Quoted from Oshara:
So many questions! What type of amp are you feeding that into; assuming a Tube (can see the peavey not sure what the other is)? How is line noise? What type of cables are those? Looks like you just have the looper feeding into the Peavy for rhythm and everything else into the other amp?
Remember I am strictly an amateur, not a pro like so many of the posters here already, so I have stuff that works great for messing around at home, but you would not want to take it out on the road to gig with. A lot of it is cheap stuff, all for fun.
I have the Peavey Envoy 110 solid state amp I bought way back in the 90s, and then the Monoprice 15W tube amp. The Monoprice sounds pretty decent for a cheapo amp, and it has that nice tube sound. Plays loud as hell too if you want. It also has jacks for an effects loop which the Peavy does not. There are lots of Youtube reviews on it.
Line noise isn't too bad. Most of the new pedals have true bypass (at least allegedly) so when they are off they are quiet. The two 90s pedals are pretty noisy, the Metal Zone and the Whammy II. The Whammy II is especially bad if it is turned on, that is why it is switched in and out of the circuit with that Loop-Master pedal. You only want to bring it in when you want to use it (hit the Loop-Master pedal, the light will come on, and your Whammy will be in the chain - prepare to squeal) . The Noise Killer pedal at the end of the chain easily takes care of whatever hiss/noise there is from the whole chain, but you do have to be a little careful with overdoing it as you can cut out some of your desired signal.
For the cables, if you mean on the pedal board, they are a variety of different couplers and cables I got from Donner. It is an interesting puzzle to connect everything up on the pedal board so you have as little cable clutter as possible. For my instrument cables I am using some cloth ones from Monoprice. Again, they are cheap and not for pro use, but they seem to work fine for me.
The Looper has an AB switch so you can use it two ways. You can just send the output to one amp, so if you record a loop and then start playing it, it will come out on that amp and then you can play on top of that. That all works, but it can be difficult to get all the levels right with both signals going to the amp. So the alternative is to connect two amps, you record your loop through the first amp, then when you play the loop you hit the AB switch, now the looper is completely separated from everything else and just playing into that first amp, and the rest of the pedals are connected to the second amp. I think I saw a Paul Gilbert video that had that setup and I thought it was cool, so I made it. Its cheap to do if you already have 2 amps.
I am still playing around with all of the pedals and seeing what cool sounds I get from them. My favorite by far is the Metal Zone, and always has been. It is one of the most hated/loved pedals ever made I think.
However, for no sensible reason whatsoever, I have really been thinking about switching the whole thing out for one of these. It costs a lot of money but man is it ever cool, you can basically just program in whatever sound you want (requires a flat response output to work right).
Anybody here got one of these?