Booster Parameters & Overview

Difficulty: Spectrum

Booster effects boost the guitar signal and there are many different colours that you should explore and get familiar with. Many of the names should give you a rather strong hint as to what they do but there’s no substitute for listening and trying them out yourself. 

Parameters

The parameters you have to adjust the Booster effects are the same for each type. It can be an interesting lesson to move between the types with the settings the same so you can understand the flavour of each.

Drive
This is the amount of boost you want. On other effect boxes, this might be called distortion or gain or overdrive - but they’re all essentially doing the same thing - boosting the signal - and boosting the signal into a crunchy setting on an amp will give you more crunch.

Tone
This is an all-round EQ and tuning it will change the overall tone. *NOTE TO SELF: check is it mid boost/cut or what on each type!*

Bottom
This will boost or cut the amount of bass in the sound. Playing on your own you can adjust it to taste, but in a band setting you should be careful with the bass as it can get in the way of the bass player’s sounds and make the overall sound of the group muddy - so you might consider cutting it! 

If you have too much bass in your sound when you do a gig, the front of house mixer will almost certainly cut it anyways!

Effect Level
This controls the amount of the drive that will get mixed into your main signal.

Solo SW
This allows a boost footswitch to increase the volume for a solo!

Solo Level
When you switch on the boost - this controls how much boost you will get!

Direct Mix
The name suggests that this allows you to add in your original unboosted signal into the sound as well and I'm not sure why you would want to do that! Need to explore it more myself! I'm typing this up on a laptop in my room in Tuscany with no amp so need to check when back home... or I'll forget and you'll get to read this! haha!


 

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