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Good Distortion Pedal not 4 Guitars Effects Pedals, Units & Accessories
Old 14th September 2011
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Good Distortion Pedal not 4 Guitars

Looking for hardware and not a plugin. Primarily for synths and vox. I would like it to have enough overdrive to sound like a guitar (on synths), but also color the sound in other ways.

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Old 14th September 2011
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Good Distortion Pedal not 4 Guitars

This may help:
http://www.acidvoice.com/tb_303_best_distortion_pedal.htm

I just ordered the MXR Distortion+ a few days ago......... Along with a Behringer VD400 and MXR Phase 100.
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Old 14th September 2011
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Pigtronix Disnortion is great for synths.
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Thanks for the replies. someone just recommended Electro Harmonix. any thoughts on those?
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Pigtronix Disnortion is great for synths.
+1 really great on drum machines too.
Old 14th September 2011
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I will always recommend the EHX English Muff'n. It's really killer, and it doesn't destroy the bass.

Plus it uses real live vacuum tubes, so it will augment whatever ultra-authentic classic analog whatever you may happen to be using and not turn the super authentic girls off. Have you seen what happens when you play a Prophet 5 through a solid-state pedal? Let's just say you may as well be an accountant or something.
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I will always recommend the EHX English Muff'n. It's really killer, and it doesn't destroy the bass.

Plus it uses real live vacuum tubes, so it will augment whatever ultra-authentic classic analog whatever you may happen to be using and not turn the super authentic girls off. Have you seen what happens when you play a Prophet 5 through a solid-state pedal? Let's just say you may as well be an accountant or something.
I like the fact that it uses Vacuum tubes. that appeals to me. and it's funny that you mention classic analog synths. it is primarily for a Minimoog.
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Thanks for the replies. someone just recommended Electro Harmonix. any thoughts on those?
which ones? Lot of different flavors of /distortion/overdrive/fuzz, and they all have different characteristics.

For real hard rock type distortion, you can't beat an old Proco Rat. Cheap and nasty.

Personally, I prefer a fuzzbox to distortions, they have more vintage character.

For EHX Big Muff type fuzz and sustain, I use the Way Huge Swollen Pickle.
For spitty ,vintage germanium fuzz face type fuzz, I use a Keely Fuzz Head.
For way crazy fuzz, a Zvex Fuzz Factory.
Old 14th September 2011
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ProCo Rat is nice on synths and bass. I want one of these though at some point TS-303 MK2 ACID SCREAMER distortion effect for the Roland TB-303 Bassline.


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which ones? Lot of different flavors of /distortion/overdrive/fuzz, and they all have different characteristics.

For real hard rock type distortion, you can't beat an old Proco Rat. Cheap and nasty.

Personally, I prefer a fuzzbox to distortions, they have more vintage character.

For EHX Big Muff type fuzz and sustain, I use the Way Huge Swollen Pickle.
For spitty ,vintage germanium fuzz face type fuzz, I use a Keely Fuzz Head.
For way crazy fuzz, a Zvex Fuzz Factory.
Thanks for the post! probably going for more of a vintage sound. I will check these out.
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Thanks for all the replies!
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here's a few that i liked back in the day.

Ibanez TS9
Radial tonebone
damage control demonizer
EH big muff *older model*
Guyatone metal monster *not just for metal by any means*
Arbiter fuzz face
Old 14th September 2011
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I'm a fan of an actual amp. On the cheap side, Orange Tiny Terror, on the more expensive side, a UK AC30. If you pick these up used, they'll retain their value.

On the ultra-cheap side, amp-sims.
Old 14th September 2011
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Here ya go:

WMD Geiger Counter - YouTube

That'll feck you up.....not sure about the 'sound like a guitar' part however....
Old 14th September 2011
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Here ya go:

WMD Geiger Counter - YouTube

That'll feck you up.....not sure about the 'sound like a guitar' part however....
Beast!!
Old 14th September 2011
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Actually, what you really want it some blue face Ashly gear, like a SC-66A parametric, or any of the blue face things with a red gain knob on it......they burn like a gooden and turn softsynths into analogues.....lol, well, they are pretty damned good at it.......so good I had to buy one yesterday....and they do burn as far as making your synth into a 'guitar'.....
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I'm a fan of an actual amp. On the cheap side, Orange Tiny Terror, on the more expensive side, a UK AC30. If you pick these up used, they'll retain their value.

On the ultra-cheap side, amp-sims.
i'd agree for guitar any day. Synth output is too high for an amp input and the preamps tone circuit and eq would destroy the synths character.
Old 14th September 2011
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The Tech21 Comptortion also sounds great on synths and drum machines. Its discontinued but not hard to find.
Old 15th September 2011
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fooloof, excuse me if I use your thread for the next question, but I think that this is the proper place, and that the question could be of interest of you:

as a guitarrist (well, almost ex-guitarrist), I lernt (too late) that the digital distorsions are very very bad when you play with other people: in order to be heard, with the use of a digital disorsion you need to play very very loud, and at the end, you only make a ball of unclear sound. On the other hand, tube distorsions have a more crude sound, but they are better suited in the "mix".

Have you people the same experience with the synths?
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