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    I've trying to get more creative in how I develop the tones I use. I've been listening to a ton of late 80s Anthrax recently, and I wanted a Marshall-esque sound to kick around. Experimenting with something that wasn't a modeler and was smaller than a tube amp sounded ideal. My challenge to myself was to look for great sounding pedals that each did multiple functions, so I could fit the effectiveness of a larger pedal board on a smaller board. Here's where I landed:

    HD Precision Drive: Top notch, flexible overdrive that also includes a noise gate.

    Friedman BE-OD: I used the internal gain pots to make the second channel sound like an edge-of-breakup plexi type of sound, which I like for clean sounds in a live setting, so now I have a heavy and clean sound.

    Thermion Outlaw: Excellent analog delay with a lead boost.

    Lastly I needed an IR loader, and chose the Cab M over the Engl cab loader due to price and flexibility. You just get more for less with the Cab M.

    For power, I'm using a One Spot CS6 that fits right under the board, and the board is a Rockboard Duo 2.1. All-in-all this is a powerful, mostly-analog rig that fits in a backpack.

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    Last edited by desertdweller; 03-27-2021, 04:10 PM.

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    Clips? Also, not the point of this thread, but the order you're running everything in looks backwards tome, I kinda want to see it laid out left to right.

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      Clean!

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        #4
        Nice clean setup you've got there.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Drew View Post
          Clips? Also, not the point of this thread, but the order you're running everything in looks backwards tome, I kinda want to see it laid out left to right.
          But you plug guitars in on the right. The input of pedals is usually on the right and outputs on the left.

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            #6
            Idunno, my rig plugs in on the left. It just seems weird to me. Not a big deal at all, it just confused the fuck out of me for a second there.

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              #7
              I'm a right-plugger as well. It's the way the pedal in/outs are all aligned. Input on the right, output on the left.

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                #8
                IT'S LIKE I DON'T EVEN KNOW YOU PEOPLE!!!!

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                  #9
                  Clean.

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                    Neat, what do you think of the BE? Its on my to do list.

                    When i started building pedals i went off an old fuzz for layout and its input was on the left side. So i then continued that for the other 20+ pedals i built. So any store bought pedals had to go on the board upside down. Drove my OCD nuts, so recently i spent half the day rewiring/swapping the in/outs so they are on the left. Ive still got another 12 pedal to fix but ive been to lazy. At least all the pedals on my board are corrected now!

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                      Originally posted by spilla View Post
                      Neat, what do you think of the BE? Its on my to do list.
                      I had the smaller BE OD last year, and while it was great, it really needed a mid knob. This one is easier to control with the mid and presence knobs. I like it a lot runnng into an IR loader. It is a pedal meant to run into the clean channel of an amplifier, and can sound a bit woofy if you use as a preamp into the effects loop of an amp or driving a power amplifier. However, using it direct into an IR loader, it sounds like a preamp and power amp since it has all that low-end, so there' s no real need for power amp sims.

                      The gain is your pretty common clipping you'd expect from a modern solid state distortion pedal, if you push the gain too hard it can sound brittle. But if you back off the gain and run it like you would a JCM 800 or Dual Rectifier with an overdrive pedal pushing the front-end, it really opens up a lot and sounds very amp-like.

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                        Originally posted by spilla View Post
                        Neat, what do you think of the BE? Its on my to do list.

                        When i started building pedals i went off an old fuzz for layout and its input was on the left side. So i then continued that for the other 20+ pedals i built. So any store bought pedals had to go on the board upside down. Drove my OCD nuts, so recently i spent half the day rewiring/swapping the in/outs so they are on the left. Ive still got another 12 pedal to fix but ive been to lazy. At least all the pedals on my board are corrected now!
                        Typically when the input is on the left of the board the board typically goes in flipped. In older stuff everything was solder side up when you open them. These days it's the opposite.

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                          Here's pedal rig part deux, the bass rig. This is what I use to record and practice bass and having a great setup like this has dramatically helped me refine my bass playing. I got the idea for this board from the bassist from Tesseract, that runs a similar ampless setup, but with a few more pedals for what he needs.

                          The darkglass preamp has an IR loader on it and xlr out, so this is a perfect bass rig I can tuck away in a drawer until I need it.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by desertdweller View Post
                            Here's pedal rig part deux, the bass rig. This is what I use to record and practice bass and having a great setup like this has dramatically helped me refine my bass playing. I got the idea for this board from the bassist from Tesseract, that runs a similar ampless setup, but with a few more pedals for what he needs.

                            The darkglass preamp has an IR loader on it and xlr out, so this is a perfect bass rig I can tuck away in a drawer until I need it.
                            Sick little board! Assuming you've got a power supply underneath? I actually use something similar although it's Boss Comp >> Aguilar Tone Hammer. Couldn't fit the Voodoo Lab underneath so it's also on the board (and ugly) so I'm jealous.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by pjr View Post

                              Sick little board! Assuming you've got a power supply underneath? I actually use something similar although it's Boss Comp >> Aguilar Tone Hammer. Couldn't fit the Voodoo Lab underneath so it's also on the board (and ugly) so I'm jealous.
                              All three pedals are 9v, so I just run a truetone onespot daisy chain for this board and it does the trick.
                              Last edited by desertdweller; 04-09-2021, 08:57 PM.

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