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Light distortion / ODpedal where change in distortion does not change output volume

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Jim C, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. Jim C

    Jim C Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Looking for an OD / light distortion pedal that:

    * Does not attenuate the low end tremendously
    * Will allow for a slight distortion and maintain full range tonality
    * Will allow increase / decrease of distortion without changing output volume

    Does this exist?
    Having fun with the Joyo OD but would like to be able to change the distortion for different songs without having to deal with volume changes
  2. mordechai


    Dec 8, 2007
    Get more Joyo overdrives?

    Seriously though, what about the multi channel Tech 21 VT Bass or Bass Driver? I've often lusted after those for the same reasons you're listing but they are a little spendy for me right now.
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  4. jj4001


    Dec 27, 2010
    Providence, RI
    T-Rex Bassjuice does all those things I use it for exactly the purpose you describe. It has a blend knob and the gain knob does not affect loudness so it stays where you set the volume knob. Noon is the same volume as bypassed. Pretty convenient.
  5. zwkoch

    zwkoch You can't do that on bass enthusiast Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2012
    Twin Cities, MN
    Source Audio OFD.
  6. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
  7. gastric

    gastric Professional product tester for hire Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2009
    Raleigh, NC
    Source Audio BETA tester
    You're typically increasing GAIN when increasing "distortion". Gain adds volume, hence the increase in output volume.

    I'm not immediately aware of any pedal that automatically attenuates output volume as you change the gain parameter.

    Having multiple pedals set to various gains or a pedal that can store presets, like the Source Audio OFD and other preset capable pedals, would fit the bill.

    Alternatively, if you only have two settings you'd like to use, just put a small colored mark on the pedal next to the respective settings for the gain and volume knobs so you know exactly where to turn them for each setting. Costs you nothing other than some effort. :)
  8. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    +1. well said.
  9. Jim C

    Jim C Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    I do understand gain structure and a good suggestion
    if the differences were actually viewable.
    1/20th of a turn on gain / output is too touchy for me for live use.
    You would have to try one to actually understand the sensitivity.

    That Source Audio box has a lot of knobs for a simple guy!
    I'll give one a try.
  10. spufman


    Feb 7, 2005
    Central CT
    The EQD Speaker Cranker kinda does this with its single knob. It introduces mild compression as you turn up the More, and after about 1:00 the perceived volume level remains pretty consistent. Nice pedal.
  11. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dont most the Darkglass pedals do this? OR am I way off??
  12. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

    May 21, 2008
    Napa, CA
    Creation Audio Holy Fire would be my response to your quest.

    The bass juice might get there too if you blend a lot of clean. It's one of my favorite pedals.

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