Asher Guitars WD Music Products Amplified Parts Mod Kits DIY Nordstarnd Pickups
Asher Guitars WD Music Products Amplified Parts Mod Kits DIY Nordstarnd Pickups
Asher Guitars WD Music Products Amplified Parts Mod Kits DIY Nordstarnd Pickups

Pedal order for modulation/delays?

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by hal, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. hal

    hal Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 4, 2006
    Memphis, TN
    I know---this is probably on here somewhere, but I would like some fresh opinions please......

    Do you put your delay before or after chorus/tremolo/modulation pedals? And why?

    I have these at the end of my chain. That is conventional and has always worked best for me. But I am not so sure about order for modulation pedals anymore. I currently have the delay at the very end with only the volume pedal and clean boost(for solos) behind it.

    Help and thanks.

  2. MarvinSmithers

    MarvinSmithers TDPRI Member

    Sep 7, 2009
    I personally follow the way these effects would occur naturally. For example a choir in cathedral. First thing is each and everyone's own voice (vocal cords/guitar strings, then our mouth doing the filtring etc/EQ, wah, OD). Then next step is choir alltogether sounding "chorused". They don't sing the delays and reverbs, in isolated room they sound dry but chorused. Next step is the delay, which itself doesn't contain reverb, it just the dry choir's sound bouncing back from the wall, and all reverb will just follow that original signal and delay, being the latest in chain and being effected by everything before.

    Maybe it doesn't make sense, but that's how I have thought about it.
    But it's all the matter of taste, isn't it?

  3. hal

    hal Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 4, 2006
    Memphis, TN
    That makes sense Marvin. And that is how I am doing it---even though I never thought of it that way. Thanks.

  4. JesterR

    JesterR Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 8, 2009
    Russia, St.-Petersburg
    Some time ago I had rule, that Delay is always last. But then I tried some modulation at the end. And with longer delay It's give more "Texture" to my sound. Delays starts to sound just like something wired are happens with them. Bad thing, that I prefer get modulation before dirt for more natural sound.

    But now I resolved that problem. I am not using modulation at all ;) Only tremolo pedal, but since tremolo not actually alters or "modulates" my tone, I using it between my overdrives, and do not think too much about it.

  5. hal

    hal Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 4, 2006
    Memphis, TN
    Sometimes I can't believe that I put a post up in Memphis, TN and someone answers it in St. Petersburg, Russia. Awesome.

  6. Middleman

    Middleman Friend of Leo's

    Aug 29, 2007
    MV, CA
    I usually hit the overdrive then distortion pedal first. I want a full signal from the guitar to overdrive the first stages and I use the cleaner overdrive to push the signal hotter to the distortion unit. From there I will go to the compressor to tame any weird results then to the delay/modulation pedals. The EQ is next to take out excessive lows and/or to provide clean boost when the drive/distortion pedals are not engaged. Next is the wah and last the volume pedal. Completely different than most approaches but I want a clean or driven signal to develop well first. Then I can apply Wah or the Volume pedal to match the level of the room. If the distortion pedals are offline I want to be able to take the clean signal to the compressor (or not) then to delay/modulation then to a clean boost with the EQ. This all followed again by wah and volume. I have all of these on a looper bar to bring them in or out of the chain.

    What I would really like is the switching system by Voodoo labs for creating different orders of effects in presets. That is a nice system.

  7. Rolling Estonian

    Rolling Estonian Friend of Leo's

    Aug 23, 2009
    Bethesda, MD.
    That's a very good way to look at it! Leave it to an Esto...... :D


  8. To me running Chorus before or after Delay doesn't make such a dramatic enough difference in sound to justify one way over the other. I personally run Chorus before Delay, but that's my preference. The idea is to add echoes to an already "chorused" or modulated signal and that's what I prefer. I also run Phasers/Flangers before Delay, but I hate the sound of a Phase effect after OD/Distortion so I place my Phaser before dirt pedals. Ultimately, there's no right or wrong, just what works best to get the sounds you want.

  9. jjkrause84

    jjkrause84 Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 28, 2009
    London, England
    For me, it's wah > OD > delay > phaser. The sound of the repeats as they are "phased" is mind-bogglingly awesome (to me).

IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.