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#1 Deko

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 01:00 PM

I need help in making a good pedal board for a cover band ... I need someone experienced guitar player to tell me what to buy, what is useless and what is useful pedal... Most of our songs are from the 90's... For beginning i bought BOSS DS-1 and its very good distortion pedal, now i want to buy a BOSS compression pedal ... My Q is do i need this pedal for a cover band, is it a useful pedal, or should i invest in something else for example in Chorus ?

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 01:07 PM

It really depends on what you're after. You need to try out different pedals in your local music shop(s).

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 02:05 PM

I want to look like this :
BOSS DS-1 ( Main Distortion )
DIstortion for Crunchy tone ( Give me suggestions)
Using Boss DS-1 for High Distortion, and the other one for a lower distortion type of pedal ( Bad Monkey, Tube Screamer , Blues Driver)
BOSS Super Chorus ( For clean tone )
BOSS Digital Delay ( DD-3 or DD-6 ? )
BOSS or MXR Compressor ( I hate the noise coming out of this pedal but i love how it sustains the tone)
BOSS Chromatic Tuner

Tell me do i have everything for a solid pedal board ?

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 02:39 PM

Yes, you have, assuming you have patch cables and daisy chain lead(s). The tuner will power everything. There's some old threads on pedalboard assembly. I'll try and dig some of them out for you.

http://www.guitarzon...alboard-update/

http://www.guitarzon...iy-pedalboards/

http://www.guitarzon...4-pedal-boards/

http://www.guitarzon...e-pedal-boards/

http://www.guitarzon...-my-floorboard/

http://www.guitarzon...-a-pedal-board/

#5 Deko

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 02:46 PM

Cool !! :) I forgot the VOX Wah pedal ( How could i forget that :D ), and i am in doubt about the compressor ...

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:29 PM

Do yourself a favor and try out the MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay pedal. It's the one pedal I never leave home without. For an Overdrive type pedal, I would look at the MXR Custom Modified Bad Ass Overdrive. It's an amazing overdrive. It sounds a lot like a Tubescreamer, but it has a knob that really fattens up the low end. Conversely, you can dial it down, and cut out the low end if you want. I have the MXR Dyna Comp as well (I'm an MXR whore, all my pedals are currently MXR), and I would recommend that over the Boss one. I could never dial in a good sound on the Boss one, but the MXR is easy to dial in, pretty much anything sounds good!

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 02:12 AM

I think i will go for the BOSS Blues Driver as an overdrive type pedal, i heard that MXR Dyna Comp is better than BOSS CS-3 because its not that noisy , and for the MXR Delay i will have to review it :)

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 10:45 AM

If you're in a cover band then your set list may well go some way to determining some of the effects that you 'need' to have on there (e.g. if the song you're covering makes generous use of delay then you're going to need a delay pedal to replicate that faithfully).

As for distortion, overdrive, etc, on my board I have an Ibanez Tubescreamer that I use as a classic overdrive for pushing amps and giving a bit of a boost, and a ProCo Vintage Rat that I use when I want something crunchier. Also drop in a Euthymia Crucible Fuzz when I want some Hendrix-esque warm fuzz sounds, the Rat having a 'tighter' sound. I came to that setup after playing around with as many boxes as I could get my hands on, worth doing the same to get a feel for what works for you. However, if I had to leave the board (it is rather large and heavy) and take one pedal along with me then it'd be the Boss BD-2 Bluesdriver, a far more versatile pedal than the name implies and well worth checking out too.
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 02:42 AM

Yes i am aiming to buy pedals that i need in the songs. Nice words for the BD-2 i am definitely buying one :)
Thank you for the help :)

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 02:05 PM

I rarely use a compressor live. I prefer to get my amp to compress. I think there are cooler pedals like delay and reverb that you'll get more mileage out of.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 03:53 PM

The most basic explanation of an audio compressor is a specialized amplifier that reduces the gap between the loudest part (peak) and quietest part of a signal. The peak-to-trough proportion of an audio signal (difference in volume between the peak level and lowest level) is called the dynamic range.

A compressor reduces dynamic range. For example, the dynamic range of a guitar is roughly 20db. A compressor has the ability to reduce the difference in order for the quiet notes to seem louder and the peak notes to seem quieter, in effect producing a more even sounding signal, say with a range of 10dB. This can then be boosted in order to raise the average loudness of the signal.

 

Basically the compressor reduces the loudest signals, bringing them closer to the quietest, then you boost that signal up to a nice working level. This can be subtle and allows some softer notes come out, but can be overdone and destroy feel too. There are compressors with variable, threshold, ratio, attack and decay times, but usually not all in a pedal, mostly in outboard gear.  see here   http://www.pcmus.com/compressors.htm

 

here's an in depth view with a guitar pedal

 

http://www.youtube.c...v=hMSCKz4GRZY#!

 

It'll make you more confused as to whether you want one :-)



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Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:05 PM

PS I have a nice one, http://www.tube-tech...106d46d2dd0761  and never use it live, cos I like to control my dynamic range myself, plus I don't want it lifted :-)

 

My rhythm guitarist uses an Aphex, http://www.musicians...cal-compressor, cos it keeps his level fairly steady.

 

But I use the Tube Tech very sparingly and lightly when recording, usually across the main mix outputs, and sometimes when laying down bass.

 

I also like to use old fashioned analog tape compression with my old reel-to-reel recorders, bung the mix into tape at high level and let the molecules sort themselves out, very natural effect, same goes for tube amps, give the valves somthing else to do apart from warming your tone and hands.


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Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:15 PM

I really only use my compressor in two situations.  A) When I need to get my strat to have a full, sustainy sound that I would usually get from a humbucker (it's not perfect, but it does the job if I don't have my Gretsch with me), and B) When I'm playing a country tune.





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