Few questions - OD pedal and DnB pedal and Wah

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Agito, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. Agito


    Jun 27, 2009
    Hey TB, I tried to avoid this, But because there are so many new pedals on the market i suppose it's the best a thread for all my questions.

    Anyhow, First question.

    Overdrive pedal -

    I really liked the ODB-3 Tone and sound, Im looking for something that will sound the same that will be true bypass, The point is, Im building a pedal board and i want my signal to get as much as good as it can get to the amp.

    Any recommended OD pedals will be awesome.

    Second, Wah pedal.

    Im currently deciding which pedal I'll take,
    EBS WahOne (The new one)
    EBS Stan-Wah

    i listened to both, The WahOne is more Squealch sound (Like the agent 00funk)
    and the Stan-Wah is more Hi-Fi with much clarity but really really soft and sometimes transparent.

    Any ideas on how to choose the pedal that will fit me will be great.

    Third and last, pedal for DnB

    Here is the sound im looking for, The usual Dubstep/DnB
    The low sound that always modulates, Which pedal(s) do i need to get similar sound?

    That's all.
    Thanks in advance

  2. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    One thing to note is the ODB-3 is really what most of us would call a "harsh distortion", not an overdrive, in spite of what Boss calls it. So if you want something that sounds like the ODB-3, then you'll want to do a search on "distortion" rather than "overdrive".
    You haven't told us what you like, so how can we guess which one will fit you?
    We have a big, extensive thread going on right now, titled "that dubstep wobble". Check it out.
  3. Agito


    Jun 27, 2009
    i listened to a Distortion yesterday (Well kinda today its 5am here but nvm that) and it had so much background noise (Im talking about the EBS MetalDrive) and because of that i didnt really liked it (Though it sounded good).

    I checked pretty quick the Fulltone Mosfet because i was in a hurry, And it was kinda soft but ok somehow, Though the price is too high, So i guess not.

    The question is, Is there any similar pedals like the ODB-3 or any Mod kit that will make the ODB True bypass...

    Second- The Wah subject

    I can't tell what i really like, I don't have much experience with Wah but(!)
    I meant on how can i choose one, Like is there any questions i can confront with and understand what will suit me the best.

    And about the dubstep thread, Ill check it out now.

  4. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches

    Aug 21, 2006
    Denver, CO
    Have you tried an ODB-3 or just heard clips? It's a pretty harsh and industrial sounding distortion/fuzz and there aren't many pedals that sound like it.

    As for EBS wahs, I don't think the StanWah is even out yet is it? I know it should be, but they've pushed it back a few times. Anyway, it really just depends on the sound you want.

    On the dubstep stuff.

    Here's Bond's pedalboard:

    I believe that's
    Whammy IV
    Boss LS-2
    Expression Pedal
    Moog Low Pass
    Moog Freq Box
    SansAmp (?)
    Wooly Mammoth
    Boss OC-2
    Line6 FM-4
    Bass Micro Synth
    Boss TU-2 (?)

    But I wonder if he's also got rackmount and/or MIDI gear.
  5. Wasted Bassist

    Wasted Bassist

    Nov 11, 2008
    Fargo, ND
    If you want your board to be all TB (not always the best choice, but that's a whole nother thread) just go pick up a true bypass loop. I personally don't mind the bypass of the ODB-3 all that much (I use 2). In personal practice, the difference is definately noticable. In a band mix, the difference can be EQ'd out with a few touches.
  6. Agito


    Jun 27, 2009
    The Stan-Wah is already out, I tested it yesterday as well with the WahOne but as i said i was short on time, So i only got a MultiComp and a Pedaltrain 2.

    Anyhow, The ODB sounds like a distortion, But if you will play enough with the pedal it will act as overdrive and overall is an overdrive.
    The question is if my signal will go clean with the Buffered bypass the Boss offers or is there any pedals that sound similar and kinda better.

    Now, About the wah pedals, I have the chance to test both.
    What questions should i think off and any specifications and so on.
    Im basically looking for funky sound, Not really a "rock-wah" but, I dont want it to be too funky, So the sound won't get lost (the agent is enough :p)

    And woah- Dubstep effects are way too much...
    I was thinking about 2-3 pedals that do the job, But it seems it's a lot more then 2-3 or even 4-5 pedals...
  7. Off of his board, I see another expression pedal and an Eventide ModFactor.
  8. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches

    Aug 21, 2006
    Denver, CO
    If I had to pick THE most important pedals for doing electronica stuff it would be an OC-2, a gated fuzz (Wooly Mammoth usually) and a Moog LPF.

    As for wahs, I've never tried any EBS wah, let alone two of them, so I'm no help. But I CAN recommend the Wilson 12 pos Q Wah and Ibanez Weeping Demon for wahs that can do funk and rock stuff. The Dunlop 105q is a great sounding pedal, but has a poor bypass and is super funky so it may not be for you.

    Even blended down I'd never call the Boss an overdrive, but semantics aside, if you like that tone and want true bypass I'd recommend a TBP loop.
  9. Agito


    Jun 27, 2009
    TBP Loop is an overdrive right? (Sounds like a looper :p)
    where can i get it? I need shipment to Israel...
    And is there any sound samples?

    And last but not least (For now)

    Any stuff i need to look for when im testing the Wahs? (Yeah, I know im kinda saying same thing over and over, But i don't have much experience in effects, My first pedalboard)
  10. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches

    Aug 21, 2006
    Denver, CO
    Not a looper, a LOOP. ;)

    The idea is that if you have some tone sucking pedals, to put them in their own loop(s) which are true bypass.

    http://www.loop-master.com/ is one site to check out.

    You can find a single loop all the way up to eight or more loops. Here's a two loop setup.

    I considered getting one for my new dub board because it has a number of older pedals with less than perfect bypass but then I realized that most of those pedals would be on all the time anyway.
  11. Wasted Bassist

    Wasted Bassist

    Nov 11, 2008
    Fargo, ND
    TBP loop in not an effect...

    Check out loop-master.com to read up on its' functions.
  12. Agito


    Jun 27, 2009
    I think I'll just buy something similar to the ODB, Dont want to mess around with orders and so on.

    So, any recommendations :p?
  13. nad

    nad 60 Cycle Humdinger

    Sep 22, 2005
    Why not just keep using the ODB-3 if you like it? I never found the Boss bypass to be all that terrible. I would build your pedalboard first, then decide if said bypass is really all that bad, and go from there with a looper, mod, or new pedal. True bypass can lead to tone suck as well dontchaknow.
  14. rnilson


    Mar 8, 2008
    Kansas City, MO
    Ding, Ding, Ding....WE HAVE A WINNER!
  15. Agito


    Jun 27, 2009
    I dont have it yet, But i don't want to find myself buying and selling pedals.
    I'm willing to have a pedalboard that i am 100% satisfied.

    And why the tone will suck if all the pedalboard will be true bypass, Doesn't it mean if it's all true bypass that it is like connecting straight to amp?
  16. Smurf-o-Deth

    Smurf-o-Deth Nothing to fret over. Supporting Member

    Oct 2, 2007
    The state of denial.
    Yes, but you have to realize that the signal is passing through a lot of cable length when every pedal is TBP. Since you appear to play a passive instrument, this can have an adverse effect on the integrity of your tone. IIRC the output from a passive instrument begins to degrade after ten feet or so of cabling--my numbers may be off a bit--while active instruments maintain tone integrity for much longer runs, as the active preamp/pickups buffer the signal from the start. This is why many guitarists use a signal buffer at the start of their chain (whether through a buffered-bypass pedal, or through a pedal built strictly to buffer), to maintain signal integrity through a long chain of effects. If you plan on having a small board, this will in all likelihood be of negligible impact; however, if you run a long chain, it could be quite noticeable.

    Edit: is that my second post today that is both on-topic and at least somewhat informative? What the hell is wrong with me?
  17. Agito


    Jun 27, 2009
    Basically i plan on a board with maximum 10+- pedals, So i don't think length would be the problem, BUT, You say buffered increase the output, Am i correct?

    So, How good or bad is the ODB buffer?
  18. use a fretless for extra sexyness dubbbbb
  19. AleemRadunzel


    Jul 8, 2009
    i tried my Djs fretless bass. and my syb3 just laughed at me. it is mean. =(.
  20. They're not bad. In a chain of up to 10 pedals, with most or all of them being TB, the ODB will work to preserve your tone and signal level, and overall have a positive impact on your tone.

    Any tone sucking it may or may not do will not be at all noticeable with the mix with other instruments. Depending on your rig, eq, and ears, you may or may not notice any tone suck yourself. Either way it is minimal and I don't mind it-- Though I wouldn't want a board of all buffered boss pedals in series, I welcome the boss buffer in my chain.