Hey, so I just got done watching your pedal board demo on how to order my pedal board, which I thank you greatly for. So, with that said, I still have a quick question about distortion pedals in the order. Currently I'm running my guitar through (from left to right) boss tu-2 tuner, ibanzez ts9dx tube screamer, modtone speedbox disortion (not thrilled with), boss dd7 digital delay, and my boss ns-2 noise suppressor. This is all going into my peavey valveking head going into an Avatar contemporary cab with Celstion v30s. I guess my question about the distortion pedal is, when I'm playing through my clean channel and it comes to a part of the sound where i need to get my distortion, would it be wiser to just switch channels (if so, is there a pedal to do that?) or would it be better get myself a sweet distortion pedal that I like a lot and just hit that one?
Petman – I'm not sure I understand. Are you asking if you should use the distortion on the amp versus the distortion from the pedal?
If that is the question – it comes down to your own preference. Most folks prefer distortion from the amp – it's usually more lively and dynamic. But – distortion from a pedal can give you a whole other dynamic – perhaps in some cases out performing your amps distortion. Totally depends on what sound you're looking for.
As for switching from clean to dirty on your amp – you may want to see if that amps comes with a pedal or at least try a simple A/B pedal (like a Marshall channel switching pedal should work). But, you'll want to check the pin-out on the amp. Best to check with Peavey on what pedal works for that amp (assuming you don't have the pedal).
But – in checking the picture online:
I think a pedal like this would work for you:
And, I'm sorry if I'm not understanding your question correctly. If this doesn't answer your question -please let me know.
An FX Loop is really designed to allow you to insert effects between the pre-amp stage of your amp, where most tone shaping takes place and the power section of the amp where 'amplification' takes place.
Less noticeable in clean amps, more noticeable when using a gain channel of an amp – some effects sound better after the gain, than before the gain, hence the effects loop.
With the way your pedals are set up, if you use the distortion pedal and delay at the same time, the distorted sound would be delayed, which is the preferred (my opinion – there are no "rules" for order of effects). If you use the amp's distortion and the delay at the same time, you're distorting the delay which might end up sounding weird.
if you put your DD-7 into the effects loop of the amp (Amp send -> pedal input and pedal output -> amp return) and left the distortion pedal into your guitar's signal chain (guitar -> dist -> amp) you would then have the option to either use the pedal's distortion into the clean channel of the amp or leave the pedal off and turn on the amp's distortion channel. Having the DD-7 in the effects loop would allow the 2 options to sound "right".
I hope what I just said makes sense – that's how I have one of my amps set up.
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