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Rocktron Metal Planet Distortion Pedal
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- 4 Band EQ
- Semi Parametric Mid EQ
- Over the Top Distortion
- Metal Chassis
- 4 Band EQ, Metal Chassis
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From the Manufacturer
- Maximum Input: +10dBu
- Input Impedance: 1M ohm
- Current Consumption: 35ma
- Power Requirements: 9VDC <=300ma
- CE Approved
Rocktron Metal Planet Distortion Pedal
Need metal? Take a ride on Rocktron’s high octane Metal Planet distortion pedal. Equipped with a 4 band EQ specifically designed for guitar distortion with separate level and distortion controls, the Metal Planet delivers the goods! The mid-frequency sweep allows for a wide range of tones from scooped heavy metal tones to more modern rock tones.
This pedal is not for the timid at heart – be ready for a heavy metal distortion unmatched by other pedals. The Level control adjusts the overall output of the distorted sound. The Low control adjusts the low-end frequencies and the High control adjusts the high-end frequencies. Middle control adjusts the mid frequencies bite of the distorted sound, while the Middle Frequency control adjusts the actual midrange EQ sweep. Use the Distortion control to adjust the amount of distortion in the signal.
Rock as hard as you want with Metal Planet. Housed in Rocktron’s rugged road worthy extruded aluminum chassis, this pedal will stand up to the abuses of time and road wear and tear. The easy-access battery compartment makes changing batteries during a gig a breeze. And check out the super bright blue LED that tells you when the pedal hits the metal. If metal’s your thing, this may be the stomp you’ve been looking for.
Top Customer Reviews
Now, I know that everyone's tone and amps are different, but with the EQ on this set with the Low all the way clockwise and the High and Mid/Mid Freq all the way counter-clockwise, it sounds GREAT with the Distortion turned all the way clockwise. Just set the Volume all the way counter-clockwise and turn it up as needed. Granted, as some people will point out, this isn't the most extremely high-gain pedal out there, but it definitely qualifies as high-gain. I ran this through my clean amp channel and it was plenty heavy enough to do thrash metal with. With a little boost or compression, I'm sure it would work great for death metal.
I've owned a number of high-gain distortion pedals over the years, but this one is probably the smoothest and most musical, even with the Distortion turned all the way up. I've been using it for hours now and I've played more tonight than I have in a long time. It's completely silent with the Volume halfway up (I didn't need to turn it up any higher) and it plays very nicely with my Strymon Mobius and Strymon TimeLine.Read more ›
I can get a more aggressive tone out of the Metal Planet by using my Behringer Super Fuzz as a clean boost. Even with that, I still couldn't approach the amount of sustain that I can get from a Metal Zone by itself. Still, it remained clear and well defined. It does get noisy when boosting the gain, so I use a noise suppressor with this method.
My verdict: I think the MP excels at hard rock and 80's metal tones. Use a clean boost (or overdrive pedal) for lead tones.
I'd definitely use this pedal to boost a JCM 800 if I had one now. It'd be great for classic death metal tones in that mode, as the pedal does retain enough of a guitar's character, regardless of the amount of gain used. I can't say that much about the Metal Zone, as much as I like it.
I've been looking for a pedal that can nail the classic hard rock and metal tones for some time now. As far as I'm concerned, this one does that search justice. It's a keeper for me.
(10/4/2013) I ended up returning this later for a Modtone Extreme Metal.
Now, if there's an aspect of the Metal Planet that I'm least satisfied with, it's with the high end. To my ears it's a little on the harsh side. Maybe this is what you want, but I personally prefer a "sweeter", more melodic high end. At any rate, I work my way around this issue by simply turning the highs down a bit and it's fine.
Something else worth mentioning is the nature of the distortion. When I first heard this pedal I was shocked at how clear and defined the sound was; there is almost no hi-gain "fuzz" at all, only metal crunch and bite. So if you're looking for something to duplicate the sound of a mesa-boogie dual rectifier, look elsewhere. If you're looking for more of a Mesa Boogie Mark II C+ (think Metallica Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets albums)then the Metal Planet will definitely get you in the ball-park.
The last thing I'll add is that I'm playing out of a fender hotrod tube amp plugged into a 4x12 cab with celestion vintage 30 speakers. I mostly use a schecter guitar with an emg 81 in the bridge. Just so you have at least a rough point of reference for my comments.
To conclude this review, I think the Rocktron Metal Planet is an awesome pedal for raw, crunchy metal tones.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rocktron makes some really cool products. I like this pedal because you have so much influence over the way you shape your distortion. Read morePublished on December 11, 2010 by GuitarGuy
Great product, shipping and description, paid a great price I a very happy with all. I wanted a pedal like the Roland with separate bass, treble, and midrange control,
this... Read more