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Why is an amplifier's effects loop useful?

When should you plug gear into your amplifier's effects loop and not into the standard input?
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Is there a way to let me switch delay before/after distortion without needing additional pedals?

I use a modelling setup for my amp and effects I don't have/want dedicated pedals for, with a proper delay pedal (TC Electronic Flashback). I typically have the setup: ...
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What's a buffer pedal and how to use it?

When I heard of that, buffer pedal has no control, it just on-off switch. What actually is it? How to use it or what's the best practice on using it?
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How to get better sound through multi-effects processors

I wondering if sound quality is meant to reduce through multiple multieffects processors. I have a Boss GT10 as well as a Boss RC300 loop pedal running through some decent little 25 to 30 W bedroom ...
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What is the difference between Overdrive and Distortion?

What's the difference? They sound vaguely similar to me and I can't tell a distinct difference sound wise. What is the difference in tone, harmonics, etc.? Are they the same? Which one is better and ...
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Is True Bypass better than Buffered Bypass? Is it possible to be neither?

Is True Bypass better than Buffered Bypass? Which one is better? I have heard mixed opinions about this topic, and am not sure which side is correct? I have one true bypass pedal and it sounds just ...
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How can you use the BYPASS output on a BOSS TU-3 Tuner Pedal?

I was wondering, what are the different ways to use the BYPASS output on a BOSS TU-3 shown here: Is there more than one use? Is there many uses for it ore just one and how helpful are the uses? Any ...
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What guitar effects pedals are important to get according to genre?

I was wondering what guitar effects pedals are important to get. What are the typical pedals that one might need in order to get started? What is the bare minimum and what would be the ultimate ideal ...
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Why is the reverb effect so much more pronounced on headphones?

I've recently been forced to go back to playing on headphones instead on a proper amp. I use a digital guitar processor for that, which also sometimes gets hooked into my FX loop. I have some presets ...
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Is there a pickup for Melodica?

I've got a couple of melodicas I want to run through guitar pedals, especially distortion and wah and then run the signal into a guitar amp. Is there some kind of pickup I can put in or attach to ...
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Advice on Bass Pedal [closed]

I recently purchased the MXR M-80 Bass Direct Box with Distortion for my boyfriend as a Christmas gift. I know nothing about these things but he had been looking at pedals so I tried asking around for ...
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Can I use a separate pre-amp in my combo amp's effects loop?

I'm curious, is it possible to use a preamp head in the effects loop of my combo amp? The chain would be: guitar -> combo amp in -> effects send to preamp -> preamp out to combo amp return -> power ...
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What pedals to get this effect?

What kind of pedals should I purchase to make my guitar sound like this (Slash, Nightrain):
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What's modded in guitar effects? [closed]

When I found that guitarist modded their effect pedals, like tap tempo mod, or something else. What kind of mod are out there? How different is modded pedal and regular pedal? For number 2, well, ...
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How do i get a Zacky Vengeance sound on my electric guitar?

How do I get Zacky Vengeance's sound on my SG Special electric guitar? The sound I would like to get is from Avenged Sevenfold's "Hail to the King".
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Basic effects for bass

I’m an amateur bassist looking to get started with effects pedals. Most bassists use effects a lot more sparingly than guitarists, so I’m not sure which ones are common or important. I have AmpKit, so ...
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Are there guitar/pickup/effect setups for “ganged” distortion?

One of the audio engineering wisdoms of guitar playing is that only comparatively skimpy voicings like power chords go well with heavy distortion because of cross-distortion. Now one obvious solution ...
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Creamy vs Crunchy Distortion

I'm hearing that you should have a crunchy distortion for rhythm playing and a creamer distortion for lead. In general, I'm usually more a clean player, but I'm trying to learn. I've been playing with ...
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Altering the sound of a guitar to match a sitar

I'm interested in altering my guitar to give it a more sitar-like sound. I've stumbled upon this video below and am wondering how dangerous this would be to my ...
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What are most common effects (pedals) for Post-rock music genre?

What pedals do bands use for post-rock music? Tons of bands have simillar sound of guitar I want to know how this sound is produced (pedal configuration) and which pedals are used. I know some ...
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What is the best setup for high gain and low noise for my amp and effects?

I have a JVM 410H - Using mainly the OD1 channel with Gain at 3 0'clock. I have two noise gates, an ISP Decimator and a Boss NS-2. I have these pedals: ISP Decimator Boss NS-2 Boss Chorus Phaser ...
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Where in a pedalboard chain would a multi effect pedal be placed?

I'm using a zoom 505ii guitar pedal and it's my main pedal for my sound. I've never had a problem using it with my delay & wah pedal before it, but once I started connecting more pedals to build a ...
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Maintain same volume levels in a digital guitar processor

I have a BOSS ME-25 and i observe that when i switch between patches, the volume levels are different. I edited the patches and set the same volume and save them. However when i play and switch ...
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Where to apply my effects pedal?

I've got a marshall valvestate 2000 AVT150H. The amp has 4 channels. An acoustic simulator, clean, O.D.1 and O.D. 2; and built into the amp you can hit effects for the 4 channels, there are several ...
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Describe the 4 cable method for connecting a multi effect pedal to a guitar amp

What is the 4 cable method, and what are the benefits for connecting your effects pedal to an amplifier in this way?
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Is there a guitar effect set up that can emulate the sound of Nashville tuning?

I really like the sound of Nashville tuning, where you typically replace the EADG (low to high) strings with lower gauage strings to get a really light sparkly sound. Is there a way of emulating this ...
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How do I find a good reverb pedal for a huge, soul-filling sound?

I'm looking to experiment with some post-rock sort of stuff, and my guitar sound is just far too empty right now. I've got an echo park that I've been messing around with, but given that it's ...
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Line6 pod hd500x or a different processor? [closed]

I am planning on buying a multi effect processor for my guitar in the near future and I'm currently looking at the mentioned Line6 pod hd500x. My research (reviews, videos, sound samples) shows that ...
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Quality Bass Effects Brands

I'm getting back into playing again after being on hiatus for a while, and I'm looking to replace some missing components from back in the day. Was all over DOD effects when I was more active (their ...
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what kind of equalization is done for different music genres for your guitar tone?

I have articles which say that if you are into classic rock and metal then you should have more of MIDS etc can some one please provide information that for different kind of genres what kind of EQ is ...
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How to make swell effect on electric guitar?

The effect I'm thinking of is when you don't hear the pick attack as you play a note, but you hear the note afterwards as it seems to get louder before decaying. I suppose you can mimic this with a ...
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How do I play the intro riff from Collective Soul's song Heavy?

This question got me all jazzed up about Collective Soul again, so I was spinning through my iTunes library and I hit "Heavy" off Dosage. I have always wondered how to play the beginning riff of that ...
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Recording electric guitar with pc - suggestions to get a great metal sound

I'm trying to connect my electric guitar to the pc and record some great distortion sound, what I have in mind is something that sounds really really good in fast metal solos I've been struggling to ...
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How important is it to have an EQ pedal in your chain?

I have a Digitech Bad Monkey, which in my experience, is a very transparent pedal. I use it to mainly to boost my volumes during solos etc. But I've spoken to a few ...
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Lower guitar tuning

I know that there are devices to quickly lower a guitar’s E string into drop tuning. Are there also devices or effects pedals to lower the entire guitar? There’s a lot of rock music in E-flat tuning ...
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What effect(s) were used in the intro to Cowboys from hell by Pantera?

I've been thinking this for a while now, does it sounds like an engine? is it tremolo + dist + pitch?? any Ideas
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What are the major types of effect pedals for electric guitar? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Glossary of Guitar Effects What are the major types of effect pedals for electric guitar? I.e., as a novice, what effect pedal types should I be aware of, that ...
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Sound Quality of Boss Micro BR-80 compared to Amplitube (or Ampkit) w/iOS [closed]

Anyone experienced with the Micro BR-80, and how that stacks up to an iOS setup that uses something like Amplitube or Ampkit? This would be with a 1/8" input to the iOS device, not digital through the ...
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Is this a slow wah effect being used in this j-pop piece?

What is the effect used in the time 0:38? A person in the comment section says that, "He's using a direct-in to his computer and adding effects through his ...
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Simulating speaker distortion with Doppler shift

When a speaker is operating at high volumes, the high frequencies should be frequency modulated by the low frequencies. For the low frequencies the cone moves back and forth slowly but heavily and ...
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Deep clean sound from Pod X3

I recently got a Pod X3 and like McD's I'm loving it. I'm trying to get a deep clean riffing sound from it like in Torn by Creed. I can't seem to find a configuration that gives a deep, bassy sound ...
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Reaper + Guitar Rig + headphones sound issue

I am looking to try and record some music using Guitar rig + reaper. However I am having an issue with sound only playing through the right on my headphones. When I record a piece, and play it back, ...
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How to play a long sustained note on an electric guitar?

I've seen such effects on Santana, Robert Fripp and Steve Hackett. They produce a clean sustained sound and I don't know how to create it.
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Swelling delay?

I was watching Steven Wilson's DVD "Get All You Deserve" and was wondering how to create a particular guitar effect. At the end of the song "Raider II," the band is jamming slowly as each member ...
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Noise gate questions

Here is my signal chain : Maxon od(no gain only boost) > line 6 m5(working as a noise gate decay at 0 and threshold at 30%) > AMT preamp. I get no noise when the amt is on but whenever I engage the ...
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External Soundcard for recording/making music

Using Apple Logic X and IMac, I want to record my guitar tracks and put some keyboards and drums on it. I already have a guitar Effects&Amp simulator which also acts like an audio interface so I ...
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Should i buy guitar effects even If I'm a beginner?

I've been learning the (electric) guitar for 2 months now, and I am able to play open chords, a couple of barre and power chords. And I'm able play a couple of simple songs. I'm curious to try guitar ...
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Multi-Effects Pedal or Multiple Effects Pedals?

A long time ago I owned the BOSS PW-10 V-Wah and I loved it until I connected up to an incorrect power supply destroying the circuitry. I often see artists such as Matt Bellamy using a bunch of ...
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Why does pedal order matter?

Why does the order in which I put my guitar/bass pedals matter? For example, why does the compressor needs to be the first one in the order?
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Most common/versatile effects chains for vocals and guitar

Being brand new to using audio effects of any kind, I'm just wondering what are the most common effects chains used for vocals and the most common effects chains used for electric guitar? Of course ...