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    Default Stereo pedals

    Does it make sense to purchase pedals that can run mono/stereo rather than just a mono pedal. I dont have a need for a stereo set up, so besides pedals I want that only come in mono/stereo, is there any benefit to purchasing said pedals or am I better to find mono options of said type of pedal.
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    Default Re: Stereo pedals

    In some cases some stereo pedals have their counterpart in mono like TC mini pedals and such, those mono pedals cost less than their stereo counterparts. If you ever want to play with two amps in what is called wet/dry configurations you can use your mono pedals with only one of the amps (the wet sound) while the other remains dry, your sound will be enhanced by the effects but the dry amp will remain the note attack so your sound does not get lost in the FX as much as it could happen with a single amp.

    On the other hand, most stereo pedals can be used in mono anyway, assuming the one you want does not have a mono only option to reduce their cost. The only benefit I could think of is some stereo effects can create some weird sounds when connecting them with some kind of loop.




    Edit: After watching this video again it looks to me like this is simply cascading two of the same effects, like one delay (Left channel) into a second delay (Right channel). Not sure how useful that could be for you but I cannot think of anything else.
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    Default Re: Stereo pedals

    I don't think there is any inherent benefit, except it might be more versatile. But if you don't use it in stereo, don't worry.
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    Default Re: Stereo pedals

    If you have no intention of running two amps or any sort of stereo setup, I see no benefit to use stereo pedals.

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    Default Re: Stereo pedals

    Great responses so far, so wont repeat.

    Just to add - some pedals that are described as stereo are actually wet/dry output (my TRex Replica delay, for example - when used as mono, just take the wet and reduce the blend).

    There is a side benefit with these pedals in that they enable you to split dry signal post gain stages for a wet/dry setup.




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    Default Re: Stereo pedals

    Since its just me playing at home, I really dont see me buying additional amps, though more toys the better. But then again the current room I have my stuff in isnt that big. As an example, I was looking at was the EHX Electric Mistress which is a stereo pedal. I know they make the Neo Electric Mistress that is in mono but have so much open space on my board was wanting a full size pedal to fill some of the void.

    I didnt think there was a benefit of getting a stereo pedal since I have no plans on expanding my set up but just wanted others opinions in case I was missing something.
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    I liked having a stereo setup a few years back when I was doing it, but gave up on it years ago because the hassle wasn't worth it. There's more stuff to go wrong, more cables to bring everywhere, and you spend more time connecting your crap.

    No benefit to having a stereo pedal if you're not running two amps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hsb View Post
    Since its just me playing at home, I really dont see me buying additional amps, though more toys the better.
    Playing in stereo at home is super fun
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