Board order

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by burlhouse, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. burlhouse


    Nov 15, 2008
    Birmingham, UK
    Starting work on a pedal board and been reflecting on my chain.
    Im curious to see where you guys place your octave pedals and envelope filters. Ive always placed my octabass right after my tuner... no reason why. Just wondering if people do it differently for better results

  2. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    octaves almost exclusively belong first. i put my OC-2 after a synth pedal (korg G5) but even then putting it before works too.

    envelope filters gennerally go before only delay and dirt (not a rule. but gennerally.)

    feel free to experiment and leave it the way you like it. youll most likely leave your octave in front, though.
  3. newbold


    Sep 21, 2008
    Since envelope followers track best with clean signals, and some people like to quack out their fuzzes, this board order got a bit large...and the same with EQ.

    My envelope follower has a trigger input and my distortion has a clean I only use one EF...but my EF is pretty big and takes its own power that's not always the best option for everyone (plus, it's a phaser not a filter).

    Different compression (to tame envelope, to punch up grind, and limiting signal to tame peaks before sending to a power amp or out of a sampler) can be useful as well...especially when gainstaging is not being your friend or when you don't have control over in/out volume where you really need it.

    bass pre

    squeeze comp
    octave dist.


    loop sampler

    limiter comp.
    Amp pre.
  4. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    I usually put a octave first then dirt then filter then dirt but sometimes [like now] I have a fuzz before my octave to make it glitch and sputter for some synth sounds.
  5. neatobassman


    Jul 16, 2005
    Antelope CA
    I say all pitch shifting belongs at the beginning. As far as the filter, I have an overdrive before my envelope filter and a fuzz afterward. The overdrive before to get that Les Claypool type slap tone and the fuzz after to just quack it out.
  6. Broadbent


    Mar 28, 2007
    This is one of those things that comes down to taste. Do yourself a favour, get a fan out(cause you might sweat a bit!) sit down and start with one effect. then build on it, switching the order as you go and adjusting to taste. Try playing the same riff with teh pedals switched and see what differences you notice.
  7. newbold


    Sep 21, 2008
    Or you could forget what broadbent says and see what everybody else suggests with reasons and go from there, then going back to what Broadbent said because there are really only so many combinations...
  8. BassJunkie730


    Feb 3, 2005
    octave - fuzz - envelope
  9. TheMutt

    TheMutt Guest

    Apr 28, 2007
    It's definitely a personal taste thing, but for me it's:
    Bass -> Tuner -> Octave -> Synth -> Envelope Filter -> Overdrive/Distortion -> Wah -> Fuzz -> Modulation (Chorus/Flanger/Vibrato/Tremolo/etc) -> Volume Pedal -> Reverb/Delay -> Amp/DI