|January 17th, 2020
|contra, music, sound, tech
One option is to put a pickup on the fiddle and run that into guitar pedals. This will work, but pickups generally sound much worse than clip-on mics like the ubiquitous AT PRO-35. Since you're mostly playing uneffected, you don't want to give that up.
Another option is to get a vocal effects processor. For example, I have a VoiceTone D1. These take balanced XLR from the mic, send balanced XLR to the board, and provide phantom power, so they make a lot of sense technically. Unfortunately, since they are designed for a vocal signal I've found they sound pretty crummy when applied to fiddle or mandolin.
A mixer should work here, but it seems like both overkill and a hack? Get a small mixer with phantom power, run the output of the mixer into a guitar pedal, run the output of the guitar pedal into another channel on the mixer. For example, with a cheap mixer like the Behringer Xenyx 502 you would:
- run the mic into channel one, which provides phantom power
- pan channel one hard right
- run the right main output into the guitar pedal
- run the guitar's pedal's output into channel 2 (left)
- set the 2/3 balance to hard left
- run the left main output (balanced) to the mixer
You're also in a funny place impedance-wise, where the guitar pedal may be expecting a high impedance input or to be driving a high impedance output. If you need that you could add a reamper (ex) before the pedal and a DI (ex) after. I'm not sure whether this is something pedals tend to care about?
All of this seems like a mess to me. It seems like maybe a bunch of people would want a box with:
- XLR input with phantom power
- A good quality pre-amp with gain control
- High-impedance 1/4" output to the pedal
- High-impedance 1/4" input from the pedal
- XLR output
- Maybe a second dry-only XLR output
Follow-up: Guitar Pedals on Fiddle
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