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    Default TC Electronics M350

    Looking for a "poor man's M5000." Does this cheap lil beastie have any of the mojo of the M5000? Similar algorithms?
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    A top choice for budget gear... I would have M300 / C300 in my live rack without any problem.
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    Thanks, T-Bay.
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    It's alright. I don't think there is a lot of competition in that price range as far as rack stuff goes.
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    The M-5000, although a lower resolution unit in terms of the digital conversion and processing, has I/O stages that were pretty much state of the art for its day, tons of headroom, as well as a very hefty power supply (power draw is typically more than three times that of the 350). I suspect that the real "mojo" of that unit comes from that rather than the algorithms used.

    Also, keep in mind that M2000s sometimes go for four or five hundred dollars. That's definitely not a bad unit, and my guess is that the analog I/O stages are substantially better than the 350.

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    Sorry to Dig up an older thread, but I was curious how Overeasy went on his hunt for a poor man's M5000..

    I've been living with a PCM81 which is a cool kinda box as an FX unit, but not a particularly strong reverb box..

    I come across an M5000 recently and was floored at how much it was fetching second hand, I had no idea they went for that kinda money.. Out of curiosity what price did they get brand new? This one was like 4.5k .
    Mainly looking for a nice outboard reverb box for snare and percussive duties..
    I would probably stop thinking about model numbers and sound-alikes, and start thinking about the sonic character I want.

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    seconding Oteks suggestion -

    look to M2000 or M3000's or even M4000's as budget allows.
    A good argument could be made that a slightly older top of the line box still does more for you than a cheaper current product that is all budget focused. You'll hear the budget focus.
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    I have the M300, had it in my guitar rack until I realized that as you change presets it has a second of no audio. That means Bad Times™ for guitar. It's fine for live work in pubs and stuff. I don't think I'd use it as a bit of studio kit. Drum Mixing Tutorial: The best way of course is an oscilloscope... but, we don't have that, we don't have that here, so we have to use our ears...
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    I don't think I'd use it as a bit of studio kit.
    Why not?

    I do...

    And it's been on productions I've worked on that have gone to over 145 countries, and the work has never been rejected because I used a "cheap reverb". has limits.

    Is it an M5000? No.

    But unless you are doing the kind of thing where there is a need for it to change sound, and there is never a moment where sound is not being fed to it, I can't see a problem.

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    The power supply on the M5000 is under spec'd, i have owned two of them over the years and on each one I have had to recap the psu because the display wasnt lighting up or the level meters were going crazy....the caps were leaking very badly , after replacing them with higher values everything was fine, just something to beware of when buying a secondhand M5000.
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