to Rock God status, I hoped you could enlighten me with everything you know about getting particular sounds out of amps and effects--both as a general proposition, and with respect to the infinitely tweakable
I just got a Pod HD effects unit, and I'm trying to learn how to use it. It's a nifty little device, allowing you to simulate and mix and match your head, cabinet, and drop in any of around 100 effects. Yes, I know that a processor is a poor substitute for a good amp and a handful of good pedals.
The catch is that I barely know what a head does, I have no idea what different cabinets I should use to get any sounds in particular, and I have zero idea whatsoever about which effects pedals do what, and what order they should go in.
To be clear, my question is not so much about the Pod HD itself (though I appreciate your insights), but rather about how to build a particular sound.
What should I put first in the effects chain? Last? Before the amp? After?
Do you use overdrive and distortion at the same time?
How do overdrive and distortion pedals interact with gain on the amp?
Should I put reverb before the amp or after? How does a reverb pedal interact with reverb on the amp?
What's the difference between reverb and delay? Wet reverb? Digital vs. analog vs. tape?
Lo-pass filters? High-pass filters? EQ? Noise gates? WTF? And where to put them?
I've seen this helpful catalog of different musicians' setups on Guitar Geek
(from this thread
), and I'm trying to work my way through recreating them in the Pod, but without actual settings, I'm a bit at a loss as to how they come together (i.e., take this one of Robert Smith's setup
--does he play with distortion really low, and then adds overdrive on top? I have no idea).
Really--I'm starting from zero
. I've pretty much only played acoustic for close to 20 years until last month, and I have literally no idea how this works
, but I have literally thousands and thousands of variables I could tweak. If there is a primer, a guitar effects for dummies book, youtube tutorial--anything--that you used to figure out how this all comes together, I'd love to hear it. (Yes, I realize that everyone makes their own sound, and that's the wonder of music, but I'm trying to learn to walk here before I can run...) I tend to play Britpoppy stuff mostly, but I'm open to hearing insights from any corner of the guitar world.