When playing out, one of the first issues you’re going to have to deal with is adapting your tone to various physical spaces or unfamiliar backline equipment. Dedicated clean and distortion channels give you tone-shaping flexibility and classic sounds. When you play a gig, you’re at the mercy of the venue’s acoustics and sound tech.Here’s a list of pedals that allow you to retain as much control over your sound as possible when playing live. The distortion mode can give you that metal rash blast to blow away the crowd! MXR has that sound for any musician. These pedals used 1/8″ power jacks and had exactly the same circuit board as their pre-1981 box logo brothers. Channel 1 has a neutral bypass setting, but it can also be switched into either fat or scooped EQ curves.
That’s easy to work around, though – just plug in both the guitar cable and the amp cable before connecting into the amp. There are separate volume controls for clean and distortion. First, the XLR Out Pad provides a 20 db cut to the soundboard if your signal is too hot.
With eight 9V outputs and two 18V outputs, it will power just about any analog pedal, and each 9v output has a red LED that illuminates if there is a short. The CAE Buffer can be placed before, after, and sometimes in the middle of the effects chains to help drive things along. Jim Dunlop and MXR Jim Dunlop (the company famous for the Cry Baby Wah-Wah) bought the MXR licensing rights and currently manufactures reissues of some of the classic MXR effects pedals.