Distortion: before or after EQ/limiter?
Building a small pedal chain. Boss DS-2 Turbo Distortion (perfect mix between distortion and fuzz), Boss LM-2B Limiter and GE-7B EQ (used as a treble boost).
I've already concluded that the EQ should be before the limiter, but I'm still debating about the position of the DS-2.
Where's your distortion (if you use it) set, and why? :hyper:
To my ears , overall tone sounds better whith EQ is after distortion/fuzz.
I put my dirt pedals before any compressors. I don't want my dirt pedals getting a limited/compressed signal since they work off of dynamics. I also have my EQ at the start of the chain since it's a tone shaper.
So the correct answer is...try it both ways and see which you like better :)
I switch the compression off when I switch the dirt on, and vice versa--so for me the order doesn't matter.
I have eq at the end of the chain.
Since it is a tone shaper, and distortion is part of my tone, I like it last.
But, I also have an active eq on my guitar that I sometimes adjust, for bass or treble boost.
So I guess I have eq first and last.
I have also put an eq/boost in the middle, just before or after distortion to tweak the flavor a bit.
So yeah, sorry, try it everywhere... heh.
I don't currently use compressors, well, just the one on my amp, so last I guess.
But I have been considering a limiter to control peaks when I go fuzz > filter, which get outa control sometimes.
So it too would be last for me.
In general: bass > distortion > eq > compression (not always on)
Depends on the dirt and your taste. I had one overdrive before my comp and one after. The one after was really sensitive to dynamics and what I used it for needed a consistent grind.
Don't ask us, try it and figure out what you like, then do that.
experiment :) EQ before distortion shapes up the guitar signal, after shapes up the distortion
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