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Running Effects Comparison...

Discussion in 'Axe-Fx II Discussion' started by Rocketsurgeongeneral, Dec 7, 2018 at 7:54 PM.

  1. Rocketsurgeongeneral

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    What is the difference between running effects parallel or one after the other

    Parallel: AMP>DELAY>
    DELAY 2>

    One after the other: AMP>DELAY>DELAY 2

    I tried this out and can't really tell what's going on.
     
  2. fractalz

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    In parallel, you set mix to 100% and control mix with level.

    In series, you set level to 0db and control mix with the mix knob.

    Other than that, parallel is a way to break things apart (e.g. have a delay that skips past the reverb at the end).

    If you don’t need that kind of routing, they end up being equivalent.

    A gotcha with parallel is forgetting to set mix to 100%, or forgetting to mute on bypass.
     
  3. unix-guy

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    You don't always do that in parallel... For things like delay and reverb, yes.

    You can also use Input Gain instead of Level.

    There are other reasons to run things parallel, such as having 2 amps simultaneously.
     
  4. Admin M@

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    @Rocketsurgeongeneral ... I am going to give you an experiment to perform.

    Set up two delays in parallel. Set each delay to Digital Mono.
    Set the mix of the series delay to 50%. Set the mix of the parallel delay to 100%.
    Set the feedback to 0% on the series delay. Set the feedback to 75% on the parallel delay.
    Set the time on the series delay to 300 ms. Set the time on the parallel delay to 100 ms.
    Listen to the echoes.

    Now move the paralel delay so it is in series (after the 1st delay) as in your own example. Set its MIX to 50%.
    Listen to the echoes.

    Now explore different settings and see what you can learn. For instance, what happens if you increase feedback on the 1st delay? What happens if you set the times of the two delays closer together (300ms & 350ms). What happens if you try types other than digital mono? Think it through. Make predictions. Do some experiments. You may discover something new new. Switch back to parallel and perform a new set of experiments.

    HAVE FUN.
     
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