Foot Pedals


The control pedal or "stompbox" as it's more affectionately known, is regarded as the common form (as well as for guitar die-hards probably the most desirable) of guitar effect unit.


A standard arrangement to get a stompbox will contain a metallic box encasing the unit's circuitry, along with which is a footswitch to turn the consequence on or bypass it, along with a number of rotary controls to change the parameters with the effect. On one hand from the unit you'll usually locate an input jack for the signal from the guitar, along with an output jack alternatively, that will carry the signal on right out of the unit and on on the amp or any other unit.

Stompboxes can be chained one after the other (i.e. the output from unit leading to the input to a different), using the last output in the chain entering your amp. Because they units typically (although not always) only incorporate one sort of effect each (i.e. one box for distortion, one for chorus, one for compression, etc) use this method to incorporate several different effects into the guitar sound, layering up or minimizing the quantity of effects by switching the boxes off or on via their footwitches.

Accumulating an accumulation of quality stompboxes and utilizing them by doing this is one area that's highly coveted by so many guitarists, because they can select precisely what they want, unit by unit, providing them with near total control for the shaping with their sound. Yet it is only one best option, but more about that shortly.

The amount of pedals produced both past and provides for several different effect types is just too massive to get in real detail here, but a majority of famous brands and models you may want to have a look at to offer a concept of what's offered are; BOSS (DS-1 Distortion, CH-1 Super Chorus, DD-7 Digital Delay), Electro Harmonix (Memory Man, Big Muff, Small Clone), MXR (Phase 90, Dyna Comp), and DigiTech (Hot Head, DigiVerb, Multi Chorus).

Multi-Effects Units

Having look at above, a number of you might be feeling a tiny bit disenchanted. Even enabling the simple fact you may be buying budget pedals, you might wind up spending an affordable length of time and funds getting every one of the ones you wish to craft your sound. Can there be not a way of mixing a whole pile of effects into one unit? There is certainly indeed, in the form of multi-fx units.

Multi-fx units come in many shapes, sizes and prices, however a normal one intended to replace a multitude of stompboxes is a floor unit, that includes a few footswitches and selectors. Most above a certain price will likely include an expression pedal, which you'll assign as a wah-wah pedal or volume swell, or indeed with other parameters.

Most advanced examples will even start adding some way of "amp-modelling" - that is circuitry within the unit that will simulate various guitar amp, enabling you to do away with a physical amp altogether and play through a list of conventional speakers. It is usually a handy setup for recording that you can record direct on your recorder (say, your computer's soundcard) without first being forced to mic up your guitar amp.

Some examples in the type are, in charge ME & GT series, the queue 6 POD XT (Line 6 were pioneers in the field of amp modelling), the Vox Tonelab series and the Zoom G series.

Many though feel that this kind of unit is a compromise, so that you simply won't get the tonal quality from them that you will with a pair of individual effects pedals. The jury's out on that in terms of I'm concerned. There's no doubt they have got greatly improved after a while and may keep doing so.

Going trying an early on example from Zoom. I had been impressed with the ability to combine many effects into one small unit, even so the results weren't particularly great. Overdrive and distortion tones particularly were a genuine problem while they lacked one of the warmth you'd receive from a regular amp or effect pedal, and had a harsh 'digitised' sound. Compare that for the units Zoom and others now produce and so they seem your global faraway from those, with hindsight, primitive examples.

Some recommendations

One thing's definitely, you definitely get yourself a much more bargain these days, in comparison with once i bought my first electric. Previously the premium brands, such as BOSS and Electro Harmonix dominated, sufficient reason for justified reason - this alternatives were cheap instead of particularly cheerful.

That's changing fast though, so using the budget-conscious at heart I'll make a few recommendations.

Firstly I would like to point you toward Behringer's range of stompboxes. These cover all you'll likely need regarding overdrive, distortion, modulation, compression, delays and reverbs. I currently use the Behringer CS400 Compression/Sustainer in my setup and am pleased with all the results. The majority of these pedals are presently priced new at under 30 (about 50 USD) each, so they are a smart way of starting your collection.

Lots of debate rages on YouTube and elsewhere about the merits or otherwise of these pedals. Surely something priced so low cannot match the quality of much higher-priced units? Well, perhaps they just don't quite match them, but because I said higher than the good value factor the following is amazing. Behringer house they in durable plastic rather than the metal cases more commonly utilized for stompboxes, that's probably critical for keeping costs down. This doesn't happen follow though this could make them sound worse.


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