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bypass looper?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by christobass 416, Apr 4, 2006.

  1. I did a few searches and found nothing, please help!

    I am going to buy a few effects, and I am worried about pedals without true bypass. I have heard that using a bypass looper can help boost your signal. But I have a few questions. Which one should I get?, and How many? If I have two pedals that don't have true bypass, would I put a bypass looper after each one, or what? I am pretty clueless.
  2. anyonefortennis

    anyonefortennis Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    Lincoln, NE
    It depends on the pedal. The buffer on Boss pedals is pefcetly fine IMO.

    If you want a looper, get one for each pedal so you can use them one at the time if you want to.

    Loooper.com is great but I hear Dave is pretty sick and out for a while.

    TRy loop-master.com
  3. Here's what I plan on buying:

    Hartke - Bass Attack Pedal

    MXR - Bass BlowTorch Distortion Pedal

    Moog Music - Moogerfooger MF101 Low Pass Filter

    Boss - NS2 Noise Suppressor Pedal

    Line 6 - ToneCore Constrictor Compressor Pedal

    Line 6 - ToneCore Echo Park Delay Pedal

    Line 6 - Verbzilla Reverb Pedal
  4. Hookus


    Oct 2, 2005
    Austin, TX
    You can make a loop with three jacks, a stereo jack, a 3pdt switch, a radio shack project box, and two leds with 1k resistors. Piece of cake. Try diystompboxes.com

    If you want a boost, you don't want a loop, you want a boost. A loop will just keep your tone from sufferring. There is also an easy boost circuit on that site.

    Now, back to what someone said already, the Boss pedals are just fine, what causes more problems for people are Wah pedals. Let your amp, well, amp. Why do you want to boost your signal goin into the amp? So it clips faster?
  5. Hookus


    Oct 2, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Have you actually played any of those pedals through your rig?

    It seems you left off a tuner..
  6. I'm not gonna even bother with a tuner right now...:meh:
    So what would you suggest to help boost my signal?
  7. Do you need a boost?

    A vanilla bypass box (I call them that so as not to confuse them with delay/loopers) doesn't boost your signal; It may however prevent the signal from becoming unacceptably degraded.

    If you are buying the NS-2, I would suggest you first try using it's built in effects loop for all your pedals. The Boss stuff has good quality buffers and with everything in the loop it shouldn't affect your signal too much.

    I might also say that IMO you wanna be careful not to run out and buy a bunch of stuff you don't need just because it sounds cool. Like, the Line 6 pedals are both great, but do you really need BOTH reverb AND delay? Not having a go at you, just saying that it's adding up to be a lot of money and there's a lot of other effects out there you might get more use out of.
  8. Hookus


    Oct 2, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Amen. This is what I was getting at. Sure having a bunch of pedals may look cool, but I find it just ends up being more hassle for gigs. Plus, when playing live, you can get away with half of that stuff, and no one would be wiser, really. I went from a ton of effects, down to an overdrive, chorus, wah, and tuner. And the wah and chorus don't see all that much action. FWIW, depending on what the rest of your gear is, you would make much better use of hard earned cash by upgrading your head or cabs. Just my .02

    But back to the original topic, I think you only really need a boost if you are using it in conjunction with a tube overdrive, otherwise, turn up the gain on your amp until the clip light just begins to flash, then use your volume control. The output of the gain in your amp will be the same whether the input signal was boosted or not. If that makes any sense.
  9. Tedintheshed

    Tedintheshed Inactive

    Oct 8, 2004
    Columbus, Ohio
    Buy your pedals in a set priority based on the effect oyu want. buy them one at a time, and test how they interact with each other. Try them, for you'll see that many pedals aren't what you invisioned.

  10. EricF

    EricF Habitual User

    Sep 26, 2005
    Pasadena, CA

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