xotic x-blender question

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  1. lv

    lv Supporting Member

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    This unit has treble and bass controls on it - would it be possible to use this unit as an eq if nothing was in the loop?

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    well, the EQ only affects the loop signal. I guess you could plug a patch cable from the send to return if you wanted it. Also, the EQ and volume only affect the loop when in blend mode, not TB mode.

    I need to double check for sure, but i'm 90% positive on this.

    very useful box. what are your plans for it?

    joe
     
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    JamonGrande is right. A patch cable from the send to return and the blend knob set all the way to wet could work, but it wouldn't make much sense to use an X-blender like that. The RC Booster would be better suited for EQ. They're actually very similar pedals. The X-blender has the bass and treble knobs and a 6db boost switch, but the boost only works when you're blending. The RC has bass/treble and an adjustable boost. Bottom line is the X-blender isn't much more than an expensive paperweight if you're not going to use the effects loop. That said, the X-blender is an awesome pedal. It really improves the sound of effects, and the true bypass is a godsend when you're not using effects and you've got a couple noisy pedals in the loop.
     
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    I really like my X-Blender. I run my Verbzilla through it and it is quite nice to dial in a little more verb with my foot when needed on the fly. I hooked up my MPX-1 to it the other day and the ability to blend it in and still have the original signal fully in tact is awesome. Great box!!!
     
  5. lv

    lv Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the insight guys - was going to use it in a serial loop to do some processing on delay tones only - still seems a bit like overkill.
     
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    right on, I don't think it's overkill though. It really is a great "utility" pedal for a variety of effects, and in a pinch can be used as a booster.

    First, I used it to blend in and eq a whammy-4 (the upper octave settings were too harsh-lower the treble, and the lower octaves were too quiet-boost the bass). It also allowed me to adjust the overall balance of the pitch shifts, and use the non-harmony settings as harmonies. Also, being able to adjust the balance when running into an octave fuzz yielded some very interesting tones (when actively adjusting the blend while playing).

    Then I used it to blend in a compressor (Way Huge) to get a more natural attack, but with a ridiculous sustain tail.

    Now I use it with a laptop inline, allowing me to get crazier VST/MAX based effects while maintaining the integrity of my dry tone. I never turn the blended loop off, instead going to 100% (more like 99% honestly) dry and it works as a nice buffer at the end of my signal chain

    Very useful and great sounding. I'll probably use it for other things in the future as well

    joe
     
  7. lv

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    Thanks Joe, I'm actually going to pick one up, just to see if it makes a big difference in my rig.

    I plan to run a dd-2 into a modfactor to get chorus on the delays only, and use the x-blender to blend it into the serial loop of my amp. With the treble and bass controls, I should have total control over the tone of the repeats. :)
     

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