The Pedal Palette™ is the first and only analog loop bypass switcher, router, and mixer capable of swapping effect pedals instantly while simultaneously providing a parallel mix bus. The routing and order of the effects is highly flexible and programmable offering unlimited options to create inspirational new sounds from existing pedals.
True Bypass Looper
The Pedal Palette is a true bypass switcher. The advantage to having all of your effect pedals connected through the Pedal Palette is that, when all of the pedal loops are switched off, your guitar signal goes directly from the input jack to the output jack, bypassing all of the cables, connectors and pedals in the effect chain.* In order to achieve a “straight wire” type of true bypass, the Pedal Palette utilizes relays. This provides the most transparent bypass possible. However, because relays are mechanical switches, it is understood that they inherently cause some noise when switching.
Typically, the order of your pedals in your effect chain is determined by trial and error, and through general consensus. However, many times an alternate order of pedals can result in an equally useful and effective sound effect. The Pedal Palette gives you the ability to swap the order of your effects in real-time. In some cases, this can result in drastic differences. This is particularly true with tone or frequency modifying effects such as distortion, wah, or EQ pedals. In other cases, the result is more subtle, where one effect becomes more predominate than the other(s). Modifying effect pedal order is great when searching for just the right sound, and it greatly expands your available sonic options.
Parallel Mix Bus
Parallel mixing has long been a useful method of achieving a desired sound effect. It is a standard method used with reverbs and delays. All reverb and delay pedals have some type of parallel mixer built into them. The signal seen at the input to the effect, referred to as the “dry” signal is mixed with the delayed output of the effect (the “wet” signal). Some pedals convert the direct “dry” signal to digital and mix it with the “wet” signal digitally before converting back to analog. Other pedals keep the direct “dry” signal analog and mix analog. In many cases the mix is controlled through a “blend” knob which balances the amount of “dry” signal with the amount of effected “wet” signal.
The parallel mix bus in the Pedal Palette works in a similar way, by taking the pedal’s output at the loop return jack and mixing it with the “dry” signal obtained within the Pedal Palette. In this case, however, since the Pedal Palette has more than one effect (loop), the “dry” signal is not always the signal at the input jack. It could also be the signal output from any active SERIES mode loop(s).
When using reverb and delay pedals, it is often desired to have the tails, or echoes, decay naturally after the effect is shut off. True bypass pedals inherently cut-off the echoes abruptly when the pedal is turned off. With the TAILS control on the Pedal Palette, the send to the pedal will be muted when the loop is off. But, the pedal return will remain connected to the mix bus, allowing the residual echoes to ring out. This is a very useful feature when used with a reverb or delay pedal, however it can be problematic when using the parallel mix bus with pedals that do not have echoes, and which may be noisy. For this reason, each effect loop can be individually configured for tails IN or OUT
The Pedal Palette can be configured to be completely true bypass when all loops are off. This is the case when the input BUFFER and TAILS switches are set to OUT. However, there are some configurations which require the use of buffers in the circuit, such as when mixing in parallel, or when a loop is active. The Pedal Palette is designed such that any buffering required for a series configured signal path is done via low distortion, discrete, Class A circuitry. For the parallel mix bus, a high quality, low noise opamp circuit is used to achieve maximum headroom and low distortion.