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Jun 20th, 2018 05:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

In the strat forum I asked a question about getting a fatter sound particularly when playing rhythm. Think crunchy ‘90s and hard rock. An obvious idea is to use a boost of some sort. Would you suggest it before or after OD or distortion pedal? Boost I have is TC Spark Boost. Thanks for your thoughts.

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Jun 20th, 2018 06:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you're looking that route, and can't get it with the OD pedal on its own (and the amp)...the boost probably won't get you there for the thing you're talking about.

But if you have both, try 'em. It might work.

Boost after gain IME just ups the noise floor.

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Jun 20th, 2018 06:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I’ve always run boost before OD/distortion. And low gain before higher gain OD pedals if I want to stack them.

Really, just try different setups and see what you like.

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Jun 20th, 2018 06:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There is no right or wrong here, just personal preference.

The general rule of thumb is go before OD if you want to "drive" the input signal to the pedal (affecting tonal properties) or go after the OD if you just want to make your existing tone "louder".

I have the TC Spark Boost Mini, and my preference is after my OD pedals.
TBH, I haven't put a boost in front of my OD in a long time, so I should experiment again just for the heck of it.

I have a tendency to be lazy, meaning once I find a setting or arrangement that works for me, I pretty much run with it until forever...

unless I become motivated by something like this thread :^)


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Jun 20th, 2018 06:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If I want the dirtbox to get louder, I turn up the output knob on the dirtbox!

All but my Ampeg Scrambler have them!

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Jun 21st, 2018 06:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I have a tendency to be lazy, meaning once I find a setting or arrangement that works for me, I pretty much run with it until forever..."

same here

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Jun 21st, 2018 03:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Pedals are no different from a logical flow chart you draw on paper:

Do you want to boost your overdrive tone?

Or do you want to overdrive your boosted signal?


As mentioned above, try it both ways, at gig volume (this is important) and see which sounds better to you.

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Jun 21st, 2018 04:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"If I want the dirtbox to get louder, I turn up the output knob on the dirtbox!"

I get what you're saying, but that isn't really practical if you're trying to boost for just a section of a song like a solo.

However, I've also heard there's a thing on guitars called a volume knob... ;^)

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Jun 21st, 2018 05:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I’ve always run boost before OD/distortion. And low gain before higher gain OD pedals if I want to stack them."

Yep!

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Jun 22nd, 2018 03:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've come around to using my volume control on the compressor as a boost before the OD.

Peegoo is correct. You have to test it at gig volume. And actually you have to test the entire signal chain that way too. I find as you pump up the volume you roll back all the effects.

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Jun 23rd, 2018 11:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

^ yes

I've been playing around with the compressor as volume boost at the end of the chain

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Jun 25th, 2018 10:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What amp?

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Jun 26th, 2018 08:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Rivera 5512 primarily

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