Everything is about pedals nowadays. Check out my latest video where I use a Lexicon PCM 81, and a Lexicon MPX-1 to create a moody melodic theme which starts with a pad. What you will see at the beginning is me playing an Fm chord and rolling in the volume. I then set the PCM to turn on its infinite Reverb so its Reverb tail continues as a pad. I then play the theme using a delay effect with the MPX-1. The rack gear of yesterday has some amazing sounds and control. Ok I admit it. I did use a pedal, the Boss BD-2. Click the youtube link below.