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"That" setting

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by RetroTeleRod, Jul 16, 2020.

  1. RetroTeleRod

    RetroTeleRod Poster Extraordinaire

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    I've noticed that there seems to be a default setting for certain pedals that for whatever reason just works. A couple of examples...TS-808/TS-9 with the gain very low and output cranked. And the famous Dyna Comp "point the knob markers toward each other" setting. What others come to mind that you could mention?
     
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  2. dlew919

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    The first thing that sprang to mind is that doesn’t exist on an envelope filter. Find a great setting and the next day you’ve got to find it again.

    I think for me on an mxr phase 90 script a setting at 11 nearly always works.

    Ds-1 - gain at 2:00 tone at about 9:00.


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  3. richiek65

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    My phase 90 also sits on 11!
     
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    Some players (I have noticed) will use a Sharpie or piece of tape to mark their 'sweet spot' settings.

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  5. BGLeduc

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    Boss BF-2 Flanger...manual control at 10 to 11 o’clock, everything else at minimum.

    Pete Thorn calls it a “secret filter” setting. Really cool, hollow, sort of cocked wah sound. Page got a similar tone in places on Physical Graffiti. Works well for Sabbath’s “Symptom of the Universe”.
     
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    Sparky2 Friend of Leo's

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    The fellow who crafted my custom home-built amp (a circuit by tube recreation of a Marshall 15) just put pieces of tape where the goodness could be found.

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    E5RSY Doctor of Teleocity

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    OD-3: Big knobs both at 9:00, Tone at Noon.

    Phase 90: 10:00
     
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    Pedals with ONLY THAT setting for the win!

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  9. lefty73

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    A few of my favorites:
    • The "smiley face" setting on Mesa's 5-band EQ (and its hundreds of imitators)
    • A hair above minimum on an MXR Phase 90 instantly puts you in EVH territory
    • Tone at 9 o'clock and Dist at 3 o'clock on a Boss DS-1
    • Minimum Fuzz, max Level on any Tycobrahe-style Octavia
     
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    The classic Big Muff "everything at 2 o'clock" setting always works.
     
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    I bought this BB Preamp Mid Boost used a few years ago. It came with the previous owner’s tape markings which I have not removed. I don’t know what guitar the previous owner used but those settings always work with my Tele. It may not be at those settings now, but I typically don’t stray to far from the tape markings and usually make my way back to them.

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    4pickupguy Doctor of Teleocity

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    Yup, Octavias Fuzz on Zero and level on ten. Not sure why they even need knobs on these...?
     
  13. MilwMark

    MilwMark Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Right on. No offense @RetroTeleRod but that concept has never made sense or worked for me. How gear reacts is very much a function of touch, pickups, amp and volume.

    To the extent it works, I think it’s just because most gear can be made to sound good at most settings.
     
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    Blues Driver, tone between 9-10 o clock, gain between 9-10 o clock.

    Anything more than that and it sounds terrible, but at that setting there aren’t many overdrives that are leagues better.
     
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    I do that—sometimes a couple of different settings...I’ll also mark according to certain songs.

    On my Phase 90, I have three specific settings—one labeled “£3” for a song called “Three Pounds in My Pocket”, “Pain” for a a song called (*ahem*) “Pain”, and “Faux” for a fake Leslie setting I used to use before I got a different Leslie simulator...
     
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    Just to expand on this one.... any "mirrored setting" works great on a Dyna Comp.
    • 3:00 - 9:00 (pointing the knobs to each other) is a great starting point for most tele's....
    • 2:00 - 10:00 or 1:00 - 11:00 is great for lower outputs than a tele.... eg: many strats
    • 5:00 (full) - 7:00 (min) is great for average output les pauls or other humbuckers.
    In all cases... the controls mirror each other.
     
  17. RetroTeleRod

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    None taken. My point was only that for some pedals there seems to be a "default" setting that works in a majority of cases.
     
  18. j5jarod777

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    ODR-1 with all knobs straight up with a Les Paul nails "classic rock".
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    I was going to disagree, but that's about what I use except for my Chicago Stomp Works clones. They get too loud with volume much past 9 O'clock.
     
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    I was thinking about this last night.
    Do I want more knobs to make more sounds, or more knobs to find a sound with different gear?
     
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