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I noticed a lot of guys have a rack drawer with pedals in them.

Do the pedals stay in there? How do you switch them on and off?



By storing pedals on a rack tray, and using a switching system, one can automate pedal selections (turning on/off several at a time, by stepping on only 1 button) eliminating the need to tap dance.


It also cuts setup time considerably, by not having to make so many connections (assuming seperate pedals NOT on a pedal board).


From the Custom Audio Electronics website:


5. Why would I want a switching (loop) system over a traditional pedal board?


Pedal boards are fine if you just want a few pedals and your switching needs are basic. We build them all the time. But if you are truly serious about your tone, and you want many sound options available to you at any time (not to mention preset combinations and midi program change capability), a switching system is the way to go. No one said you have to turn on all the stuff at the same time! Besides, THERE IS NO CLEANER SIGNAL PATH FROM GUITAR TO AMP THAN WITH A SWITCHING SYSTEM, PERIOD. With a pedal board, even if every effect is bypassed, and you have "100% bypass" switches in all your effects (which is rare), you are still running through every pedal, and every cable and connection in the system. If something fails, good luck finding it. There is still a major capacitive buildup (which results in a severe loss of tone, mainly high end) because your signal must go through each cable and pedal. This is why signal buffers are so important. With a CAE switching system, troubleshooting is easy because you can bypass to get effects out of the signal path, and you can patch in between various places in the signal path, when you know what to look for. With a CAE custom switching system (we can't vouch for other manufacturers) the majority of the signal path is hard wired internally, and with a loop based system bypassing the effect bypasses the cables connecting the effect as well! This is impossible with a traditional pedal board.

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