Distortion: before or after EQ/limiter?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Salamenster, Feb 14, 2014.


  1. Salamenster

    Salamenster

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    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:
  2. AlexBassMP

    AlexBassMP

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    To my ears , overall tone sounds better whith EQ is after distortion/fuzz.
  3. mmbongo

    mmbongo I like turtles. Supporting Member

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    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 :)
  4. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member

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    I switch the compression off when I switch the dirt on, and vice versa--so for me the order doesn't matter.
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  6. Vlad5

    Vlad5 Chronic Knob Twiddling Tone Chaser Supporting Member

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    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)
  7. stinky634

    stinky634 Supporting Member

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    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.
  8. rob_thebassman

    rob_thebassman

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    experiment :) EQ before distortion shapes up the guitar signal, after shapes up the distortion

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