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jonathan
post Oct 16 2009, 12:54 AM
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Hi everyone! I'm trying to decide between two types of pedals right now, a booster pedal such as the RC booster from xotic effects or an overdrive pedal like the boss OD-3. I bassically just want to increase the volume of my guitar when playing a solo so it can be louder than the rythm guitar, what do u suggest?

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post Oct 16 2009, 01:00 AM
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I don't have much experience with the pedals you mentioned, but in a live band setting, to boost my guitar sound for solos I didn't boost the volume - I boosted the mid freqs to bring my guitar sound forward. I'm guessing the RC booster would work along the same principles but I can't give you a definative answer there.


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post Oct 16 2009, 01:24 AM
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Making a solo louder" wont always make it stand more out in a livesetting.
As Artemus said, boosting frequencies will probably sound way better. An EQ pedal might do the trick instead of boosters.

But again, there's probably a million opinions on this. But personally i prefer the frequency-boost instead of volume-boost.


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post Oct 16 2009, 08:45 AM
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QUOTE (jonathan @ Oct 16 2009, 01:54 AM) *
Hi everyone! I'm trying to decide between two types of pedals right now, a booster pedal such as the RC booster from xotic effects or an overdrive pedal like the boss OD-3. I bassically just want to increase the volume of my guitar when playing a solo so it can be louder than the rythm guitar, what do u suggest?

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It's not granted an OD pedal will work the way you expect it to if you're looking to boost solos.

Like Trond I will suggest you get an EQ pedal with a dB boost, like the Boss seven band eq pedal has.
Add mid frequencies and boost the signal some when you play solo, that will make it stick out and raise the volume without distorting the signal.

Try the EQ pedal both infront of the amp and in the loop to see, or hear, what you think is better.


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post Oct 16 2009, 09:26 AM
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I guess it's depending on what kind of music You play, but I have alway's done it by turning down the volume on the guitar itself for backing and then turn it up for a solo. When having two sounds, eg. a "clean" sound and a distorted, You can get three sounds by turning down the guitars volume on the distorted sound, making it "crunchy"....

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post Oct 16 2009, 03:27 PM
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For the use you mentioned I think this pedal will do the job very well!

Its the MXR Micro Amp pedal. Many use it live.

http://www.jimdunlop.com/index.php?page=pr.../pip&id=253



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post Oct 17 2009, 07:44 AM
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QUOTE (jonathan @ Oct 16 2009, 01:54 AM) *
Hi everyone! I'm trying to decide between two types of pedals right now, a booster pedal such as the RC booster from xotic effects or an overdrive pedal like the boss OD-3. I bassically just want to increase the volume of my guitar when playing a solo so it can be louder than the rythm guitar, what do u suggest?

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+1 with the RC booster :
It's a very transparent 20db+ clean boost and with the 2 band active EQ you could easily find your right tone.
There's a lot of boost pedals and I should recommend you to try some of them with your own material and of course with others pedals you used.


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