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Yet another rack effects chain advice thread

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Planet Boulder, May 14, 2003.


  1. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    Okay, so here are the components in my rack:

    Behringer EX3200 Ultrafex Pro
    ART CS2 2 Ch Compressor/Limiter/Gate
    BBE 411 Sonic Maximizer
    Trace Elliot AH200 (used as preamp)

    All fed into Carvin FET1000 power amp

    So what is the best logical chain for this and why?
    I just got the sonic maximizer and, until this point, my chain has existed as follows:

    Trace Elliot AH200 (used as preamp)
    Behringer EX3200 Ultrafex Pro
    ART CS2 2 Ch Compressor/Limiter/Gate

    All fed into Carvin FET1000 power amp

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. ga_edwards

    ga_edwards

    Sep 8, 2000
    UK, Essex
    For a start take the Ultrafex out of the chain. No point in having 2 enhancers.

    i personally, and most other would go:

    bass - compressor - preamp - enhancer - poweramp.

    This way you'll have a good hot signal goin in to the preamp, where you can consequently do your main tone shaping. Then enhance it with the err...enhancer. Then amplify it all

    Tho if your compressor is 2 channel, you could take the post preamp signal (or even post enhancer), back into channel 2 to use the limiter to prevent olverloading, and getting a real hot signal
     
  3. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    Nice! Many thanks for the advice, ga!
     
  4. Put it all in the effects loop of your preamp.

    It would be best to have the Behringer
    before the BBE and the compressor because that's
    where the noise gate would be most useful IMO.
    If your specifically out for the ultraflex's stereo
    effect, run stereo through the compressor & BBE.

    Rack mount compressors general prefer a line level signal.

    However, you can split up the channels and use
    one before the preamp and the other channel after.

    I've tried this but prefer the compressor after the preamp.

    I just run:
    Preamp-->Noise Gate-->Compressor-->BBE.
     
  5. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    Personal preference. I'd NEVER put a compressor in the effects loop, only right after the instrument before the preamp.