#1
So when I use my ds-1 with the clean channel on my cube-30 i cant get the distortion i want. So i stopped using this pedal for a while, and just yesterday i found out that steve vai uses a ds-1 for live performances, sort of as a booster...

So how can i use my ds-1 to act as a booster??

most of the time i have my settings like this for the distortion channel on my amp

treble 7 bass 4 middle 5 gain 7

and the ds-1 has a level knob, a tone knob, and a dist knob. so what are the settings i should use?

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#2
I use mine as a booster as well. I set my Distortion 3/4 of the way up, and the tone only 1/4, so it gives you a nice tone. It bodes will with my Tube amp, but I'm not sure if it will with an SS.
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#3
Low Dist, Level all the way up, and just tweak the Tone knob
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#4
I'd imagine you'd turn the level up and the distortion down to zero but that is more useful with a tube amp.
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#5
I tried everything guys, all i get is either no difference..or just massive distortion which creates feedback if u leave it for half a second....

maybe this just doesnt work wiht my amp?

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#6
Yeah, it's meant to work well with a tube amp.
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#7
^....and conversely won't work at all with a modeller. It sometimes works on SS amps depending on how they've got the distortion circuit configured, but quite often you just get a crapload of noise. Modelling amp? No chance
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#8
First get it modded by Keeley. Then play around with the settings till you get something you like.
#9
First, sell it and get a proper overdrive or booster pedal. That distortion sounds like a mud wrestling contest in alabama. (muddy) I don't see how a distortion pedal is meant to work with a tube amp. That's what overdrive and boost are for.
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First, sell it and get a proper overdrive or booster pedal. That distortion sounds like a mud wrestling contest in alabama. (muddy) I don't see how a distortion pedal is meant to work with a tube amp. That's what overdrive and boost are for.

A distortion pedal works fine with a tube amp, it just depends on the kind of amp you have and the sound you want.

He's got a cube anyway, so not a tube in sight....and a modded DS-1 won't make any difference to the fact that it won't work properly.
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A distortion pedal works fine with a tube amp, it just depends on the kind of amp you have and the sound you want.

He's got a cube anyway, so not a tube in sight....and a modded DS-1 won't make any difference to the fact that it won't work properly.



Actually it will work properly...the stock DS-1 has volume issues but the Keeley modded DS-1 has plenty of volume when the level is set to 5 o'clock.
#12
The problem isn't with the pedal, it's with the amp - modelling amps (and some solid state amps) don't like you mucking around with their input signal. Effectively you're giving the processor a corrupted signal so things get messed up in the conversion, resulting in the noise he's been getting. It'll be ok on the clean channel, but the distorted amp models simply don't work that way.
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