Big pedal boards at rehearsal?

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  1. neosoulchild

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    Question for guys with big pedalboards, like 10 or more pedals.. when you rehearse with the band, do you bring your board as well? I have one fairly large board I generally keep at home, but I've been doing weekly studio sessions of late and I've been thinking about using my board in the studio. Most of the songs we do I recorded with my board anyway, so it would definitely be useful I think in representing the proper soundscapes.. I only ask because in my experience I've not seen anyone with just more than a few pedals in the studio, or a really small board.
     
  2. Floyd Eye

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    If you plan on using the board when you play, use the board when you rehearse.
     
  3. neosoulchild

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    I'm actually thinking of making a small board and getting some micro pedals with some of what I have already, but that's a project that may be a few weeks away.. I may experiment with a big board in the studio, but I already have a lot of responsibility already without the added pressure of keeping tabs on 12 pedals.
     
  4. Floyd Eye

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    I know almost nothing about recording, but it seems to me in this day and age recording clean and adding FX later is the simplest/best way to go. That is unless you are all analog, ala Jack White, Lenny Kravitz.

    Then again, as I said, I know nothing about recording.
     
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    Take it, if you find you don't need it don't use it. It's best to have the tools at hand then think, damn, I brought the nails but I forgot the hammer.
     
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    Recording clean and adding efx later can work in certain situations, but, if a guitar player has specific pedals for specific sounds on parts of a song it's good to work your pedal board while recording your tracks. At least that's how I like to work with recording or recording someone else -- and I use Pro Tools for everything.
     
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    If you print an effect, you live with it or recut the part. These days, people will not even commit to amp sounds and use reamping. Ymmv. I say, get it right while recording. If you have concerns, you could also use a splitter box with one effect amp and one clean. I have done that in the studio when unsure of the fx in the overall mix. Again, ymmv. However, thinking up front saves time later.
     
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    Don't you like playing with all those toys all the time? Go for it.
     
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  10. rumbletone

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    For live/rehearsal rigs I work backwards - I decide what I want/need live, I put it on a board, and I rehearse and gig with it.

    In the studio, I do whatever makes sense for the track and particular logistics. Usually guitar->amp->mic.... but if I plan on using stomp-box style FX, I don't hesitate to print them.
     
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    Rehearsing for live performance? Yeah, the big pedalboard.

    Not only do I need to practice getting the pedal switching right, what if I wanna try something different during rehearsal? My band always lets me explore and they even give me feedback on what sounds they think go best with the song.
     
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    This would be for live rehearsal, not recording at the moment. When I do record guitar and bass I use my pedals and record that way, I found adding effects later didn't work for me, but I use lots of guitar effects.
     
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    my board is a bit undersized I guess, only 9 pedals :). I bring it to gigs, recording and rehearsals and use it at home when practicing. I might be downsizing soon due to the realities of my new gig but either way, my rig wouldn't sound right without all the pieces in place. I almost always have two pedals on.
     
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    For real ... you have to try your tone combinations somewhere if you aren't playing live all that much ...!!
     
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    My board stays at church all the time.
     
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    Big and medium board... Both are used for different situations. If I need more spacial tones including multiple delays, verbs and octave tones I bring the big one. For recording, I bring the big one. For other gigs I bring the smaller one. It's a case per case basis --- but if the gig calls for it I bring it. Cartage is just the rub. I never think about having to carry or not -- just whether or not the gig calls for it.
     
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    I rehearse with what I play with.

    I use a big board in church and a small board for my cover band.
     
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    I pretty much always bring my main board to practise.
    Tap dancing needs to be rehearsed ;)
     
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    I made a micro board for portability and it
    sounds so good its replaced my heavy big board
     
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    Why have two setups? The only thing I do is have my board ready for front of amp and fx loop, or just front of amp
     

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