New to pedal switching and order of pedals on PX8+

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New to pedal switching and order of pedals on PX8+

Post by DarrylR » Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:06 pm

Hello, Forum -

I am new to the concept of using a pedal switching system and decided to pick up the PX8+ as my first choice. I am looking for some input on pedal order and recommended best practices, overall.

I am running 15 pedals on a PedalTrain board - the signal chain is currently as follows - Guitar into:
Digitech Drop pedal, into
Morley Mini-Wah, into
TC Electronics Polytune,

All of the above run into the IN of the PX8+

Loop 1: Wampler Ego Compressor
Loop 2: Keeley D&M Drive
Loop 3: Vertex TDrive
Loop 4: Fulltone DejaVibe
Loop 5: Friedman BE-OD
Loop 6: Electro-Harmonix Mel 9
Loop INSERT: TC Electronics Quintessence Harmonizer
Loop 7: Dunlop EchoPlex (w/MXR tap pedal), into Fender Mirror Image Digital Delay, into TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb, into Morley Mini-Volume to the Loop 7 return. I did this to maintain the "tails" on the delays and reverb.
Loop 8: Empty (I had the HoF Reverb in this until I decided I wanted "tails" on the verb, too)

OUT goes to a TC Electronics Ditto Looper pedal, and then onto the front end of a 30-watt Marshall head.

This was my first pass, and I am sure there can be some improvements.

Some questions:
1) The Loop INSERT can be used for the Volume Pedal? Will I be able to maintain "tails" on the delays and reverbs? And I will likely move the Harmony pedal to a different loop.

2) It has been recommended to me to move the Mel 9 out of a loop and BEFORE the IN of the PX8+ (and before the drive pedals). If I do this will I be able to fade it out from the Volume pedal (along with the delays and reverb)?

3) The instructions for the Drop pedal indicated that the guitar should go into it before anything else, so that is why it, along with the Wah and the Tuner, are in series and not in individual loops.

4) I was told today that I should include ALL drive pedals in one loop? I know that the TDrive and the BE-OD do not play nice with each other, and I am concerned about noise! The D&M and the TDrive are really quiet, but the BE-OD is pretty noisy when I set it for the metal stuff it is used for. The D of the D&M is used for modern rock and hard rock, and the M side of the D&M is being used as a boost for all solos, no matter what pedal is engaged. The TDrive is for classic rock and bluesier numbers. Recommendations on how to blend these folks into a happy family would be great!

Again, I am not too familiar with pedal switching systems, so I am looking for some good advice.

I have not considered the use of MIDI at this time.

Thanks again, and I hope to hear from some of you!


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