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ChristopherSchlegel
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ChristopherSchlegel
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09/07/2022 7:40 pm
Originally Posted by: slittle_92

I was just wondering on what pedal choice should be for my first pedal board for potential small giging.

[p]Assuming you don't want to use the Katana's built in channel switching function (I use an A/B switch to go between the 2 panel settings on my Katana-50w), there are two options to consider: individual pedals & all in one processors.

If you go the pedal route then you should consider getting a power supply so you aren't worried about batteries. I use a Voodoo Labs unit like this for my small pedalboard.

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/PedalPwrX418VEK--voodoo-lab-pedal-power-x4-18v-isolated-power-supply-expander-kit

It fits right on or under a PedalTrain Jr. board!

This list of artists you mention definitely require some kind of overdrive or distortion, but I'm not sure you need more than one good unit to cover all the bases. Maybe an overdrive & distortion to stack for the heavier material. I'm not sure you need a compressor with any of that material. The Katana has a great selection of reverbs & delays you could use for a general setting.

I'd consider a modulation unit: chorus, flange, phaser. Get something small & practical.

If you go the multi-effects route, you can get more timbres in one box. I've performed, recorded & experiemented with a variety of multi-effects processors, floor units & rack unit. Nowdays there are software options that can do it all.

The most useful multieffects pedal I've ever had & still use on my current board is a Zoom MS-50G.

https://zoomcorp.com/en/us/multi-effects/multistomp-pedals/ms-50g/

It takes up the space of a pedal, but contains dozens of the most practical modulation, texture, delay, etc. device I use on a regular basis. It's also got a great tuner function!

So it goes at the end of the signal chain after an overdrive & optional wah pedal. Simple & practical.

I have a tutorial on using pedals in a performance context. I cover using the power supply, the signal chain, covering the bases for practicality. Then I show how to play a practice tune in real time while switching effects during parts of the song.

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=2609

Ultimately you should write down all the songs you expect to play, write the tones you will want to have on tap for each song. Then start to see what you really need for the majority of those tunes.

Hope that helps!


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