Tips & Tricks: Songwriting Pedalboard

Tips & tricksFor sonwriting it is extremely important to have a good working pedalboard with inspiring sounds.
Today I would like to introduce some ideas that might worth it to be taken into consideration if you are willing to create such a songwriting pedalboard.
One the one hand, this board should be quite versatile, on the other hand, it should be clearly arranged and easy to handle.

Guitar sounds

Depending on the type of music you prefer, it is important to use 1 or 2 gain stages in the form of overdrive, boost or distortion pedals.
To be able to create possible versatile sounds, you could use overdrive pedals that can be stacked.
By this you can cover a wide range of overdrive sounds with less pedals.
Besides, it may make sense to arrange modulation effects on your songwriting pedalboard.
Maybe even one pedal that is able to create several types of o modulation effects like the well-priced Line6 M5 or the more expensive Strymon Mobius or the Eventide H9 (click here for a Video of the Eventide H9).
If you also add a nice delay/reverb pedal, even this small setup will provide a nifty sound.

Bass sounds

An octave pedal is a pretty suitable friend to emulate bass sounds.
The Boss OC-2 is perfect for monophonic sounds, while the different versions of the EHX POG (Nano, Micro, POG2) are ideal for polyphonic bass sounds.
The DigiTech Whammy Ricochet and the Drop sound pretty similar.
And the first low-budget version of the Mooer Tender Octaver is rumored to have copied the algorithm of the EXH POG.

Keyboard soundscapes

The sounds of synthesizers and electric organs can also be emulated by a guitar.
The Electro Harmonix 9 Series offers various keys and organ pedals and therefore is perfect to create keyboard soundscapes.


In my honest opinion, the DigiTech SDRUM is the perfect pedal to create drums pretty easily.
This pedal is able to create varying versions of the previously insert drum rhythms.
Besides, a footswitch of the SDRUM allows to switch between verse and refrain.
Of course, you could also use a traditional drum computer or sequencer. But in this case, the programming requires significantly more effort and because of the lack of any variations, the result mostly is less inspiring.


To capture the different parts for guitar, bass and keyboard, I would recommend a looper.
TC Electronic offers various models. I like the DITTO X4 best. It is able to record two different audio tracks, offers effects and is MIDI-compatible.
But the DigiTech Solo XT, which can be, just like the DITTO X4, be synchronized with the SDRUM (click here for a respective video) is perfect to save several ideals on the large SD-card.
Those can be transmitted easily to a personal computer.