Do you use the effects loop or old school?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by gard0300, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. gard0300


    Jan 10, 2011
    Vandalia, Ohio
    So I have been using my effects pedals in the old school manner. I have tried using them through the amp's effects loop too. Which do you prefer? And why? Any pros and cons to either preference?
  2. tdub0199


    Mar 4, 2010
    Atlanta, Ga.
    I don't go through the effects loop either, I just prefer the sound I get going oldschool....
  3. icecycle66


    Feb 4, 2009
    I don't use a loop. It's more trouble than it's worth to me. I sit and play with my pedals until I have each one acting on or being acted on just the way I like it and plug them up all in a row.
  4. TomA1234


    Jul 27, 2009
    Fareham, England
    I go old school because I don't really have a choice with my home amp, and have never really been bothered to try the effects loop on the amp I use with my band.
  5. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
  6. apkbass


    Feb 26, 2012
    I am getting a new compressor pedal today, and my amp has an effects loop. I know how to use it and all, but how does it improve the sound?
  7. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Both the comp and the loop are just tools, like a hammer or wrench. They "improve the sound" the way the hand tools "improve the house".
  8. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Loops don't do a thing for me. Always in front with everything always. The only time I like loops is using loop pedals with old pedals that are tone suckers. And I like being able to defeat an amp's preamp with another, though I really don't have much of a practical purpose for that other than to test stuff out at home.
  9. gard0300


    Jan 10, 2011
    Vandalia, Ohio
    I do run my effects through a 2 channel mixer Boss LS2. I think that helps me a lot. Some of my favorite fuzz and distortion seem to suck the low end out. My preamp (Yamaha PB-1) has effect level controls, but I still prefer old school. I just didn't know if I was missing some "effect loop" benefit or not.
  10. willc68


    May 25, 2011
    Wilm DE
    One of these days I want to get a bass amp with an effects loop.
    My bass amps are old Kustoms with no loop but running pedals in a direct chain has presented no probs for me so far.
  11. Signal level in the loop is too high. It comes after the combo head's preamp.
  12. I always ran everything inline, but now that I'm using my amp for dirt, I'm really toying with the idea of running my modulation and delay through my effects loop. And since my amp has a -12/+4 switch for the effects loop, I shouldn't have any headroom issues. The only pain in the butt is going to be two more cables going from my board to my amp.
  13. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks

    Dec 7, 2010
    22 ft below sea level
    The mixer as well as the combo offer the ability to place the pedal(s) in a loop. However, I get the best results by switching the pedal gear between the bass and the rest of the equipment. There's one exception: a cheap wah pedal. This performs better at a higher signal level.
  14. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    I run instrument level effects before the preamp. I run line level effects after the preamp.

    Pedals in front, rack in back.
  15. morrisonhendrix

    morrisonhendrix When the music's over, turn out the lights... Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2009
    near Dallas, Texas
    Thanks for the link Bongo!