how to use/modify a guitar stomp box to use line level inputs and outputs ?

Discussion in 'rec.audio.pro' started by funkrhythm, Aug 25, 2003.

  1. funkrhythm

    funkrhythm Guest

    greetings,

    here's my situation: i'd like to use a guitar distortion stomp box
    (i.e. proco ratt or somesuch) as part of an effects loop to process a
    line level signal.

    i understand that this sort of pedal is meant to be used with
    instrument level signals and not line level signals. when inserted in
    the loop, the output level of the stomp box is way below line level
    (and below the level of the input signal to the box) even with the
    gain cranked.

    can anyone suggest a way around this problem ? transformers,
    attenuators, a direct box, or maybe a modification to the pedal ?

    or does anyone make a distortion stomp box that has line level ins and
    outs ?

    thanks for any advice or pointers to more information !!
  2. Garthrr

    Garthrr Guest

    In article <8a0ae675.0308251258.176bdb69@posting.google.com>,
    funkrhythm@yahoo.com (funkrhythm) writes:

    >can anyone suggest a way around this problem ? transformers,
    >attenuators, a direct box, or maybe a modification to the pedal ?


    You might try a Henry Engineering Matchbox II. It really converts between +4
    and -10 but at least you'd be a lot closer.


    >or does anyone make a distortion stomp box that has line level ins and
    >outs ?


    Pacifix (Japanese gtr pedal maker) makes a pedal called the SOV 1. They sent me
    a couple to try out and one of them had a line level I/O. I think it may have
    been an early model though and they may have changed that feature. It would be
    worth looking into because its not a bad overdrive pedal.

    Garth~





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