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I've been looking at a Boss RV-5 for my effect chain and wanted to get an opinion or two about how people route stereo effects. In my use case I would be using it in a effect send/return for my mixer, adding reverb for individual instruments at different levels. I'd assume that I could put a two signals in and get two effected signals back out, but that would limit me to two instruments or use both my effect sends.

If I put a mono signal in could I expect a stereo signal out? Does it add any stereo dynamic to the mono signal or put the same effected signal out both left/right channels?

Are there any ways to add a stereo effect like reverb in an interesting way that I'm not thinking of? I'd love to add stereo dynamics but I'm just not sure of what the effort would get me.
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Quote by martinpwrs
I've been looking at a Boss RV-5 for my effect chain and wanted to get an opinion or two about how people route stereo effects. In my use case I would be using it in a effect send/return for my mixer, adding reverb for individual instruments at different levels. I'd assume that I could put a two signals in and get two effected signals back out, but that would limit me to two instruments or use both my effect sends.


depends on how you want to do this. if you just want to use the pedal 'mono' then you could send out one signal to the pedal and then return the signal to the FX return.

if you want to use the pedal stereo you could send one FX out and return both the R and L signals to both of your effects returns. this would give you a stereo signal IF you can pan your two FX returns (which i doubt you can do unless the FX loop and send and receive stereo signals via a TRS cable)

i don't have a nice mixer with two FX send and returns, so what i have to do is send one signal out (i use some kinda aux output) and then 'return' my signal to two inputs on the mixer. then i mix the two return signals while panning them hard left and right.

if you want to use this strictly in the FX loop then i'd recommend using it in mono mode.

Quote by martinpwrs
If I put a mono signal in could I expect a stereo signal out?


yes, the stereo signal output from the pedal will offset the reverb into stereo space. so you will need to be able to have a 'return' that can pan the two output signals from the pedal.

Quote by martinpwrs
Does it add any stereo dynamic to the mono signal or put the same effected signal out both left/right channels?


no, if you put the exact same signal into the L/R inputs of the pedal then you will get the same output as if you only put one input signal into the pedal

the two inputs on the reverb pedal are for if you have another stereo device running before the reverb pedal. then you could feed the two stereo inputs of the previous pedal into the reverb pedal and keep them separate.

for example, i have a stereo delay that i run into a stereo phaser pedal. by using two separate inputs on the stereo phaser i can keep the two stereo outputs from the delay separate and therefore i am effectively chaining two stereo effects.

Quote by martinpwrs
Are there any ways to add a stereo effect like reverb in an interesting way that I'm not thinking of?


yes. for me that is the most fun part of running stereo effects: there are tons of ways to get creative with them. TONS

Quote by martinpwrs
I'd love to add stereo dynamics but I'm just not sure of what the effort would get me.


i use it for many effects, usually to create dimensionality in the mix. something simple can sound incredibly full and dynamic when placed in a stereo field effectively.

examples:

1) i use a harmonizer to create a layered effect around the 2 minute mark. this is a type of wet/dry thing plus a spacial thing.
http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/gumbilicious/music/play775634

2) this uses stereo delay and stereo phaser to create a big guitar sound
http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/gumbilicious/music/play698542

3) this is kinda subtle compared to the other two. mainly i use 3 different amps panned L/C/R in the mix to create a big guitar sound by displaying different amp responses at different panning in the mix. it also has some pretty blatant stereo delay in the beginning.
http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/gumbilicious/music/play920678

4) uses that stereo phaser to make spacial sound at the ~2:20 mark. it's starts subtle and gets more intense toward the end of the song.
http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/gumbilicious/music/play702960

5) this is just a noise track, one of my first forays into stereo recording.
http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/gumbilicious/music/play278730

of course it'd probably be best to listen to this stuff with headphones on to get the most of the stereo effects.
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