Tone Report Weekly Issue 115 - Page 27

mind the accentuated slurp because it is overtly apparent no matter where it is placed. With tremolo pedals, I like to place them dead last in line—even after reverbs—which is somewhat unconventional. When a tremolo effect is engaged it should be overwhelmingly present and dictate the movement of the passage in a song. When chorus and flangers are analog, I like them pre-dirt or in front of the effects loop. The general sonic nature of analog time-based effects is warm, chewy and inherently dirty, priming them for a seamless transition into distortion effects. When the chorus, flanger or ADT effects are digital, I like to run them in the effects loop or post-dirt. The logic here is that generally, digital modulation effects are coming from multi-effects processers with more options for dry and wet signal adjustments and they usually sport effects loop-enabled high headroom before clipping. Delays: Out Front or in the Loop? Now this is probably the most discussed scenario of pre and post placement. The vast majority favor delays—analog or digital—to be at the end of the line or in the loop, just before reverbs. I am generally in agreement, but there are many cool sounds to be found with some experimentation. For example, a pristine digital delay can sound flat and clinical when it is placed after distortio