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Small board, what do you all omit?

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by Blues Twanger, Feb 8, 2021.

  1. Blues Twanger

    Blues Twanger Tele-Afflicted

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    I suppose its a matter of preference in music played, but what pedals do you folks live without for sake of a small board?

    Personally I drop the tuner and the EQ first, then if more cuts are necessary I drop modulation, keeping one I think I might use the most.

    But don't touch my multiple overdrives, I NEED all of them.
     
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  2. telemnemonics

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    Yeah aside from delay I can live with just dirt and no modulation.
     
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    KC Friend of Leo's

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    My main gig board is tuner > Cali76 Compact > Timmy > Flint > Hermida EPH-3, a digital Echoplex thing. Fits on a tiny board with a power supply.
     
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  4. jamesepowell

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    What's a small board? Like only 12 pedals?
     
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    depends on the amp. on some amps, I could get away with no pedals at all, with some, just a delay and/or reverb could do the trick at minimum. with others, may need an overdrive, compressor, OD, delay/reverb.

    It also depends on what the music demands. I play with almost no effects other than compression and delay, some music may call for more wacky effects than others.
     
  6. telemnemonics

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    I’m not sure but I’m thinking 2-4 dirt pedals, a delay, a dual loop so one stomp switches between two dirty sounds, a tuner and a NR.
    That’s six or eight, and I have an eight holer PS.
    Tuner and loop can run off one tap but trying for small board here.
    I love modulation but keep wanting to change them so the number grows like mushrooms!
     
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    Proco Rat (high)...TCE Dark Matter (low)....Ernie Ball MVP....Biyang Tri-Reverb, Hardwire RV-7 or TCE Echobrain

    or...

    M75 Super Badass (high)...Rat (low)...........MVP.................reverb or delay as above

    thx charlie c. for the rat
     
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  8. schmee

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    Well depends on how small, I use chorus more than delay.
    #1 some OD,
    #2 probably some modulation.
    I can really live with just an OD. But my tiny modulation pedal has 7 sounds. (Trem, Vibrato, Chorus, Flanger, Phasor, Vibe and Leslie)
    #3 would probably be another dirt or OD pedal.
     
  9. CapnCrunch

    CapnCrunch Friend of Leo's

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    Exactly. What is a small board to you?

    For me, I'd take one OD, one Distortion, and a delay. If space allowed, I'd add a boost and a compressor or maybe a reverb depending on the need.

    That's a roundabout way of saying that I would omit everything that I don't need. I don't use modulation that much so I would leave chorus, flange, and phaser at home. I'd also leave the compressor, and reverb if I did not have room.
     
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  10. naveed211

    naveed211 Friend of Leo's

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    I never have an on board tuner, always a waste of space to me.

    Other than that, I omit modulation. Usually my delay or reverb has some sort of modulation setting if I really need something somewhat swirly in a pinch.
     
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    depends on the amp, but

    omit everything but tuner and analog delay

    if solid state amp with no effects, also add flint (trems, reverbs) or nocturne's tasty el pescadoro (octal dirt, reverbs)
     
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    I used a Zoom Multi Stomp for my tuner, noise reduction, delays and mods and did a good job at all four in blues and rock bands. I did expand that to a G3 when I need a little better access in the DeadHead band.
     
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    Schmee, sounds like you have the Keely mod workstation? I had that but had to sell it. Great pedal!
     
  14. Ducksteino

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    But to get to the OP
    I dropped the compressor... because the compressor broke
     
  15. Killing Floor

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    I could easily pull my tuner because my SA EQ2 has a tuner. I could maybe, maybe do without my Josh Wah envelope filter. No way I do without my opener. No way.
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  16. howardlo

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    OD pedals would be the first to go. But since I never owned one and don’t like that sound at all guess I would have eliminate something else. Maybe chorus or phaser. Wait, I don’t use them either.

    Guess all I really would have would be a tuner, reverb, delay and compressor. Really all I ever use. I could have a really small board with no problems.
     
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    I would probably take off one of my boosters and a couple overdrives. Maybe a fuzz.
     
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    + 20 years, 4 pedals ( 5 max) at my gigs:

    Boss Blues Driver ( on floor/first) and maybe, another stronger Drive pedal ( like a MIAB, a TS at high Drive, or Rat type), but rarely...

    Then, my 3-pedal Boss board with:

    Tuner ( Power OUT daisy chain to other pedals )> Boss Chorus Ensemble OR Tremolo, I choose just one> DD-3

    * I just plug a 1-Spot ( and my amp) into my power strip.
    The 1-Spot goes into Tuner Power IN and that's it.

    Just like simple, and probably lazy, to change things up
     
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  19. Ess Eff

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    Small board..... Nothing omitted.
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    Just a matter of good design.
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  20. sax4blues

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    image.jpg This is a small board. If the amp had reverb and/or tremolo that I liked those would be off.
     
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