noisy boss odb-3

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by nickname, Nov 24, 2005.

  1. nickname


    Jan 22, 2005
    I've recently noticed that when this pedal is applied, i get a fuzz noise when nothing is played. i've also noticed that standing too close to my amp will cause feedback. i've never had this problem, does anyone know?
  2. The ODB-3 is an overdrive pedal, meaning it adds gain to your signal in order to get a dirty crunchy sound.

    The things you experience are normal when playing with overdrive or distortion pedals.
  3. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    But the Ol Dirty Bastard is known for being one of the more noisy of the "overdrives." If I had to pick one word to describe the ODB... noise.
  4. Joe P

    Joe P

    Jul 15, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    I use the ODB (with a CS-3 AND an Xciter before it about noise!) in the loop of an NS-2 noise supressor.

    That thing works perfectly. No other supressor that doesn't have remote sensing can do what the NS-2 can do. It works perfectly!

    I'm not only runnin' TONS of compression before the ODB, but I boost the treble on both the CS and the Xciter (on the ODB - for the heavy-distortion sound - I run bass=1:30, treble=10:30).

  5. nickname


    Jan 22, 2005
    how is the xciter. i heard it does wonders when put before the ODB-3. I just purchased one and am waiting for it to come in the mail!

    im still on the look out for a delay and octaver pedal. so far its been recommended to check out the OC-2.

    i understand that it is noise, but it never used to squeel when i went close to my amp. it never used to make that much noise at all really.
  6. nickname


    Jan 22, 2005
    when u say that u set it at 1:30 and 10:30 how does that work out?? like what is the concept of how u decide what 1:30 is?
  7. Higgie


    May 31, 2005
    London, England
    If you're looking for an octave down, the EH Octave Multiplexer is a beauty of a pedal. I'm also looking out for a delay pedal myself.
  8. look at a clock (not a digital one)
  9. Joe P

    Joe P

    Jul 15, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    I'm sure you did hear, but as far as I know, I'm the only one who's been saying it. No one's actually DISagreed with me either.

    There's really been pretty-much NO response to my 'crying in the wilderness' over this; I still say the combination is pretty-incredible. I wouln't at-all mind if someone were to report their success with it - one way or the other would be fine, but it'd be nice if someone would report having tried it...

    I run the Xciter - as per the printed markings on the control panel, left-to-right - 5.5, 8.0, 6.5, 8.5. It can sound pretty cool to run either of the Big Bottom controls (the left two knobs) higher than what I've suggested above (the left one causes the B.B. to process higher and higher up toward the mids as you turn it clock-wise, and the right one blends-in more and more of the effect the original signal as you go C.W.), but the problem is, when I switch-OFF the ODB, it leaves me with too boomy or bassy of a clean sound! Because of that, that's about the highest I dare to run those. When it comes to the high-freq controls (the right two 'Exciter' knobs), remember that I'm running flatwounds; I'd imagine that 'blend' control (far-right) might be too high for round wounds on a bright bass.

    ...And yes: The trick is to put it BEFORE the ODB-3! I understand the disadvantages, and the logic with putting the Xciter last-last-last - but I'm talking about transforming the sound of an ODB-3; for THAT it has to go BEFORE the ODB.

    Also: remember that a problem I've encountered with this was my passive bass apparently clipping the Xciter, resulting in a nasty and unacceptable crackle-sound. You can push the 'active' switch, but then the output goes down so much that you can have trouble properly 'driving' the stuff that follows.

    Write back with a report on this stuff, huh?

    Thanks -

  10. nickname


    Jan 22, 2005
    sounds like it will be effin DYNOMITE! I'm excited. It's coming from sweden so it could take some time! :( but i paid only just over 100 bucks for it, so im happy!

    I'll let you know when it gets here!
  11. airrore


    Aug 10, 2005
    Dayton, Ohio
    Yeah, I've had poor experiences with this pedal. When the gain is turned up on the pedal loud enough to make a difference I feedback like crazyyyy.

    I have traditionally been terrible at finding good settings on boss pedals though. I might just suck at using this pedal.