Monday, November 22, 2010
Here is a link explaining the set-up for video 1: http://www.moenfx.com/gec9_config1.html
Here is a link explaining the set-up for video 2: http://www.moenfx.com/gec9_config2.html
Here is a link explaining the set-up for video 3: http://www.moenfx.com/gec9_config3.html
I will keep you advise on any updates as they become available.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
In an effort to keep you informed here, we are happy to announce the latest addition(in the works) to the excellent Commander line of effects Loopers. The GEC9 will be our most extensive system yet. This Loop station will feature unparalleled freedom to recall many more presets of effects than ever before along with control options for amp switching and other devices that accept 1/4 jacks.
Features at a glance:
1. Recall presets instantly, 50 presets (5 presets/bank x 10banks).
2. 6 Series loops and 3 separate loops.
3. The separate loops can be used as latched switches for amp channel switching.
4. Switching "POP" cancellation technology, eliminates "POP" sound when switch effects.
5. Instant MUTE design. The MUTE is also a "Switch to TUNER" switch.
6. Buffered input/ Non-Buffered input option.
7. Standard negative center DC9V power supply.
8. Wide switch distance avoid misstepping, 70cm/27.6inch switch distance.
9. Ultra Compact Enclosure Size: 43(L)x9.5(W)x3.0(H)cm / 16.9(L)x3.54(W)x3.74(H)inch.
Still in works.... but coming soon. Moen is up to some very exciting things so stayed tuned for more!
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Once again Moen participated in the Music China Show 2010 which always attracts vendors and musicians from all over the world.
Friday, October 8, 2010
The new GEC438 now features a full 8 Loop combination capability for double the capacity of the GEC434. This is done by utilizing switchable banks right from the board (and your feet)
Built gig tough, True Bypass throughout and priced within reach of all players, the Moen Commander will be the heart of your effects setup. Ultra fast reliable switching for fast tonal changes and combinations. Check out the new GEC 438.... COMING SOON!
Features at a Glance:
1. Recall 8 presets instantly.
2. Switching "POP" cancellation technology, elimintes "POP" sound when switch effects.
3. Instant MUTE design. The MUTE is also a "Switch to TUNER" switch.
4. Buffered input/ Non-Bufferred input option.
5. Programmable discritional connection order, e.g. "FX1->FX2->FX3" or "FX2->FX3->FX1".
6. Standard negative center DC9V power supply.
7. Wide switch distance avoid misstepping, 70cm/27.6inch switch distance (center to center).
8. Ultra Compact Enclosure Size: 36(L)x9.0(W)x3.0(H)cm / 14.2(L)x3.54(W)x1.18(H)inch.
Here is a quick video done for the GEC438:
Here is also a pretty in depth review of the GEC438 ( when in initial prototype stage):
by Will Chen
While multi effects processors can offer a great advantage over individual pedals in terms of versatility and bang for your buck, many complain this is accomplished by sacrificing tone and often requiring significant programming and planning to get the fullest tones out of one. One the other hand, some of the bypass buffers of individual pedals are real tone thieves and even true bypass pedals can load down a long signal chain significantly. But some of those little pedals sound incredible and being able to mix and match effects from different manufacturers is often the key in finding one’s tonal Nirvana. What’s a pedal junky to do? Pick up a true bypass looper, and the new MOEN Guitar Effect Commander (GEC) 438 may be the ideal solution.
MOEN is an effects manufacturer based in Hong Kong which offers a full line of pedals of which the GEC is the newest addition. The unit offers relay controlled true bypass for each of it’s four loops and a dedicated tuner output. However, as effects board guru Pete Cornish argues in “The Case Against Ture Bypass”, a single buffered bypass often offers an advantage especially in long signal runs. Well, the MOEN GEC438 offers both buffered and unbuffered inputs allowing you the user to make the choice (all the individual loops remain true bypass). Very cool. But we’ve just scratched the surface…
The GEC 438 is also programmable offering any 3 of the 4 loops active at a time which can be stored in 1 of the 8 presets which are organized in 2 banks of 4. The icing on the cake though is allowing the loops to be programmed in any order. So why is that a big deal? Well, if you’re a more experimental player you’re probably already working out all the permutations in your head but here are a couple examples for the less imaginative. So you’ve got a delay pedal sitting in a loop and an overdrive in another. The standard effects chain feeds the delay into the overdrive. At the end of a song, you max out the repeat level to force self oscillation. How about kicking it up a notch and feed the oscillating feedback into an overdrive? Do you have a multi effects processor without an onboard loop and always wanted to try the famous 4 cable method? Now you can by running a loop output into your amp’s input and the amp’s effect loop out to the loop return, setting up a secondary loop with the amp modeling processor of your choice, and run the GEC 438 output back to the amp effects loop return. Now you can toggle between your amp’s preamp and the modeling preamp and still have two additional loops for additional pedals. How about using loops A and B to switch between 2 amps and loading up C and D with effects? Sweetness!
Build quality is nice and solid and the use of relay controlled switching limits the chances of switch failure and the device runs of a standard 9 volt DC power supply. During the review, I found the unit to be slightly picky about power supplies exhibiting a bit of noise with one particular supply, so partnering the unit with a good low noise power supply is a must. Our review model is a prototype, but these will be hitting the streets any day now and anyone looking for a flexible true bypass looper needs to check these out.
Pros: Incredibly flexible, solid construction, compact size Cons: Sensitive to noisy power supplies.
Monday, August 2, 2010
In the crowded world of effects some basic sounds may be overlooked, but both of these offer a good basis for your overall tone and for sure worth a look.
We appreciate the writeup here.
MOEN Overdrive and Fuzz Moo
by Will Chen
MOEN is a relative newcomer to the world of guitar effects founded in 2005. Located in Hong Kong, the company offers a full range of effects pedals including some very innovative models such as their Raw Tube Drive which is advertised as the world’s smallest high voltage tube overdrive and Stage Control line of programmable true bypass loops. We’ll look at two pedals from their vintage series today, the MO-OD Overdrive and MO-FM Fuzz Moo.
Ok, so it’s got perhaps the most generic name possible. And the pedal has a fairly utilitarian look to match in spite of its bullet-shatter-glass cosmetics. The unit even features all the standard stuff you’d expect to see on an overdrive pedal: a trio of controls (volume, tone, and drive), red led indicator, 9v dc power jack, and a handy, thumb-screwed battery cover on the back. The MOEN Overdrive is built in a hefty metal enclosure with an extremely solid feel to it giving me confidence that it won’t crumble under even the harshest conditions.
For my initial audition of the pedal’s tones, I cranked the gain and tone to max and set the level around noon, plugged it up with my trusty SX SST57, and into a Vox Pathfinder 15r set for a subtle breakup. Engaging the pedal, well, to say I was impressed isn’t quite a fair description. I was darn near hypnotized! After close to an hour of playing, I stopped to truly evaluate what I was hearing. I could hear a strong similarity to a Tubescreamer so I plugged up my TS9 for comparison and there was none. The MO-OD blew it away. It’s got all the midrange sweetness of the Tubescreamer with seemingly more compression yet the highs and lows remain intact unlike the weaker low end and predominant mid range hump of the traditional Tubescreamer. Hmmm…
I spent quite some time trying to figure out what exactly is going on until I realized that the pedal accomplishes its seemingly contradictory transparent vibe by passing a preset amount of the bypassed signal through the pedal even when engaged. Brilliant! However, as a result if you’re playing a really clean amp the effect is a little obvious as the overdriven and clean signal can be heard as two fairly distinct sounds. But when your target amp has a bit or grit dialed up this thing is simply magical. On top of it all, the pedal has a bunch of volume on tap for those who enjoy pummeling the front end of their amp.
Anyone looking for a Tubescreamer styled overdrive with a bit more transparency should definitely check this pedal out. The MOEN Overdrive is a bit of a tonal paradox: beautifully compressed and colored yet transparent at the same time. Highly recommended.
Fuzz Moo MO-FM
Ok, any pedal with bizarre name and an affordable price tag is going to get some of my attention and I don’t think I’ve heard another pedal outside of the Way Huge line with such an amusing name. The pedal is adorned with a rather serious cow skull graphic for having such a whimsical name, but it’s about how these things sound not look right? The pedal’s layout and features fall right in line with the MO-OD with the aforementioned pedal’s gain knob relabeled as sustain.
Plugged up, MOEN was definitely inspired by the Big Muff rather than Fuzz Face. However, I always found the Big Muff to be a rather muddy sounding pedal with an overly tubby low end. Even the name sounds muddy to me. The MO-FM has a leaner low end by comparison and pushes the gain up to 11. The filter sweep styled tone control will be familiar to Big Muff fans, but like the gain range seems to be wider without getting piercing on the top end nor muddy on the low end.
I paired the Fuzz Moo with everything I have. This pedal is a weapon with more in common with a laser than a traditional fuzz pedal. It obliterates any tonal signature of your guitar supplanting its devastatingly aggressive roar. Sustain is actually a perfect name for the gain knob on this little beasty as when it’s cranked up to max notes seem to hang on for days. This isn’t something for those seeking subtlety. No, this pedal is all about in your face, slicing fuzz and would be a perfect complement to the pedal boards of those seeking more non-conventional tones ala Muse or Radio Head. I could also see fans of industrial and death metal really getting some mileage out of the Fuzz Moo.
The MOEN MO_FM Fuzz Moo isn’t for everyone. But the tonally adventurous should seek one out. Combined with some filtering and/or octave effects, you’ll definitely be getting double takes from audience members wondering who’s playing the synth.
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Thursday, July 1, 2010
Check out the Moen GEC434 Commander and our full line of effects.
Here is another from Carlos as he jams with the Moen Commander:
One more in this series... look for more videos from Carlos on other Moen effects coming soon !