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Old 08-29-2012, 12:41 AM   #1
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Advice for distortion pedal

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I own a ESP LTD M-50 guitar and a Roland Micro Cube. I have never owned a distortion pedal and would like to get one to grind my teeth on. I mainly play metal and rock and occasionally try on some blues stuff. I want something that is versatile on a budget, my budget being around $90 (Rs. 5000 or less if you are Indian).

I've the following in my mind :

Boss DS-1.
Digitech Death Metal.
EHX Micro Metal Muff.

Please comment on these and suggest others which are better.
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Old 08-29-2012, 12:46 AM   #2
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PS: Also let me know how good a multi effects processor is at reproducing the same effects as a standalone pedal. I've thinking about the Digitech RP-90 as a later investment.
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Old 08-29-2012, 12:53 AM   #3
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What about one of these
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Old 08-29-2012, 03:24 AM   #4
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I've only used the actual metal muff from electro harmonix, but it and all the rest of their pedals for that matter are fantastic
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Old 08-29-2012, 03:31 AM   #5
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PS: Also let me know how good a multi effects processor is at reproducing the same effects as a standalone pedal. I've thinking about the Digitech RP-90 as a later investment.

As a rule, the individual effects on a multi effects unit aren't as good as you can get if you purchase each individual pedal, however you obviously get a lot more different effects for your money, with your other kit you won't notice a difference in quality, and it would allow you to experiment with effects while you determine which ones you actually need to create the sound you're after.
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Old 08-29-2012, 03:32 AM   #6
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I've been in a band with a guy who used the death metal pedal & I can honestly say it is ****ing terrible. It just produces a horrible noisy distortion - (which is great it thats the sound you are aiming for).

Both the Boss DS-1 & DS-2 are defiantly worth checking out.
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Old 08-29-2012, 03:50 AM   #7
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I vote for the DS-1... just dont make the noob mistake of turning all knobs full right and expecting it to sound great...
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Old 08-29-2012, 05:36 AM   #8
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The best I have ever played bar none is the Line 6 Uber metal pedal. It can do everything from overdrive to really chuggy metal. It should also be quite cheap nowadays.
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Old 08-29-2012, 01:52 PM   #9
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DS-1. it is just a good all-around distortion pedal (it doesn't do extreme tones, but it will help your amp do them). best of all, as you upgrade your amp and guitar, the DS-1 will continue to sound good with better gear.
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Old 08-29-2012, 02:00 PM   #10
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will it sound any better than the high gain amp models on your cube? I doubt it will, unless ou fork out for an expensive one (and there's little point in doing that, if you ask me).
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Old 08-30-2012, 12:35 AM   #11
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hardwire metal distortion. you should at least try it.
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:54 AM   #12
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The reason I want a pedal is because I feel that my amp lacks gain and I am unable to find a patch similar to Lamb Of God's (or for that matter any artist's) sound.

The amp has the following amp-models for distortion:

VOX AC30
Marshall JMP
Mesa/Boogie Rectifier.
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:00 AM   #13
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The best way to get a LOG tone out of that thing is to stick to the Mesa model.

That being said, you can not really expect a practice amp sound like a tube amp being played loud through a large speaker cabinet which is what guitarists tend to do to get their tone.

Chances are that a distortion pedal will not help. They tend not to work to their full capacity with cheap modelling practice amps. You should instead save for a better amp.
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that amp should have tons of gain

you're using the r-fier model, right?
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will it sound any better than the high gain amp models on your cube? I doubt it will, unless ou fork out for an expensive one (and there's little point in doing that, if you ask me).


a pedal really won't make any difference. keep in mind that your amp has some limitations and a pedal won't give you that tight bass or sparkling highs. the speaker set up really will limit your amps tonal abilites. tinker with the onboard stuff you have and learn to get the best out of them, in the mean time save for a better amp.
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:02 AM   #17
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I have bought a Behringer TP Tremolo pedal, but I did not know that it needs to be the last in the effect chain and that there is some overdrive/distortion needed before it. Is there anyway to use it or do I need a distortion/overdrive pedal?
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:29 AM   #18
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If I need a overdrive pedal, which one would be the best cheap "more bang for the buck" pedal? I do not wish to spend more than around $50 to $55.
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:31 AM   #19
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...Or do I need a compressor to obtain some sustain instead of the OD/Distortion?
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:02 AM   #20
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None of these are gong to provide a solution to the problem you have when you're usuing a Microcube.

I have a Microcube, and it's a fantastic little practice amp, more so when I compare it to some of the pieces of crap I used when I was first learning. I love it, I think it's the dogs bollocks for what it is but I'm also conscious of it's limitations, but I accept them because of the things it DOES do.

What it isn't is a full-blown gigging/recording amp. It's designed to be a complete little all-in-one package, it's got a tiny speaker which is optimised for working with the inbuilt models - it's not going to respond well if you start sticking pedals through it or trying to run too much gain through it, and you certainly can't "boost" it.

The one pedal you can buy which might help is an EQ, as the onboard EQ on the Microcube is admittedly non-existent.
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