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303 distortion

Post by sabasan » Fri Oct 19, 2012 12:17 pm

could someone suggest me some good distortion box for the 303

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Post by dan_p » Fri Oct 19, 2012 1:06 pm

Nice soft subtle distortion sounds ace, i found a teaspoon driven hard just sounded amazing.

Actualy, the teaspoon is a brilliant box for jamming with the 303.
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Post by phono1337 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 3:30 pm

my personal favorite is the mxr distortion+ (modern not vintage) just works so well with the 303

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Post by flts » Fri Oct 19, 2012 4:49 pm

cheap '80s mixer channel distortion. boss bx-16 and the other models of the series are classic choices. i just hope saying this doesn't mean the ebay prices suddenly skyrocket.
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Post by kons » Fri Oct 19, 2012 5:07 pm



Is my choice... the more heavy metal the better. Isn't it ironic.

eq... a noise gate... and the 'scoop'... will liven up even a pale nineties clone...

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Post by thetwlo » Fri Oct 19, 2012 5:11 pm

phono1337 wrote:my personal favorite is the mxr distortion+ (modern not vintage) just works so well with the 303
good call, that's the first distortion box I used, that really worked well with synths- MG-1 at least.
The Boss GL-100 is also pretty great.(for synths, never had a 303)

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Post by kuxaan-sum » Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:29 pm

I use an MXR M-104 Distortion+ and a Boss ODB2....occasionally I will use some an EHX English Muffn and Black Finger.
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Post by ignatius » Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:30 pm

Whatever you use put a touch of short room reverb on it. Really makes it sit in a mix.

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Post by depth20 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:39 pm

+1 4 MXR+!

Don't think I've actually used it on my 303, but it sounds darn good on pretty much everything else, so why not on acid?

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Post by theabsent » Sat Oct 20, 2012 4:45 am

flts wrote:cheap '80s mixer channel distortion. boss bx-16 and the other models of the series are classic choices. i just hope saying this doesn't mean the ebay prices suddenly skyrocket.
BX-8/16 are amazing dist machines. There is a lot of good distortions available. Just test some out and choose the best for your style.
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Post by sabasan » Sun Oct 21, 2012 8:48 am

so MXR M-104 and fullbore are the ones to check..
which model for the Boss ?
I thought there is a classic acid house pedal-chain-fx ?
I'm sorry but completely out of all the pedal stuff.

I also have the modular french fuzz that I will check today.

thanks for suggestion

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Post by mckenic » Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:03 am

Dont have a 303 and Im not in to distortion BUT...

To my ears it sounds like my x0x & Russian Big Muff were made for each other!


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Post by magnetize » Sun Oct 21, 2012 11:29 am

has to be the ts303

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Post by RobJB06 » Sun Oct 21, 2012 4:46 pm

I think the Proco Rat sounds best on the 303

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Post by lvoemachine » Mon Oct 22, 2012 2:43 am

I just bought a z-vex mastotron used at my local guitar center after using it for an hr w a mopho, and I'm super impressed. It has a wild amount of tonal variety, and really doesn't suck the bottom end too much (unless you want that of course, then the tone knob works fantastically). You can control the PWM of the fuzz and also how much the original signal pushes the circuitry and the level of fuzz as well. It does drop the levels a bit vs boosting, but other than that, I have nothing but praise for the design. it's silicon based, so it has great accuracy and clarity, with an amazing wooly nature to it that can be pushed as far as getting almost glitchy. I was popping back and forth between the original tone and effected and it had the ability (when dialed in right) to pull back out filtered out notes after the LPF...

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Post by Taika-Kim » Mon Oct 22, 2012 3:54 am

I think Hardfloor used a Rat, and he's the point of comparison, right :D ?

I only have a self-made Biggmuff pi clone, and that has been doing fine. I think actually what's more important is what's happening before the distortion, a bit of HP or resonant LP can really give you that scream, especially the HP by removing some of the excess bass rumble & clip.

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Post by b3nsf » Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:35 pm

metasonix TM-7 with mooger fooger CP-251 cv'ing the "scrotum" amount!! (cv'ing the cp-251 with tb-303 pitch cv out)

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Post by 04tm34l3 » Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:17 pm

magnetize wrote:has to be the ts303
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Post by hexinverter » Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:50 pm

MXR+ -- all the way! Sounds SO good.

I actually just made a distortion project for eurorack based on this pedal. Will have PCBs for sale in the next month or two if you're into DIY. It should be a nice, easy build and clears up studio desk space from annoying pedals and stuff.

To my ears, it sounds nearly identical to the 303 in the Pump Panel Reconstruction remix of New Order's "Confusion"

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Post by Zenn » Thu Oct 25, 2012 4:06 am

+1 on TS303, also the Korg distortion stompbox sounds very nice. Also (actual) tubeamps such as H&K Cream Machine can work very well.

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Post by StepLogik » Thu Oct 25, 2012 3:43 pm

If you don't mind DSP, the Adrenalinn is 1-stop shopping for all your 303 processing needs: midi clock sync , reverb, distortion/overdrive, etc. you also a get a tuner to keep the 303 in key. All of this in a nice, small package with an easy UI and superb sound quality.

For analog distortion, the metal muff offers a lot of controls for tonality adjustments but it can be a bit much to reign in.

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