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what are the most "dynamic" dirt pedals out there (fuzz/overdrive/distortion)?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by fasto, Feb 4, 2014.


  1. fasto

    fasto

    Mar 4, 2007
    Amsterdam, NL
    i already own the "Catalinbread SFT" pedal and love it because of its dynamic behavior ... what are similar or other distortion, fuzz, overdrive pedals where i could still change the amount of dirt depending on how hard i hit the strings?

    (edit: i play both active & passive basses in normal & c-standard tuning)
     
  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    Empress Multidrive
    MojoHand BMP-1
     
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  4. WaldoNova

    WaldoNova Having fun yet? Supporting Member

    Jun 14, 2009
    Yonkers, NY
    I've heard that the OCD does this. I've never tried one but that's the rave about. Very dynamic.
     
  5. gregmon79

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

    I'll give this a +1. Mainly due to the fact that it reacts to how hard you play and your volume level on your instrument. I just love the way it sounds, very, IMO, distinctive and full of character. Some may not see it that way, but I do. Also, the Brimstone Audio XD1 crossover dist. You want to talk about a dynamic dist pedal, well this pedal embodies that. You can get all kinds sounds from tube OD crunch to heavy dist. And it never loses its bottom, unless you want it to. There are a TON of sounds and settings in this big boy. I'll also add the B7K. Although its not a dist pedal to me, it has the option to be one with a lot of EQ options. So to me, its very dynamic and versatile. Those are my tops.
     
  6. chaosmic

    chaosmic Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 6, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    Disclosures:
    Owner at MetalString Sound, Inc.
    I highly recommend checking out the smallsound/bigsound Mini overdrive.
     
  7. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
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    John K Custom Basses
    hmmm. most guitarists don't find the OCD to be very dynamic (and I agree with them). IME, the BJFE honey drive and the wampler paisley drive are some of the most dynamic OD pedals that I've played thru to date.
     
  8. Fuzzrocious Dark Driving
     
  9. HeavyJazz77

    HeavyJazz77 Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    Virginia
    The OCD is very dynamic with passive instruments. With active however, it's just a killer distortion box. Having owned one for several years now...
     
  10. godblender

    godblender Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2009
    Michigan
    I personally found the OCD to be one of least dynamic and pleasant sounding od/dist that I've tried. The Wampler Euphoria is amazing sounding, responsive to playing technique and has a three position voice switch for tonal variety. It, along with the Darkglass B3K are my two favorite analogue overdrive pedals.
     
  11. A z vex wooly mammoth with the right settings can be very sensitive to how hard you play.
     
  12. gregmon79

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

    Just goes to show you, it's all relative. One mans holy grail is another's storage locker.
     
  13. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
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    John K Custom Basses
    well, I like the sound of OCD's, I just don't find them to be very dynamic.
     
  14. gastric

    gastric Professional product tester for hire Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2009
    Raleigh, NC
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    Source Audio BETA tester
    Dynamic can mean different things.

    A) Output volume changes with instrument volume/playing
    B) Gain level changes with instrument volume/playing
    C) All of the above

    It's important to note that a clean blend, the amplifier, other effects can affect how A and B in the list above may or may not perform for the pedal under test.

    For example, set the effect under test to have a clean blend and immediately A will occur since the clean signal is not affected and retains all of it's original dynamics. The clean blend dynamics can also affect your amplifier's dynamics and gain, particularly for tube amps or other amps that can impart audible gain. This is the case with the Way Huge Pork Loin, most bass players use a lot of clean blend and claim it's "dynamic" but in fact the Pork Loin's gain (B in the above list) is static and not dynamic at all, based on my testing.

    The SFT is a good example of dynamic gain, B in the list above. They did a great job with that. A lot of newer digital drive "tube" or "natural overdrive" effects also do a decent job with dynamic gain.
     
  15. smperry

    smperry Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Long Island, NY
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    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
    I used to own the SFT (and liked it) so I get what you mean. I find the Amptweaker Bass Tightfuzz to be very dynamic at some settings...if I play lightly, it's clean; if I play hard, I've got fuzz.
     
  16. sunbrother

    sunbrother

    May 3, 2013
    Haha, wooly mammoth.

    Wampler euphoria is right up your alley, although the gain has a character to it.
     
  17. andrew

    andrew Supporting Member

    May 20, 2000
    Vancouver BC/Pacific Northwest
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    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amplification, Regenerate Guitar Works, Tech 21
    I find the Brimstone XD-1 to be exceptionally dynamic and that's compared to many other dirt pedals I've tried/own.
     
  18. smperry

    smperry Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Long Island, NY
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    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
    Yeah, I'd love to check out an xd-1.
     
  19. Bassgeer

    Bassgeer

    Nov 6, 2011
    Canada
    The 3Leaf Audio You're Doom is very dynamic - it changes from a more reserved and smoother fuzz sound, to stabs of fuzzy, synthy goodness when you dig in.
     
  20. sunbeast

    sunbeast Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    +1 to the Fuzzrocious Dark Driving!
     
  21. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Casting out the nines Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    Northern California
    The Fairfield Barbershop is very touch responsive. And the BJEF Blueberry too. Even at relatively high gain settings it really cleans up with lighter touch and snarls when you dig in.
     
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