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.