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Jun 23, 2022

One way to get familiar with the X3 is looking at the default board presets. Scrolling through these presets gives a set of sounds to play with and a way to get to know the effects. This may also be a way to discover which pedals and pedal combinations the Plethora creators consider the most useful, interesting, or just fun.

For anyone wondering whether to buy an X3, this may also give an idea of some of the typical uses of the Plethora… more information is often fun to consume and ponder with these new products.

Here are all the preset boards on the Plethora X3, showing which pedal is used in each of the 3 pedal slots per preset. This is similar to what you see when you connect the Plethora to the TonePrint Editor and look in the Boards menu. The pedal order here in this table is left to right as in IN > Pedal 1 > Pedal 2 > Pedal 3 > OUT (this is the default order setting which can be reversed in the global settings from right to left.)

BOARD #​ BOARD NAME​ PEDAL 1​ PEDAL 2​ PEDAL 3​  
1​ TOWER OF TROWER​ VIBE​ REVERB​ LOOPER​  
2​ TRIPLE DELAY​ DELAY​ DELAY​ DELAY​  
3​ SOUTHERN FRIED BEAVER​ COMPRESSOR​ VINTAGE ECHO​ TAP TREMOLO​  
4​ LOST IN SPACE​ REVERB​ DELAY​ REVERB​  
5​ ORGAN GRINDER​ OCTAVER​ PHASER​ REVERB​  
6​ JIMI​ COMPRESSOR​ VIBE​ REVERB​  
7​ GEEKIN’ PICKIN’​ DELAY​ REVERB​ LOOPER​  
8​ BENDER​ PITCH SHIFTER​ DELAY​ VIBRATO​  
9​ MORNING GLORY​ CHORUS​ VINTAGE ECHO​ REVERB
10​ WHAMMY​ PITCH SHIFTER​ VINTAGE ECHO​ REVERB​  
11​ BACK 2 THE 80S​ CHORUS​ DELAY​ REVERB​  
12​ FUNKY GOOD TIMES​ COMPRESSOR​ PHASER​ LOOPER​  
13​ AMBIENT​ DELAY​ DELAY​ REVERB​  
14​ NOODLING​ VINTAGE ECHO​ LOOPER​ REVERB​  
15​ VINTAGETREM​ TAP TREMOLO​ REVERB​ COMPRESSOR​  
16​ VINTAGE VIBES​ VINTAGE ECHO​ VIBE​ REVERB​  
17​ BUBBLES​ VINTAGE ECHO​ REVERB​ DELAY​  
18​ GREASELEAD​ FLANGER​ VINTAGE ECHO​ REVERB​  
19​ SWELL WITH SWELLS​ PITCH SHIFTER​ DELAY​ DELAY​  
20​ DEEP DIVE​ COMPRESSOR​ DELAY​ VINTAGE ECHO​  
21​ POLYLEAD​ HARMONY​ OCTAVER​ PHASER​  
22​ MODERNTAGE​ COMPRESSOR​ PHASER​ REVERB​  
23​ 80S CHORUS​ COMPRESSOR​ CHORUS​ VINTAGE ECHO​  
24​ ROUNDANDROUND​ LOOPER​ REVERB​ VIBE​  
25​ FAT RIFFS​ HARMONY​ REVERB​ PHASER​  
26​ CRISPY SINGLE COIL​ COMPRESSOR​ REVERB​ LOOPER​  
27​ ALL MANNERS OF SYNTHS​ DELAY​ OCTAVER​ LOOPER​  
28​ BLOCK KEYS​ TAP TREMOLO​ REVERB​ LOOPER

For each pedal in a preset, a specific TonePrint is set, but they are not necessarily the default TonePrint or the same setting for all pedals. This helps to show the versatility of the sounds available when setting up boards. I didn’t include all of those TonePrint settings here in this table, but for example, TOWER OF TROWER’s REVERB is set to HALL, ORGAN GRINDER’S is set to CATHEDRAL, and on LOST IN SPACE, one REVERB is set to AMBIENCE and the second REVERB is set to BIG ROOM WITH A VIEW, etc. Like the creative board names, the sounds were probably all chosen for the specific effect the creators wanted to demonstrate in each pedal’s sound.

Looking at how often each pedal is used in all the boards is also interesting, perhaps indicating how useful and popular each pedal is in TC’s lineup (or, maybe not :))… From most used to least used:

  1. Reverb (used 20 times in the 28 preset boards)
  2. Delay (used 14 times…)
  3. Vintage Echo (9)
  4. Compressor (8)
  5. Looper (8)
  6. Phaser (5)
  7. Vibe (4)
  8. Chorus (3)
  9. Octaver (3)
  10. Pitch Shifter (3)
  11. Tap Tremolo (3)
  12. Harmony (2)
  13. Flanger (1)
  14. Vibrato (1)
  15. Doubler (0)
  16. Noise Gate (0)

Seeing the Hall of Fame 2 Reverb and Flashback 2 Delay being the most often used pedals wasn’t a surprise, as those may be the most popular and most utilitarian pedals in the collection. Same for the Looper. I suppose that limiting the X3’s board to just three pedals at one time may be why the Doubler and Noise Gate didn’t end up getting used at all in any of the board presets. I do wonder how often all of these pedals were used in the X5 presets board configurations with two extra slots as compared to the X3?

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