OD pedals for bigger sound at low volumes

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  1. chamberpop

    chamberpop Tele-Meister

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    Title hits the highlights, I guess.

    Looking for your favorite OD pedals for making low volume group playing sound rich and full. Let's say an 'always-on' pedal and a 'boost' for solos.

    Currently using a Soul Food for an 'always-on' fattener and Maxon OD-9 to boost for grit and solos with a SFPR and Tele.

    This is with drums (good dynamic player), electric bass, another electric guitar and vocals. Any other suggestions would be appreciated.

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    c-pop
     
  2. Larry F

    Larry F Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    I have used a Zendrive as an always on pedal at low volumes.
     
  3. gtrguru

    gtrguru Friend of Leo's

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    Most of my ods sound good at low volume. SD1, 72 deg, rat, DS1. I only like the 72 deg at louder volumes though. To me the SD1 & DS1 start to sound thin and the rat sounds fake at loud volumes.
     
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    Fulltone OCD. Sounds great at low volumes.
     
  5. soulman969

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    This one is usually on for all but very low volume ballad type stuff set only to boost. No OD.
     

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  6. cousinpaul

    cousinpaul Friend of Leo's

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    Generally, I'd use something with strong mids to cut through a mix and a pedal with flatter EQ or even slightly scooped mids to fill up a mix. Also, playing in a different octave or using different inversions from the other guitarist can make you sound bigger.

    You might try something like a Boss OD-3 or a Barber LTD for a more full range sound.
     
  7. Kelsey

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    The SHOD and Blue Note work best for me, giving amp-like grit and OD at low volumes. A good boost pedal in front of those adds more gain and thickness, whereas a boost after them makes them sound bigger and louder (but the bigger part predominates, as it's not too loud).
     
  8. Daddy Hojo

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    I like the Bad Monkey as an always on pedal with both of the tone knobs maxed out. Really nice thick sound. I use it so much my guitar sounds puny without it.
     
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    For cheap you can't beat the Joyo Sweet Baby... Love mine. Almost always on (and I play at home at low levels a lot.)
     
  10. RetroTeleRod

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    +1. We don't play very loudly in our small church and this one sounds great into my Vox AC-15. I'm rediscovering the benefits of a compressor too for good tone at low levels. Another one of my favorites is the Boss OD-3 for a clean boost/barely overdriven sound. Happy Tone Hunting, Rod.
     
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    TS10 as per my avatar. However, the real secret to sounding full at low volume is a good compressor - preferably one that mixes in the straight tone, like an SP or a Tone Pump.
     
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    Moog Minifooger Drive
     
  13. blowtorch

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    Soul Food, old silver VS J&H Jekyll side at drive=0 and level cranked, Nocturne Atomic Brain. These are the three I use in this application.

    There is also cranking the amp's volume, turning down the tone stack to 0 and gradually bumping them up as needed, and riding that volume knob on your guitar. This is perhaps the most dynamic option
     
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    MXR Dyna Comp as an 'always on'.

    Boost is either a bass-modded SD-1, or a RAT clone with the filter and drive almost off.
     
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    MilwMark Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Always on: OD250

    Leads: Tele volume pot

    See below for general settings on 250 for when my amp is at 5 or more. If my amp is lower than that, the Drive knob might move up to maybe 10 o'clock. The one pictured is an Evosevich (sp?) Outlier mod but my new TBP reissue works equally well. Remarkable pedal for me.
     

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  16. ryguy79

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    I've used an OCD for this with several different amps - 65 Bandmaster, Vox AC15, Hot Rod Deluxe, Dr Z Remedy. Always seems to do the trick. The Hot Rod and Remedy also really seemed to like the Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret MkII.
     
  17. RetroTeleRod

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    Love my OCD. But now MilwMark has got me gassin' for an OD-250. :twisted:
     
  18. SamClemons

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    A slight bit of Chorus added to your distortion/overdrive really does it for me, gives you that 80's rock sound.
     
  19. RetroTeleRod

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    I don't have a working chorus pedal at the moment, but my TC Shaker set very subtly really fattens my sound.
     
  20. eddie knuckles

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    The Dover Drive will get you there as well as a few others people have already mentioned.
     
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