Volume pedal before or after overdrives?

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  1. mingo

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    Curious who's running theirs before and after overdrives, and what sound difference does it make. i've always run mine first mostly due to cabling etc on my board but thinking about moving it after.

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  2. walterw

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    a volume pedal in front of your overdrives acts the same as your volume knob on the guitar, and is therefore pointless, as well as a source of tone loss if it's before any buffers.

    a volume pedal after the distortions lets you keep the same drive sound but vary it's actual volume, rather than just cleaning up the distortion when turned down like your guitar volume already does.
     
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    ditto. Mine is after OD, before delay.
     
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    Mine's been after OD for years but I've been thinking about putting it before so that volume swells bloom into distortion. Worth a try...
     
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    Ditto..Ditto...I've always used after, but before chorus and delay.
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  6. itgoesto11uc

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    Mark Knopfler is an excellent example of what it sounds like to put the volume pedal before your overdrive. Very expressive.
     
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    right now mynes after my light OD, and than i have some more drive afterwards. kinda teh best of both worlds :D
     
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    I run mine before dirt. Its much easier to coordinate with my feet than to try to adjust the volume knob on the fly. YMMV.
     
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    I run mine after the dirt...I use my guitars volume to clean up if I need to and I use the pedal to do swells with the delay/reverb after. It can also act as a mute if you are stacking pedals and end a song quickly and don't want the crazy hiss noise...
     
  10. Frenster

    Frenster Put your Rock Face on!

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    I like mine before...I like the "clean to mean" swell.
     
  11. jstone

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    I am quite confident the answer toy the question is YES.

    I use on in front of everything and one at the end just before the amp.
    But this is a matter of taste and vision.
     
  12. CarlosJesena

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    I put one before AND after
     
  13. wildschwein

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    I've always gone VP before OD. But I only use my VP for swells. I still use my guitar volume knob if I'm riding the distortion level, 'cause I find it easier to control - most of the time the VP is just flat to the floor. I guess if you want to control dirt and dynamics with the pedal then you should probably go after the dirt boxes.
     
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    After dirt, before delay.
     
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    But I'd even say, after everything except delay. Use guitar volume for the tone, volume pedal...for volume only...not gain, as a master volume.

    IF you use delay and also sometimes the amp for distortion, get a "line level" volume pedal, put it in front of the delay (and reverb) in the effects loop.
     
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  16. Supern00b

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    seems like no one puts delay into the chain?
     
  17. StompBoxBlues

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    If you mean in the input chain...lots of folks do. If you use an amp with lots of clean headroom, and use pedals for dirt, dist, OD, then as long as delay is after them it works just fine.

    But if you use the amp overdriven, I either use the loop, or don't use delay.
     
  18. Supern00b

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    yea i meant loop...woops
     
  19. Brett Valentine

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    If I put a volume pedal before the overdrives, it comes directly after the compressor (which would possibly be buffered).
     
  20. Chadley

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    Pointless?

    It is not pointless if you want to be able to do with your foot what you can do with your fingers.

    I use them all over the place for different reasons, but mostly before dirt and after things that need to get a full signal like fuzzes and octave pedals.

    To each his own. Lay all your pedals on the ground and see what works best for what you hear in your head. There are really no rules.
     

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