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Pedal Neophyte -- Include MB Super Synth in effects loop or between bass and preamp?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by kjculligan, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. I am using a Markbass Little Mark III with a Markbass NY151 cabinet, and I have just acquired a few pedals, including a Mark Bass Super Synth. I intend to use my MXR M288 Bass Octave Deluxe, Earthquaker Sea Machine (chorus pedal) and Strymon Blue Sky Reverberator in the effects loop of the LMIII. I plan to use my strobe tuner pedal and my Mark Bass Super Synth in between my bass and the preamp of my LMIII. Does it make sense to use the Super Synth between my bass and the preamp or is there some reason why I should consider including it in the effects loop? If I use it in my effects loop, in what order should I use the Super Synth among the pedals described above? Thanks. KC
  2. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    Northern California
    The effects loops on bass amps are almost always for line level effects such as rack compressors etc. Pedals are designed to be run at instrument level.

    In short, put it between your bass and your amp input.
  3. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Jared is correct (as usual).

    Additionally you'll probably want any pedal that's highly dependent on tracking quality to be as close to the source instrument (your bass) as possible, the further down the line you put it the more likely you'll encounter less than optimal performance from it.
  4. Jared and Unrepresented -- Thanks for your help. My revised plan: tuner, super synth, octaver, chorus and reverb directly to input of LM III
  5. Kragnorak


    Sep 20, 2008
    I have the SuperSynth and keep it in the center of my pedalboard (left side of front row) mostly because it fits there physically.

    However, I just want to add that I can get almost a crazy organ sound just by having a distortion pedal in front of it: distorted tone pushing that pedal can sound amazing! After the pedal is where I have chorus, delay and a Sonic Stomp to 'tame' the signal chain...
  6. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    If it's an OC-2 you may want it closer to the front of the chain for better tracking.