's back; fortunately or unfortunately. I'll be taking about the different classifications of effects.
Effects are used to change or enhance the sound an instrument produces. Effects may be categorized as two things: A single effect pedal (a.k.a Stomp Box) and a multi-effects processor.
Single Effect Pedal
A single effect pedal as the name suggests, produces only one type of effect. Though it only produces one effect, you have more control over the effect it produces, compared to a multi-effect. SFX pedals also tend to sound better because of its true bypass.
A multi-effects processor is a lot like a full pedal board, digitalized, and rolled-up into one large multi-stomp box. You have less control over effects, but you can use multiple effects all at the same time - all on one patch. Another good thing about multi-effects is that the new ones have amp-modeling and or cab-modeling. Amp-modeling allows you to mimic the sound of a certain popular amplifier, while cab-modeling allows you to mimic the sound of a popular cabinet. I highly suggest buying a multi-effect processor for beginners. It's cheaper than buying a load of SFX pedals, and it'll give you something to work with while you're still trying to figure out what kind of sound you want to produce.
P.S. not all multi-effects processors are large, have expression pedals, amp and cab modeling, and multiple foot switches.
Effects may be classified into four different categories. Overdrive/ Distortion, Modulation, Dynamic, and Equalization.
: these effects boost your instruments sound to produce a distorted or driven sound.
Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer
Pro Co Rat 2
Fulltone Fulldrive II
MXR M-104 Distortion+
Boss MT-2 Metal Zone
Digitech Metal Master
Digitech DF-7 Distortion Factory
Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi
Roger Mayer Classic Fuzz
Modulation: this effect modulates your signal. It may modulate your pitch and or time to produce a different sound. Phase, Chorus, Octave, Flange, Vibrato, Pitch shift all fall under this category.
MXR M-101 Phase 90
MXR EVH Phase 90
Electro Harmonix Small Stone
DOD FX20C Stereo Phaser
MXR M-134 Stereo Chorus
Boss CH-1 Super Chorus
Electro Harmonix Small Clone
Boss CE-20 Chorus Ensemble
Roger Mayer Octavia
MXR M-103 Blue Box
Boss OC-2 Octave
JH3-S Jimi Hendrix Octave Fuzz
MXR M-117 Flanger
Boss BF-3 Stereo Flanger
DOD FX75C Stereo Flanger
Jim Dunlop Rotovibe
DOD FX22 VibroThang
Boss PS-5 Super Shifter
Boss HR-2 Harmonist
Dynamic: this effect may enhance your sound or modulate your time. Volume, Tremolo, Reverb, Echo, and Delay fall under this category.
Boss DD-6 Stereo Delay
Boss DD-3 Digital Delay
Danelectro Reel Echo
Danelectro Dan Echo
Maestro Echoplex (no longer in production)
Danelectro Spring King
Electro Harmonix Holy Grail
Boss RV-5 Digital Reverb
Guyatone VT-3 Vintage Tremolo
Boss TR-2 Tremolo
Morley Little Alligator
Jim Dunlop GCB-80 High Gain Volume Pedal
Equalization: these effects allow you to cut or boost equalization. Wah, Envelop Filter, Graphic EQ, and Contour Wah fall under this.
Jim Dunlop Classic Crybaby
Morley Classic Wah
Morley Bad Horsie
Vox V-847 Wah
DOD Envelop Filter
Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah
MXR KFK-1 Ten Band EQ
Boss GE-7 Equalizer
MXR M-109 6 Band Graphic EQ
MXR M-10B 10 Band EQ
Morley Bad Horsie 2 Contour Wah
I'm not sure whether these pedals are SFX pedals or multi-effects processorsso I'll call em' B42T4RI>2
B42T4RI>2: a cross between a SFX pedal and a Multi-effects processor. These have true bypass.
Digitech DF-7 Distortion Factory
Digitech The Weapon
Boss OS-2 Overdrive/ Distortion
These pedals are pretty neat, and they have reasonable prices too! Here are some really neat pedals which most people neglect.
Acoustic simulator: this little box enables you to mimic an acoustic guitar using your electric guitar.
Boss AC-2 Acoustic Simulator
Compressor: I'm sorry I didn't put this up in the classifications part. I honestly don't know what category this falls under. This effect compresses all your instruments' signals and equalizes them, so that they all have the same volume. This also ads a little more crunch to your sound.
Marshall EQ-1 The Compressor
Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer
Digitech Main Squeeze
MXR M-102 Dyna Comp
MXR M-132 Super Comp
Tuner: this is a godsend to people who can't tune well. This is also quite handy on or off set in a gig.
Fender PT-10 Tuner
Noise Gate/Reducer: this lessens or eliminates the noise from your long line of effects.
MXR M-135 Smart Gate
Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor
Talk Box: this is the Wah pedals little saliva covered brother.
Danelectro Free Speech Talk Box
Jim Dunlop Heil Talk Box
Peter Frampton Framptone Talk Box
Well that about concludes the article. But before that, let me teach you how to make your own Passive Tone Booster!
You will need
3- 500K Potentiometers
1- 250K Potentiometer
3- Stereo/ Mono output/input Jacks
3- 223K Resistors
1- Metal/ Plastic Box (for the chassis. Preferably rectangular)
Insulated Copper wire (lots)
a crap load of patience
01. Drill in four holes on the lid of the chassis for the potentiometers to go thru.
02. Drill in a hole on the right side for the input, and 2 on the left side for the output jacks.
03. Screw in the jacks and potentiometers (order:500K-250K-500K-500K)
04. Tone POTs: Solder the resistors to the POTs (order: 250K-500K-500K). One end to the third prong (hot) of the POT and one end to the back (ground) of the pot.
05. Volume POTs: Solder the third prong of the last (from the right. 500K) pot to its back (ground point)
06. (From the right) solder the tone POTs third prong to the (beside) tone POTs center prong. Do this to chain all the POTs together (series).
07. Solder the hot connection of the input jack to the tone POTs second prong, and the ground connection to the tone POTs ground point.
08. Solder the hot connections of the 2 output jacks to the volume POTs second prong, and the 2 ground connections to the volume POTs ground point.
Please email me if you want a wiring diagram or photo of the prototype (Superdist2003@yahoo.com).
Well I hope I've given you some useful information. Please use the sites below for more info on effects:
Btw if you want to ask me for tips on how to chain up your stomp boxes just email me. I will be answering all questions personally, unless the answer is something important that I've missed in this article. I've also tried to change my writing style...i hope its better now...