Today, Shounak came to my house. Our agenda was to sort out the tones for live usage. We both had pedals to incorporate into our setup and set a rough tone that can be used as a seed while tweaking the parameters for each venue.
Shounak had borrowed an old Korg AX5G and wanted to use it as a modulation unit. Digital multi-fx units are notorious as drive pedals. They also suck away some headroom. Shounak fit it right between his drive pedals and delay pedal. It only had a bank up and bank down. He decided to keep all effects in odd number banks and keep a bypass patch in all even numbered banks. This way he is always one stomp away from disabling the patch.
I had got a new noise suppression pedal (NS-2). Shounak has been using one for quite some time. He suggested that I get one, too, as the high-gain patches had quite a bit of noise in the live setting. It worked as expected. He also suggested that I pre-drive my signal using my Overdrive (OD-3) pedal before sending it to my Metal Zone (MT-2) pedal. This clearly helped out with the body of the tone.
We also decided to use two pizzas to improve the crispiness and the meatiness of the tones.