Where in my chain to put boost pedal

Discussion in 'The Tone Zone' started by Shane Stevenson, Mar 14, 2020.

  1. Shane Stevenson

    Shane Stevenson Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2019
    Messages:
    235
    Likes Received:
    641
    I’m thinking about buying a Spark Boost Mini. At the moment my pedal board is minimal and thats how I like it with my SV20h. In this order here is what I have going on: guitar, tuner, tubescreamer mini, ts808, and Keeley reverb/delay at the end. My keeley is going into my effects loop so I’m running 4CM.

    Should a boost pedal go in between my ts808 and my reverb/delay pedal and should I run a boost into the effects loop?
     
    tce63 likes this.
  2. South Park

    South Park Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2019
    Messages:
    2,211
    Likes Received:
    1,798
    is Thar a reason you need a boost pedal
     
    tce63 and Sustainium like this.
  3. ricksdisconnected

    ricksdisconnected Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2019
    Messages:
    3,200
    Likes Received:
    4,264
    well you can put it in front of your OD too and you will be boosting just the pick up signal alone then into your OD.
    run boost just before or just after od. ymmv
     
  4. AlanH

    AlanH Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2017
    Messages:
    532
    Likes Received:
    587
    Location:
    UK
    For volume boosts in the loop, before modulations and delays.

    For extra compression, before whatever you're goosing (TS mini, 808 or front end preamp section of amp)
     
    tce63 and Bull Rock like this.
  5. ampmadscientist

    ampmadscientist Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2014
    Messages:
    17,983
    Likes Received:
    12,012
    Location:
    Bio-Isolation Lock Down
    I think the boost should be the last pedal in the effects loop, then into the effects return.
    This way the power amp can be pushed as far as it will go. (if it can be pushed any further than it already is)
    But people with noisy pedals and noise gates are going to cry cry cry.
    I'm going to use a pedal in the loop that doesn't need a noise gate to start with, maybe that sounds crazy.
     
    tce63 and El Gringo like this.
  6. scozz

    scozz Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2008
    Messages:
    3,248
    Likes Received:
    7,364
    I run my Spark boost in front of my SC20, right after my Maxon OD9. I also use the 4CM, I have my Delay, Chorus, and EQ pedals in the loop.

    This works for me.
     
  7. Bull Rock

    Bull Rock Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2015
    Messages:
    1,665
    Likes Received:
    2,373
    Location:
    Canada Eh
    Loop.
     
    tce63 likes this.
  8. junk notes

    junk notes Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2018
    Messages:
    888
    Likes Received:
    810
    Location:
    incarcerated
    99% of the time a boost/preamp will sound best going through the front, but there are no rules with individual setups as it almost always does not apply to other individuals and their gear.
    A boost could be useful in the loop as an enhancer, combined with a modulation pedal or other effect pedal to thicken the pedals affect, or to alter it for different sounds. Or as a tone shaper.
    *As in Plexi's, SV20's dual channel is useful and offers another possible setup in this situation. Guitar plugged straight into High Treble input 1, then jumpered out from High Treble input 2 into your boost pedal,
    which goes back out into Normal 1 input, now controlling the entire effect's 'blend' with Normal's Loudness knob.
    Several possible configs can be had for these types of Marshall's opposed to other Marshall amps or other amps. YMMV
     
    tce63, Sustainium and scozz like this.
  9. Kutt

    Kutt Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2010
    Messages:
    1,104
    Likes Received:
    1,524
    Location:
    Massachusetts, USA
    Boosts are a "utility" pedal and can really go anywhere. It depends on what you're trying to achieve. I use a boost to goose my signal chain so I have it at the end of my pedalboard, right before it feeds the front end of the amp.

    In the end you need to experiment yourself and test it in all configurations.
     
    tce63, MonstersOfTheMidway and scozz like this.
  10. Wenander

    Wenander Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2015
    Messages:
    227
    Likes Received:
    244
    Location:
    Sweden
    put it after the tuner, then experiment with the other pedals wich order is best..some like a kick in the ass some does not. move delay/reverb to the loop
     
    tce63 likes this.
  11. HOT TUBES 70

    HOT TUBES 70 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2008
    Messages:
    11,215
    Likes Received:
    5,704
    Location:
    The frozen hell called Canada !
    If your looking for all out volume boost , end of the chain in your loop .
     
    tce63 likes this.
  12. Martin Adams

    Martin Adams Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2019
    Messages:
    20
    Likes Received:
    31
    I run my spark boost mini in the fx loop for vol boost and have it as my last pedal after delay. Have tried it before delay and that worked ok too.
    Mine is set at 9 o clock for a decent lift
     
    tce63 likes this.
  13. Sustainium

    Sustainium Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2019
    Messages:
    604
    Likes Received:
    1,210
    Great info, this is the kind of post that keeps me logging on.
     
    tce63 likes this.
  14. tce63

    tce63 Well-Known Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2018
    Messages:
    1,541
    Likes Received:
    4,003
    Location:
    Sweden
    I have the 4 knobs version of the Spark Boost pedal, actually I have 2, one i clean mode and one in Fat mode.
    I run them in front of my SV20H, I also have a HOF in the loop, all pedals I need :)
     
    SkyMonkey likes this.
  15. marco_giampa23

    marco_giampa23 Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2020
    Messages:
    247
    Likes Received:
    222
    Location:
    STRAYA
    First find out what you would like to do.

    Boost the pre amp? Put it at the and of your pedals
    Boost the power amp? in the effects loop (also works for volume boost)
    Boost another pedal? Puy it infront of said pedal

    hope this helps, just try everything and see what you like
     
    tce63 likes this.
  16. pedecamp

    pedecamp Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2009
    Messages:
    14,515
    Likes Received:
    11,448
    Depends on what youre using it for, you want to add gain to your signal put it out front anywhere, you want to add volume put it at the end of your loop chain. :yesway:
     
    tce63 likes this.
  17. Marshall4Metal

    Marshall4Metal Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2016
    Messages:
    327
    Likes Received:
    372
    I run my JCM same way this guy does . An overdrive on all the time a chorus I run out front along with my gate so it's chorus overdrive Gate. Then an EQ in the loop to boost that's it .


    His delay is set just to give some space around the notes. I have a delay but I'm not 100 percnt happy with it so i'm not using it if I do it's set basically the same way just enough to give the notes some air and space.
     
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2020

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice