Planning a small pedalboard

A reader’s question:

I guess, you are well versed in planning pedalboards.
I have a big studio board, which I like a lot, but for it is not even easy to manage the transport.
Now, I want to assemble a smaller and more compact pedalboard.
For overdrive effects I use my amp and the Ibanez Tubescreamer TS 808 and the Vahlbruch Kaluna.
Due to the lack of space, delay and modulation ought to be (as far as possible) combined in one enclosure. I also think midi might be important…
The Boss GT 1000 Core could be one of those which offers all the sounds I know (DD, MD and RV of the 500 series).
But it also has uncountable overdrive effects that I do not need. Nevertheless, is the quality of the delay, modulation and reverb therefore worse?
Do you know an alternative to the GT 1000 Core, or do you think it is ok?
I really like Boss pedals, live on stage and also in the rehearsal room. And especially here, I need a compact pedalboard.
In the studio I use my big pedalboard – mostly analog.
By the way: I am not even a fan of editing, so a small display and a easy handling would be perfect.

DelayDude:

Its always a bit difficult to assemble a compact pedalboard that is also flexible.
The Boss GT 1000 Core might be a solution, but for you already have several overdrive pedals, it would be even better to choose a pedal that is specialized in creating delay- and reverb-effects. The more features a pedal offers, the less capacity can be used for every single effect.
But if you want a multi effect anyway, the Eventide H9 might be interesting for you. It offers midi, is compact and has a superb sound. Furthermore, you can select 4 parameters per preset directly and control them via a pot. After you have successfully completed the programming, it is pretty easy to handle. But it is not able to combine several effects. Thus, it would only act as a delay or a reverb.
As an alternative, you could also choose the Line6 M5. It offers midi as well, sounds pretty nice, is a real bargain, the programming is quite easy and it is compact.
I use the M5 on one of my pedalboards as a supplement. But, similar to the H9, it only offers one effect at the time.
The handling of the HX Stomp whereas seems somewhat confusing to me.

For most combined pedals have a certain focus, it makes sense to think about your preferences first. What is more important to you: a delay or a reverb?

The Boss devices (DD-500 and RV- 500) also offer a reverb and a delay setting. If you are looking for a flexible delay and only need a little reverb, the DD-500 might be the perfect match for you anyway.

And the Empress Echosystem offers reverb besides the numerous delay effects.
For the Boss pedal as well as the Empress pedal offer the possibility to combine two presets, you would be able to get both.

But the only “real” pedal that combines delay and reverb and that can be controlled via midi is the Source Audio Collider. It is a combination of the Nemesis and the Ventris. But for a really distinguished adjustment, you will have to use the app. Anyway, if you have adjusted the basic sound (or use the presets), the pots will be sufficient to customize the sound.

Sound vs. handling

Provided that you are also looking for modulation, things will get a bit more complicated.
Of course, you can use the delay part of the Collider to create effects like chorus/vibrato (modulation of the delay time) and tremolo (modulation of the level), but this is not as easy as with one of the common modulation- effect. In this case, the handling of a multi-effect would be easier. In the end, you have the choice between sound and handling.

If the pedal ought to be compact and extensively equipped at the same time, you won’t be able to avoid menus and a display to adjust your sounds. Or you chose two pedals instead of one. The Collider for superb delay/reverb and a separate modulation pedal. With midi control in addition, this might be a very good option.

It always depends on your individual preferences and needs. For there is always too little space on the pedalboard, I dispense with a modulation pedal and create the vibrato- or tremolo-effect with my delay pedals. And I can also forgo flanger and phaser.
Regarding a compact pedalboard, to me it is generally more important to pare my pedals down to those which are really necessary for my music.
And to be honest, I don’t like menu-diving or the use of apps as well, thus I use the space on my pedalboard for the most important effect pedals.

Mostly, it makes sense to start with a little number of pedals first and add further pedals later. Removing a (unused) pedal from the pedalboard is habitually harder.
For I love delay- and reverb-sounds, I use only little space on my pedalboard for drive pedals (either booster and overdrive in one enclosure or even a single overdrive pedal).
And less pedals on the board will in the end improve your basic sound.

Enjoy planning your new pedalboard!

Superbooth 21

Superbooth21

After a long time of waiting, the next SUPERBOOTH will take place from 15 to 18 September 2021 in Berlin.
In 2020 the SUPERBOOTH had to be cancelled, but this year the world of synth will be back in the FEZ in Berlin again. Continue reading “Superbooth 21”

MXR Carbon Copy Deluxe or Eventide Rose?

Ask the DudeA reader’s question to the Dude:

“I have a question about two delay pedals, one of which I own and another I do not, but am interested in. You have demoed both on your channel, just never head to head.
The pedal I currently run on my board is a MXR Carbon Copy Deluxe. I love the pedal. I am running a professional tele through it into a Deluxe Reverb, and I love how it stays warm and doesn’t color my tone the way a lot of the digital delays seem to.
For some reason though, I am constantly looking at other delays thinking, “Ohhh, that will be the one I should replace the MXR with.” I am not looking to replace it, but, I don’t know why I keep looking at other ones.
This brings me to the other pedal, the Eventide Rose.
Seems awesome, and has that feeling of the MXR, but I cannot find any direct comparison videos of both.
I was hoping you could just tell me what you think about the two of them in comparison. Continue reading “MXR Carbon Copy Deluxe or Eventide Rose?”

Which delay for the dottet delays of U2?

Ask the DudeA reader’s question to the Dude:

I am looking for a percussive delay with trails option, for I really like dotted delays of U2 and likewise.  Should be analog.
Supa Puss, Memory Man or the Chase Bliss Tonal Recall?  Or something completely different?” Continue reading “Which delay for the dottet delays of U2?”

Is there a more robust pedal that sounds like the Ibanez EM5 Echomachine?

Ask the DudeThere are so many great delays, that have been discontinued. The Ibanez EM5 is one of them.
It is not yet known, why the production has been stopped. Continue reading “Is there a more robust pedal that sounds like the Ibanez EM5 Echomachine?”

The Eventide comparison: H9 Harmonizer vs. ROSE delay

This is a comparison of the Eventide ROSE delay with the H9 Harmonizer.
Get thrilled by different types of delays, modulation, reverse delays and the sound of both pedals in the mix.

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Eventide ROSE vs. Ibanez DE7

This is a comparison of the Eventide ROSE with the Ibanez DE7.
Both of these digital delays are using an analog filter.
Check out some of their sonic possibilities at different setting, for slapback delays and in the mix.

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Moog Moogerfooger MF-104 vs. Eventide ROSE

This is a comparison of the Moog Moogerfooger MF-104 with Eventide ROSE.
To get close to the brightest setting of the Moogerfooger MF-104 I reduced the filter of the ROSE.
You will also get a demo of a darker setting, slow and faster modulation and how both delay pedals may sound in the mix. For pitch shifting effects, I added an expression pedal to the ROSE delay. Regarding the Moogerfooger, I used a square waveform modulation to create the pitch shifting effects.

0:09 bright setting Continue reading “Moog Moogerfooger MF-104 vs. Eventide ROSE”

Review: Eventide Rose – Part 2

Eventide RoseThe Eventide Rose is a digital delay with some special features.

This second part of the two-part review is about concrete functions like reverse and midi. And, of course, you will get my conclusion about this delightful delay pedal. Continue reading “Review: Eventide Rose – Part 2”

Review: Eventide Rose – Part 1

Eventide Rose The Eventide Rose is a digital delay with some special features.
This first part of the two-part review is about the construction, the sound and the modulation of this delightful delay pedal. Continue reading “Review: Eventide Rose – Part 1”

Chase Bliss Audio THERMAE vs. Eventide ROSE

This is a comparison of the Chase Bliss Audio THERMAE with Eventide ROSE.
To get close to the brightest setting of the THERMAE, I reduced the filter of the ROSE.
You will also get a demo of a darker setting, slow modulation and how both of delay pedals may sound in the mix. For pitch shifting effects, I added an expression pedal to the ROSE delay.

0:09 bright setting Continue reading “Chase Bliss Audio THERMAE vs. Eventide ROSE”

Eventide ROSE – My favorite 7 settings

These are my favorite 7 settings of the Eventide ROSE delay.
Find out how a maxed filter pot will create bright repeats (0:08) while a reduced filter will bring out almost analog-like sounds (0:43). An envelope controlled modulation will produce a tape-like feeling (1:27).
And of course, I also used an expression pedal (3:00) for reverse delays with pitch shifting.

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Empress Echosystem vs. Eventide Rose

This is a comparison of the Empress Echosystem with the Eventide Rose. For the Rose is a mono pedal, I chose the single mode for the Echosystem.
Find out more about different settings of these delay pedals and how both of them can sound in the mix.

gear: Fender Stratocaster,Evidence Audio SIS Cables, Fender Tweed Champ, Celestion G12M, Shure SM57, Cubase.

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Ask the Dude: Modulation effects – analog dry through yes or no?

Ask the DudeQuestion to the Dude:

“I decided to spend a bit more money for a pedalboard and to buy a Gigrig G2 and, beside others, a Strymon Timeline. I am almost sure, that the analog dry through function makes a decisive difference regarding the dry signal.
Here is my question: Is it true, that modulation effects can not really deal with analog dry through and phasing problems may occur? Continue reading “Ask the Dude: Modulation effects – analog dry through yes or no?”

Eventide Hamardillo – Harmonic Tremolo Algorithm

HarmadilloJust in time for the Summer NAMM 2019 Eventide launches the 51th algorithm. Namely, it is the Harmadillo, a harmonic tremolo algorithm that so many guitarists have already eagerly expected. Continue reading “Eventide Hamardillo – Harmonic Tremolo Algorithm”