#2
It's better to have an overdrive and a good clean/high gain amplifier
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#4
I'd go for separate units.

In fact I usually have three different dirt pedals and a two channel amp at a gig. Not that the audience can tell. It makes me happy, though.
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#5
I would have a separate distortion and overdrive pedal.
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#6
If the amp has a decent distortion, I prefer an overdrive, but if the distortion sucks (like a Fender HRD), a full out distortion pedal. My Fender HRD has a beautiful clean channel, but both od channels are pretty bad. A boss DS-1 through the clean channel, though, can nail just about any metal tone out there.
#7
Quote by prettyzan
or should I get the Boss OS-2?


Considering that they do totally different things yeah you sorta need two pedals

An overdrive pedal is much lower gain than a distortion pedal.

Listen to a TS808, and Bad Monkey

Then listen to a DS-1 and a Fullbore.

That's why you need two pedals
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#8
Wah? What amp are you running?
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#9
I have a Roland JC 120 and use a GT2 Sans Amp simulator pedal through it. I will never use anything else!
#10
Quote by Willowthewitch
Considering that they do totally different things yeah you sorta need two pedals

An overdrive pedal is much lower gain than a distortion pedal.

Listen to a TS808, and Bad Monkey

Then listen to a DS-1 and a Fullbore.

That's why you need two pedals



You need to listen to more pedals in general.

There multiple sounds to be had from distortion and OD, and an OD can be high-gain.

It's really all about the voicing/ what sound it's meant to produce. An overdrive pedal is supposed to sound like a clean amp cranked to break up/ overdrive of the signal. And many pedals out there take this concept and run with it. Like the Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret. On lower gain settings, it sounds like an overdrive, but turn everything up and you have a pretty high-gain OD sound.

It's more about your preference and what type of tone you're looking for. A distortion won't get you the same tones an Overdrive will get you, and vice versa. And if we're talking metal, that's almost a separate class of distortion pedals since the need to replicate thick tube saturation, high-gain and certain EQ that comes with a high gain amp voicing.
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Quote by Slap-happy
I'd go for separate units.

In fact I usually have three different dirt pedals and a two channel amp at a gig. Not that the audience can tell. It makes me happy, though.




I recently played a rig with a Boss ODB-3 -> Ibanez TS9DX -> Boss SD-1. It was smiles all round for the different tonal possibilities. It was kinda lost on almost everyone else though.

OT: OD and Distortion pedals sound completely different but I have absolutely no experience of an OS-2. I suggest you go out and try it and if it nails the tone you want, buy it.
What amp are you actually using?
#12
yeah separate would likely be better. the os2's not all that great anyway.
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#13
Right now I'm running an Orange 35LDX. Nothing too big but has a nice tone.