fx pedals

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Member Since: Apr 06, 2004

is there a prefered order to have fx pedals in? i've tried varrious options and i seem to have problems with volume changes or tonal differences. please help. all of my pedals are analouge if that makes a difference!

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Since: Jul 01, 2002

Dec 21, 2004 10:24 am

what pedals ya got?

Since: Jan 08, 2003

Dec 21, 2004 10:30 am

Well, there is an order that certain effects pedals 'should' be in of course, such as compression (when used for normalization, not an audible effect, should be after any audible effects, or closest to the end of the chain), gates (when used as a volume limiter, not an audible effect or trigger, should be after compression, and closest to the end of the change), volume pedals (obviously if you want to control overall volume it should be dead last), etc. etc.

Some effects can be placed in any order, such as reverb before chorus, although chorus before reverb typically sounds better...

Depends on what you got, and what you want!


Since: Apr 08, 2004

Dec 21, 2004 10:52 am

...and reverb should always follow compression, or have i been told incorrect info there?

Since: Jan 08, 2003

Dec 21, 2004 10:57 am

Depends on what you are trying to do, but I'd say it's typically the other way around when compression is being used to limit or normalize overall output audio levels...

Let's say you want the overall volume to be no more than n dB. If you put the compressor first and set it up to limit/compress the audio to n dB and then have your reverb output volume set to max out at x dB, then the overall sound is going to come out at no more than x dB (possibly amplified, possibly diminished) and defeat the purpose.

Just remember what each pedal does, and which direction the audio flows, and you should be able to know exactly what's gonna come out the other end ;)


I should add, sometimes you'll see multiple compressors in the chain, each used for different purposes. Say the guitar is naturally hot and is distorting the input on one of your effects, you might compress it first, then run it through the effect, then the rest of your chain, and another compressor. Further, after it goes through the mix, you might have a compressor on your overall mix. You could even have one somewhere in between your chain to achieve a 'breathing' effect with over compression, etc.. It all depends on what you want to do with it, and what you want to come out in the end ;)


Dec 21, 2004 02:25 pm


great resource for effects placement/tone

Since: Apr 06, 2004

Dec 23, 2004 06:31 am

thanks for your help. the pedals i have are:-
vox valvetone. vox wah. vox tone bender. danelectro chorus. boss ge7. and a home made delay. which order should these babies be in for best results?

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