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Clean Boost

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by Jammin'John, Feb 3, 2018.

  1. Jammin'John

    Jammin'John Friend of Leo's

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    Hi Guys,I have a question.
    I get that the pedal order of ( see below ) makes sense.

    1) tuner
    2) filters (wah,auto wah,envelope followers)
    3) compressor
    4) overdrive/distortion
    5) modulation (tremolo,chorus,flanger)
    6) delay
    7) reverb


    I have:

    1) compressor,
    2) clean boost
    3) overdrive
    4)delay

    In that order.
    Does that make sense or should the clean boost go first. Thoughts ?

    JJ
     
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  2. luckett

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    compressor first
     
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  3. Phrygian77

    Phrygian77 Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    I put my clean boost after my drives, but that's because I use it as a volume boost for clean solos. I also use my Timmy for just a hint of overdrive grit and set the output at unity, so sometimes I use the clean boost + Timmy for solos. Then, when I want heavier overdrive + boost, I slam the Timmy (without the clean boost) with my Soul Food (gain low and output cranked up).
     
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    Phrygian77 Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    BTW, my girlfriend recently got me a Spark Mini for my birthday. I had a Wampler dB+, but the switch started acting up. The Spark Mini is a really good clean boost. It has a bit less gain than the dB+, so it's a easier to control the volume (it's not as sensitive). I kind of wish it was buffered off, but I haven't noticed any real difference. The switching on it is very quiet.
     
  5. Rythameen

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    I got a Spark Mini this past Christmas, it's a great pedal. With my 2 ODs it's like I have a 4 channel amp. Best 50 bucks I didn't have to spend.
     
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    It depends on how you want to use your boost... there is no right or wrong, find what works for you.
    • Boost in front of a compressor will increase compression (not necessarily volume) when turning it on
    • Boost in front of an overdrive will increase gain (not necessarily volume) when turning it on
    • Boost after those will retain that tone, but increase volume
     
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    Yes, this is how I have my pedals setup, although I don't have a tuner on my board. I prefer the wah before the compressor, that way the compressor smooths out any peaks of the wah (works for me anyway). I also have a Spark Boost (not the mini) right at the end of the chain for when I want/need a boost for solos etc
     
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    i would do like the setup below but there's really no right or wrong. Just depends with the sound you're after and what works for you music

    Amp > Delay > Clean Boost > Overdrive > Compressor > Guitar

    Putting the delay "after" the OD will make me cut more in a live band when doing solos. You may also put it "before" your overdrive but it will just increase saturation (gain) but at times not too much volume. YMMV.
     
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    Even some delays and reverbs may distort if hit with boosted signal so it's perfectly acceptable to put your boost after those effects if you feel you need to.

    Boost and even some compressor/limiters you need to find your own way as far as placement and find what works for you, your rig and style. Your ears are the final judge as to what works best for you.
     
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    boost goes last on my board.
     
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    First for the goose, last for the boost.

    I'm just putting an LPB-1 right at the end of my chain, for a volume boost during solos...
     
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    I built a small board recently for an amp with no reverb or tremolo, so it's a couple pedals bigger than yours. It goes: amp>reverb>tremolo>delay>OD>clean boost>phaser>guitar. I prefer boost INTO overdrive. But my ace in the hole if I found myself needing a volume boost after OD is my tremolo pedal. I can turn the rate and depth to zero, crank the level, and it functions as a darn good clean boost.
     
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    overdrive
    compression
    delay
    clean boost

    Overdrive is touch sensitive when you pick hard or soft. It also cleans up by backing off the guitar volume when you want to.
    If you put a compressor in front of it you lose those capabilities.

    Clean boost last if used as a volume boost. Put it in front of overdrive if you want to add gain/distortion to your over driven sound.

    S Mac
     
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    i put RC booster in effects loop to really dial in my gig rig, slight tweak here and there can adapt to any room, all my od's are stacked after xotic sp compressor
     
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    My clean boost is the very last thing in my chain.
     
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    My clean boost is in my FX loop.
     
  17. artdecade

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    Clean boost? That's so not rock and roll.
     
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    Ah, being pedal-less is so liberating!
     
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    Stop guys! Stop! My clean boost quit!
    [​IMG]
     
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