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UkerBabe
08-21-2015, 03:06 AM
I would love to be able to practice on long car trips, etc. but don't want to bother others. Is there a uke out there that can be used with earphones so that only I could hear it? Would welcome any suggestions that you knowledgeable people have! I'm trying to rein in my UAS, but this is one that I might consider... :-)

upskydowncloud
08-21-2015, 03:13 AM
The closet you'll probably get to is an electric ukulele, like one from Pono or an Eleuke, there are some links below:

www.eleuke.com (http://www.eleuke.com)
http://www.theukulelesite.com/shop-by/brand/pono/pono-be-d-baritone-electric-acacia-deluxe-package-1063.html

(the link above is to a baritone size Pono but it comes in tenor and concert size I believe)

UkerDanno
08-21-2015, 03:17 AM
Get a solid body...I think Pono and Kala make them and Eleuke. They won't be completely silent, but, very low volume. I'm sure other people will have more ideas and maybe even something they would sell!

UkerBabe
08-21-2015, 03:40 AM
Thank you for your suggestions! One more question: If I wear headphones, do I hear how it would sound normally? I'm assuming a don't need any other electronic equipment, like an amplifier. I'm not familiar with electric ukes at all. Appreciate your help!

ohmless
08-21-2015, 03:43 AM
Eleuke I believe has a headphone jack. Risa(and eleuke) has the standard 1/4" output that you can connect a Vox amplug for quiet headphone use.

http://tinyurl.com/ou9prbj

PhilUSAFRet
08-21-2015, 04:03 AM
This peanut may not be a great uke to hold and play in most situations, but in a car, it may be the ticket: http://www.eleuke.com/#!2014/c22yh

The Big Kahuna
08-21-2015, 04:06 AM
This raises an interesting philosophical and metaphysical question:

If a uke falls out of a tree in a forest, and there's nobody there to hear it, does it still sound like a toy guitar?

kkimura
08-21-2015, 04:26 AM
This raises an interesting philosophical and metaphysical question:

If a uke falls out of a tree in a forest, and there's nobody there to hear it, does it still sound like a toy guitar?

And the Eastern corollary:

"What is the sound of one uke strumming"

Seriously though, there are no silent ukuleles. Even when my other uke is respectfully listening to me play his brother uke, if I get close to the other uke's sound hole I hear him humming along.

Tommy B
08-21-2015, 05:44 AM
Thank you for your suggestions! One more question: If I wear headphones, do I hear how it would sound normally? I'm assuming a don't need any other electronic equipment, like an amplifier. I'm not familiar with electric ukes at all. Appreciate your help!

As others have mentioned, this is a case for using a solid-body electric uke. Some of them have an earphone jack and a built-in, battery-powered amplifier, so all you have to do is plug in your earbuds and you're good to go. The current Eleukes, I believe, all come with this. (I had an early Eleuke that didn't, but I don't think they make that kind anymore.) Others don't have that built-in amplifier, so you have to buy a couple of extra pieces: a small portable amplifier that you can plug your earbuds/headphones into, and a short instrument cable for connecting your uke to the amp. I currently use a Risa Stick concert uke that doesn't have the built-in amp. Instead of using headphones, I just play it acoustically (all of these solid ukes will make a little noise that you can hear in a quiet setting) and use it to practice my fretting-hand fingering, strumming patterns, etc. while the family watches TV. I can hear just enough to know if my practicing is going well. But if you're practicing in the car, you probably will want to use headphones to overcome the road noise. So you just need to find out if the uke you're considering buying has the built-in amp or not.

As for the sound, none of these ukes will sound like a regular acoustic uke. It's a different sound, but one that's very "adjustable" if you're running it through a full-sized amp. If will give you other options in your sound palette, if you're looking for that.

Lastly, I believe I heard about an option for using your smart phone as a headphone amplifier, but I have no knowledge of that product. Maybe someone else will chime in on that. Good luck.

photoshooter
08-21-2015, 05:50 AM
I have a Sojing Concert electric uke. It has a headphone jack which sounds very good. It uses a 9v battery to power the electronics and the battery seems to last forever. It's not silent but for nighttime practice I find it more than sufficiently quiet. I would have preferred an Eleuke Peanut but they are only available in soprano size.

Lori
08-21-2015, 06:11 AM
You could try a Teton uke... I have one and it works with headphones. I got mine from Mim's Ukes. Don't leave the headphones plugged in when your not playing... it will drain the battery. There is no power switch, so the power is activated when you plug in. It will not be completely silent, since it has real strings and a solid body, there will always be some sound. I haven't tried a RISA, but the body-less design should make it quieter than one with a body. The only really silent uke I know of is a uke without real strings, like on an iPad app. That would not give you much real technique practice (and it really doesn't sound like a real uke), but you could make music that only you can hear with headphones. You could use it to figure out chords, or write songs.

–Lori

Kimosabe
08-21-2015, 06:17 AM
I, too, enjoy using my Teton for quiet time.

In fact I have two, one a concert and one a tenor. I will part with my concert for a reasonable price. I will always have one Teton for quiet practice. I love the neck, fast and smooth. I had a Risa but preferred the Teton.

PeteyHoudini
08-21-2015, 08:59 AM
If an Air Guitar can exist, certainly we could start an AIR UKE festival! hehe!

The Big Kahuna
08-21-2015, 09:09 AM
I wonder what a uke festival mosh pit would look like?

CeeJay
08-21-2015, 10:13 AM
I wonder what a uke festival mosh pit would look like?

Probably Verrah Verrah civilaysed and possibly a bit chintzy......there would definitely be Antimacassars .....somewhere .

Brad Bordessa
08-21-2015, 10:17 AM
I have the Pono solid baritone and while it's a fantastic instrument, it's far from quiet. I've heard people say that they are "silent," but in my experience it has a thinner, more focused sound that almost makes it seem louder than other ukes.

UkerDanno
08-21-2015, 11:13 AM
If you want soprano size...
http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?109718-FS-Red-KonaBlaster-Soprano

CeeJay
08-21-2015, 12:24 PM
Is-there-such-a-thing-as-a-silent-ukulele ?

Yes .

The unplayed ,unloved ones on top of my Cupboard.Mwahhaahhahhaahhhahhaa.....

(Ay Thaank yooo) Bow.

coolkayaker1
08-21-2015, 12:33 PM
http://youtu.be/l6-9WId4Tbw

Lori is right in post #11: the Risa sticks, when unplugged, are as quiet as I've ever owned because they have no body. True. (Note: Neal has it plugged and amplified in the video). I would use my Risa in a car (but no experience with headphones).

As Brad says in post #16--and I own them and agree with him--the Pono and Koolau chambered ukes are not too quiet. Certainly not as quiet as Risa.

I have no experience with the other brands.

Might putting foam in the soundhole and /or simply under the strings by the bridge of a small uke quiet it? I do not know.

Note: SteveZ has a red Konablaster in the Uu Marketplace for a superb price. Don't know if it takes nylon strings as an option (I'd guess it does) when nonamplified, and that may be just your ticket.

Booli
08-21-2015, 01:07 PM
I have a Sojing Concert electric uke. It has a headphone jack which sounds very good. It uses a 9v battery to power the electronics and the battery seems to last forever. It's not silent but for nighttime practice I find it more than sufficiently quiet. I would have preferred an Eleuke Peanut but they are only available in soprano size.

I have the tenor scale version of this uke, but my experience differs a bit from yours, which I've detailed here as well as a few other threads:

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?104672-Solid-bodied-recommendations&p=1651604#post1651604

@ UkerBabe - the Sojing models will likely be less expensive than anything else available, but if your electronics work ok out of the box, and you are ok with the somewhat 'plasticky' and dry sound (like all solid-body ukes), this might be an option for you, otherwise if you like to tinker as I do, and do not mind spending a bit more on 'upgrades' as detailed in my thread above, which will give you MORE control over the sound in your headphones than any other option that I have seen available, while also costing significantly less for this privilege than an Eleuke or Teton without the need to spend as much for a RISA stick, Godin Multi-Uke, Pono or Ko'olau solid-body model.

Also, This link below starts you at my post, which is #7 in the thread: (but make sure you also read further down the thread, as I reveal more details in subsequent posts to that thread), where I have some more photos as well...

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...99#post1710199 (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?108115-the-underdog&p=1710199#post1710199)

This modified/hacked Sojing setup works great as a 'silent' practice uke, and also sounds great into an amp with NO FEEDBACK and IIRC, they have them for sale in soprano, concert and tenor scales, with the tenor being priced @ ~ $165 shipped from the NJ seller on Amazon/eBay as per my posts above.

Hope this helps! :)

Nickie
08-21-2015, 01:27 PM
Mine's pretty quiet when I hold it underwater...

CeeJay
08-21-2015, 01:43 PM
Mine's pretty quiet when I hold it underwater...



Haaahhhhh ...Say it isn't so .....You try to drown your Ukulele ??.....oh nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oo !!!



Still ,I kill mine with shame every time I pick it up "Oooh nooo please don't make me ,no no no no"

good_uke_boy
08-21-2015, 02:01 PM
Lori is right in post #11: the Risa sticks, when unplugged, are as quiet as I've ever owned because they have no body. True.

Lori and cool are correct. Risa sticks are virtually silent when unplugged. I travel with mine. I've gotten some interesting comments and questions from TSA personnel. "Q: Sir, what's this object in your bag? A: an ukulele." Reaction: smiles.

Booli
08-21-2015, 02:13 PM
Mine's pretty quiet when I hold it underwater...

HA HA - Nickie, you're the best!

k0k0peli
08-24-2015, 11:01 PM
It's a bit bigger than a Risa but it might fit your needs: Silent-Electric-Ukulele (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Silent-Electric-Ukulele-Hollow-Body-Free-Padded-Gig-Bag-/251870549672?hash=item3aa4a796a8). I stopped at their place a few weeks ago and bought multiple instruments but not this one. Leilei's a nice lady.

whistleman123
08-25-2015, 03:25 AM
I've got a Vox Eukelectric. I don't bother with headphones because it was awkward. I can hear it fine without turning it on. I use the onboard amp and speaker when I don't have to be as quite and in my lesson. And plugged into a good amp with a little reverb it sounds great. My instructor is a jazz guitarist and he actually borrowed it and played a few uke chord solo's on his last gig!

whistleman123
08-25-2015, 03:28 AM
Are the Risa's steel string or nylon?

Booli
08-25-2015, 04:24 AM
It's a bit bigger than a Risa but it might fit your needs: Silent-Electric-Ukulele (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Silent-Electric-Ukulele-Hollow-Body-Free-Padded-Gig-Bag-/251870549672?hash=item3aa4a796a8). I stopped at their place a few weeks ago and bought multiple instruments but not this one. Leilei's a nice lady.

FYI: That SAME instrument is sold as SOJING (as in mine & photoshooter's previous posts), Harmonia, and 3-4 other brands as most Asian factory made ukes:

As per my previous post, and previous threads, you can find this Sojing silent ukulele also on Amazon:

Concert:
http://www.amazon.com/Harmonia-UKLL-2AX-Silent-Electric-Ukulele/dp/B0103L6180/

Tenor:
http://www.amazon.com/Sojing-Ukll-ax1-Silent-Electric-Ukulele/dp/B0074ECMDI/

The Amazon seller Delfy Music is in fact the same person/company as the eBay seller Traderfiasco/Jimmy's Music, and is based in NJ, which is where I got mine from. There are other sellers of this SAME instrument under different brand names across eBay worldwide.

PTADavid
12-28-2016, 03:30 PM
I own a baritone Eleuke, steel string. The intonation is very poor but if that wasn't the case it would be an ideal "silent" uke. I'm looking for a nylon version of that. Pono has one but it is chambered so acoustically it is far from silent. Teton doesn't make a baritone.

Choirguy
12-28-2016, 03:42 PM
I have been in close contact with Zivix, the makers of the JamStik for a long time...ultimately, the JamStik is a small 6 string, five fret guitar MIDI controller. The intended use was as a educational tool (but not for traditional music education) so that you could learn guitar on real strings using an iOS device (now also some Android devices). It has also become a nice way for guitarists to get MIDI data into programs, either notation or DAWs.

I have been encouraging them to make a ukulele version (put the extra 10 sensors from the two missing strings under the existing 5 frets, and add 2...making 8 frets total), which would be another nearly silent solution...not to mention a great way for ukulele players to enter MIDI data in notation and so on.

Such a device would likely be in the same $279 range (they are often on sale at this price range). Do you think people would be interested? If so...feel free to go to Jamstik/Zivix and let them know that you would be interested in such a device.

Booli
12-28-2016, 03:55 PM
I have been in close contact with Zivix, the makers of the JamStik for a long time...ultimately, the JamStik is a small 6 string, five fret guitar MIDI controller. The intended use was as a educational tool (but not for traditional music education) so that you could learn guitar on real strings using an iOS device (now also some Android devices). It has also become a nice way for guitarists to get MIDI data into programs, either notation or DAWs.

I have been encouraging them to make a ukulele version (put the extra 10 sensors from the two missing strings under the existing 5 frets, and add 2...making 8 frets total), which would be another nearly silent solution...not to mention a great way for ukulele players to enter MIDI data in notation and so on.

Such a device would likely be in the same $279 range (they are often on sale at this price range). Do you think people would be interested? If so...feel free to go to Jamstik/Zivix and let them know that you would be interested in such a device.

I would buy one of these in a heartbeat if it had at least a 1.375" nut and 12 frets, even if ONLY to enter MIDI notes into an iPad so I can have accurate transcription of my compositions, of exactly how they were played.

I have the app MIDI GUITAR for both iPad and Mac versions, and the note recognition is glitchy and I get frustrated with the constant tweaking that never improves anything. Software-pitch recognition has come a long way, but (polyphonic) still has a long ways yet to go.

I also have had a Casio DG-20 and Yamaha EZ-EG digital guitar-shaped MIDI controllers, which have sensors in the fretboard for each fret (Casio) or actual buttons that you press at each fret (Yamaha) and they too are also glitchy and alter the playfeel too much to be useful.

At one time I had interest in and almost bought the YouRock MIDI guitar, but that is similar to what the combination of the Casio & Yamaha above might be, and has a rubber fretboard and rubber string-lines in-between rubber frets and given my previous experience, I figured I just might get angry enough to grab it by the neck and smash it like Pete Townsend became famous for, so I opted out and figured that my $300 might be better spent elsewhere.

photoshooter
12-28-2016, 04:46 PM
Such a device would likely be in the same $279 range (they are often on sale at this price range). Do you think people would be interested? If so...feel free to go to Jamstik/Zivix and let them know that you would be interested in such a device.


Ever since I first saw a JamStik video I've been hoping for an ukulele version of the product.
I guess you could say I'm VERY interested. :)

rappsy
12-28-2016, 04:54 PM
Another vote for the RISA tenor stick. (They come in different scales.) It has no headsock per se, so it's light, small, and virtually silent. During recent daily visits to the hospital, I brought it with me and the only comments I had when I played it where from the staff that wondered what it was. In such an environment, I didn't need to amplify it all. I am extremely happy with mine. Just keep in mind that the neck is a little thick.

Croaky Keith
12-29-2016, 12:06 AM
Are the Risa's steel string or nylon?

The stick/solid ukes come with flourocarbon strings, as does the Uke Ellie, but the top range LP Electric Ukes are steel strung.

photoshooter
12-29-2016, 05:47 AM
Such a device would likely be in the same $279 range (they are often on sale at this price range). Do you think people would be interested? If so...feel free to go to Jamstik/Zivix and let them know that you would be interested in such a device.


I just sent an email expressing my interest.
One would have to assume that an ukulele version of the product is a natural progression from the current version.

Ctmpwrdcamry
06-02-2018, 03:18 AM
I know I am pulling up an old thread but this has been helpful to me.

I really wanted a uke to play at night that was quite. I tried a few different tricks to get my “traditional” Ukuleles quite but the wife could still here me even if I was out side. So, I Ended up here.

109444

I am still new at this Ukulele playing and did t feel like my time was well spent trying to get some electronics working on something then also possibly sorry about a setup. I got the Risa Stick from Ukerepublic and the Vox headphone amp from amazon. I am surprised how well it works through the Apple ear buds. I had been looking at the mini mixer reference earlier in this thread, but it has been discontinued.

Thanks for the help everyone

Booli
06-02-2018, 03:30 AM
I know I am pulling up an old thread but this has been helpful to me.

I really wanted a uke to play at night that was quite. I tried a few different tricks to get my “traditional” Ukuleles quite but the wife could still here me even if I was out side. So, I Ended up here.

109444

I am still new at this Ukulele playing and did t feel like my time was well spent trying to get some electronics working on something then also possibly sorry about a setup. I got the Risa Stick from Ukerepublic and the Vox headphone amp from amazon. I am surprised how well it works through the Apple ear buds. I had been looking at the mini mixer reference earlier in this thread, but it has been discontinued.

Thanks for the help everyone

I'm glad to hear of your solution/acquisition. :)

The RISA/Vox combo is likely the simplest solution, and the BUILD quality on the RISA stick has always been very high.

This model, and the one I spoke about here: https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?109711-Is-there-such-a-thing-as-a-silent-ukulele&p=1735429#post1735429

are likely to be even quieter than even the Teton or Eleuke models on account of having so little actual wood to resonate at all.

Uke Republic is also a good vendor.

Best of luck with it! :music:

Choirguy
06-02-2018, 05:44 AM
Not wholly related this this thread, Zivix is in the process of selling their next models on Indiegogo, a 7 fret and 12 fret version. They are at $300,000 with twenty days remaining (meeting their goal by 400%). There is some new technology with these (replacing the existing infrared sensors, for example) as this company is always pushing the boundaries with the newest solutions (they were one of the first companies to move to Bluetooth MIDI, which is pretty great).

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-new-jamstik-guitars-for-learning-creating-iphone-bluetooth#/

No ukulele model yet—but some of you that play guitar might be interested in this version of the JamStik. I will be visiting the company this summer (they are local—still a 50 minute drive, but local) for the first time, and I’m looking forward to that (in the past, I had visited MakeMusic, the company that makes Finale and SmartMusic, when it was still in Minnesota)

Booli
06-02-2018, 06:35 AM
Not wholly related this this thread, Zivix is in the process of selling their next models on Indiegogo, a 7 fret and 12 fret version. They are at $300,000 with twenty days remaining (meeting their goal by 400%). There is some new technology with these (replacing the existing infrared sensors, for example) as this company is always pushing the boundaries with the newest solutions (they were one of the first companies to move to Bluetooth MIDI, which is pretty great).

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-new-jamstik-guitars-for-learning-creating-iphone-bluetooth#/

No ukulele model yet—but some of you that play guitar might be interested in this version of the JamStik. I will be visiting the company this summer (they are local—still a 50 minute drive, but local) for the first time, and I’m looking forward to that (in the past, I had visited MakeMusic, the company that makes Finale and SmartMusic, when it was still in Minnesota)

Good info here Chris. Thanks for bring this out for all of us to see. :)

A 12 fret version is a nice improvement. I would have bought one of these already if they had a 15 fret version, even if only to use via MIDI to accurately capture the performance of my own compositions and more easily create standard notation sheet music from the MIDI capture...

Mostly for being able to file a proper Copyright on my compositions rather than tabs (which I am not good at) or just simply the 'Sound Recordings' copyright of the songs.

Ctmpwrdcamry
06-02-2018, 08:48 AM
Boiling that the one! The pxmini I was not currently available that i could find. I wish something out there had a rechargeable battery other than AAA’s. I’m sure some day.

Choirguy,

Please encourage them to make a uke! I emailed and never heard anything. I almost got the 7 fret model but I am not that good at Ukulele yet, so I don’t need to be learning something else yet, or at least that was my thought. Spend the money, and a bit more, on the RISA.

Strikealight
06-04-2018, 05:10 AM
I am as happy as the next person to allow this need to excuse yet another ukulele purchase, but there is a cheaper option.

I carry a small cleaning cloth in my uke case. I roll this up into a sausage and put it under the strings and push it up to the bridge. This kills off virtually all sound from the strings. You have to get the thickness of the cloth roll right - if it is too fat it compresses too much and puts too much pressure on the strings and effectively creates a new bridge, allowing the strings to ring out a little in an awful out-of-tune way. You have to fiddle about a bit to get things just right.

Managed to recently practice my uke on a busy hospital ward using this method. I had a few anxious glances from fellow patients when I got the uke out, but they soon learned that I was not making any detectable noise. If you adjust the cloth roll a little you can get very low volume "thunks" that only the player can hear, and then you at least can determine you are getting the right notes (and in the right order!*). Unfortunately I am going to have to utilise this method quite a bit over the near future!

Hope this helps.

(*to paraphrase an old Morcambe & Wise reference!

Croaky Keith
06-04-2018, 09:53 PM
Any solid body electric will be near silent if you don't plug it in - & then when you want some noise - just plug it in! :D

Covering the sound hole on a regular uke will also work. ;)

Jerryc41
06-04-2018, 10:47 PM
The Risa stick might do the trick.

https://www.ukulele.de/shop4/en/en-RISA

Reviews -
https://www.google.com/search?q=risa+stick+review&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS716US717&oq=risa+stick+review&aqs=chrome..69i57.3543j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Or, DIY -
https://www.google.com/search?q=DIY+ukulele+stick&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS716US717&oq=DIY+ukulele+stick&aqs=chrome..69i57.6326j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Ctmpwrdcamry
06-06-2018, 03:05 AM
I am as happy as the next person to allow this need to excuse yet another ukulele purchase, but there is a cheaper option.

I carry a small cleaning cloth in my uke case. I roll this up into a sausage and put it under the strings and push it up to the bridge. This kills off virtually all sound from the strings. You have to get the thickness of the cloth roll right - if it is too fat it compresses too much and puts too much pressure on the strings and effectively creates a new bridge, allowing the strings to ring out a little in an awful out-of-tune way. You have to fiddle about a bit to get things just right.

Managed to recently practice my uke on a busy hospital ward using this method. I had a few anxious glances from fellow patients when I got the uke out, but they soon learned that I was not making any detectable noise. If you adjust the cloth roll a little you can get very low volume "thunks" that only the player can hear, and then you at least can determine you are getting the right notes (and in the right order!*). Unfortunately I am going to have to utilise this method quite a bit over the near future!

Hope this helps.

(*to paraphrase an old Morcambe & Wise reference!

I might have to go back and try that. I didnt want to change the pitch was the issue. I found I my playing was progressing because I thought my finger placement was good, but alas it was not. I do beleive this trick will work more when my left hand fingers learn what they should be doing.


Any solid body electric will be near silent if you don't plug it in - & then when you want some noise - just plug it in! :D

Covering the sound hole on a regular uke will also work. ;)

I had the body filled with news paper and the sound hole covered up, was still to loud for my wife at night.

Jerryc41
06-06-2018, 03:40 AM
109444

I am still new at this Ukulele playing and did t feel like my time was well spent trying to get some electronics working on something then also possibly sorry about a setup. I got the Risa Stick from Ukerepublic and the Vox headphone amp from amazon. I am surprised how well it works through the Apple ear buds. I had been looking at the mini mixer reference earlier in this thread, but it has been discontinued.

Thanks for the help everyone

Now you need one of these. :)

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=risa+stick+ukulele&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Arisa+stick+ukulele

Booli
06-07-2018, 07:55 AM
Boiling that the one! The pxmini I was not currently available that i could find. I wish something out there had a rechargeable battery other than AAA’s. I’m sure some day...

The Korg PXMINI can also be powered by USB. I used a small 5"x1" USB powerbank to run mine which is rechargeable. Also the PXMINI uses AA batteries and you can get the Panasonic/Sanyo Eneloop NiMh AAs now with up to 2100 mAh, and they last a good long while, I use them in everything that needs AAs.

Also, you can find a used PXMINI very often on eBay, or the used section of Guitar Center for ~$60, whcih is a steal for what it is. I've often thought of getting another, since it does so much, in such a small package and sounds really good in headphones.

The 5 different reverbs on this little wonder can give the feeling of being in a concert hall, or cathedral, which is way better than the dry, plasticky sound of a simple headphone amp.

Maybe you can grab a used one?

I will say though, that you have to read the manual (you can dload the PDF from Korg) since editing the settings on the device is not intuitive at all, but you can also download the software editor program from Korg, which runs on Mac and Windows, and that is way easier to customize your settings and upload them to the device, and you can also download your settings FROM the device and save it in a file on your computer, which would be handy if you had a second unit and wanted them to have the same setup on each.

The only thing missing from the PXMINI is being able to record via USB, but the thing is so small, I dont know how they'd cram and A/D converter inside.

The previous versions of the Korg Pandora effects boxen had USB recording, but are discontinued since like 5-6 yrs ago. They can also be found used on sites mentioned above, but I've seen them sell for higher than when they were new, and they are also bigger than the PXMINI, about 2" x 7" x 9" so not as portable.