A pedalboard allows a performer to create a ready-to-danelectro reel echo user manual chain of multiple pedals. An effects unit or effects pedal is an electronic or digital device that alters the sound of a musical instrument or other audio source. Most modern effects use solid-state electronics or computer chips.
Various type of guitar and bass effect pedals. An effects unit is also called an “effect box”, “effects device”, “effects processor” or simply “effects”. In audio engineer parlance, a signal without effects is “dry” and an effect-processed signal is “wet”. X” or “FX” is sometimes used. A pedal-style unit may be called a “stomp box”, “stompbox”, “effects pedal” or “pedal”. Effects units are available in a variety of formats or form factors. Stompboxes are usually the smallest, least expensive, and most rugged effects units.
Rackmount devices are generally more expensive and offer a wider range of functions. Stompboxes are small plastic or metal chassis which usually lie on the floor or in a pedalboard to be operated by the user’s feet. An “effects chain” or “signal chain” is formed by connecting two or more stompboxes. These road cases have the front protective panels removed so that the musician can press the buttons on the face of the units to change the effect settings.