I was hoping to get a little advice on multi-FX units, and specifically the Boss me-70. I've been researching and looking around at various pedals for the last few days, but just can't seem to find one that suits me.
First off, let me say that I was leaning toward the me-70 because of it's simplicity of usage and the fact that I'm emphasizing the effects over modeling. I like that you can just shut off the preamp modeling on the me-70. The HD500 looks cool, for example, but I've got a TSL100 stack that I love the tone of, so it's not crucial for me to have all kinds of modeling options. I do plan on playing through headphones though sometimes, so I like the availability of some amp modeling of course.
Here's where I hit a snag: the Boss me-70 appears to have no capability of running certain effects in front of the preamp, and some behind it. This leaves me with the two options of running the entire unit in one of the two locations.
Scenario A: I run the whole unit through the FX loop. My concern here is that if I use distortion on the me-70, that's going into the FX loop, post preamp. The wah pedal would also be post-preamp and distortion, which I've heard isn't totally ideal.
Scenario B: I run it all out front. Now the problem I have here, is that I've got my modulation and timing effects out front, rather than in the loop. Since I'll be playing on the lead channel of my TSL100, that means all my modulation and delay, etc. will be situated prior to some distortion.
In the past I've been using a tube screamer as my standalone distortion pedal, and may continue to do this once I have a multi-FX. I'm not sure if this could help remedy my situation, or be yet another hinderance.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.