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!

Ibanez Echo Shifter Battle – ES3 vs. ES2

This is a comparison of the Ibanez Echo Shifter ES3 with the ES2.
Check out if there are any sonic differences between these two wonderful Ibanez delay pedals. The ES3 got rid of the little ES2, contains a additional digital delay and you can oscillation can be used freehand.

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Ibanez Delay Battle – Echo Shifter ES3 vs. DE7

This is a comparison of the Ibanez Echo Shifter ES3 with the DE7.
I compared the digital and the analog/echo setting of both pedals, as well as settings like slapback and long feedbacks. Check out if there are any sonic differences between these two wonderful Ibanez delay pedals.

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Ibanez Echo Shifter ES3 – digital setting

This is a demo of the digital setting of the Ibanez Echo Shifter ES3.
Get inspired by some of the numerous digital sound options of this wonderful delay pedal.

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Which pedal should I get: Boss DD-7 or MXR Carbon Copy Deluxe?

The Boss DD-7 as well as the MXR Carbon Copy Deluxe are two popular delays. Both have some similarities (tap tempo, modulation) but actually, they are fundamentally different. Continue reading “Which pedal should I get: Boss DD-7 or MXR Carbon Copy Deluxe?”

Ibanez Echo Shifter ES3 – analog setting

This is a demo of the analog setting of the Ibanez Echo Shifter ES3.
Check out the sounds while I am playing around with different setting options and start a journey through the beautiful world of analog delay sounds with modulation, chorus, vibrato and oscillation.

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Ibanez Echo Shifter ES3 review part 2

While the first part of this review was dedicated to the design of the Ibanez ES3 Echo Shifter, now it comes to the crunch: the sound of this brilliant delay pedal. Continue reading “Ibanez Echo Shifter ES3 review part 2”

Ibanez Echo Shifter ES3 review part 1

Ibanez ES3Certainly, the Ibanez ES2 has been a resounding success: the slider inspires experimenting and the beautiful analog delay does not only sound very pleasing, it also provides a brilliant oscillation.
The device was made and still is perfect für dark delays and sonic escapades.

With the ES3 Echo Shifter, Ibanez now remastered the great predecessor and added some sought-after features.

This first part is dedicated to the design of the Ibanez ES3 Echo Shifter, while in the second part you will learn all about the sound of this great delay pedal. Continue reading “Ibanez Echo Shifter ES3 review part 1”

TC Electronic Flashback Triple

TC Flasback TripleThe TC Electronic Flashback Triple is a less pedalboard-friendly digital delay, which, as compensation for its size offers the possibility to use three different delays at the same time. Continue reading “TC Electronic Flashback Triple”

Empress Echosystem vs. Wampler Faux Tape Echo

This is a comparison of the Empress Echosystem with the Wampler Faux Tape Echo.
These two digital delays emulate the sounds of a tape echo. Both provide a very nice modulation and the sound can be fine-tuned quite well via the tone control.

 

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TC Electronic Flashback Mini

Flashback miniThe TC Electronic Flashback Mini is most pedalboard-friendly mono-version of the Flashback.
In a very compact enclosure, this digital delay comes around with up to 7 seconds of maximum delay time and only very few pots. Continue reading “TC Electronic Flashback Mini”

Boss DD-200 vs. Source Audio Nemesis

This is a comparison of the Boss DD-200 with the Source Audio Nemesis. Both digital delays provide likewise functions and have the same form factor.
Check out their sonic differences and similarities in varying settings.

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TC Electronic Flashback 2

Flashback2Similar to the TC Electronic Flashback, the Flashback 2 is a pedalboard-friendly digital delay as well.
Additionally, to the sounds of its predecessor, the Flashback 2 offers the “Crystal Delay” that adds an octave-effect to each repeat. Continue reading “TC Electronic Flashback 2”

TC Electronic Flashback

TC Electronic FlashbackThe TC Electronic Flashback is a pedalboard friendly digital delay.
The solid allrounder comes around with numerous classical delay sounds. And because of the fact that TC Electronic is authorized to do so, they call the digital mode of the Flashback “2290”. If this digital delay with modulation gets closer to the sound of the legend remains to be discussed. Continue reading “TC Electronic Flashback”

Catalinbread Belle Epoch vs. Empress Echosystem

This is a comparison of the Catalinbread Belle Epoch with the Empress Echosystem.
The Belle Epoch emulates the legendary Echoplex EP-3 as well as the respective algorithm of the Echosystem. Both delays provide modulation, a tone control and for those, who like grittier sounds, they also add some dirt to the signal.

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