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What kind of FX do you use in your Main/Live Rig?

All Rack, all the time baby.
Mostly Rack, but I gots a few pedals.
Some Rack, lots of pedals.
All pedals; no Rack effects, and no big hair either.
No fx, other than what my preamp already provides anyway.

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Rack vs. Pedals vs. ..what?!
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Full disclosure:  I used to hate using pedal FX.   But I'm going to guess that was probably because I wasn't using them correctly back then.... ::)   Batteries being sucked dry waaay too soon, walwart power supplies offering plenty of Ground Loop hum, tone suckage, etc.   But lately I've been reaching out a bit for some pedals for some special purposes that my preamp and fx unit can't give by themselves.  So, then I figured a Poll was in order to see how others do.   Vote away!   
RIG OF FIRE:  ADA MP-2, Rocktron Xpression, Peavey Classic 60/60, Gator GPB-BAK-1 pedalboard, Korg DTR1000, Rolls MidiBuddy, Morley Tremonti wah, Saturnworks buffered splitter.
Mellotron/organ section:  EHX Mel9, EHX C9, EHX Soul Food, Saturnworks A/B switch, Vox V860 volume, Crate Powerblock.
Pair of 4x12 cabs:  each custom wired for both 2x12 guitar and 2x12 Mel9. UPDATED DIAGRAMS
HOME/STUDIO/COMBOS/STUFF:  ADA Quad Tube 150m, Crate G60XL, Saturnworks Saturn Fuzz, Peavey PV6.
GUITARS:  Jackson KE3-DiMarzio Breed/PAF Pro, Jackson KE3-DiMarzio Breed/PAF Pro, Silvertone P-bass, '70s Gretsch Dorado acoustic.


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Re: Rack vs. Pedals vs. ..what?!
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well I use an FX unit on the floor and preamp and amp in my rack.

I have an idea for expanding my rack but basically I'm limited due to foreign travel for gigs like I'm playing in Malta next year.

So I may have to have a more localized rack (and I dunno if there is any point to this or not) and foreign travel light weight rack.  Currently my rack is the travel lightweight 3u rack with floor FX.

My possible idea is to have a half rack+EQ half rack noise gate, amp, MFX, preamp and amp all in a rack and use midi control pedal however I dunno if their is any point.  I have all the stuff I just haven't built it.

I have:
Boss SX700
Boss NS-50+Boss GE-21
Preamp (have multiple choice here)
Harley Benton GPA400
Furman PC
"whadda ya want? we want Heavy Metal"

Guitars:1986 Westone Dimension IV, 1989 Korean Squier Fat Strat Silver Series, 1998 Korean Squier Fat Strat, MIM Fender Fat Strat - FR, Squier Stagemaster Deluxe - Thru Neck x 2, Squier Stagemaster 22 Fret - 1st Gen, 1999 Squier Showmaster - Anniversary Edition, Squier Showmaster, Tokai FV40 Flying V

Effects:  Ada Mp1, Peavey Rockmaster, Boss GT5 * Amps:   Rocktron Velocity 300 - Harley Benton GPA400
Cabs: 4 x Bugera 2 x 12"

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Re: Rack vs. Pedals vs. ..what?!
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For delay and chorus, I always prefer to go rack-less tap dancing.  For other modulation like phaser or flange I have stompboxes in a detachable rack shelf that sits on the floor along with my tuner, wah, A/B, and an additional chorus just in case I want it.
Rack of Death:
MP1 v1.38/Alesis Midiverb II/Marshall Valvestate 8004

Rack of Back:
MP1 v2.01/Digitech GSP21 Legend/MosValve 1160

Boss TU2, Mooer Pitchbox, Boss BF2, Boss CE5, MXR EVH Phase 90, Behringer HB01 Wah/Digitech Control 7/

Custom 2X12 with WGS Retro 30/HM75

Gibson Custom Shop Flying V - Dimarzio X2Ns
Gibson Les Paul Standard - Dimarzio Crunch Lab/Tone Zone
Gibson Custom Shop Explorer - Dimarzio MegaDrive/Air Norton
CC Clarke Superstrat - Dimarzio Evolution
No-Name Superstrat - Dimarzio Steve's Special/HS4/HS4
Ovation Matrix
Ibanez AC130
Washburn Lyon LB21

Other Rack Gear:
Peavey TG Raxx
Yamaha SPX90II

Other Pedals:
Morley Bad Horsie 2
Boss NS2
Digitech Whammy

Carvin X100B
Laney AOR
Marshall JCM800
Marshall Jubilee
ADA Microtube 100
Roland GP8
Rocktron Intellifex Blackface
Lee Jackson SP1000


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Re: Rack vs. Pedals vs. ..what?!
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I gave up pedals many, many years ago, best thing I ever did.  I only have the MXC pedal pack at my feet (1 x MXC, 1 x CC pedal (assigned to MP-2 master vol), 1 x quad switch) connected with the 7 pin midi cable.  MP-2 has wah, comp, 9 band eq (as well as normal b,m, t and pres), 10 all tube voices (from clean to part your hair), noise gate, chorus, tremolo, cab sims and stereo parallel Fx loop.  Quad switch can be assigned to toggle any of the Fx.  Then my Quadverb does delays and reverb (and also lots of other things I don't bother with eg flange, phase, Leslie, more eq  :facepalm: , etc). I also used to use the IPS33 smart shift, but I took it out of the rack as I hardly ever use it these days.
Studio Rig: MP2/MB1 > Eurorack UB2442FX-Pro > TC M-One XL > Behringer Truths (with Truth Sub) / QUAD ESL 63s
Live Rig: MP2/MB1 > Alesis Quadverb > Alesis Midiverb 4 > Yamaha AM802 > B200s/Carvin TS100/DCM200L > ADA Split Stacks/Mesa P112s
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