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Signal Chain....Amp at end?


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Hey everyone, just curious if anyone has success in putting the amp at the end of the signal chain?  Im think to mimic a true pedal board setup all the pedals are linked together with a final output going straight into front of amp.  Does this work for anyone?  

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If you're using a cleanish to mid-gain amp, it should be fine... Really, it's your signal chain. Do whatever the heck you want with it. :)

 

Seriously, though, I tend to like doing what you're talking about with the Fender models. The reverb sounds a bit more natural to me this way.

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Im really just trying to truly emulate the sounds that others get with pedal boards. In fact nearly everyone that i know of with pedal boards run all their effects pre-amp....of course, in my opinion, nothing sounds better than a mic'd amp! But since i play in an environment without stage amps or an amp room, the pod hd500x sounds just as great!  Just wish there were Matchless, Bad Cat, or Jackson amps!

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While in Jamaica on vacation, it rained hard one day. I had a POD desktop with me and started messing around. I came up with two whacky reggae type patches. Well one was a more fuzz drivern rhythmic thing. Sounded way cool. When I got back home a buddy was over and I started playing that patch which I had xferred to my POD HD Pro in my rack. He loved it. Only then did I realize. . . . .I had the amp FIRST in the chain. Fuzzes, filters, a pitch shifter and pattern trem were all after the amp!

 

I quickly grabbed the amp and moved it to the end of the chain. Sounded like poo! Put it back up front and it sounded cool. So. . . .don't be afraid to not follow convention and break the rules. You may get a happy accident.

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Most studio recordings are made with a compressor or distortion pedal into an amp, followed by delays, modulations and verbs. Pedals before an amp are a compromise. That's why most modern amps have an fx loop, so you can route out to fx that sound funky into an amp.

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