Looking at your idols performing on the stage, listening to the music they bring and seeing the miracle of music, it is natural that you are a music lover. Then, one day, you think of playing the music yourself, you nurse the dream of becoming a rock star! Having decided to buy yourself an excellent electric guitar, you have read a lot about how to choose a good one. Then, you hear someone mentioning effect pedals. They say you should buy best reverb pedal, the best equalizer pedal and the best… what? What? What are those? What do they do? Well, in this article, we will tell you kinds of effect pedals, which will make the music you play yours, very yours.
Effect pedals, which can also be called “fuzz” is one of the appliances that can be used to distort the sound of the electric guitars, adding personal colors and wishes into the music the guitarists play. Professional electric guitarists always say that without effect pedals, the electric guitar is no where different from a children’s toy.
There are two kinds of effect pedal, if functionally distinguished: The Multi- effect pedal and Compact pedal ( orStompbox).
Multi- effect pedals are digital kinds of fuzz, which means it has so many different effects and amps. Multi- effect pedals are able to mix one effect or amp with many others. As they has so many pedals, they are often made with the shape of a “table”. However, the characteristic that helps distinguishing them from Compact pedals is whether they can store many effects that are differently digitalized, not the shape of them. The quality of the sound that multi-effect pedals make are a little inferior to that of compact pedals as they are so artificial.
There are many types of compact pedals and you are recommended to own all of them if you really want to purchase professional music.
1. Preamp pedal
Preamp pedals are often known for the dynamic effects, which can alter the output sound of the instrument. If you want a louder and louder sound for your guitar, put it in the chain of your guitar effect.
2. Envelope Filter pedal (Auto Wah)
This kind of pedal is able to rise the pitch of your guitar or weaken the special chains of sound. Evelope Filter has the same sound with the Wah Pedal. However, this kind of pedal has an auto- sensor system ( automatically interact and interact with strong sounds), different from other pedal. Therefore, Evelope Filter pedal is often put on the first placed of the chain of the guitar effects.
3. Octaver pedal
Octaver pedal is one of the Pitch Effects ( the pitch of the sound changes depending on the intensity of vibrating frequency). This kind of effect will change and double the notes when you play in octave. Pitch perfect changes the first sound and other kinds of effect will follow, changing the music that comes out.
4. Pitch Shifter pedal
This kind of pedal works almost the same as Octaver. However, instead of doubling the note in octave, this type of effect can double the note anywhere you want to create your very own music. It often make the nearly same effect as the Whammy bar in Guitar.
5. Compressor pedal
Compressor is one of the Dynamic Effect pedals. This effect change the intensity of the sound. This kind of pedal can lower or higher the max volume of the electric guitar a little bit. It is placed near the first place in the chain of guitar effects.
6. Delay pedal
This kind of pedal can alter the time. This effect will create a replica of the input sound after altering the delay time, making a reverb, echo effect. This kind of pedal is often placed near the end of the chain of guitar effect.
7. Equalizer pedal
Known as EQ, this kind of pedal is able to push or cut the special pitch. It is often used to eliminate the unwanted sound, make the sound higher and rise the tone of the sound. EQ can be placed anywhere in the chain of Guitar effect.
8. Distortion pedal
Distortion, Overdrive, Gain and Fuzz Pedal make cozy but hard sound. While Distortion and Fuzz create almost the same sound at any level of the volume, Overdrive and Gain create “clean” sound at a low volume and distort the sound at high level of volume.
9. Wah pedal
Wah pedal is one kind of Effect Filter. This kind of music makes sound that is similar to human voice by changing it. Wah pedal should be placed right before or after distortion pedal.