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How To Integrate A Multi-effects Unit with Stomp Boxes Using Pedal-Board

A hybrid combination of an acoustic stompbox and a multi-effects unit is undoubtedly getting to the nerves of musicians who desire to create their kind of music comfortably during the gig.

So, if you’re serious about getting a hybrid rig, you’re at the right place. Read on to understand how a stompbox can be integrated with the multi-effects unit using a pedalboard.

Note: Stompbox is a great tool for a single gig, but when integrated with the correct multi-effect unit and a pedalboard, it can even be used for big concerts.

The integration can be understood by knowing with three basic factors:

Cost-Benefit Analysis

The initial thing that must be considered is that do you really require such wide range of effects that a multi-effects unit provides? It must be asked because integrating this hybrid combination can be heavy on pockets for budding musicians.

For Your Information (FYI): A hybrid stompbox/multi-effects installation is most likely most beneficial to the gamer with a couple of core stompboxes (usually dirt boxes) that form the base of this tone, but minus the occasional demand for a wider number of sounds, such as reverbs, delays, along with lots of varying colors of modulation.

Preference Of In Front Or At The Effects Loop

When selecting a preferred arrangement of effects, an individual has to likewise be thinking in what impacts will be going right into the front of the amplifier, and which ones will probably be inserted into the amplifier’s effects loop.

Obviously, if your amp is still old-school and doesn't always have an effects loop, then that which will run straight in.

If it will possess a loop, then the best bet may be to run boost, dirt, and comp pedals into the front of the amp, as well as your multi-effects unit (along with any modulation or ambient stomp-boxes) in the effects loop to get modulation, delay, and reverb. The downside of this process is the additional cabling involved, but when you would rather the noise, it could possibly be worth the trouble.


One of the most significant and last consideration when incorporating a pedal-board and a multi-effect into one Voltron-like juggernaut of tone is power. Digital multi-effects are famously power-hungry beasts, and all of them have different power requirements, therefore they often arrive with their very own dedicated, wall-wart style power source. If this really is the situation, then you need an excess outlet to plug it into. Some bigger stompbox power supplies have an additional, three-prong AC connection on board that's great for this particular application.

Hybrid Combination In Sweet Harmony

Given that multi-effects can contend with stomp-boxes on reliability and noise quality, there's no reason that these once competing enemies must not combine and live harmoniously together on a single pedalboard. Assessing the numerous advantages that such a flexible, compact, and cost-effective rig may offer is sure to confer lots of blessings upon all of your musical tunes.

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