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distortion boxes for synthesizers

Post by lilstressor » Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:12 pm

Hi. New to this forum here. I'm experiments with different distortion boxes and was wondering what the pros use. Right now, I have a Bass Big Muff going through an A-138d insert module and its producing some nice harmonic overtones. Sustain is at 12 o'clock and tone is at 4. Pretty cheap pedal, but does a nice job at giving the Z3000 oscillators a bit more weight. (or balls I guess)

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Post by tuj » Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:21 pm

Check out the Boss MT-2 MetalZone pedal. It has 3-band parametric EQ so it works pretty well for thickening/distorting leads.

Then there is a WMD GC, my fav distortion.

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Post by twincities » Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:54 pm

if we're just sticking to pedal stuff, i love my 4ms noise swash and atoner. both have a ton of options and can get some crazy levels of broken sounds, sputtering, and signal loss with some nice fuzzy tones as well.

outside of the pedal realm (and a bit more money) i can comfortably say the thermionic culture culture vulture is my favorite/one of the nicest tube distortion boxes i've ever used.

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Post by speedsol » Tue Dec 10, 2013 2:47 pm

not (only) distortion, but worth looking at is the alesis bitrman :goo:

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Post by Zon » Tue Dec 10, 2013 3:45 pm

In combination with synths i often hear the MXR distortion+ as a good and simple distortion.

I personally use a RAT Turbo for heavy distortion and a Sansamp Paradriver for a more warm, tube amp distortion.
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Post by Just me » Tue Dec 10, 2013 3:58 pm

My favorite distortions are overdriven MoogerFooger delay or ring modulator. Thick and awesome.
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Post by mmelnick » Tue Dec 10, 2013 4:06 pm

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Post by paperCUT » Tue Dec 10, 2013 4:17 pm

speedsol wrote:not (only) distortion, but worth looking at is the alesis bitrman :goo:
Bitrman is an amazing pedal, worth the prices they go for. Just the compression and distortion alone are fantastic for messing stuff up in full stereo.

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Post by ben_hex » Tue Dec 10, 2013 4:32 pm

Mxr jimi Hendrix system fuzz ... Seems a rare/unknown one ... Is super thick and smooth.
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Post by burnn_out! » Tue Dec 10, 2013 4:45 pm

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All those pretty stay wired in my set up. I'll have to look at the metalzone again. I had one a long time ago and liked it.
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Post by thorncore » Tue Dec 10, 2013 5:34 pm

i use Kennys Death pedal at the moment..
awesome on drums and can really mash synths nicely

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Post by scozbor » Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:23 pm

endless 'tones' from the geiger counter

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Post by drox » Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:38 am

the EHX hot tubes does the job nicely as well.

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Post by causticlogic » Thu Dec 12, 2013 3:51 am

tuj wrote:Check out the Boss MT-2 MetalZone pedal. It has 3-band parametric EQ so it works pretty well for thickening/distorting leads.

Then there is a WMD GC, my fav distortion.
Yep, those are my two most used distortion pedals as well. :tu:
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Post by SPIKE the Percussionist » Thu Dec 12, 2013 4:31 am

A Landmine is always nice and violent or an Acoustic Trauma.

And as others have already mentioned the Bitrman...excellent death for a signal.
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Post by flo » Thu Dec 12, 2013 6:15 am

Zon wrote:In combination with synths i often hear the MXR distortion+ as a good and simple distortion.
Yes, I love that one as well! :sb:

Often I also just crank up the mic inputs in my RE201 or one of my old Tascam mixers...

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Post by tuj » Thu Dec 12, 2013 7:39 am

The old Mackie CR1604 (non-VLZ) would distort when you overloaded a channel in a very nice way. You could get some Goa bass tones out of it doing that.

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Post by alien8 » Thu Dec 12, 2013 12:04 pm

The Moog MiniFooger Drive may be a cool one... Don't know from experience tho...

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Post by lilstressor » Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:25 pm

Cool thread guys. The bitrman that was mentioned is a pretty ugly effects box, and there're selling them for $250 on ebay. Something that color should cost $100 or less, I would think. Even though we're talking about pedals here, Ohmicide is the craziest distortion plugin I've ever used, but it also made me want to cry after restarting my computer over and over.

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Post by mckenic » Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:47 pm

thorncore wrote:i use Kennys Death pedal at the moment..
awesome on drums and can really mash synths nicely
Me too! Its a quirky MONSTER IMHO - great pedal! Surprisingly, Ive not tried it on guitar yet :hihi:

Id second Ohmicide too!

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Post by holovicc » Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:57 pm

It might be blasphemia, but the Strymon Lex - supposed to be a rotary emulation box- works brilliant. (I've seen it in a JLR demo then bought one).

JMI's vintage pedals are great too, and did someone mention the Sherman Filterbank? :)

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Post by mateo » Fri Dec 13, 2013 5:03 pm

MXR Distortion + is a classic, as is the Pro Co Rat

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Post by Bartimaeus » Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:34 pm

I remember trying a Boss SD1 with my digital piano years ago and thinking that it was pretty terrible due to the mid boost, but some other distortion pedal might work.
Any options which yield a good but relatively transparent distortion? Timmy perhaps?

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Post by dkcg » Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:58 pm

There's all the Metasonix stomp boxes if you can find one for sale. The moog pedals all get a nice drive when you crank the input (and line level friendly too), I imagine the new mini-Moog pedals might be cool for synths too.

The problem I run into is with levels, I end up using the reamp to send any synth signal through most my guitar pedals, especially fuzz and overdrive pedals. RATs seem to be a popular choice, I don't have one tho... Timmy might be good because of the EQ controls.

I have an old crappy mixer that actually sounds pretty good driven really hard. I got it free from an engineer friend who was throwing it away. Had I known the CR1604 can sound cool overdriven, I would have kept mine. But at the time it wasn't good enough nor crappy enough to keep for how big it is. :lol:

All that said, I usually use the Geiger Counter with my modular. The Acoustic Trauma caught my eye, as did the Moog Drive pedal.

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Post by MindMachine » Sat Dec 14, 2013 12:50 am

Dirty Boy Buzzy Boy sounds incredible on synths but too rich for my wallet:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRQixkYHXzg

I use a cheap ART Tube Preamp, EH Graphic Fuzz or DOD Grunge. RAT is next on the list for me.

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