to have the least amount of tone alteration as possible?
is there a method to use? specific setting for specific pedals?
Posted 13 August 2013 - 06:39 PM
I'm not sure what you mean by "least amount of tone alteration as possible" in a distortion pedal. That's kinda the point of dirt pedals.
But I'll take a swing. 1) there are some industry standard settings, but 2) You should feel free to fiddle around with any setting on and pedal/amp.
In terms of standard things, the ones I'm most familiar with are a tube screamer and a fuzz face.
Tube screamers are often set as a true "overdrive" - that is, they don't provide much distortion themselves, but instead cause the amp to "overdrive." This setting is with the distortion all the way down, the level all the way up and the tone to taste (12 o'clock is neutral). It's basically functioning as a boost pedal, but tube screamers have a distinctive EQ bump in the midrange that many players find desirable - and even at zero drive, it's putting a little hair on the notes that many amps respond favorably too.
The famous fuzz face sound is with everything turned up to 11. Roll the knobs all the way clockwise. If you're going for a Jimi or 60's Clapton tone, then break them off, that's the only setting you'll need.
That being said, most pedals have interesting things in lots of settings. I'm not a huge fan of the way the Pod handles gain staging (running one distortion thing - say, a pedal - into another - say, an amp), so I use a real Tube Screamer either in front or in the FX loop of my Pod HD.
Posted 14 August 2013 - 06:43 PM
Ah, that depends on the pedal. For most, "noon" is neutral. In fact, I can't think of any on the Pod for which that isn't true. Since I only use a few ODs on the Pod, perhaps someone else can confirm that this is the case with all of them.
Sometimes you run into effects with passive tone controls, in which case "full out" is neutral. Setting any gain settings to zero and A/Bing each effect in turn should make this pretty obvious.
Set "gain" or "distortion" to zero
Pick a parameter - let's use Treble for now
Set treble to noon
Turn the pedal on - listen to your top end
Turn the pedal off - listen to your top end
If the effect has active eq, there should be little difference
If the effect has passive eq, there should be much less top end with the pedal on
If you're still not sure:
Set treble to full out
repeat above steps
If the effect has active eq, there should be a much more pronounced top end
If the effect has passive eq, there should be little difference
Keep in mind that most pedals alter the eq anyway, like when I mentioned that a Tube Screamer has a midrange bump. So even the most neutral setting will probably change your tone.