Do you keep pedals/effects that only have one good setting?

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Do you keep pedals/effects that only have one good setting?

Post by Futuresound » Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:39 pm

I have an Iron Ether Polytope. It's great for messing around with, but when it comes time to actually write or record a song, I only ever use it on one setting with the slightest of variations.

For that single sound, it's really expensive and it takes up space and it uses one of my available power cables.

But that sound is SO good, it brings so much life.

Do you have gear like this? How good does it have to be to stay for you? :despair:

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Post by GuyaGuy » Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:33 pm

I wouldn't have a problem with having a one-setting pedal like that unless it was only used for one chorus of a song or something, but it sounds like you use it frequently.

I have 4 effects for my guitar rig and they are all set-and-forget--the only exception being the Deluxe Memory Boy which I tap a tempo into but all other parameters stay put.

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Post by Antlerface » Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:53 pm

I have a setting on a Rat2 I never ever change, love it to death. Same with my octave pedal and Echo Degrader.

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Post by sduck » Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:57 pm

Sure, lots of pedals like this. My MXR Dynacomp has been set at 11/2 since 1978. I have a Boss V-Wah, which is full of pretty good wah sounds, but I only use the univibe setting on it because it sounds really great. And there's the Pink Box that Shall Not Be Named that only has one semi-acceptable setting. And perhaps I shouldn't even mention the Miku Stomp...

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Post by dkcg » Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:10 pm

I think once I find a sweet spot on overdrives and distortions, it pretty much stays that way and the only variable then is the volume and tone on my guitar and how i play.

Delay and modulation get tweaked all the time for me, but most distortion type effects, pretty much one setting. Except the Geiger Counter, which I think is the opposite where I always tweak it, at least the wavetables and have yet to find the same settings again.

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Post by Donderdag » Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:20 pm

I've got a crap old Boss Harmonizer that sounds like complete shit on every setting except the detuned, which actually sounds quite nice!
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Post by wdlnds » Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:51 am

I much prefer a single good effect per pedal. It lets me leave each on the setting I like and stack with other effects.

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Post by gentle_attack » Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:14 pm

Tuner :hihi:

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Post by p.j. » Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:41 am

I generally keep my Xotic SP compressor on one setting: Lo mode, volume and blend at 2:00. Almost everything else I own I will mess with settings from time to time. Some pedals, like my Red Panda Particle, have settings that are always changing.

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Post by Futuresound » Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:51 pm

gentle_attack wrote:Tuner :hihi:
:hyper:

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Post by Futuresound » Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:52 pm

I have another question then: are you all using those one-good-setting pedals with guitar or synth?

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Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:53 pm

dkcg wrote:I think once I find a sweet spot on overdrives and distortions, it pretty much stays that way and the only variable then is the volume and tone on my guitar and how i play.

Delay and modulation get tweaked all the time for me, but most distortion type effects, pretty much one setting.
I'm kinda the same. I don't get along with pedals that have a ton of hidden features or banks of menus, but I do like things that are versatile. Then I find that sweet spot and don't even think about it.

My EQD Grand Orbiter (V2) is like that: it can do phase and vibrato and a ton of good sounds, but I tend to have it set to phase almost all the time.

Delays I change quite a bit as I've never liked tap tempo. I'll change from long delay times to short, mess with the repeats, all sorts of things. I also like modulated delays (EQD Space Spiral quickly becoming a favorite), so I guess that part holds true with me as well.
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Post by smetak » Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:22 pm

Yep, for guitar - one setting for the Superego and the Afterneath (which goes into the loop of the Superego) - actually, someone once messed up the setting on the Superego, which drove me up the wall - so, today, I have masked tape over the buttons. Also, rarely, if ever, change the settings on the compressor (Greer's Fishpress) and on the Neunaber reverb at the end of the chain.

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Post by notjoesuthers » Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:14 am

gentle_attack wrote:Tuner :hihi:
A while back I saw a Korg tuner with two footswitches and I all I could think was "WHY? Tuners don't need tap tempo." :hmm:

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Post by Johnnyfive » Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:37 am

Antlerface wrote:I have a setting on a Rat2 I never ever change, love it to death.
me too. stomp on it for distortion, stomp it off for clean. my boss ds-2 was always set with the tone fully down, distortion up - makes a strat sound weird and wooly and sustain-y.

big muff, on the other hand, had to be fiddled with every day. sounded different in each new venue, so eventually i gave up using it live.

(glad i kept it though because korg ms20 through a big muff is a thing of wonder and awe)

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Post by calaveras » Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:38 am

I have few pedals that sound good in more than one setting.
I've got a ton of distortion pedals, but the Rat keeps finding its way back in there because it does bluesy, punk and shred.
Most of my other ODs are one narrow sweetspot. Though my modded double muff has this great spitty starved voltage sound in addition to the normal warm OD.

OTOH I've had a B:Assmaster for years and still cant decide what it's sweet spot is. A little too flexible.

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