Originally Posted by: GuitardedGeezerI have a noise supressor, a compession/sustain, and an overdrive/ distortion pedal. Is there a proper sequence to string them in and why?
I'm certain you'll get some more detailed responses, but here is mine regarding your pedals. (Other responses will help confirm or deny the things I am learning, too! :) )
Go with Compressor->OD->Noise Gate in that order. You don't want the compressor after the OD because it will further compress the distortion effect. Distortion works by clipping or compressing the high & low volumes of the signal, and the compressor will mess with that.
(ren did a good article on distortion in one of the GT Newsletters: http://www.guitartricks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=31367
Noise Gate will generally be last. You want it to clean up any unwanted noise from the rest of your chain along with pick up noise, string noise, etc.
Artists do different set ups to get different effect results and certain effects are less critical to have at any particular point in the chain. There is a general order, but like most things, some experimentation is required to get what sounds best to you.
Here is how I look at the chain: Things that affect your guitar sound directly (like a wah) should come before the distortion. Things that affect time (like delay, reverb, etc) should come after the distortion. And the Gate comes last.
In my sig is my signal chain. The modelling pedal (the RP250) is used for time-based effects, tuner & eq.
...so ever since then, I always hang on to the buckle.