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Guitar Pedals into a Mixer

Postby Rave On » Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:24 am


I have been playing a ME-70 directly into my PA mixer and have been very happy with the basic tone but not the effects. This has lead me to re-discover individual effect pedals and I'm very pleased to learn they are not as noisy as in decades past.

My question has to do with order of effects into the mixer. My basic tone will come from a Tech 21 Blonde or a Boss Fender modeller. Where would this pedal best come in the chain? Following are my thoughts:

Blonde (Tone and Distortion)
Mod (Phaser or Chorus)

I know there are no rules. I want to start with a basic, classic sort of setup. I'm not looking for experimental sounds just yet. My confustion stems from the idea that it I were using a guitar amp instead of the pedal modeller, the effects would be first. The order would also change if the amp had an FX loop. Anyway, your thoughts are greatly appreciated.

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Re: Guitar Pedals into a Mixer

Postby ef37a » Tue Jul 05, 2011 7:02 am

Hi Joe,
I am no guitarist but the mixer will have an "FX" loop! Usual I think to put reverb, chorus type FX in that and overdrive in the front end but then often the OD pedal is there to boot the drive up into a lower gain amp and that is not relavent to driving a mixer line in.

Note too that the chorus/ reverb pedals often have a second stereo output. That can be fed to another mixer channel to good effect.

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Re: Guitar Pedals into a Mixer

Postby Music Wolf » Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:37 pm


I have both a Tech21 pedal (original Sansamp) and a Boss FDR-1 pedal. My Tech21 has a speaker simulator but I pretty sure that the Boss doesn't which means that you may need to use something like (and be warned, I'm about to use the 'B' word) - a Behringer GI100 DI box / speaker simulator. Of course there's no right or wrong so if you like the sound of a pedal direct to a desk then that's fine.

I'd try the trem / mod before and after the pedal to see which works best. The FDR-1 includes both trem and reverb of course.
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Re: Guitar Pedals into a Mixer

Postby 4TrackMadman » Wed Jul 06, 2011 12:07 am

Put a H&K Redbox simulator in the end of the chain for real speaker emulation, a lot better than the Behringer rubbish. Here's a link to a review if you'd be interested to read up on it:
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Re: Guitar Pedals into a Mixer

Postby Rave On » Wed Jul 06, 2011 4:58 am

Thanks to all. Very useful and I appreciate you took the time. 8-)
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