Mooer CAB X2 Review – Audiofanzine

The CAB X2 uses an exact identical architecture to the Preamp X2 we tested earlier. Thus, Mooer offers a case with reasonable dimensions of 115mm x 75mm x 33mm for 334 grams on the scale. The case is made entirely of metal, as are the five potentiometers: HC (High Cut), LC (Low Cut), LATENCY, CAB and LEVEL. In addition to these potentiometers, there is a small push-button that allows you to save preset settings (14 in number) and two foot switches that allow you to select the amplifier simulation on the left, the LEDs are blue, and on the right, the LEDs are red . The pedal is actually stereo, both input and output. This is a very big plus point that we will return to later in this test.

The CAB X2 also offers a headphone output in a 3.5mm mini-jack format as well as a USB-C connection (USB-C to USB-A cable provided). The power supply requires 300mA for 9V DC, this is also pedal. Finally, the general price is around 150 euros.

speaker of the century?

Mooer offers 11 manufacturer speakers with more or less masculine names:

  • 65DLX 1 x 12 = Flap 65 Deluxe Echo 112
  • A 15 1 x 12 = VOX AC15 C 1112
  • Twinverb.B 2 x 12 = Fender 67 Twin Reverb Blackface 212
  • AC30.S 2 x 12 = VOX AC30212
  • 59Baseman 4 x 10 = 59 Bassman 410
  • 1960AG 4 x 12 = Marshall 1960A Greenback 412
  • S 4 x 12 = Mesa Boogie Recto Standard 412
  • German.V 4 × 12 = Diezel V30412 rear bearing
  • B.svt 1 x 15 = Ampeg svt 15E 115
  • B.svt 4 x 10 = Ampeg svt 410HE 410
  • B. svt 8 x 10 = Ampeg svt 810E 810

side 1The choice is diverse enough with different speaker formats and guitarists are not left out. It is of course possible to load your own IRs with a resolution of 44.1 kHz / 24 bit / 2048 samples. It is also possible to mix these same IRs with simulated Mooer headphones.

For this test, I used a Victory V30 MKII header with the volume pushed down just under half (which sounds better in my opinion). However be careful, the Mooer CAB X2 is not a boot box and therefore you should first of all not connect your tube amplifier directly at the risk of finding yourself in a potentially dangerous situation. Thus, for these audio snippets, I used my Torpedo Live from two notes for the loadbox portion, which is overridden.

To get started, here are some results obtained using the single shot without applying the latency between the two channels. Also, I apologize to my guitarists for playing the bass worthy of a guitarist.

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  • 1 – 65 DLX 1 x 1200:22
  • 2 – 1960m 4 x 1200:26
  • 3 – Twinverb.B 2 x 12 + AC30.S 2 x 1200:17
  • 4 – AC30.S 2 x 1200:30
  • 5 – Recommendation 4 x 1200:31
  • 6 – German.V 4 × 1200:28
  • 7-59 Basman 4×1000:42
  • 8 – B-Soft 8×10 (bass)00:27
  • 9 – B-Soft 4×10 (bass)00:22

To use a speaker simulator all year round whether in the studio or on stage, I know what a hard search sometimes is. It is often difficult to find the right speaker/speaker combination, let alone to choose the microphone(s). Mooer doesn’t offer the possibility to change the microphone and even move one lower in space as Two Notes material does, for example. This ultimately makes things a little simpler. Moreover, the models of microphones used are not specified. Obviously, the only thing that matters is the result.

Once plugged in, the display is frankly fine, even with factory settings. Of course, from one speaker simulator to another, the victory head radically changes in character, but it is surprising that practically all speakers have proven to be sufficiently balanced and usable in their style. I found the Fender 65 Deluxe 112’s Echo emulation excellent on clean sounds and the Marshall 1960A equipped with four Greenbacks very well balanced on distorted sounds, perhaps my favorite of the bunch.

I intentionally avoided applying too many cuts at the low and high end of the spectrum to allow you to hear the most raw sound possible. However, many like to cut frequencies just below 80/90Hz and above 8-12kHz and Mooer was absolutely right to provide access to these two settings right on the pedal. We may only regret that there is no scale indicator on these two potentiometers to gain accuracy.

Wide!

This CAB X2 is a stereo, input and output pedal. This is an undeniable positive point. In fact, its place in most cases at the end of the pedal chain, we can pass without a problem of delay or stereo sound frequency. In addition, Mooer had an excellent idea of ​​providing a latency parameter that would allow a delay of a few milliseconds to be applied between emulations of the amplifiers. This allows you to work on the stereo rendering of your guitar’s sound. It is a process widely used of course in the studio but also on stage. The audio engineer will apply, say, 10 or 15 milliseconds of latency between the left channel and the right channel and your voice will instantly become “thicker”. CAB X2 allows you to increase the latency to 20 milliseconds, which is more than enough and useless to exceed it and counterproductive. When using this technique, remember to balance the volumes of your speakers well so you don’t have unattractive imbalances.

Here are some snippets using this technique:

10 – 65DLX 1 x 12 10ms stereo latency

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  • 10 – 65DLX 1 x 12 10ms stereo latency00:19
  • 11 – 1960AG 4×12 + Twinverb.B 2×12 + 10ms latency00:25
  • 12 – 1960AG 4×12 + Twinverb.B 2×12 + 10ms latency00:20
  • 13 – Rec.S 4×12 + German.V 4×12 + 20ms latency00:17
  • 14 – Rectangle S 4 x 12 + 1960AG 4 x 12 + 10ms latency00:20
  • 15 – Rect.S 4 x 12 + B.svt 8 x 10 (low) + 20ms latency00:27

Despite all these qualities, this pedal does have a very frustrating negative point: it offers no simulation of a power amplifier. Of course, if you are using a direct amp head, this feature is of no importance. On the other hand, if you wanted to make yourself a pedal board that you planned to use as a pedal as an amplifier to connect you directly to the audio system, then yes, you can complain to Mooer for the omission of incorporating a simulator from a 6L6 or an EL84 in order to reproduce the sound chain as faithfully as possible. However, I am toning down my notes because in practice, we have managed to get reliable results with just an amplifier/speaker simulation set. Simply put, Mooer’s RADAR model provides this functionality, but it remains a single design pedal.

Also, the headphone output turned out to be quite correct in addition to being very practical. Moreover, using this does not interrupt the sound of the main outputs.

Studio Muir

This CAB X2 also takes advantage of USB connectivity allowing it to connect to the “Mooer Studio” app. This allows you to edit the 14 presets that you can save to the pedal memory. The application is easy to use. There, just like the pedal, we find channel A in blue and channel B in red as well as the four parameters: LEVEL, LATENCY, LOW-CUT and HIGH-CUT. The application also allows importing IRs in WAV format and mixing them, if desired, with native Mooer speakers. A maximum of 11 virtual speakers can be stored in the pedal, which remains available on the pedal itself thanks to the “CAB” potentiometer. Of course, the app also allows you to update the firmware and make backups on your device.Studio Moer.JPG

conclusion

With the CAB X2 Mooer offers a pedal with a solid build, in a very reasonable format and well-thought-out features. The stereo, for a pedal intended to be at the end of a dedicated pedal board chain to connect to a mixing console, is a must have Mooer considered. The ability to mix two speaker simulators and apply a latency of a few milliseconds to work out the thickness of the sound is also a feature that’s hard to do without testing it once. The cabinets provided by Mooer sound great and the set is versatile enough to accommodate a variety of speakers, including bass. The pedal control software is very well designed and easy to use. In short, the Chinese manufacturer has done practically flawlessly. Perfection would have resulted in the incorporation of a power amplifier simulation, as in the RADAR model, in order to recreate the entire sound cascade on a “self-contained” pedal board. However, for around 150 euros, this CAB X2 is a serious contender against the usual references.

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