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An effect pedal is an electronic device that can change the sound of an instrument or the voice of a person. Typical effects include echo, chorus, distortion, tremolo, reverb and flanger. A potentiometer is one of the electronic parts that effect pedals use to change the sound.
Effect pedals are commonly connected to electric guitars and bass guitars and to amplifiers using a cable, such as a phone connector. The pedal is then put on the floor and controlled using the player's foot. Depending on how the effect works, there are different ways to use the pedal:
- The player may have to push and release the pedal to turn on the effect, and do it again to turn it off.
- The player may have to push and hold the pedal down to turn the effect on, and release the pedal to turn it off.
- Some effects, such as volume or wah-wah, use a pedal where the player presses with the ball to increase the effect or with the heel to decrease the effect.
Examples of effects
- Brill, James (2015-01-21). "Beginners Guide to Guitar Effects: Understanding the Basics" (in en). https://reverb.com/ca/news/beginners-guide-to-guitar-effects-understanding-the-basics. Retrieved 2018-03-08.