One of the very cool things about using the MOD Duo is the staggering number of different pedalboards that can be assembled. For those who are new to the system this enormous number of options can sometimes turn into a hassle and, because of that, I will write here a description on some of my favorite pedalboards to be used as a starting point.
Being a guitarist myself, they are obviously aimed at the guitar, but some techniques can be explored for many other instruments as well. The first one is a basic clean guitar tone.
Now, when we allude to a clean guitar tone we are normally referring to a guitar amplifier + cabinet sound and the Plugin Library offers some different simulations for that purpose. Please be aware that such plugins are NOT meant to be used when you have your MOD Duo connected to a real guitar amplifier – which in this case would have its own tone - and should only be used when the musician is:
- Connecting the MOD Duo to a computer audio interface for recording;
- Connecting the MOD Duo to a mixing desk or even a PA system;
- playing with headphones.
Currently we have multiple options for this purpose and my preferred one is this:
Here we have the GX Alembic - simulation of the famous Alembic F-2B preamp – followed by the GX Cabinet which is an impulse response based cabinet simulator with multiple cabinet options. I played with the same settings using the three pickups of my strat to show the differences.
The GX Alembic provides a nice response with a bit of a punch and the following cabinet adds the desired tonal signature. The reverb in the end of the chain is to add a bit of body to the sound.
Here is the same pedalboard played with lots of different cabinet models to illustrate how they impact the tone:
The very first riff has the Cabinet deactivated. Checkout what a difference it makes. Because this is a digital processor, preventing clipping is a must so I always have a volume plugin at the very end of the chain in order to control the output volume and make sure I am not clipping the DAC. This can be checked with the LEDs on the top face of the MOD Duo: blinking red light means it is over 0dB, red light is between -3dB and 0dB, yellow light is between -12dB and -3dB, green light is between -30dB and -12db and under -30dB the light is off.
For me, the most important controls to be addressed in this pedalboard are:
- GX Alembic Bright switch
- GX Alembic tonestack – bass, mid and treble
- GX Cabinet models
- Reverb Mix
- Reverb On/Off
- Output Volume
You can of course use this pedalboard as a basic block and then add some other effects to it. Here are three different examples using a Chorus, a Phaser and a Tremolo.
Hope you all enjoy.
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