects that you need for short periods. New Realism in Preamp Modeling After effects, the second biggest piece of the tonal pie is the amp modeling, which has made progress by leaps and bounds in the last decade or so. I demoed a unit over several days by more or less flying blind and figuring it out as I went, to evaluate its depth and intuitiveness.
It's built like a tank without being oppressively big or heavy. They're all quite impressive in processing power and how versatile they are, and in the quality of sounds they produce—which is what's most important in a multi-effects processor. I have long since passed the point of caring when I get looks for said behavior. In the last couple of years, several big-name guitar effects companies, including and , have rolled out flagship, do-all, multi-effects processors. We all know that prolonged exposure to loud sounds can damage our hearing. With this test, I turned it all the way up and compared. I could hear voices and cymbals reasonably well.
That's both a plus and a minus for me, as a player who doesn't love a ton of knobs and menus between the tone I have in my head and the one that's coming through the speakers. But there were some rays of hope. Like most things in life, your mileage may vary. So, switching as fast as possible, I compared the two. I turned up the volume to ear-bleed levels and put the headphones on. And each effect has deep control sets, depending on the effect. Once you try this a few times you start asking yourself how could it be these didn't exist all along.
I couldn't hear any traces of the squashed, compressed, overtly digital sounds of processors from my youth. Hear music and speech with crystal clarity while protecting your ears. The fit of the Faders was good, but the silicone tips became bothersome after a few hours. Some others are effects-heavy showcases. Vocals were definitely clearer and less muted, the highs, usually the worst offenders when the volume is too loud, were well controlled, and the bass, while present, didn't overpower. Most importantly, the earplugs work as advertised.