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Old 02-03-2013, 05:24 AM   #1
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Modulation pedals for playing metal.

I can't be the only one that uses them, I run a univibe for playing metal so in curious to see what other people use. Inb4 anything besides a ts is blasphemy.
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Old 02-03-2013, 05:28 AM   #2
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Chorus is a pretty common one.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:20 AM   #3
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I think you can pretty well name every one of them and they have been used in some fashion in metal music.

Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, etc
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:53 AM   #4
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Delay... lay... lay... lay... lay... ay... ay... y...
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:54 AM   #5
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Yeah but here its pretty much a tube screamer or nothing aditude, I think adding a decent modulation pedal adds a hell of a lot more nastyness then a tube screamer set as a clean boost. The same could be said for delay and reverb.
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not a modulation.

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Old 02-03-2013, 08:03 AM   #7
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Could be a delay.. lay... lay... ay... ay... y with built in modulation if your that picky.
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The problem with using modulation with metal is the base tone.

Discounting ultra high gain, a metal tone tends to fill out the sound-scape pretty thoroughly. So unless you know exactly where to punch in the modulation for the best effect, it very quickly becomes a huge mush of sound or just crowds out everything else.

I use tremolo, reverb, some filters, chorus and delay very extensively when I play clean, or just moderate crunch. When I start putting on more gain, I use very little modulation or time-based effects. At best, just a minor touch of reverb for space, or delay every here and there; otherwise its just a straight up dry tone.

On the other hand, with my clean tone, my reverb is usually always on.
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I use the univibe in a high gain situation I just roll back the bass a bit when I'm with a band. That or roll up the filter knob on my rat either way it sounds amazing.
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Is Van Halen considered as metal? (I don't consider it as metal but some do.) Eddie uses phaser and flanger a lot. Also his recorded tone (at least on the first album) has reverb effect panned to the right and his "dry" sound is panned to the left.

If you are talking about more extreme metal, I don't think they use modulation that much.
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That entirely depends on what you consider "metal" to be and more specifically the type of playing you're doing WITH modulation effects.

When playing rhythm/riffs, I can't stand it if there are any effects other than plain distortion tweaked by an EQ, and a TS. I don't even have my reverb or delay on when I'm just playing rhythm. The reason being, it just gets too muddy and doesn't allow my awesome right hand technique to shine through.

As for leads, sometimes I do kick on my reverb/and/or delay with a setting that has a tiny bit of modulation as well. The reverb/delay gives it a space and airiness, but a little chorus on top seems to bring out the pinch harmonics for a real screaming tone -- much like David Gilmour achieved on a bunch of Pink Floyd stuff.

As for cleans within the context of metal, I think the sky's the limit when it comes to modulation effects. I strive to create metal that's both intense and dark in the rhythms (black and death metal styles) while my cleans are moody and atmospheric.
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