Distortion pedal gain staging?
Hey guys! I've been wondering something about my setup for quite awhile and always wondered what would be better for "proper" gain structure.
Basically, what I have going on now is a Spector Legend into a bass overdrive (DOD FX91) with a mild drive, fairly treble-y into a Fuzzrocious Rat King adding the majority of the distortion/grit, into the front of my SVT-4 Pro.
Now, when I first set the gain I connect everything and bypass all my pedals so my bass is going directly to the head and set the gain the way the manual says to, with the peak light going off on hard notes. Then I add my overdrive to how I like and match levels just fine.
The weird part is adding in the distortion... To my EARS, the levels are the same, but the compression that the Rat King adds makes it so the peaks are just barely there and the red clip light isn't on like it was before. Should I just crank up the distortion volume so the clip light is on like before or leave it at ear level?
Also, I'd like to level match so I can switch off the distortion and still have relatively the same volume as the 'cleaner' tone.
This is a big reason why I ditched my SVT-4pro...the gain and limit LEDs scare me.
Level match by ear or pull the gain down and volume up on the head.
I've gotten to a point where I try not to worry about the limiter and just go by what my ears hear. I'm in a loud metal band with a HUGE wall of guitar distortion, both boost their mid ALMOST all the way, so it needs to cut haha.
So you're saying doing the master volume all the way up and control volume with the gain ala SVT-VR? I have a feeling doing it this way 'underpowers' the amp.
Isn't the 'volume' button doing no more than limiting what the gain would sent through otherwise?
So on a 'clean amp where gain distortion is not the idea, upping the 'volume' fully would be quite an ok thing to do, no?
Different if one wants the gain to overdrive the amp...no?
Gain limits the amount of signal being pushed through the amp from everything before the amp.
Too much gain overloads the preamp and then the rest of the amp causing possible damage. Too much volume damages speakers.
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