Tone Report Weekly Issue 115 - Page 26

For instance, if I have envelope-controlled chorusing or modulation effects, I will place them before all other effects, which can lead to some insane out-oforder results. Fuzz boxes can be moved around depending on whether one wants to goose gain further with boost and overdrive placed in front, or simply boost the fuzzy signal’s volume by running them after. Another fuzz placement planning parameter is that of utility. I like to place my trusty old Malekko B:Assmaster last in the dirt line because it is a heavily gated effect than can shut out extraneous noise from the whole preceding chain. It also features a clean blend for pseudo-parallel effect processing. When it comes to EQ pedals and racks, I like to place them in the loop before delays and ‘verbs if they can handle the signal from the preamp. Otherwise, if they are first in the chain, EQs can be cool for frequency supplementing guitars or making the swap between single coils and 26 TONE TALK // humbuckers less dramatic in a live environment. Modulation Placement: Pre or Post Dirt? In my opinion, modulation placement yields the safest subjective scope for experimentation, but here is what I have found works best for me: Uni-Vibe variants and two-stage phasers—such as my favorite classic the MXR Phase 45—I think of being in the wah pedal realm for some reason; they sound best before dirt. A phaser laps up a clean signal and wraps 3D glasses around it. When I have experimented with Uni-Vibe-type pedals post-dirt, I have found that the gain accentuates the throb too much and flattens out the orbital Doppler magic. It chokes the breadth of subtle movement somehow and deflates the grandeur. With four-stage (and higher) phasers, I don’t Effects Routing 101: Pre and Post Processing