I'm not an effects guy, but I got a this MXR d.i. pedal for the heck of it, and man, I'm glad I did! This is an interesting pedal. It's got a DI, compressor, distortion, coloring, and a gate. My favorite feature? I boosts your volume 2 fold!!! It's also about the size of 2 regular Boss pedals. If anyone has one of theses, I'd love some pointers.