Which order for stacking a low gain overdrive and distortion?

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  1. Figaro

    Figaro Supporting Member

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    If you sometimes stack your low gain overdrive with your distortion, do you generally prefer your low gain overdrive before your distortion or your distortion before your low gain overdrive?
     
  2. jordane93

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    If you do a search there are many threads on this topic. It's all about preference. Try both ways and see which way you like better. I prefer low gain to high gain.
     
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    Rat and Direct Drive before OD, most of the rest after.
     
  4. tashiattack

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    I prefer low-gain (timmy) into distortion (sonic titan) for more saturation.

    Generally speaking, your sound will take on the characteristic of whatever OD is last in the chain. Think of the last pedal as the one that'll "shape" the tone.
     
  5. PurpleJesus

    PurpleJesus Gold Supporting Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Low to high across my board. Use the low gainers as either always on, or to smack up the distortion/fuzz pedals. Saturn V is incredible at this.
     
  6. David B

    David B Silver Supporting Member

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    Neither of them is a rule, it's not based on gain. The last pedal in the chain of "stacked" pedals sets the tone (eq and texture), so you place the pedal last that you want to sound like it has more gain.
     
  7. bulbasaur_85

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    I've landed on high to low gain. Sounds more naturally to boost the volume of your main gain stage with a lower drive after it.
     
  8. yell03

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    I always go low gain in to high gain.

    I will have a Tube screamer (low gain) as my 1st pedal in to a OCD (mid gain) in to a MXR M75 (high gain).

    Waiting on my mini tubescreamer, but it will be the 1st pedal after the wah

    Reason, I want my sound to be more like the last pedal, the others I stack are only to add gain.

    I might use my Tubescreamer to make my OCD sound gainier, or maybe the Tubescreamer or the OCD in to the MXR.
    The last gain pedal that is on is always my core sound.

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  9. NHBluesMan

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    ^ this. I usually have an 'always on' pedal of some kind that's my base gain sound, and i push everything else into that because i like how the last pedal in the chain makes my amp sound.

    But as it's been said, it all comes down to preferences
     
  10. AParrotLooksAt4O

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    Low to high, and back to low again.

    Basically OD>Dist/Medium Gain/High Gain>Boost/OD
     
  11. Figaro

    Figaro Supporting Member

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    Interesting that the last gain pedal sets the tone. Thanks!
     
  12. thecornman

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    I don't stack very often, because I find it just doesn't work great at band volumes and can just add a bunch of noise to fight with! I set my dirt pedals to how I want them to sound full out and use my volume knob on my guitar to get less or more. The only always on I have is my amp. The odd time I do actually stack two of them I go low into high for more gain.
     

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