pedal order question #45,005

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by AngusHasMoxie, Nov 3, 2016.

  1. AngusHasMoxie


    Mar 11, 2013
    Easthampton, MA
    Formerly endorsed by Carvin, Basson and Dimarzio
    Hey guys,

    Currently running the following chain:
    Pitchblack -> Boss CS2 (comp) -> Agro (dist) -> Digi Obscura(delay) -> Digi Ventura(reverb/chorus) -> Sansamp (EQ/DI)-> amp

    I like having the sansamp last so I can use it as a Wet DI, but should I move the Agro to later in the chain? I've never had a delay or reverb pedal on my board before, so I don't know the conventional wisdom of the pedal order.
  2. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    I believe conventional wisdom is comp first, then OD, then time FX, but I never use time FX so am not certain. One thing I do know is that there are plenty of FX users who do not follow convention: some prefer time FX before OD, or comp last, etc. So, it's perfectly fine to experiment and go with whatever works best for you.
  3. jcerio

    jcerio Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Syracuse, NY
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  4. Johnny Mac

    Johnny Mac Riff-finder General Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2005
    Springfield, MA
    Conventional wisdom is distortion before time. Distortion circuits are usually sensitive to dynamics, so having the delay before the drive causes each successive repeat to be less distorted due to decreasing volume.
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  5. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Yup. Although you can get some different cool sounds by running dirt/mods after delay/verb, for the most part you go comp/pitch/dirt/mod/time.
  6. opivy3056

    opivy3056 stardust in a light beam Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2004
    San Diego
    I use my chorus after delay, really great for washy ambient parts.
  7. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    And just to show that there are Different Stroke For Different Folks: I almost always put dirt before pitch!
    Almost always.

    fwiw, one of the most eye-opening (ear-opening?) gizmos I got for my pedalboard was a FlipFlop loop selector, which allows me to swap the order of two effects. Or of two chains of effects. Want fuzz before the harmonizer? Wire it up in that order, boom, done. Ooh, except for that one tune where you want the hamonizer before the fuzz...okay, step on a footswitch, boom, done. Being able to rearrange the signal flow through my pedalboard on the fly made such a difference in how I thought about using effects that I just got a second FlipFlop loop selector...and I'm already seeing ways to use a third and fourth! (Obviously at that point it's way more practical to get one big matrix loop selector.)
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