Originally Posted by dalandan
Tim, would you mind telling us what you have on your board regularly?
I swap stuff in and out depending on situation, but here's a fairly typical chain that I use a lot these days:
(off the board) Teese Picture or Fulltone Clyde Deluxe wah --> BOSS NS-2 noise suppressor --> (NS-2's loop) --> early Keeley two knob compressor --> Paul Cochrane Timmy OD --> Xotic RC Booster --> BOSS TU-2 tuner --> (end loop) --> Fulltone Supa-Trem(olo) --> T. Rex Reptile digital modulation delay --> MXR Carbon Copy analog delay --> Maxon AD-900 analog delay.
This sort of chain serves me pretty well for recording if either I need to cover a lot of bases, or don't know quite what to expect. Although I definitely prefer to track amp trem, I like having a trem ped available for a couple of reasons: 1.) Sometimes the clock noise on old amp trems is outrageous, and 2.) Getting the initial attack right with the pulse of a trem can often be a factor; for whatever reasons (blinking LED tempo status light is a player), I can usually get it right quicker with a good ped... it might not be the "deepest" trem, but in time crunch situations, I've sometimes defaulted to this approach.
Not a lot of tone-sucking with the rig mentioned above, so I don't sweat that. For situations where I have a really good idea what sorts of tones I'll need to bring to the table, I might go with the stripped down, minimalist board, and/or bring some of the more esoteric weirdo stomps that I rarely use live.