Buffer or True Bypass?

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  1. maddnotez

    maddnotez Member

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    Admittingly I am a noob when it comes to this.

    I just got a Suhr Koko boost and I have learned that it can be either a buffer or set to true bypass.

    I will judge which is best by ear but I was looking to see if anyone with some knowledge could help my chain.

    I have always put my OD first. Amp > OD > Noise gate > guitar.

    Right now my chain is Amp, Koko Boost, ISP Decimator, Guitar. I have an MXR 10 band in the loop for a lead boost and I plan to get a tuner, delay, verb and a wah pedal.

    Should my OD always be first? Is there a best way to set this up and what benefits would I get by using the koko as a buffer? I think the Decimator is already a buffered pedal.
     
  2. Husky

    Husky Gold Supporting Member

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    A buffer in the beginning of the chain and one at the end is good.
    Try flipping it off and if you don't hear high end difference (loss) leave it in true bypass.
    You might not have enough effects and cabling that it matter much.
     
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  3. maddnotez

    maddnotez Member

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    I didn't think it would be a huge difference right now. Maybe when I get all those other pedals.

    I mean I use the koko as my always on boost so it actually improves my tone. The Decimator however alters my tone in a bad way. It is subtle but noticeable.
     
  4. TheoDog

    TheoDog Silver Supporting Member

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    The only time the Suhr buffer would be any benefit is when the Suhr is bypassed.
     
  5. aman74

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    Or when it's on. :)
     
  6. DaveKS

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    A always on pedal is already a buffer, especially a boost.
     
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    The buffer/true bypass selection in the Koko Boost is only relevant to when the pedal is turned off. If you have it always on, it would make no difference how you set that selector. The Koko will be buffering the signal regardless.
     
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  8. maddnotez

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    Thanks and nevermind then lol
     

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