#1
So how do you keep your settings on your gear intact? use a marker to mark the knob position? Add some duck tape? do something else?


I tried putting some paper tape on my overdrive and when I was taking it off it kind of peeled the coating layer or something.


I also saw this marking marker on Facebook, that's like green, is easily wiped off with your finger but I wrote to them and couldn't get no additional info


what'd be your two cents?
#3
i keep mine in "tact" ¯\(°_o)/¯ by having an axe-fx


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#4
I just remember settings I like.
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#5
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i keep mine in "tact" ¯\(°_o)/¯ by having an axe-fx


and that's been my post for the year.


I have both an analog pedals board and a digital mfx (Digitech RP355)

using both at the same time

still want to keep my separaate pedals in "tact" ¯\(°_o)/¯
#6
I remember them all really, i don't need everything to be identical every time anyway but it's not really hard if you know what each pedal does to get em back to the sounds you need.

¯\(°_o)/¯
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#7
I just know my gear well enough that I can get everything sounding the way I want every time. That and I just remember the basic general settings. Like my rat always has low gain, high filter, high volume. If it doesn't stay in the exact same knob positions, it'll usually sound pretty close to how I want it if I just follow that general guide.
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#9
At reheasals i only asjust when something is needed. The amp settings are the same every time at reheasals. When i play show i change my settings so it sounds good at the venue. I don't really use one type of settings
#10
Watch some of the videos of guitarists on the road showing their amps and pedalboards. Some of them have really creative ways from keeping their settings getting botched while in transport or by a guitar tech. Paul Gilbert puts gaffe tape over his pedals (not duck tape, that leaves residue) and some guys will draw the setting on stickers and then put the sticker on the pedal itself (like the guy from the Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Writing them down or drawing diagrams in a binder is also a good idea
#11
Quote by Tracii Lee
Watch some of the videos of guitarists on the road showing their amps and pedalboards. Some of them have really creative ways from keeping their settings getting botched while in transport or by a guitar tech. Paul Gilbert puts gaffe tape over his pedals (not duck tape, that leaves residue) and some guys will draw the setting on stickers and then put the sticker on the pedal itself (like the guy from the Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Writing them down or drawing diagrams in a binder is also a good idea



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#12
Uhm... Man, I just watched the video the other day. I think it's John... Hang on, I'll go look it up again

EDIT: Nope, Josh Klinghoffer. The video I'm talking about is the Premier Guitar Rig Rundown they did with his guitar tech. He doesn't do it on ALL of his pedals, mainly his delays, but he has little stickers with his settings drawn on them
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#13
I just take pictures, but I basically remember anyway from staring at my stuff so much when practicing
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#14
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I just take pictures, but I basically remember anyway from staring at my stuff so much when practicing


Exactly this way.
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#15
I keep a piece of paper in the bottom of my pedal board case with a little diagram I drew out of my pedal board on one side and my amp on the other.

For the pedal board side I just draw a nice sized rectangle for each pedal, in order of how I have them set up, and then i just draw circles where the knobs would be and make a line where it's supposed to sit (or sometimes write '6 o'clock'), for selector switches I'll make a smaller circle with a horizontal line either above, below, or through the circle to indicate whether it's supposed to be up, centered, or down.

For the amp side, it's literally just a line of circles with different lines coming off of them, much like the pedals.

I also keep a notebook filled with these little diagrams (along with other notes) in case I need to rerecord something so that I know the exact settings I used to do it, the only difference is that I add a circle below the pedal boxes and fill them in if it's on.
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#17
For stomp boxes I draw circles on a card and mark where it is and stash that away.

For my amp I found a drawing of the settings that give recommendations for settings and I ms-painted a template and save different settings on those. I printed out a page of them and have it setting on my amp most of the time.

Lately I've just been going with what ever sounds good by the day
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#18
Little triangles of electrical tape.
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#19
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I just remember settings I like.



This. I also prefer playing songs I cover in different settings. I get varied [read: sometimes, really ] bad results, but I do get interesting sounds.
#21
I don't ever have anything exact. I know what kind of tone I want and then I just get that tone. I remember settings roughly and then just fine tune it.

I guess I should take pictures, but I've never been that anal about recreating tone to the exact point it was at before, but it would save time.

I have a rack unit now so on there it's a lot easier.
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#22
I used to use a marker on painter's tape on the knobs, but I'm always tweaking them now, except on my Decimator, which I just have to remember stays around noon.
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#23
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I don't ever have anything exact. I know what kind of tone I want and then I just get that tone. I remember settings roughly and then just fine tune it.

this. everything sounds different in different rooms and on different stages anyway - i tend to just set the amp EQ in the middle and adjust things depending on whether i want to hear more or less of certain frequency bands.
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#24
Small dot stickers to indicate where the levels should be. Although I am prone to tweaking if needs be.

Simple things like playing a really "dry" room can mean that I'll have to make adjustments to my amp settings and as a knock on, I have to tweak a couple of pedals here and there. Since I pretty much refuse to play to a click (unless essential in a studio setting) my delay is a kinda inexact science and feel thing when it comes to setting the time on it.

As mentioned above, though, I know my tome well enough for it not to vary dramatically from gig to gig or session to session.
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