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@GF2 - Yes, I'm still a fan of the Smolder and still have it on my board. But really, it's the only overdrive I've tried with my ukes. Why mess with it if it works. mjh42 has listed above the reasons why I bought it and why I like it. I'll add that the Pickup Comp knob seems to do a great job of eliminating any nasty feedback - overdrive pedals for electric instruments don't have that feature.
 

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Been there, done that as far as the pedal rabbit hole goes. This is all I use anymore:

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Line 6 HX Stomp (with a 3M wrap and screen protector). Does anything you could want as long as you don't need to turn a bunch of effects on and off.

I did a full write up here: https://liveukulele.com/reviews/line-6-hx-stomp/.
 
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Brad I appreciate you bringing up the Line 6HX and the link. Read your review. Your final points at the end is spot on for what I've read about the Line 6 elsewhere. People like the Line 6 for all the reasons you state and don't like it for all the same reasons. I first tried a ZOOM multi effects unit to see if I would like affects and the programable aspects. I did not and as shown I've been doing the buy, try, sometimes sell/trade in, for other pedals and so on. Just glad I have the internet to do so much research before choosing. Think of the money spent if one didn't have access to reviews, online sites, conversations with people using the tools. And of course.......work on improving one's playing.....will never be time and energy not well spent. ;)
 

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Todays configuration. Still looking for light gain transparent overdrive. Perhaps a J Rocket Audio Designs Blue Note or a Mythos Mjolnir (Wildwood Edition Preferred) No super rush. The carbon copy mini went on the board today. Just a simple quality analogue delay that should last a long time.
 

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Been there, done that as far as the pedal rabbit hole goes. This is all I use anymore:

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Line 6 HX Stomp (with a 3M wrap and screen protector). Does anything you could want as long as you don't need to turn a bunch of effects on and off.

I did a full write up here: https://liveukulele.com/reviews/line-6-hx-stomp/.
Thanks for posting this - I read your great review and then disappeared down a research rabbit hole about IR. Now I want to get an IR loader!

Have you seen this endeavour?


There's a long thread about here:-


Essentially these guys have made their own algorithms and if you send them the 2 recordings they'll generate IRs for you (and, if you let them, they'll add the IRs they made using your recordings to their publicly accessible database).

It'd be good if you did that since I think they only have one ukulele IR at the moment.
 

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Thanks for posting this - I read your great review and then disappeared down a research rabbit hole about IR. Now I want to get an IR loader!

Have you seen this endeavour?


There's a long thread about here:-


Essentially these guys have made their own algorithms and if you send them the 2 recordings they'll generate IRs for you (and, if you let them, they'll add the IRs they made using your recordings to their publicly accessible database).

It'd be good if you did that since I think they only have one ukulele IR at the moment.
Did you find this? https://liveukulele.com/lessons/plug-in/impulse-response-tutorial/ I've got some files on there.
 
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Niiice!

I saw that article and read half of it (presumably before getting distracted by the brats - that's what usually happens) and didn't see those at the end - awesome!

Have a look at that project I linked to - it looks interesting and might give you some good/different/interesting results - one of the authors has created something completely open-source you can download and use yourself, and the other has paid for some proprietory stuff he's added into the mix.
 

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Todays configuration. Still looking for light gain transparent overdrive. Perhaps a J Rocket Audio Designs Blue Note or a Mythos Mjolnir (Wildwood Edition Preferred) No super rush. The carbon copy mini went on the board today. Just a simple quality analogue delay that should last a long time.
Looks great! Am I right in thinking that the Smolder and the Soul Food both do similar things? Could you help me understand why you have both?
 

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ikimiki, yes the Smolder and Soul Food both are overdrives. I'm no expert but if one looks on line one can watch all kinds of video on all kinds of overdrives. One can increase the sound, thicken the sound, send the amp speaker into distortion and likely more than I can explain. Depending upon your overdrive and settings you dial in the sound/tone you are looking for. Why have two and why have two one right after the other.
Well I first tried the Soul Food I was looking for a darker more blues type sound. It sure has it and can go into distortion. I don't like to do distortion all that much but the Soul Food does sound good a lower gain settings. I was looking for something a little more maybe "cleaner" still with some "smokey bluesness" and something that might work well with my Godin Mulituke--nylon strings. I tried a few more traditional guitar blues oriented pedals and they were too strong with gain and distortion, lacked a clear sound.
With both of the pedals together the Soul Food "stacked" into the Smolder, I get some of the tone I'm looking for and when I want to make a little more distortion I get that as well. The Smolder pedal looks busy with all the dial's and it kind of is but that's part of why I like using it. Multiple but not too many adjustments can be made to find the sound, tone, and balance one is looking for. I play alot with the Smolder and a Reverb pedal on for the music I am playing. A little Soul Food now and then for some grit and dirt, and a little delay on some songs.

I think the part of the pedal rabbit hole is very apt. Without trying out the equipment all hooked up together how is one going to figure out if they like it and for people who perform live for a living is the equipment going to be useful on stage?

I've traded in some pedal for new ones, sold a few, sent a few to friends, gave a few to my son who plays guitar. I'm getting to the point of finding what I like. Would like to try a clear low to med gain overdrive and have two or three I'm looking at but in no hurry to buy.

I could likely run just my preamp equalizer--smolder--reverb for a stage performance and be happy.....maybe add the delay---it's small.