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Another "help with my signal chain" threads

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by MarTONEbass, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. MarTONEbass


    Jun 19, 2009
    Norton, MA
    I know a little bit about this, but I'm kind of a noob with this number of pedal. Can anyone help me determine a good signal path?

    Phase, Flange, Super Booster, Synth, BEF Pro, Octave, OD.

  2. adamaarts

    adamaarts Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2001
    Corona, CA
    Beta tester Source Audio, demos/reviews of many others
    Take the order they are in. Do you like it? If yes then you're done. If no then move them around. Repeat.
  3. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Aug 11, 2012
    Upstate NY, USA
    Helpful. :rollno:

    These types of pedals sound best earlier in the signal chain: Synth, BEF Pro, Octave, OD.

    Octaves and synth pedals often track better if they are given the cleanest signal possible, so I'd start with those two first. Many folks like OD before autowah, so that's probably worth a shot.

    Phase and Flange usually sound better later.

    Sorry, I've never used a boost, but it does occur to me that if you boost before an effect, it will change how that effect behaves. So the question becomes, do you want that or not? Me, I don't think I would. My guitar player is just the opposite.

    So I'd personally start with something like Octave, Synth, OD, BEF Pro, Phase, Flange, Super Booster. And then experiment. ;)
  4. ^ That, for those reasons.

    Octave, synth, boost, OD, envelope, (phaser/flanger) would be my starting position.
    Possibly put the boost last.
  5. MarTONEbass


    Jun 19, 2009
    Norton, MA
    Excellent starting places, many thanks gentlemen.
  6. I forgot to mention, having the boost before the envelope may give option to give the filter sensitivity a hurry up, so to speak, increasing the intensity.
  7. +1 to both order and reasons.... for the most part. :D

    The only difference I'd probably make would be to start with the overdrive after the filter. Depends on how they would sound in either order, and purely subjective personal preference.

    Aside from that, it's all personal taste. What sounds best to your ears.

    Downunder makes a good point... where you put the booster will potentially make a BIG difference. Put it at the end of the chain and you're simply changing volume (or hitting the preamp on your amp a lot harder, causing overdrive there). Put the Booster before the envelope filter though, and it will drastically change how the filter sounds... bigger signal will drive the filter circuit much more strongly, which translates to the filter circuit opening faster and more.

    Keep us posted. I'm sure I'm not the only one who's happy to answer any more questions!

  8. from the top of my head: octave - od - (middle) - phaser - flanger - chorus

    whatever pedals i didn't mention put in some order in the middle. really it's whatever order you like, less the octave is analog. analog octave should be one of the first, wahs are usually before it. how to determine the order yourself? put the od before and after the phaser, click them both on, and listen to which sound you prefer.
  9. MarTONEbass


    Jun 19, 2009
    Norton, MA
    So far I'm going OD--Octave---BEF Pro----Synth----Phase----Flanger----Chorus.

    I figured out that the G5 Synth does not like to be on the One-Spot. Not happy about that, but it's an amazing pedal.

    Not sure about the order of the phase, flanger and chorus. I think one of them is sucking some tone....something is. Maybe the DOD?

    I'm in a top 40 cover band, so I likely can lose one or two of those. The boost is already aced, just don't need it in my current situation.

    Any further thoughts are welcomed and encouraged. Thanks again for the help.