#1
So I set up my FX loop tonight thru the back of my amp, not just guitar to pedals, and everything was going great, then when I switched to my distortion it sounded very muddy, and my noise gate (Boss NS-2) was reducing anything. Help?
#2
Try changing the order of the effects - some sound terrible in the loop, if your distortion is in the loop then I believe you'll have the preamp distortion battling with the pedal and giving you mud. The noise gate is moved around according to preference - mix and match.
#3
+1 he's right
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#4
Put your modulation pedals (phaser, flanger, delays etc.) in the loop - others like distortion, OD's, EQ's and noise gate go before the amp.
#5
What amp are you using? I'm just asking because I'm experiencing EXACTLY the same problem with my VK when I throw my EQ in the loop.
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#6
THE IDEA of using an fx loop is to have your effects pedals work with the creamy goodness of a pre-amp tubes warmness.

instead of the low wave worm of a guitar you get the nice and wavy form of a tube getting passed into the effects pedals, which warms things up quite nicely.

HOWEVER, do not place anything in the fx loop that you wouldn't put AFTER a distortion pedal.

Things like delay work fine because delay 9 times out of 10 is used (and sounds good) after or with distortion, not the other way around (delayed sound into distortion is crap). However you wouldn't really put a wah in there. And even a phaser sometimes won't sound good.

Experiment.