Todays “Show Me Your Pedalboard” entry comes from Daniel! Daniel’s board features a mix of both new and vintage Electro-Harmonix pedals. Let’s see what Daniel’s working with here:
Daniel’s bass starts off into the universally loved BOSS TU-2 tuner then continues on into an Electro-Harmonix Superego Synth Engine, which is a very fancy way of saying it’s a synth modulation pedal. Daniel then loops a vintage Electro-Harmonix Small Clone Chorus and Soul Preacher Compressor into the effects loop of the Superego. Up next is a vintage bix box Polyphase pedal into a vintage Q-Tron plus envelope filter with an EHX Octave Multiplexer in the effects loop of the Q-Tron plus. There are tons of musicians out there that don’t take advantage of the effects loops/stereo outputs provided by some effects pedals. For better or for worse a lot of musicians just tend to keep their effects inline. It’s cool to see people loop pedals into other pedals, it has a really interesting effect on how the pedals sound that you wouldn’t necessarily find when they’re hooked up one after the other. In this case though, I would take the Octave Multiplexer and move it up into the effects loop of the Superego and then move the Soul Preacher after the tuner to get as pure a signal as possible from the instrument. I prefer to keep compression as close to the output signal as possible. Compressors (such as my handy BOSS CS-2) earlier on really boost the tonality of the instrument and really bring out harmonics, the affect that compressors can have on effects pedals can really bring out the sonic potential of the pedals. That’s just my two cents, whatever works for you. Daniel’s chain then ends in a BOSS RE-20 Space Echo modeled after the Roland RE-201 Tape Echo delay machines.
Thanks, Daniel, for sending in your board. In the end it’s all about what works for you!