What is it?
Nux MF6 Digital Multi FX from the Nux First Series. Made in china in 00’s.
Whole Nux pedal line has been quite interesting line. Some of the designs are straight rip offs, but while the underlying design may be just that, the rest is well engineered and somewhat original. The “First Series”, as i’m going to be referring these units, have nice and personal enclosure design. According to interwebs, Nux is originally nothing more but a sub-brand of Cherub. Folks at Cherub may have wanted to build another brand that seems more prestigious. And they have, more or less, succeeded in that venture.
The enclosure is your standard medium strenght cast aluminium box with good rubber bottom and durable feeling plastic parts. The battery slot is accessible through the pedal lid, and its lid is the cheapest feeling part in whole unit.
Controls on the top are one rotary switch for mode and four standard pots (one dual gang) for setting the parameters of the selected effect. In short, the effects this unit offers are tremolo, rotary, flanger, chorus, multivoice (which is one repeat dual delay in reality) and modulation delay. Others seem to have nice operation range, but the modulation on the mod delay can be turned off. So that the pedal can be used as a delay unit too. All in all, the number of usable effects is nothing short of impressive. And we should not forget about the stereo output and expression pedal input. So yes. There are quite a lot of features in this cheap pedal.
When taking a look under the hood, we see modern SMD board with relatively dull view. Flipping the board over shows what one would expect. It is, like the name suggests, a fully digital design. Once again i’m going to leave you with less analysis since my knowledge of all digital circuitry is very limited. There are couple of digital chips in addition to a few opamps. And a oscillator crystal. Feels a bit like a computer now doesn’t it…
I got the unit cheap as used one from a local dude. I didn’t have high hopes for it, but since i was, and still am, somewhat fond of the New Analog Series pedals, i wanted to try this one out too. The conclusion?
How does it sound?
Surprisingly good. There’s no negative thin digital feel to any of the modes. Most of the modulation types easily beat some of their analog counterparts. That’s what you won’t hear often from me. Most of the settings are usable. Overall sound is good. Or maybe even great. I do love it when a design offers more than i expected. Well worth a try if you spot used one for cheap.
4 thoughts on “Nux MF6 Digital Multi FX”
Looks like a first attenpt at their current line of digital multi-effet pedals (the Core and Force series). So far i’ve heard nothing but praise about these, so i recently took the leap of faith and bought the modulation “core” (the blue one) and it’s very very impressive for the price.
I got both Time Force and Mod Force as slightly used units. Sounds are good, but they are using the same super cheap crappy pots as for analog series. They turn by gravity or just by looking at them with a mean eye. Otherwise, it think Nux is the future of chinese pedals. I see no reason in investing in a Joyo ripoff, since these are simply better.
Do you know if the bypass is buffered, hard wired or true bypass? I found a nux mf6 for a bargain, and I wonder.
Definitely buffered. Much in the same manner as boss pedals.