NUX MG-100 Multi-Effects Pedal - Review
Pedals have always been “instrumental” to various musicians ever since the tech made it possible for them to be experienced. Nowadays, with the help of new innovations and design iterations, we can enjoy advanced, if not hybrid editions of the pedals we’ve come to love.
If you’re a big multi-effects fan, we recommend you check out our review for the NUX MG 100 below.
Details & Specs
- Multi-effect pedal/processor with 58 built-in effects (8 of which can be simultaneously used) plus a 6-band graphic EQ designed mainly for the electric guitar
- Added playability (sound on sound) by its 40-second phrase loop feature
- CD-quality PCM sounds; a built-in drum machine; and a large colored TFT LCD panel (160x128 graphic interface) for easy operation
- 36 factory presets and 36 user presets; 13 classic amp models powered by True Simulation of Analog Circuit
- Vintage 3-band passive EQ modeling for every amp model; 11 cabinet models for seamless, quick preset switching
- Powered by 6 AA alkaline batteries with up to 8 hours of continuous use
- 32-bit DSP; high-performance 24bit 44.1kHz AD/DA converter
- 30-meter transmission distance; can be used on bass and acoustic units
- Retailed at $99; 2.53 pounds
The NUX MG-100 is a power player – it possesses an impressive range of multi-effects and includes actual knobs and an expression pedal. Its most standout feature, for us, is its LCD screen which, albeit low in resolution, is already very convenient for various uses. From a quick glance you can easily know how to choose, create, or manage your effects, which makes this unit highly covetable for professional rigs or real-time performances.
Adjusting is also simple; there’s no need to fiddle with several buttons when you can manage master volume and individual effects using its four knobs. You can call it an economical processor because of its built-in amps, and the fact that it just has a bit of everything. Take note, however, that with that established, there are going to be corresponding downsides.
For starters, you might get excited by the abundant availability of presets and effects. For the creative musician, the MG-100 is an ideal companion for experimentation. The downside to these many effects is that they have limited range, so they sound blander than the tones you can replicate with real pedals. This unit also doesn’t have a USB connector, which means loading or saving the presets is impossible.
This also means no firmware updates and no possible direct-to-computer recording. However, here’s a pro-tip for boosting sound quality: learn how or use your knowledge about chaining pedals, amps, and cabs to adjust the EQ. You might get results close to your desired quality.
The several tech integrations on this unit also render the finish to feel cheap. Cheap doesn’t necessarily mean of low quality – just when you compare it with its contenders in the market, you will notice how the manufacturers have focused more on the built-in tech than on the construction.
On the upside, this is a great pedal for quality switches. If you’re a beginner, you won’t have any difficulty practicing with this. The LCD is a great add-on as it is intuitive and simple to use. The looping feature is
also a great service for superimposing guitar tracks. We found the blues-tones to be of clean and smooth quality, and the high gain settings can get the overall tones through the mix.
Is it for you?
If you want to get your luck started with an easy, of fair quality and reasonably priced multi-effects processor, we recommend you try the MG-100 out.