The concept of a "flavor" pedal

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Lonnybass, Feb 25, 2014.


  1. Lonnybass

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    Does anyone know of an effects pedal that will allow you to dial in some coloration along the lines of the Eden "enhance" tone, SWR "aural enhance" or similar global effect to give some additional flavor? Without actually needing all the features of say, the Eden WTDI floor preamp? Just looking to add a little extra something to an existing clean preamp for tasty variety.

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  2. jumblemind

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    The WTDI has a lot of features but it's surprisingly small to me. Tinier, though, you might check out the Markbass Mini Boost, which is just their signature VPF filter in a box with a level boost. That filter is on par with the scooped Contours and Enhancers.
     
  3. MCS4

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    Most of those types of effects are EQ-based, so an EQ pedal could do the trick... if you search around you can probably find out the precise EQ effect of the Eden, SWR, etc. and try to replicate one that you enjoy.

    But folks also use preamp pedals, boost pedals, and compressors for similar reasons. I sometimes use my Blackeye Effects Palmetto boost to add a bit of sparkle onto the high end and a touch extra bottom.

    Edit: Also something like a BBE Sonic Maximizer.
     
  4. jimmybc91

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    +1 on the Mini Boost. Does wonders!
     
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  6. negativefx

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    BBE Sonic Stomp. I have one ready to sell if you're interested. :p
     
  7. jorby

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    +1 For the Sonic Stomp. It will achieve something like what you want, I used to run the rack mount maximizer for a while after I used the pedal once for the same purpose. I found a compressor after to be nice as it really does enhance things a lot depending on how much you dial in, I personally felt the low - low-mid especially needed a bit of cleaning up which compression did nicely. Good luck in your search!
     
  8. MCS4

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    I also have the Sonic Maximizer circuit in my BBE preamp, and I sometimes use it for a slightly different tone.
     
  9. Lonnybass

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    Thanks guys. I'm already running a Source Audio programmable EQ so I'm looking for something to get a little extra unique tonal flavor into the signal. How would you say these units do "more" than just add or subtract a frequency? For example, according to Markbass, the VPF "cuts at 380 Hz" but it can't be that basic...right?

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  10. father of fires

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    The SWR A/E just blends your signal with an exaggerated Fender tonestack. The schematics are available so I'm sure someone could build it for you.
     
  11. bongomania

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    Yes, it can be. But it's also true that every gain stage distorts the signal ever so slightly, and I do not mean buzzy distortion like a distortion pedal, I mean alterations to the the wave shape. Some gain stages do more of this alteration than others, and that's one way of looking at the question of "flavor".

    Check out the Fairfield Accountant for a very flavorful little pedal that isn't too expensive.
     
  12. aledeville

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    Something like this?
     
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    Trace gp7 eq with the preshapes.

    Maybe what you really want is barely there overdrive
     
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    I'm not the OP, but I have one of these coming in the mail thanks to your positive endorsements.:)
     
  16. Lonnybass

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    How is the BBE Sonic Stomp different from the Sonic Maximizer?

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  17. Lonnybass

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    Just watched some demo videos...I think I answered my own question. :bag:
     
  18. alec

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    The Zoom MS60B can cover a lot of this ground.
     
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    I'm already running a fairly well-rounded pedalboard that includes a generally transparent compressor (MXR M87) along with a clean master preamp (Enabler) and BDDI in front of it for a little occasional dirt.

    The concept of the MB VPF looks interesting, along with the single knob para EQ filters...I'm less sold on the idea of a BBE Sonic Stomp simply because I already own a rack sonic maximizer and haven't found a good use for it in years. Hmmm...

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