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Parallel Blend Dirt Boxes

Discussion in 'Effects Pedals, Strings and more' started by CathodeRay, Oct 19, 2019.

  1. CathodeRay

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    Anyone know of any other stomp boxes that let you blend multiple OD's in parallel into one output?

    So far found (edited - have added pedals mentioned below)

    Parallel Dirt:
    Empress MultiDrive
    Boss OD-200
    Source Audio LA Lady / Kingmaker
    Strymon Sunset
    Chase Bliss Brothers
    Fractal Audio Systems FX8
    Line 6 HX Stomp
    Line 6 POD HD500

    TC Electronic Nova Drive
    Boss JB-2 Angry Driver

    Mix + Dirt:
    Fender Smolder

    Pedal Mixers:
    EHX Tri-Parallel Mixer
    Radial Mix-Blender
    Xotic X-Blender
    Boss LS-2
    TheGigRig Wetter Box
    Boss ES-5 and ES-8

    ?
    Boss MS-3??
    Line 6 MultiStomp??




    Jump to 7:00 for a quick summary of the parallel blend idea.
     
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  2. CathodeRay

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    ...the header should read "Parallel Blend Dirt Boxes" not "Parallel Bend", although that would be cool too.
     
  3. chuck_zc

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    The Boss JB-2 {Angry Driver] is also capable of doing parallel dirt.
     
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  4. troyhead

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    The Boss ES-5 and ES-8 for sure can. Not sure about the MS-3, but I think it can too.
     
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  5. knight_yyz

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    Empress Multi Drive you can blend all 3 channels in parallel and then add 1 or more of the high/low pass filters per drive type you can get some pretty cool tones.

    You can also buy a The Wetter Box by TheGigRig and use your favorite drives in parallel

    There is a Tps episode on YouTube dedicated to this topic

     
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  6. mhammer

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    Chase Bliss Brothers permits A->B, B->A, and A+B.

    Of course, all the commercial pedals mentioned so far are effectively proprietary, insomuch as one is combining their overdrives, and not the overdrives of one's choice. That doesn't make them "bad", just not as flexible as one might like. Splitter/mixer boxes (1-in, two-send, two-return, 1-out) can allow one to use whatever you want, including things beyond overdrive. F'rinstance, one could run a reverb or delay in parallel with an overdrive, such that the main signal is dirty but the ambience is clean.
     
  7. CathodeRay

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    #3 - Electro-Harmonix Tri-Parallel Mixer
     
  8. chuck_zc

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    Boss LS-2 will let you run effects of your choice through 2 effects loops in parallel, series or A/B
     
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  9. mhammer

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    True, and I think it's a terrific unit, but you can easily package a 2-channel splitter/mixer with bypass into a much smaller enclosure about 1/4 the footprint, so that it can fit on a pedalboard, and not BE a pedalboard. There is certainly a purpose and need/use for the Tri-Parallel, but many players only need to create two parallel paths to blend together. So, one market niche filled, and a second still waiting.
     
  10. knight_yyz

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    Like this
     
  11. mhammer

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    The one I made for myself adopts a slightly different strategy. Rather than using a "Blend" control and two Gain controls. I simply use a 2-input mixer with a wee bit of gain and individual level controls. Because phase can occasionally be an issue, there's a phase-invert switch on one of the inputs. That can also be used for "creative" cancellation. The big Blend control is potentially movable with one's foot, which is a perk. Not absolutely necessary, but handy nonetheless.

    I built such a unit into a rackmount multi-FX I made for myself in the late '80s. I sold it to someone in Fredericton in '91, I think. It also included some nondedicated electronic bypass switches, that could be used in latching or momentary mode.

    The Wetter box is a more full-featured unit than I made for myself, and I imagine the price tag reflects that.
     
  12. Merlin

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    The TC Electronic Nova Drive allows parallel or series drives.
     
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  13. CathodeRay

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    This is giving me a lot more options, awesome thanks guys.

    (I'll update the list at the top of this thread.)
     
  14. knight_yyz

    knight_yyz Gold Member

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    Wetter box is 160 euro... Still cheaper than an Empress multi drive
     
  15. Merlin

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    Not parallel, but series; the Tech 21 Double Drive 3x is doing it for me these days.
     

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