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EBS Multidrive

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

  1. 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


    Nov 11, 2012
    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. 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 Dropping Acid Pedal Etching .com Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 24, 2008
    Maple Grove, MN
    The multidrive is pretty smooth in all settings. It's not going to give you clank.
  5. GretschBassist


    Nov 11, 2012
    If you want CLANK, check out the Metal Drive by EBS. Much better at this.
  6. 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.
  7. G.Bisson


    Feb 26, 2009
    ^ 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.
  8. 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?
  9. GretschBassist


    Nov 11, 2012
    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.
  10. 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.
  11. GretschBassist


    Nov 11, 2012
    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.
  12. boristhespider7


    Jan 27, 2008
    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?
  13. GretschBassist


    Nov 11, 2012
    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
  14. G.Bisson


    Feb 26, 2009
    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!
  15. 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.