Boss ML-2 Metal Core or MT-2 Metal Zone?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Kromwarp, May 1, 2010.


  1. Kromwarp

    Kromwarp

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    I'm looking for a heavier distortion, I've had a little experience with the ML-2 and really liked it, just wondering if you can dial in heavier distortion with the MT-2's EQ section
     
  2. somegeezer

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    I have the Metal Zone and it's brilliant. If you're into guitar distortion. It has loads of different ways to distort it, from a slight growl to a full on fuzz. The EQ section is great too. wide range. But again... if you are looking for the low bass then you need to get yourself a bass distortion, not a guitar distortion.
     
  3. Kromwarp

    Kromwarp

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    I have the ODB-3, but I'm not really satisfied with it. It just kind of gets lost, and feeds back like crazy. The Metal Core really seemed to hold the low end well, but I havent gotten the chance to test a Metal Zone
     
  4. vegas532

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    Try a Keeley MT-2. It has more lows, a more natural EQ curve, and a lot of the noise associated with Boss pedals is gone.
     
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  6. Thunderscreech

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    I did a demon vid on these two. As I recall, the Metal Zone was a little better, due to semi-parametric mids. I'd do a Kelly Modded one if I were to get one again.
     
  7. wetzelman1

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    I have an MT-2 from back in the day. I tried using it and anytime I kicked it on I would drop completely out of the mix. IMO almost every od/dist/fuzz needs a clean blend to be usefull on bass in a rockband setting.
     
  8. bigchiefbc

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    If you're willing to branch out a little from Boss, I recommend you try out the Landmine LD-1. It is the best metal distortion I have ever tried. When you have the bass turned up above 3:00, it just absolutely brutal, crushing distortion. Way more brutal than either Boss, and yes I've tried them both. Of the two Boss pedals, I liked the MT-2 better.
     
  9. odin70

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    Metal Muff sounds really great on bass.
     
  10. Bulldog

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    I used the MT-2 quite a bit when I played guitar, and it is a really, really biting, kinda harsh distortion pedal. Excellent for tight thrash style riffing. I could never get it to sound good on bass, though. Bottom just falls out completely.
     
  11. bellrach

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    anybody tried putting EHX The Mole or other Bass Booster with it?

    How does it sound?
     
  12. knumbskull

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    Metal Zone sounds good and has great EQ but loses lows on bass. Can't comment on the modded version but it sounds ideal ;)

    Or go clean blend. Slightly regret selling my Metal Zone without trying this...
     
  13. RCCollins

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    Honestly, I'd go with an older HM-2.
     
  14. bigsnaketex

    bigsnaketex Supporting Member

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    I play around with my guitar pedals (I have 15!) on my bass. You sometimes get some crazy results. Recently I have been using my Boss Blues Driver when we play "Bobby McGee" and it makes my P-Bass sound perfectly distorted and overdriven! Kind of like an old bass through a raggedy old amp!

    Just play around with stuff because the tone you're looking for are all around you!
     
  15. metaball

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    i had an MT-2 around for many years. to me it was unusable stock. too hissy & noisy. i got the monte allums mod done on it & the hiss/hum went away completely, gain took a huge boost, harmonics & growl appeared out of the sludge. then the old bandmate who left it behind came by & took it back. i highly reccommend getting the mod done if you have one.

    i think there are much better options reccommended here if yer buying new though.
     
  16. bigchiefbc

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    Wow, two and a half years later, and I still completely stand by what I said. For metal distortion, nothing has ever come close to the Landmine for huge heavy gain
     
  17. Crystalman85

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    I've recently came across a clip of the boss ml-2 metal core demonstrated on bass. it actually not too bad on bass. it does seem to have pretty solid heavy sound. it probably would sound more awesome with a blender pedal like the boss ls-2. anywho, here's the clip.

    http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=12048607
     

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