Behringer HM300 Heavy Metal Distortion

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Effects Pedal for Electric Guitar

  • Extreme hard rock / heavy metal distortion of the 80s
  • Controls: Level, Low, Mid, Distortion
  • LED: Effect on
  • Footswitch: 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 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
available since January 2008
Item number 204415
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Overdrive No
Distortion No
Fuzz No
Metal Yes
$24.90
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Swedish "Buzzsaw" sound on the cheap :-)
Anonymous 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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Behringer HM300 Heavy Metal Distortion
Per Österlund AKA Cnl TAF 02.04.2022
Behringer HM300 Heavy Metal Distortion versitile pedal great for Rock, and Metal genre a musthave, espesially if one is into Swedish deathmetal,..sounds Awesome!! sounds as the Boss original thang,..side by side minor difference, ina mix spoton,...Great price, almost for free =D Thanks Thomann and Behringer
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An excellent and versatile pedal
rusty shacklefordd 02.01.2023
Behringer often have a bad reputation for "cheapness" but this is entirely unjustified. The casing may be plastic but it is extremely durable, and I once attempted to break the pedal apart but gave up, it may as well be steel casing.

This specific pedal is also an extremely faithful HM-2 clone, one of the most versatile pedals I've ever tried. The amount of change to the tone you get from just adjusting the mid controls is out of this world.

At this price, unless you already own an HM-2, there is no reason you should not own a Behringer HM300.
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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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