Where do you put your volume pedal?
Published on 5 Jun 2015
In this episode, Daniel and Mick explore the humble volume pedal and where you can put it in your pedal signal chain. Dan also explains the difference between active and passive volume pedals.
There are three basic positions for your volume pedal...
• At the very end of your signal chain for an overall master volume, meaning that delay and reverb trails are also muted when you turn it down
• In between your drive effects and modulation/delay/reverb, to act as a master volume for the full drive sounds, but maintain the trails/decay of your ’verbs and delays
• Before your drive pedals so that the volume pedal varies the amount of gain (and volume) created by the drive pedal
Dan and Mick explain and demonstrate each of the three approaches to help you decide what will work best for you. The volume pedal is an active type by Morley, but that doesn't really matter – use whatever you like.
Dan is playing his Gibson Custom Shop R8 Les Paul. Mick is playing his Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster. The amps are a Marshall JTM45 (modded and reboxed) and a Lazy J J 20. Both amps are on all the time, and we do our best to offend all singers!
Switching is handled effortlessly as always by TheGigRig G2, enabling you to position the volume pedal pretty much wherever you like in the signal chain, without having to physically move it. Neat, huh?