I am definitely interested by the idea of incorporating external analog, true-bypass pedals into my 'dream' rig (JTV59, HD500, DT25) and I'm curious to hear both good and bad experiences folks have had. Particularly, positioning the external pedals in the signal chain, primarily in the HD500 fx loop and the DT(25) fx loop.
I am also wondering about doing less conventional things, like running dual outputs off the JTV the 1/4" off the JTV into a sequence of FX pedals, and into the HD500 guitar in, while also using the VDI variax in tandem. Or running the dual input programming on the HD500 to split the variax models and mags into input 1 and 2, then running the fx loop out to the analog pedal, on one or the other of those, and/or both. Just kind of grasping at straws about which ideas are good, and which are going to be a total mess of noise or mismatched levels.
In a nutshell, if you had a few choice analog pedals - mine happen to all be true bypass Keeley - but more in general, what is the thought process for where certain types of pedals should go - before the amp model, after - which types of stomps belong in the HD500 fx loop and which should/could go in the DT(25) FX loop.
I've got some Keeley pedals on order, one of which being an external true bypass fx loop pedal.
I have no issue with the onboard FX of the HD500, and the amp models are sounding fantastic.
I have been reworking alot of my patches, still exploring how to get "my sound", haven't gotten there yet, but I can say, at our last rehearsal I *finally* got decent multi-track using our M20d, so I am looking forward to jamming on Saturday, and working with some new pedals and new ways to approach interacting with this gear.
I am also wondering about splitting the two inputs between "variax models" and "variax mags", by way of splitting the signal path up in various positions before and after the amp model.
I also wonder, where does the DT(25) FX loop sit in the signal chain of the HD500 going with L6Link into a DT25? I suppose the easiest way to know, is stick a pedal in there, run a delay FX on the HD500, and do staccato bursts and see if the delay is being modulated, or the modulation pedal effect is being delay repeated. I would guess that the DT25 FX loop occurs "post" everything in the HD500, but I don't know for sure.
For instance, if I place a chorus pedal in the DT25 FX loop, is that effect happening post-HD500, or does it occur at the amp model position, placing all "post" effects blocks in the HD500 patch.
Lots of questions, I know - just doing some brainstorming this week, will try to set my patches up before rehearsal, but thus far, I've done the bulk of my actual patch editing and creation at rehearsal, on the fly.
Oh yeah, the pedals I've got en route are all Keeley. They are on order, but the Neutrino is coming from Keeley, the other pedals from Sweetwater - guessing the Keeley is still a ways out, they are still building them! Sweetwater should be here tomorrow or friday though, so will definitely have the bulk of the new stuff for rehearsal on Saturday. Of all of these, of course, the one I am most pysched about is the Neutrino! *Love* that "Estimated Prophet" Jerry Garcia vibe. And I also want to hear a big fat bass tone through that, get some Bootsy on!
Cheers people, Happy Wednesday