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Running some effects in-line and some in amp effects loop

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by DrewinHouston, Nov 13, 2016.

  1. DrewinHouston

    DrewinHouston Not currently practicing Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2009
    Houston Heights, Texas
    Disclosure: I am not a great bass player
    My buddy guitar player showed off his new board, and it had four cables running to it. I asked and he said he had some effects in-line and some (pitch effects maybe?) connected in the amp's effects loop. Anyone do this here? Advantages/disadvantages? Is this overkill? I don't have a pic but he was running all stompboxes, some Strymon stuff stood out in my memory.
  2. Bass Growler

    Bass Growler

    Jul 10, 2015
    Guitar player's generally use amp distortion. If they want to use delay after the dirt, the fx loop is the only way to do it.
  3. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    All depends on the effects and if their output is strong enough to work in an effects loop. EQ and filtering type devices like an HPF (and some modulation and delay effects) can work better for me in the effects loop than the do going in before the amp's pre stages. But it all depends on the amp and the effect.

    Best bet is to try things in both spots, and experiment with your effects order in the chain, to find out what works best for you.

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