#1
My amp doesn't have built-in reverb so I'm thinking about dealy/reverb pedal for some tonal variety. unluckily the amp doesn't have fx loop as well so I'll have to plug the pedal to the input. any one please tell me its pros & cons when I use the pedal with amp's distortion? and what pedal should I choose for this particular situation?
#2
Well it's not going to sound as great as it possibly could, but it will still work. I'm guessing that you're on a budget, so I'd recommend any Boss reverb, I think they have one call a RV-5 or something like that, and they work fairly well. If you want delay, a Boss DD-3 is a really great little pedal, and they hold their value too. One tip: DO NOT buy the TC Nova Reverb: that pedal absolutely needs to be used in an effects loop.
#3
The only real con is that the delays might end up distorted, but I've been running my DD-20 before my amp since I've had it and I've never had trouble getting a good sound out of it.
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I've been wondering about this too.

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The only real con is that the delays might end up distorted, but I've been running my DD-20 before my amp since I've had it and I've never had trouble getting a good sound out of it.
Here's my confusion: Wouldn't the delays be distorted anyway? Even if the pedal was in an effects loop? Since I don't have a delay pedal yet, or an amp with an effects loop, I can't test it out to compare the difference. But how different could the two set-ups possibly sound? If the amp distortion is going into the pedal (via effects loop), the delays will be distorted. Or alternatively, if the dry signal is going into the pedal, you're getting clean delay repeats, and then amp distortion over top the whole thing? Won't those two scenarios cause pretty much the same sound? If not, please explain.

So confused. :|
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I've been wondering about this too.

Here's my confusion: Wouldn't the delays be distorted anyway? Even if the pedal was in an effects loop? Since I don't have a delay pedal yet, or an amp with an effects loop, I can't test it out to compare the difference. But how different could the two set-ups possibly sound? If the amp distortion is going into the pedal (via effects loop), the delays will be distorted. Or alternatively, if the dry signal is going into the pedal, you're getting clean delay repeats, and then amp distortion over top the whole thing? Won't those two scenarios cause pretty much the same sound? If not, please explain.

So confused. :|


well, thats not really the best way to think of it. just think of it as the delay's gonna be muddier in front of the amp
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#7
Basically, infront of the amp, the delays will be distorted, as opposed to the distortion being delayed, which would happen in an FX loop. I've been running my Deluxe Memory Man, MXR Commande Flanger and Small Stone through my amp and I don't really mind, though it is a bit muddy.
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#8
thanks guys. however there's this guy teeling me that an analog delay pedal creates better sound than a digital delay does when running to the front of teh amp. is that true? I've never tried out any analog ones so I have no idea 'bout it
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I've been wondering about this too.

Here's my confusion: Wouldn't the delays be distorted anyway? Even if the pedal was in an effects loop? Since I don't have a delay pedal yet, or an amp with an effects loop, I can't test it out to compare the difference. But how different could the two set-ups possibly sound? If the amp distortion is going into the pedal (via effects loop), the delays will be distorted. Or alternatively, if the dry signal is going into the pedal, you're getting clean delay repeats, and then amp distortion over top the whole thing? Won't those two scenarios cause pretty much the same sound? If not, please explain.

So confused. :|

they only would be distorted if you'd crank the amp to get poweramp distortion. with new amps, most distortion is generated in the preamp section and in that case, you wouldn't get any distortion on the delays since the pedal is inserted after the preamp.

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