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Rundown of Pedal Types?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Kombo, Mar 11, 2016.


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  1. Kombo

    Kombo

    Feb 29, 2016
    Akron, OH
    I'm trying to figure out all the different types of pedals and what I think I will pick up soon.
    Here's the list, please add to it with a quick explanation. ^.^
    Volume
    Delay
    Compressor
    Octave
    Drivers/Preamp Pedals
    Distortion
    Synthesizer
    Overdrive
    Envelop Filters
    Chorus

    AND TUNERS!

    Thanks guys.
     
  2. jtharp

    jtharp

    May 25, 2008
    Berkeley, CA
    Missing Phasers/Flangers
     
  3. Nunovsky

    Nunovsky

    Sep 4, 2004
    Portugal
    Missing Fuzzes, Tremolo, Vibrato, Ring Modulator
     
  4. JonnyAngle

    JonnyAngle Dropping Acid Pedal Etching .com Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 24, 2008
    Maple Grove, MN
    DroppingAcidPedalEtching.com
    And all fuzz sub catagories
     
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  5. And boosts, wah, the different subtypes of delay and distortion and overdrive, as well as limiters, blenders, high pass filters, low pass filters...
     
  6. Kombo

    Kombo

    Feb 29, 2016
    Akron, OH
    I thought an envelope filter is a wah? And obviously all the subtypes
     
  7. Pitch shifters?
     
  8. Pacodelivery

    Pacodelivery Supporting Member

    May 25, 2014
    Baltimore
    Bitcrusher/Sample rate reducer
    Equalizer
    Subharmonic generator
    Wah
    Boost
    Reverb
    Vibrato
    Sampler/looper
    Fuzz!
    Sequencer
    Tremolo
    Vocoder
    Ring modulator
    Band pass filter (microthumpinator)
    Oscillator (or whatever you call the moog freqbox)

    I think synthesizer and octave in your list might be redundant, though that category could be huge depending on how you look it at. like would it include a harmonizer and whammy?

    Also auto volume swell, though you could call that an envelope filter.

    I'm not sure where this would go but organ and Leslie emulators are kind of their own type as well.

    There's also utility pedals, do they count? Buffer, true bypass looper, expression pedal, Signal splitter, mixer/blender, gate, kill switch, feedback loop, crossover, signal pad, midi trigger.
     
  9. Pacodelivery

    Pacodelivery Supporting Member

    May 25, 2014
    Baltimore
    An envelope filter and a wah achieve similar sounds through different techniques. Its useful to think of them as different because they're so different to build and use.
     
  10. kat888

    kat888 Guest

    Oct 13, 2015
    You young fellas don't know you're born. When I was a young semi-pro gigging musician in the 80s we had one tuner between me and two g**t*rists... just saying.
     
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  11. Missing EQ and DI pedals
     
  12. Szyszaczek

    Szyszaczek

    Sep 5, 2014
    I allways look at pedals in 5 sections:
    1. Pedals which interferes with sound: overdrives, distortions, fuzz...
    2. Pedals which modulate the sound: phaser, flanger, tremolo any many many more...
    3. Pedals which modulate frequency in static constant way: octaves, pitch shifters...
    4. Reverbs and Delays
    5. Useful tools: EQ, Compressor, Tuner, Booster, Noise Gate...
     
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  13. Kombo

    Kombo

    Feb 29, 2016
    Akron, OH
    im going to go try out chorus pedals and octave pedals, I think I'll get one of those next
     
  14. CyberSnyder

    CyberSnyder Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Maryland
    I Endorse Alien Audio Basses
    I would advise you to get a multi effects pedal first and just play around with the different types of pedals before dropping lots of cash on pedals. Find out what you like first. Except for tuners - buy a turbotuner st-300 in either regular size or mini. There are no others.
     
  15. Funk³

    Funk³

    Apr 12, 2015
    London
    They're all pretty self-explanatory.
     
  16. kegtujosh

    kegtujosh

    Nov 8, 2013
    Sans Amp - BBE Sonic Maximizer
     
  17. Bass'd on a true story

    Bass'd on a true story

    Jun 28, 2015
    You forgot bike pedals. I have one on my pedal board just to keep people guessing.
     
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2016
  18. friendlybass

    friendlybass

    Jul 19, 2012
    Colorado
    My personal list:
    Gain pedals-overdrive, underdrive, distortion, fuzz and boost
    EQ/preamp-eq, preamp, amp sim, boost, buffer
    Modulation-chorus, vibrato, Univibe, tremolo, filters (envelope controlled or foot controlled), phaser, flanger
    Ambience/space simulation - delay, reverb.
    Utilities-bypass looper, regular looper, buffer, boost, signal routers and splitters, volume pedals, tuner pedals, kill switches, EQ, tap tempos, expression pedals, noise suppressors, gates,

    But wait you repeated some stuff friendlybass! Well duh very few pedals are 1 trick ponies and fit in different purposes pretty easy. Its all about which pedal you buy to suit a certain need too.
     
  19. TerribleLiar23

    TerribleLiar23 GNSRZRSKNVS Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2011
    RTP
    Well if you become an effects forum regular, there are only 2 types: ones you have owned, and ones you will.
     
  20. spanndrew

    spanndrew

    Oct 14, 2013
    Atlanta, Ga
    I don't understand the purpose of this comment.
     

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