An OD/Dist that doesn't colour the tone beyond distorting it

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  1. cnltb

    cnltb

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    As usual the title says it all...

    Many OD. and Dist. Pedals seem to impart quite a strong tonal signature.
    It is the ones that don't are those I am looking for here.



    Thanks in advance for any and all input on this!
     
  2. scotch

    scotch Will play bass for fish tacos. Plus cash. Supporting Member

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    That's a tough one! Part of the 'sound' that clipping induces is extra harmonics and skewed eq. More upper midrange harmonics are kind of inevitable, I believe. When folks talk about "very transparent" overdrive, I sometimes wonder what they're talking about.

    I'd be interested in hearing an example, if you have one, of a more 'neutral' distortion! I wonder what that sounds like!
     
  3. Adamixoye

    Adamixoye A PT Pro is cool for worship, right? Supporting Member

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    So, I don't have the long list of OD/distortions I've owned compared to many other people on this board, but I do think the Empress Multidrive is pretty transparent, at least on the OD channel.
     
  4. Adamixoye

    Adamixoye A PT Pro is cool for worship, right? Supporting Member

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    I may have the physics COMPLETELY wrong here, but I guess I imagine that the harmonics you're referring to happen at discrete frequencies, while people looking for "transparent" dirt are looking for a flat "curve." My best point of comparison is what my B7K does. When you crank up the blend, you here the clear effects of the "baked-in" EQ curve, even when running it clean.
     
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  6. russpurdy

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    I'm thinking you may want an OD that doesn't boost the harmonic content very much. I have an MXR bass overdrive that seems to take the bass tone and overdrive it rather than adding a lot of harmonic content, overtones and "clank". Nice sounding pedal but I like the overtones so I'm unloading it and sticking with my rat tail.
     
  7. IncX

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    try the Wampler Euphoria/Ecstacy
     
  8. saltymonkey

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    I'm really liking the Greedtone I picked up a couple of weeks ago.
     
  9. scotch

    scotch Will play bass for fish tacos. Plus cash. Supporting Member

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    I'm betting the op would benefit by exploring clean blending with their od...
     
  10. TrevorOfDoom

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    I spent years chasing this rabbit. I looked at OD's, distortions, and even boosts.
    My thoughts:
    I'm completely happy with my Fuzzrocious RatTail. At low gain, and with either LED or no clipping diodes, it's very transparent, and I like the particular flavor of grit that it has.
    Other suggestions:
    Catalinbread WIIO. very clean, and responds very well to dynamics. Adds a bit of punchiness to the tone, though.
    or try a germanium booster, like the Wren & Cuff PhatPhukB. A low parts count and single clipping stage makes it transparent with a bit of wool on it.
    or the Barber LTD Sr. a tubescreamer-ish drive but without the mid-hump, making it sound much more natural. It's even better if you swap the OpAmp for something less compressed, like a TL0772.

    of course, all of these are generally considered low gain (except the RatTail). If you need something high gain you may have to make peace with some added character.
     
  11. Ricky Caboverde

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    ^this.
    I just got one a month ago and although I wouldn't call it transparent (the Greedtone fattens up the signal a bit and compresses the dynamics slightly), it does keep the qualities that I like about my bass' inherent tone.
     
  12. K2000

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    If you're using a tube amp, then try a clean boost like the MXR Micro Amp.
     
  13. JonnyAngle

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    It's tough to find, I know what you mean!
     
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    It also has tons of volume and the sweep of the gain is huge. This pedal makes an awesome clean boost as well as an overdrive/distortion.
     
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    Mine doesn't do clean :( I use it at the lowest gain setting and I still get lots of grit out of it. Granted, it's the EXACT amount of grit I've been wanting, but it won't do a clean boost. I wonder if Greg changed the circuit..? Mine is an older one, before he added "overdrive" after "Greedtone"

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    Mine's a silver box but doesn't say overdrive on it. I'm sure how much drive you're getting depends on The bass, amp and playing style. But i'm using mine with a Mesa Prodigy and several basses and it works great as a boost. The Greedtone's dynamics are also nicely touch sensitive.
     
  19. Ricky Caboverde

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    Ah, I understand what you mean now. Yes, it does indeed clean up if I play softly or lower the volume of my pickups (Guild B-302...has quite a bit of output) :smug:
     
  20. johnk_10

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    +1 on the Ecstasy/Euphoria.
    that and the Creation audio labs Holy Fire, the Paul Cochrane Timmy and the Xotic RC bass booster are all transparent OD's for bass.
     
  21. DagoMaino

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    +1
    That is my vote!
     

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