tc electronic Eyemaster Metal Distortion

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Effect Pedal

  • Extreme distortion for tougher metal styles
  • Controllers: Gain - Volume
  • True bypass
  • LED: Effect On
  • Foot switch: Effect bypass
  • Connections: (6.3 mm jack), output (6.3 mm jack), power supply connection (coaxial socket 5.5 x 2.1 mm - negative pole inside)
  • Power supply via 9 V battery or a 9 V DC power supply unit (not included - suitable power supply: Article Nr 409939)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 74 x 132 x 58 mm
Available since April 2018
Item number 436005
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Overdrive No
Distortion No
Fuzz No
Metal Yes

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Chainsaw
Midnight Walker 25.03.2020
We all know what this is. An original HM-2 might be great, but the insane prices you find even for heavily used ones are not worth it when you have so many boutique options. Thankfully we have dirt cheap ones too. The Eyemaster is a very fun pedal if you like the 90's Swedish Death Metal sound. It comes very close to the original HM-2 and does the same job just as well. Boosting it with an eq after it makes it more visceral sounding. It may be a one trick pony, but with a little imagination it can be used for other genres like doom, stoner, even black metal as well. Sometimes I miss the eq knobs when I'm not trying to get a Chainsaw sound, that could greatly add to its value. And it's built like a tank.
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The classic "Buzzsaw" guitar sound for a fraction of the cost
P-Mac 21.12.2018
Do you want to get that bone crushing Entombed/Dismember guitar sound? Do you think that spending 3 digits on a vintage Boss HM-2 (or one of those boutique clones out there) is too much? Are you afraid that the Behringer HM300 isn't sturdy enough? Well, you're in luck, my dudes and dudettes.

The Eyemaster promises to deliver that fat and HEAVY early 90's Swedish Death Metal guitar sound, and boy... it delivers. It's built like a tank, looks great and sounds nasty (in a good way)! So, if you are looking to get THAT guitar tone, and want an affordable but sturdy alternative to the classic HM-2, look no further.

Tip: Don't max out the gain, as advertised on countless HM-2 videos. It works best (to my ears, at least) in front of an already dirty amp; use it almost like a boost/EQ.
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Oversimplified
rusty shacklefordd 02.01.2023
I understand that the stereotypical settings for the legendary chainsaw tones involve all the knobs in a singular position, but that is really little more than a meme. By removing the toneshaping options they have shot themselves in the foot by providing an extremely limited tone. There was a lot of potential here for a great budget OSDM pedal, but I'm disappointed with the direction they decided to take with this. Pointlessly oversimplified.

That said, this range of TC Electronic pedals are built like tanks, so staying within it, you will find more tone-hunting success getting the TC Electronic Fangs instead, which has 3 modes in addition to the much needed Bass & Treble knobs.

However, pragmatically speaking, you should get the Behringer clones instead.
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a one trick pony, but a fun one! (not really an HM-2, tough)
dheim 23.10.2019
the Eyemaster is basically ALMOST a clone of the good (or awful, depending of whom you ask) old Boss HM-2.

universally despised as a "proper" distortion pedal, yet a cult object among the fans of classic swedish death metal, the HM-2 with all controls to max is the (well known) "secret" for the patented "buzzsaw" guitar tone of early Entombed, Dismember and various bands of the glorious years between the end of the 80s and the beginning of the 90s...

since noone uses the HM-2 nowadays, except to get THAT tone, and the original HM-2 is becoming growingly difficult to get hold of, TC electronic solved the problem in the most brutally efficient way: no EQ controls (you've got to dime them anyway, so...), just a couple of big, round knobs for gain and volume. and a weird silent switch that engages the effect when released, rather than when pushed.

my votes, explained:
features 3/5. it does ONE thing, actually. i couldn't give it more, in all honesty.
handling: 3/5. it's flatter than a Boss pedal, but a bit larger. i'm not really sure about the internal circuitry, but i bet it could have been built as large as a TC mini pedal
sound: 4/5. it sounds more or less like an HM-2, and it's easier and friendlier to use than the original to shape an already distorted amp (that's not the way it's OFFICIALLY supposed to work, but i suspect it's how many guitarists got their "Stockholm" tone in later, more refined productions), BUT the HM-2 is badder. period.

if you can't find a proper HM-2 (or if you want a pedal that's easier to control to get a hybrid distortion) the Eyemaster is fun, cheap and effective. and has true bypass.
if you want THAT buzzsaw tone and not something that just comes close, the HM-2 is the only real way to get it.
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