#1
I was given a digitech death metal pedal as a birthday gift. Can I use it as a boost? Anybody have any experience doing that? I guess I could sell it and get a fish and chips or an sd-1.
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#2
Never tried it, but it might be hard to use it as a boost since it doesn't seem to have a gain control. normally you'd set the gain control pretty low.
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I was given a digitech death metal pedal as a birthday gift. Can I use it as a boost? Anybody have any experience doing that? I guess I could sell it and get a fish and chips or an sd-1.


i have done it a few times (with a modified rat) and have heard reference to doing it with a metal zone before. i usually ran it with the gain dialed back to 0.

the results can be quite good, it can also not be so good. for example the rat was great boosting a driven amp and tightening up a good distortion tone, but it tended to sound pinched when used to get 'dirty' tones and it robbed a bunch of low end as well.

best thing to do is just try it out. can't hurt anything.
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Had a Digitech distortion pedal that had no gain controls. I think it's from the same series your Death Metal pedal is from. I doubt it can be used as a boost. It was all gain, all the time.
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Had a Digitech distortion pedal that had no gain controls. I think it's from the same series your Death Metal pedal is from. I doubt it can be used as a boost. It was all gain, all the time.


i just looked it up, no gain control. don't think i have ever seen a distortion pedal without a gain control.

so, yeah, you won't be able to use this as a boost.
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#6
^ Yeah that's my concern. I mean, you can still try, it shouldn't hurt anything, just it'll be balls to the wall all the time, as you said.

You can certainly do it with a distortion pedal which does have a gain control, I've tried it with a bunch of distortion pedals- rat, ds1, etc. I generally prefer OD pedals for that, though. But everyone's different and it's worth a try to see if you like it.
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Yeah I figured , just figured I'd see if anyone had tried it. Was just wondering if it would be useful. You can use a new for a clean boost right? Like say fish and chips. My new coming tomorrow has no eq. So is think a eq would need to come before od. I can probably sell this pedal on eBay.
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yeah you can use an eq as a clean boost. advantage of an od is you can dial in overdrive on the pedal (and it's much more controllable in terms of volume).
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#9
I used my DS-1 as a boost, worked ok. A Death Metal pedal all gained out, no. Even an overdrive with the drive up all the way will sound 10 times better than that as a boost.
Hell, even a metalzone will work better a boost.

Like people said, the problem is the lack of control on the gain.
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Never tried it, but it might be hard to use it as a boost since it doesn't seem to have a gain control. normally you'd set the gain control pretty low.

The only thing I can add to this is that it's not that it just "might be hard," but in all likelihood, impossible. Just judging by the name and appearance, it's probably a high gain pedal.

I didn't even know gain there were gain pedals that don't let you set just how much gain to add to the signal.
#11
Yeah it's weird lol
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#12
I'll just eBay this and maybe get danelectro fish and chips. Something useful.
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#13
It can't hurt to try. I briefly kept my Metalzone when I bought my 6505+ and tried using it as a boost -- didn't work at all so I sold that POS. But my HM-2 works as a boost just fine. I leave the distortion on zero or very close to zero and oddly enough, run it in the effects loop. It doesn't give my 6505+ any more gain that way, but colors the tone with that classic meatgrinder sound, while retaining the tightness of the 6505+.
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#14
my gf got it from gc so well just take it back. it was like $20 lol. put that torward fish and chips probably maybe grab a sd-1 or bad monkey later.
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#15
Without a gain control you are kinda outta luck.

I've found some interesting sounds using a metalzone as a boost/eq filter kinda thing used in combination with a fuzz
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