Most aggressive overdrive

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Ronald Poe, Aug 26, 2018.

  1. Ronald Poe

    Ronald Poe

    Jan 22, 2015
    I was looking at the aggressive pedal thread and was thinking "What's the most aggressive overdrive pedal out there?" I was testing out my CoolCat Drive and Berhringer BDI21 on my bass. It produced a super aggressive sounding tone (way more aggressive than when I pair the BDI21 and a Proco Rat together and much less thin sounding) even when the BDI21's drive was a little over half way. The pair sounds pretty sweet but would probably only be usable in Extreme Metal settings like Grindcore, Thrash Metal (Slayer style), Black Metal, ect. The CoolCat itself is very bright and aggressive on guitar but even meaner on bass.

    I'm wondering if there are any overdrive pedals that are even more aggressive on bass (price and slight low cut doesn't matter)? I'm not talking about fuzz or distortion pedals. What do you guys think?
  2. imo the Proco Rat with BDDI sounds tame compared to the Alpha-Omega. Or even many other pedals.
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  3. Ronald Poe

    Ronald Poe

    Jan 22, 2015
    Alpha Omega is a distortion pedal, I'm talking about overdrives (particularly the CoolCat Drive). Could you list a overdrive pedal more aggressive than the CoolCat Drive.
  4. If you want a more aggressive tone than your overdrive pedals give you, don't rule out distortion. Let your ears guide you, rather than the wording on the pedal.
  5. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Allentown, PA!
    Absolutely - I realize some may be tempted to offer technical definitions, yet what is distortion sonically other than extremely aggressive overdrive?
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  6. smallsound/bigsound Mini or the F*ck Overdrive can get pretty gnarly for an OD.
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  7. Behringer GDI21 on bass is gnarly. Love it!
  8. Ronald Poe

    Ronald Poe

    Jan 22, 2015
    I like my current overdrive but I was curious what's out there. I love the BDI21 but it seems to respond better with overdrive pedals than distortion pedals (though I haven't tested my bass big muff with it yet).
  9. TodaysTomSawyer

    TodaysTomSawyer Sonic Titan Supporting Member

    May 2, 2017
    Damnation Audio MBD-1 is no slouch and one of my favorites. It responds great to different basses too. No slight low cut at all. Adjusting the Gain internal trim pot also comes in handy :thumbsup:. Another option, setting the Dunwich Volt Thrower on Schottky diode or no clipping diode with gain around 2 or 3:00 achieves one the best overdrives I've used. Dunwich ODB is worth a look as well
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  10. Matt Dean

    Matt Dean Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF (North) Bay Area
    Reiner’s Gasoline OD can be dialed into very aggressive tones
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  11. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Aguilar's Tone Hammer has enough gain for seriously aggressive overdrive:

  12. Crystalman85


    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    The most aggressive overdrive pedals I've heard that are affordable would be a joyo orange juice(orange amp emulator) and the joyo golden face(marshall amp emulator). considering that they're amp simulation pedals, they can be used as killer overdrive pedals.

    Orange juice at 1:08 and golden face at 1:23
  13. Karlson541

    Karlson541 Inactive

    Jun 9, 2018
    Normally I would say you would have to go into distortion territory before you can describe of a dirt pedal's the tone as outright aggressive.

    Also depend on how exactly you define aggressive, and not least with what equipment you use the pedal with and how you use it.

    I'd deem your question impossible to answer.
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  14. vivaknoxvegas

    vivaknoxvegas El Duderino Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2002
    Knoxville, TN
    Dunwich ODB can get pretty aggressive.
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  15. Holy Diver

    Holy Diver Commercial User

    Aug 14, 2018
    East Tennessee
    I was endorsed by Gallien Krueger and ESP in 2002 but am no longer on either company’s roster.
    Has anybody ever tried a Tube Screamer? I know they were the be all/end all for guitar, and I even used one in the studio for vocals back in the day, but I’ve never heard a bass piped through one.
  16. Snowglo

    Snowglo Pro Aris et Focis Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2013
    U.S. Military endorsement since 1984
    Tech 21 XXL for bass. Crazy extreme distortion IMHO.
  17. Beheroth


    Aug 26, 2016
    a stock tube screamer has an hpf @~700, so it's gonna need a quick mod otherwise for a lot of people it's "hurrdurr tube screamer sucks on bass, it kills all the low end", or use a loop/blend mind of meme (like a boss LS2) to bring back the lows.
    IMO, it's better in a loop cause you keep the tight character of the TS, instead of modding it for more lows and making it flabby
  18. anyonefortennis

    anyonefortennis Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    Lincoln, NE
    Blueberry Bass OD is pretty agresssive.
  19. The most aggressive overdrive I have ever played through is the Fuzzrocious Broke Dick Peanut Gallery with the Clean Gain Mod (BDPD V2) it has two stages of overdriven gain stages for saturation with a useful tone stack and a clean stage at the end for make up or boost. Plus it responds well stacked with other dirt pedals in very dynamic ways, that is why is sits last in my signal chain in the garden of dirt.
  20. BurtMacklinFBI

    BurtMacklinFBI Degen from Up-Country

    Apr 3, 2018
    I've heard them used and liked them other than the loss of lows. Maybe look into a JHS Moonshine, it's a Tube Screamer clone with better low end and a clean blend. I just got one and couldn't be happier.
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