pedals in the chain: WHO GOES FIRST?

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by frankzappa78, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. frankzappa78

    frankzappa78 Member

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    I recently updated my pedalboard, tryin' to select only the effects that I really need to enhance my tone...

    I have chosen a Fulltone OCD as overdrive and a PROCO RAT as distortion.
    I'd like to merge the two pedals together when I need a fatter and more
    sustained sound for my solos...

    The question is WHICH ONE GOES FIRST IN THE CHAIN?
    OVERDRIVE then DISTORTION or DISTORTION then OVERDRIVE?

    thanx :)
     
  2. Leonardo

    Leonardo Member

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    There's no rule. It depends on how you're using them (settings and tone you're looking for). You will have to try both ways and see what sounds best.
     
  3. frankzappa78

    frankzappa78 Member

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    thanx for the quick answer
    I'll try both, but maybe the right choose is DISTORTION then OVERDRIVE
    any other had experience?
     
  4. takakat

    takakat Member

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    Rat before OCD. If you want to make it sound thicker I suggest to add a compressor in front of RAT. And if you want to make it sound beautiful I suggest to add a delay after OCD.
     
  5. David-R

    David-R Supporting Member

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    I order mine from the lowest gain to the highest gain but I almost never stack OD pedals.
     
  6. ford

    ford Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    i order mine from most to least gain.. and I do stack...

    rock

    bford
     
  7. Guitar Dave T

    Guitar Dave T Member

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    For me, I sometimes like to goose high gain pedals with a warm boost, so I use the same approach and run from least to most gain.
     
  8. leblanc74

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    same here...fuzz into distortion into overdrive....works well with my tube amps...
     
  9. doralin

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    Well,

    The way I do it would be to put the one with lower gain in front.

    This in my opinion lessens the mushiness (provides a less compressed result)
     
  10. semi-hollowbody

    semi-hollowbody Member

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    I like low-gain od-high gain od-low gain distortion-high gain distortion
    for example my dirt goes like this: barber trifecta (fuzz) barber ltd, barber direct drive, barber small fry...these pedals stack well...i have a ton of other dirt pedals but these are all I really need!
     
  11. improviduto

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    I consistently order my pedals from high gain to low gain. I do, however, stack. My two most-used combinations are a modded DS-1 into a stock BD-2 and a Big Muff into a Distortion+ (I don't have both pair on the board at the same time). You will ultimately have to experiment.
     
  12. chuckmoose

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    In general I tend to start with low gain going into high gain, but different pedals work together differently. I have found no set formula you just have to try the various combinations and see how your specific pedals react to each other.
     

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