Favorite boosts/ODs with Archon?

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Anyone find a good amp in abox for the Archon? I tend to stick to boosts but similar to my Shiva, the Archon takes pedals well.
 

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Anyone find a good amp in abox for the Archon? I tend to stick to boosts but similar to my Shiva, the Archon takes pedals well.
I liked the Wampler Pleaxi Deluxe Drive in the Clean channel. I used the Mad Professor Trimble with my MT-15 for a while. Liked that. Actually, back to boost, and such, you should check out the DryBell Unit 67. Amazing pedal.

 

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My Barber Direct Drive, and my BSIAB both KILL on the clean channel for low to mid gain M type tones.
Thanks, you mentioned the Direct Drive and I want to check it out. Also looking at the Revv G2. Looks like a killer OD, amp in a box and boost.
 

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I have the MT15 and recently (two days ago) got the new Archon 50. I use a Moskey Silver Horse to boost for leads. It doesn't really color the tone but lifts it a little and fattens it up a bit.
 

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Thanks on the Moskey Silver Horse.

What do you guys find is best for leads, a loop EQ or boost or a pedal in front of the amp?

I'm looking at a modified Tube Screamer or TS9/808, JHS Haunting Mids or Barber Gain Changer.
 

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The Silver Horse has plenty of gain in the pedal, but you really don't need it. I keep the gain on the pedal at 9'oclock. The Archon already has plenty of gain, so all is really needed is a boost to goose it up a bit louder. I also have the Golden Horse and it does a great job as well. It has a slightly different profile from the Silver Horse, and the Silver has a switch that will actually let the pedal do the same voicing as the Golden. Both of those pedals are in the $28-35 price range.
 

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If you want a loud pedal, the Plumes Overdrive is really good. It has three different voicings and can easily goose the volume up for solos. I keep that one on my board along with the silver and golden horse.
 

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To answer your question from before: I find that a pedal in front of the amp is nice for leads.
 

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The Silver Horse has plenty of gain in the pedal, but you really don't need it. I keep the gain on the pedal at 9'oclock. The Archon already has plenty of gain, so all is really needed is a boost to goose it up a bit louder. I also have the Golden Horse and it does a great job as well. It has a slightly different profile from the Silver Horse, and the Silver has a switch that will actually let the pedal do the same voicing as the Golden. Both of those pedals are in the $28-35 price range.

Right, unless you are running the gain on the Archon low.

For leads, I often like to add some saturation and mids. Just a bit!

I also use an EQ in the loop to increase mids.

I use the OD up front more for shaping my tone and adding a bit more saturation for leads. But the Archon does well on its own, especially since I biased my tubes hot!
 

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I have the Koko Boost. Isn't it essentially a tube screamer? I have a JHS Bonsai and Horizon Devices Precision Drive and it can be hard to tell the difference.

No, it's a clean boost with a sweepable mid EQ option that is engaged by holding the foot switch down a couple of seconds. It's not a tube screamer or dirt pedal. Different function.

I call it my "better-maker" pedal because I usually just run it without the mid accent, at close to unity gain. Gives everything a very nice polish.

Yeah, it is.

Nope, see above.

I've had one on my board since the 'Reloaded' version came out. It's on the upper right. The original wasn't a tube screamer, either.

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Edit: The pedalboard pic is completely gratuitous, of course. I'm that guy who shares pedalboard pics. Pedalboards are interesting snd fun.
 
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To answer your question from before: I find that a pedal in front of the amp is nice for leads.
A tube screamer works wonders...

Catalinbread Maxon 808 - complex, creamy mids.
Revv G2 - has huge full mids

I decided to sell my Koko Boost. It just wasn't doing it for me. I never used it.
I don't use clean boosts and I found the Xotic EP better in that regard and I have found better mid boost pedals.
 
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You should have told me. Maybe we could have worked out something tradewise for one of my Gain Changers
Hi...
Well I didn't sell it yet! I placed it on TGP but Didn't add to Reverb or Ebay.
We could still work it out if you like!?

So I have been. Looking at a few things.
A pedal to boost for leads, fat mids, saturated, creamy mids and also somethinf that can be a standalone OD into a clean amp at times.
The Revv G2 and Catalinbread Maxon 808 seems like it could too.
 

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To answer your question from before: I find that a pedal in front of the amp is nice for leads.
Curious why you prefer this to am EQ or miss boost in the loop? For most high gain amps, I figure shaping the amp, like pushing midrange, seems to be good after the preamp. No?
I think you get a better EQ adjustment after the preamp, but you get saturation boosting the front of the amp.
 

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I find it depends on thr amount of gain used. I use a good amount of gain, so I prefer an EQ in thr loop.
When using low to medium gain, I prefer a boost in front of the amp. With a properly built EQ, I can place it in front of the amp or in the loop.
 

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That is why I like the pedal out front. I am usually looking to just bring up the tone that I am already using. I keep the gain on my Archon 50 mk II at about noon-ish. I find the Silver Horse introduces enough mids to broaden out my lead tone without heaping on the gain.
 
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