Behringer HM300 Heavy Metal Distortion

Effects Pedal for Electric Guitar

  • Extreme hard rock/heavy metal distortion of the 80s
  • Controls: Level, Low, Mid, Distortion
  • LED: Effect on
  • Foot switch: Effect bypass
  • 6.3 mm jack input
  • 6.3 mm jack output
  • AC adapter connector: Hollow plug socket 5.5 x 2.1 mm, negative pole inside
  • Current consumption: 30 mA
  • Power supply via a 9 V battery or a 9 V DC power adapter (not included, suitable power adapter: Article no. 409939)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 70 x 123 x 54 mm
  • Weight: 330 g
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  • Blues
  • Metal
  • Rock

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Overdrive No
Distortion No
Fuzz No
Metal Yes

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What your expecting at an incredible price
JohnHark, 08.03.2020
This pedal is very fun for dialing and exploring a variety of over the top sounds. Gain rolled back i even think its usable in more situation than one. But The sound your expecting its there. Only drawback would be that most of the time the EQ and Gain is a bit hard to dial because it goes from "a little effect" to "a damn lot", its not very progressive. I didn't mind the plastic case because it looks quit sturdy.
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Swedish "Buzzsaw" sound on the cheap :-)
27.03.2015
This is basically a really good clone of the Boss HM-2 "Heavy Metal" pedal from the 80s which made a sound popularized by bands like Dismember and Entombed - what became known as "the Swedish sound" in death metal circles.

It's pretty much the same as that pedal, even the "distortion" knob behaves in the same way (pretty much no change from 9 o'clock to 4 o'clock then all of a sudden BANG !

Don't be fooled into thinking this is just for "heavy metal" as in all honesty it's not really that useful for getting that sound, there are better pedals, but if you're looking for really meaty distortion for the more extreme end of the metal spectrum then this is a great pedal. It's not as distorted as the MT-2 (Boss "Metal Zone") pedal but that pedal is, imo, REALLY overrated and very hard to get a good tone out of, far too much high end and in a live situation it really doesn't cut through the mix.

If you're looking for serious, "buzzsaw" style distortion then this pedal will definitely hit the mark and the difference in sound (very little) doesn't justify the inflated ebay prices that the HM-2 is fetching these days, especially the Japanese version (which is the most sought after due to apparently having the most 'Swedish' sound). The knobs on this pedal truly do replicate almost exactly the sound/useability of the pedal it's setting out to copy. I've not taken it apart so I can't say if they've copied the circuitry exactly but, knowing Behringer, I'd imagine it's as close as they can get it with modern parts.

The build is, as usual for the Behringer pedal range, good quality BUT the pedal itself IS hard impact plastic (Just letting you all know incase you're expecting a metal chassis). This isn't a problem and unless you're jumping up and down on it very hard you will get a long life out of it and it's more than useable in a gig situation, contrary to what some purists (idiots?) might say about the range. For this price you can't really go wrong.

Coincidentally, I have both the Taiwanese and Japanese versions of the HM-2 and I really would say there's very little difference between those and this pedal. I bought this as it was only £15 just to see how it sounded, I was curious as much as anything else, and will now probably gift it to someone who is looking for an HM-2.
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Excellent HM-2 clone for nearly 0 bucks.
Chris Q., 19.05.2020
An excellent and genuinely well done clone of the HM-2. I actually have had recording clients sell their vintage HM-2's and get this for gigging for ease of use. It comes in a fashionable pink and does all you'd expect. I actually use this more for shoegaze textures than anything else and it's also great at this.

The only downside is that, unlike the original, this can only operate at 9V. The original HM-2 has extra headroom at 18V which means the EQ doesn't crap out quite as quickly at high gains. It'd be nice to have the option of this, or of having lower overall gain to improve its ability to pair with other drives. But for the money..how could you go wrong?
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Early nineties metal sound for cheap
Flecksy, 18.05.2020
I bought this one for nostalgic reasons more than anything. I owned the Boss HM one in the nineties and sold it at some point (I think). It became an iconic sound for that particular time, and I still enjoy the records with the chainsaw-sounding guitars. Having said that, the sound wasn't actually all that good. I mean, it was ok and certainly scared the neighbours, but hearing yourself or be heard during band practice or gigs, not so much.
I like to plug it in from time to time and play some nasty sounding death metal. It's a fun little pedal and a fraction of the price of the Boss HM-2.
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