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EBS Multidrive

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by eukatheude, Feb 28, 2014.


  1. eukatheude

    eukatheude

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    So, i got offered one of these in exchange for my Boss RC-2.
    I've watched this video and while it sounds good, it doesn't seem like what i'm after... I'd mostly play it thru an active Spector, digging in a lot, so i want to really bring out some clank and fuzzy gain. Would you kind folks recommend it?
     
  2. GretschBassist

    GretschBassist Supporting Member

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    Why would you ask that question if it doesn't seem to be what you're after? I don't get it. It is a good pedal, provided it's tone is what you're after. Sounds silly, no? ;-)
     
  3. eukatheude

    eukatheude

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    Because i need a decent 'stortion box and that's all i was offered in trade. I was looking for more opinions, like if the video only uses a fraction of what it does. I'm looking for clank, from this video it doesn't seem like it would work, but who knows... That's why i'm asking. :)
     
  4. JonnyAngle

    JonnyAngle Supporting Member

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    The multidrive is pretty smooth in all settings. It's not going to give you clank.
     
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  6. GretschBassist

    GretschBassist Supporting Member

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    If you want CLANK, check out the Metal Drive by EBS. Much better at this.
     
  7. eukatheude

    eukatheude

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    Not even if i boost the highs in my pre? I'm afraid it will drown them out, but if it just distorts them it should be definitely fine.
     
  8. G.Bisson

    G.Bisson Supporting Member

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    ^ this

    ^ and this

    The multidrive has a mild treble rolloff that would smooth out 'clank'.

    The metaldrive has a more open topend that brings out more string noise and harmonics.
     
  9. eukatheude

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    The metal drive seems better, however this is what i got offered. I might just do this trade and THEN trade the multidrive for a metal drive. lol.
    EDIT: Not so fast, it doesn't seem to be easily available and definitely not in the used market here. Maybe i can mod the rolloff out someway?
     
  10. GretschBassist

    GretschBassist Supporting Member

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    I wouldn't recommend buying EBS pedals used as they don't get better over time, quite the contrary actually. (Don't worry, it is a matter of years, but still...)

    I wouldn't do the trade if I was you. I would sell the RC-2, put a little extra on top and get a new EBS MetalDrive. That might get you where you really want.
     
  11. eukatheude

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    Given my economic situation, the only way i'm able to acquire gear (ie. more than i already did) would be to trade what i already have. :D
    Since i'm already trading a chinese bass for a WTDI + a little mixer, i might find that i'm content with the WTDI. Maybe i'll just hold onto the rc2, whether for a better offer or if the need of money arises.
     
  12. GretschBassist

    GretschBassist Supporting Member

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    Maybe do a reverse shout out. "Trading RC-2 for an EBS MetalDrive" - There's always someone out there, even if it takes a while.
     
  13. boristhespider7

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    How does the metal drive compare to the Multidrive other than more top end? Can is still do a mild OD or is it balls to the wall OD only?
     
  14. GretschBassist

    GretschBassist Supporting Member

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    IMO the MetalDrive isn't made for subtleties at all. Sure you can dial it back but it doesn't sound good but then again, I don't like it's sound at all. I am more in love with this kind of sound: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXLyoDI8ugI
     
  15. G.Bisson

    G.Bisson Supporting Member

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    Metaldrive also has more gain than the multidrive and gets more extreme the multi. The metaldrive can still do mild OD like a multidrive. They are both very versatile and there is a large overlap in the tones available from each.
    The multidrive is fine for most folks, the metaldrive is for those who want MOAR!
     
  16. eukatheude

    eukatheude

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    In the end I got it. Sounds really neat, and I get the clank I need by boosting on my pre.
    A bit dissatisfied by the range of sounds - would love to have a tonestack or some kind of filter included.
     

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