How to Use a Volume Pedal to Control Delay

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How to Use a Volume Pedal to Control Delay
TRS cables are designed to connect audio devices. (guitar cable image by Darko Draskovic from Fotolia.com)

If you only hear the signal coming out of a delay effect processor, it doesn't sound like a delay effect. Instead, you have to hear the original signal, followed by the delayed signal, for the effect to be perceived. For this reason, a delay effect is best used as a "send" effect. If you wish to control how much signal makes it to the delay effect, you can use a volume pedal. Turned all the way up, the volume pedal lets the full signal through. Turned down, it reduces, or attenuates the signal going into the delay effect.

Skill level:
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Things you need

  • Volume pedal
  • Delay pedal
  • Amplifier with effects send and return
  • Sound source (guitar, keyboard, vocal, etc.)
  • 4 TRS cables

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Plug one end of a TRS cable into the "Output" jack on the sound source, and plug the other end into the "Input" jack on the amplifier.

  2. 2

    Plug one end of a TRS cable into the "Send" jack on the amplifier, and plug the other end into the "Input" jack on the volume pedal.

  3. 3

    Plug one end of a TRS cable into the "Output" jack on the volume pedal, and plug the other end into the "Input" jack on the delay pedal.

  4. 4

    Plug one end of a TRS cable into the "Output" jack on the delay pedal, and plug the other end into the "Return" jack on the amplifier.

  5. 5

    Place your foot on the volume pedal and rock the pedal all the way back so it is turned down.

  6. 6

    Play or sing through the sound source while rocking your foot forward to increase the delay effect, and rock your foot back to decrease the delay effect.

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