My distortion pedal makes me easier to hear in the mix. Today, I was rehearsing with the band, and my distortion pedal made it so I didn't have to turn up as loud, only say 3/4 of normal. My guitarist was using a 75W combo, and we were both stood next to our drummer, with my amp facing away from me, but I heard the gorgeous tone of my PD7 clearly through the noise. All I'd done to my amp was turn my mid sweep to about 11 o'clock and the mid gain to 9 o'clock, which tightened my distortion immensely, but also made me more present. When I turned the pedal off though, I was a lot harder to hear. So, what do your effects do to your mix?