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Pedals with a clean mix knob...

tommygunn1986

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My main OD currently is the Visual Sound (now True Tone) VS-XO. The clean mix knob on it is like my secret weapon. I play single coil guitars with a pretty cleanish tone. But that barely there OD sounds SO much better when you dial in a little clean signal. Notes just sing with articulation.
Why not have a clean mix on EVERY pedal?

Anyways, anyone care to make a list here of the pedals that do?
 

coltonius

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I feel like this has been done before.. but the Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive has a clean blend.
 

Kurt L

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Funny, I just posted in another thread my belief that compressors do NOT need one.

Of course, I think they DO need threshold, attack, release, ratio and gain controls - along with input and gain reduction metering.

And since most pedals don't have all that, maybe the blend knob is a good alternative after all!
 

LaceSensor1

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I've got 3 pedals on my board with a clean blend. Reverb, delay, and compression, but I don't use any over drives that have a clean blend.

But th3 real answer is.....a signal loop pedal wirh blend will do what your asking with any effect.
 

stevel

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Funny, I just posted in another thread my belief that compressors do NOT need one.

Of course, I think they DO need threshold, attack, release, ratio and gain controls - along with input and gain reduction metering.

And since most pedals don't have all that, maybe the blend knob is a good alternative after all!
FWIW Kurt, a very popular and often referred to technique, especially more recently with the spread of knowledge on the internet is a "sidechain" compression or "New York Compression" which is essentially running a dry unaffected signal along with the compressed signal.

Since so many people try to emulate "studio" tones in live rigs, having this as an option is something we'll probably see more and more in the near future.
 

Paleolith54

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My main OD currently is the Visual Sound (now True Tone) VS-XO. The clean mix knob on it is like my secret weapon. I play single coil guitars with a pretty cleanish tone. But that barely there OD sounds SO much better when you dial in a little clean signal. Notes just sing with articulation.
Why not have a clean mix on EVERY pedal?

Anyways, anyone care to make a list here of the pedals that do?
Dr. Scientist, "The Elements".
 

Kurt L

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Thanks, Steve. I understand and have used the techniques you're describing.

But I mostly see guitarists refer to a blend control on a comp as a way to "keep it from messing up my attack." Which makes me wonder why they wanted a comp in the first place (were told it's a magic sustain box???) or don't just buy one with an attack control?

Of course, it's all good and we all have different needs. Maybe I just need to spend some time with a good comp that has a blend knob...

(But I tell 'ya, I'm loving my Keeley Compressor Pro!)
 

kowalski440

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Snouse BlueLine OD has a 'pre-roll' knob that acts as a clean blend and works very well.
Empress Comp has the mix knob which was a major selling point for me. Sometimes I like a little more of that squishy signal, sometimes I don't.
 

p.mo

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Boss LS-2. Mix your clean and your compressed signals.
 

WhoJamFan

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DMB pedals had the best deal going that I found. It was a seperate knob that controlled the clean seperately from the drive. I found rhis to be much more usefull than a mix knob, and you could turn the drive all the way down and just have a really nice bufferedclean boost if you turned it up past unity.
Sorry to see those guys go under, great pedals.
 

Kennyscrown

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The Strymon Riverside has the ability to blend clean and dirt using an expression pedal I think, if I am reading the reviews right.

I also think the Source Audio drive pedals could do this - they effectively have 2 engines that you can run very flexibly, so I presume one clean and one dirt could be run in parallel.

I had a Sparkle Drive and hated it - could never get the clean and drive balance right. This pedal completely put me off TS variants, haven't tried one in about 4 years now.

I mostly record, and double-track clean and dirt sounds when I need to. Appreciate it's harder to do live, but I use 2 amps and will run one clean and one dirty when needed.
 

DaveKS

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Bass Soul Food

Or just get a blender and do it with any pedal(s) you want. Boss ls-2 as mentioned above also.



My Pale Horse Bass, he sold 4 of them. Kills for guitar, MOSFET TS with clean blend.

 

LordByron

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The Source Audio LA Lady and Kingmaker have this available in-app and, although it is not programmed to any of the knobs on the face of the pedal by default, it can be assigned to one of the existing knobs IIRC.
 

rumbletone

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Klon Centaur (and every klone) - the 'gain' knob blends between the drive and clean circuits.

Don't know who commercially makes one - I'm sure there are some - but my fav pedal chorus is a small clone-based circuit with a blend knob. I really dislike the standard small clone - but add a clean blend and I love it with the modulation wide(deep), and not too fast, and the blend at about 25%.
 






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