#1
Hey guys. I currently have an OCD Pedal and I'm wanting to know if a Tube screamer would benefit me more as a boost. I'm currently using a Blackstar HT-5 with the OCD gain set to 0 and full volume and tone. I play mostly hard rock and thrash like Metallica and Slayer. I know kirk hammett uses a tube screamer also.

Thanks, Zac
#2
I'm not sure it will make a huge difference with your amp
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i think if you already have an OCD, may as well stick with it
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is there something that you feel you are lacking tone wise? you may benefit more from an EQ or something else rather than another overdrive. depends on what you are after though.
#5
I find that the OCD adds a LOT more hair and balls to the my DSL. I currently really only use it for a clean boost now for my clean channel to give it a little extra something and use the TS9 for the lead. but it has a lot of options and sounds great.
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The OCD really works well as a stand alone overdrive pedal or for adding extra hair to your sound (it's still got some light crunch at low gain). It's a nice pedal, but something like a tubescreamer would make a better solo boost or metal boost. It has less gain and chops off spiky highs and boomy lows, making your tone more sculpted and tight (might also be the solid state clipping being added, but hey...).
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In my setup I've found the OCD to work terrible as a boost, whereas my Vintage Overdrive (pretty much a TS) works fantastic as a boost. I know that some people do use the OCD as a boost with nice results though. What makes you consider the TS though, are you not happy with the sound you're getting now?
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Might be the HT5 thing.
I never really liked mine after a while for metal.
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The OCD really works well as a stand alone overdrive pedal or for adding extra hair to your sound (it's still got some light crunch at low gain). It's a nice pedal, but something like a tubescreamer would make a better solo boost or metal boost. It has less gain and chops off spiky highs and boomy lows, making your tone more sculpted and tight (might also be the solid state clipping being added, but hey...).


This has been my experience. I have pedals modeled after both. The OCD adds a lot of ballsyness to my sound, but the Tubescreamer tightens things up much more. Personally, I prefer the OCD. Used as a clean boost, I feel that it makes my amps sound much more aggressive, and the metal I play doesn't require an incredibly tight sound. Quite frankly, I'm not that good
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The OCD can sound good for a boost, but it can make things a bit boomy if one isn't careful. I think having both would give one the best of both worlds. I also second the EXH Soul Food. It's a pretty standard Klon clone and that circuit is very good for boosting a distorted amp.
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Hey guys. I currently have an OCD Pedal and I'm wanting to know if a Tube screamer would benefit me more as a boost. I'm currently using a Blackstar HT-5 with the OCD gain set to 0 and full volume and tone. I play mostly hard rock and thrash like Metallica and Slayer. I know kirk hammett uses a tube screamer also.

Thanks, Zac


I use an OCD in my Van Halen re-amp rig set just like yours, except with the tone at 12:00. It boosts quite a bit even set to 0, but it gets that slight extra bit of edge that makes the tone perfect for me (I leave the OCD on full-time, not just for solos). The tube screamer will likely be as others have stated-a more smooth/rounded tone with a bit less liveliness & bite. IMO, it's not whether one is "better" than the other, they're just different. Depends what you like...If you live near a Guitar Center, maybe you could just buy a TS & try it with your setup, & return it if you don't like it.
A tube screamer is a great pedal to have around forever if you like pedals anyway.
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^ yeah. my cheapo joyo ocd clone boosts fine but doesn't cut the bass like a ts, I like a ts better (or other more transparent ods if I want a more transparent boost e.g. a timmy or similar).

an sd1 is nice if you more or less want the ts thing but with more bite and edge.
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The OCD is just about the opposite of what you want for your usual metal boost. It's pretty flat in the lows and highs and slightly scooped in the mids. You want a healthy cut below about 400Hz to tighten your ish up.

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Klon is too flat in the lows for any metal but sludge/doom, IMO.
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yeah

i normally use a transparent boost for rhythm tones and have more bass on it- but i still like having a bass knob, just in case i need to cut some bass.
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