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Can I use a Compressor/Limiter pedal as a buffer for an A/B/Y switcher?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by bassplyr5150, Apr 4, 2009.

  1. Ok, Here's what I have and what I want to do.

    I have two different combo amps, a Fender and a Peavey.

    I want to run one set of three pedals into the Fender(EQ, Chorus and Delay), and run a Zoom multieffect into the Peavey.

    I just bought a Radial BigShot A/B/Y because I figured I could go directly into that, and split the signal from there. I made the mistake of reading the directions, and they say "The tonal shift of the transformer can be minimized by placing a buffer in front of the BS...such as another effect pedal equipped with a buffered output" It also says "Experiment and have fun, there are no rules!"

    Now, I have no idea weather my pedals are buffered or not, I buy them, plug them in and see what kind of noise I can make. I guess I just want to know if the Compressor/Limiter pedal would work as the buffer the A/B/Y apparently requires.
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Yes, it will work. Any pedal that can boost a signal is a buffer (while it's switched on). Some pedals buffer the signal even when they're switched off, but that gets a bit more complicated to identify. Also, all active basses are automatically buffered, so it's only an issue with passive basses.
  3. Thanks, Bongo. I guess I also need to worry about getting shocked. Sheesh, if I knew it was going to be this complicated, I might not have bothered.

    I'll let you know how it works out. Tomorrow is Sound Testing Day. :bassist:

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