I think trying to evaluate some of this stuff via the internet and low-fi audio clips is a bad idea.I've heard a few demos on youtube and though hard to tell, it seems like it brings out the flatness in the tone and makes it a bit more sharp and crisp. Am I wrong to describe it as such? I am interested in picking up a used one as sometimes I too enjoy things on the darker bassier side, but would like a tad more definition..
I beleive there is no difference in processing with the pedal vs. the rack. The advantages of the rack are XLR, stereo outs and RCA jacks. I havent seen the pedals, but they might not have the VU LEDs as well to see how much noise you are pushing...........im thinking of trying out an older sonic maximizer,with my rig
is the pedal just as good as a older rack unit,i would rather have a pedal
with all my other pedals ,easier to carry