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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-27-2010, 03:51 AM Thread Starter
 
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NED: MXR KFK EQ

So I got myself a new gadget yesterday, the MXR KFK 10 band equalizer. It's great for adjusting your tone obviously but it also makes a bit of noise when it's active. Since my distortion and wah also makes some unwanted noise I came to the conclusion that I need a noise suppressor.
I read good things about both the MXR Smart Gate and the Boss NS-2. I can get the Boss for half the price of the MXR pedal so my question is if the Boss is good enough or not. Also - where in the chain would it make sence to put it?
My chain as of today is: Guitar -> Tuner -> EQ -> Wah -> Distortion -> OD -> Micro POG - > Volume -> Reverb -> Delay -> Amp.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-27-2010, 04:27 AM
 
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Re: NED: MXR KFK EQ

the way you put it in the signal chain, it shapes pickup response rather tan distortion. Also, any noise made by the EQ will be amplified be the dist. Did you try it after the dist? I'm using the MXR 6 band after dist and it's very quiet
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Re: NED: MXR KFK EQ

No, I haven't tried that. I was told to put it in front since I don't have a compressor. But I will give it a go. Thanks!
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Re: NED: MXR KFK EQ

The MXR Smart Gate is a fantastic pedal. I've reviewed it here in the review section, as well as on my blog. I'd spend the extra to get the MXR unit.
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Re: NED: MXR KFK EQ

Yeah I read that - good review, btw - but I've also read good things about the Boss NS2 which is half the price. I'll try to move the EQ and see if that helps first before deciding on the noise filter.
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Re: NED: MXR KFK EQ

it doesn't have anything to do with compressor I think.
You can either use it before or after but it sounds very different, I prefer it after the dist. Don't just try to move it up the signal chain, you'll probably have to tweak the sliders.
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Re: NED: MXR KFK EQ

I would also recommend placing any type of eq device after a distortion unit.


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Re: NED: MXR KFK EQ

Good advises guys. Thanks again
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post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-29-2010, 04:49 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: NED: MXR KFK EQ

I tried putting the EQ behind the distortion at rehearsals yesterday and voila - all worked perfectly.
I must say the EQ is a great tool. As the Satchurator has only one tone knob you can really nail your tone with the EQ. I got a really great fat sound with a bit more gain and volume and used it as a solo boost for a few songs and that was also very successful.
Thanks for your good advice, guys
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Re: NED: MXR KFK EQ

Glad it worked out for you man. I started using EQ just a few months ago and it became a single pedal I couldn't live without
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Re: NED: MXR KFK EQ

I have the regular version of the (MXR 10 band), which is pretty much the exact same thing with only one input. I have mine in the FX loop on my mesa and couldnt be happier. Not sure if you have a loop or not, but if you do give it a shot.
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No I don't have a loop, but I guess that is just a matter of time before I set up. As I understand that improves your overall sound if set up correctly?
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Re: NED: MXR KFK EQ

If you run the dist into a clean amp you don't need a loop. The whole idea of FX loop is to allow certain effects (delay, reverb, EQ) to be placed in the signal chain after stages that produce distortion (od/dist pedals and preamp section of the amp).
If amp is overdriven on it's own it's generally a good idea to have a loop.
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Re: NED: MXR KFK EQ

+1 on hellboars comment. EQ in the loop is where it will be most effective at tone shaping.

Having amps with just tone pots that control general frequency response over a spectrum gives you broad control, but with the EQ in the loop that gives you precise control over specific frequencies lets you hone in on tone. My mesa would never sound the same without my EQ.

bancika is correct as well though. I ran a satchurator through the clean channel of my Mesa, and it was "heavier" than my normal lead (granted my EQ was on). Still, a properly overdriven clean is just as effective side by side to a gained out lead. Take Opeth for example: they use the clean channel of their Laney amps ALL the time and just use Boss multi-effects for ALL their distortions. Sounds awesome as hell. Tone = Tone. Period. Technology has come a long way in the last 5 years.
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post #15 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-29-2010, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: NED: MXR KFK EQ

Good points.

I only use the clean channel on my amp (the od/distorted channels doesn't go heavier than crunch) but I'll test out the sound with and without an FX loop and hear if I can make any difference out of it.
Another thing regarding the FX loop is that my delay is the VOX Time Machine. I read in another thread that this pedal didn't work well in an FX loop. Is that just down to setting the level correct or is it not a good pedal for a loop?
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