Markbass Mini Dist - review
I thought I'd do a quick review of this pedal since there isn't a lot out there yet.
I'm not going to lie, I mostly got this pedal for the size and the price ($99 w/coupon at GC) which I thought was a decent price for a markbass pedal. I needed something to give my tone a little edge beyond what I was getting from my clean OD. I mostly play in church or indie rock type groups. I prefer clean sound but I found myself wanting more breakup every now and then.
1. It's definitely not an overdrive, it has no affect on gain. It's a breakup/grit/distortion pedal only but works really well in conjunction with a clean OD pedal which is how I'm using it. With the drive at 8'clock (just barely on) I get exactly what I'm looking for. It's subtle yet effective.
2. You can really do a lot with the two tone knobs. You're basically telling the pedal what freq range to boost/breakup. I keep them both turned all the way down which places the breakup in the low end only and matches my clean tone (tone all the way down on bass) nicely. I wouldn't be keeping this pedal if it wasn't for this feature. Almost every other distortion pedal I've tried boosts the mid-high range too much for my taste.
3. I've tried it with the included 12v power supply and 9v one spot and it didn't really notice enough difference to worry about it.
Overall I think I'll keep it. Even though it's not what I play this pedal would really shine for anything from classic rock to hardcore. It has that classic distortion sound with lots of room to get to face melting breakup.
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