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Since I started building pedals I haven’t bought any analog pedals. I have bought a few digital though - like an EHX K9. May buy an FM3 ...
I've heard that, the things one finds entertaining offer a window into the soul..
The closest parallel I can draw, in everyday American life, is manual vs. automatic transmission in commercial/consumer-focused passenger vehicles.
An automatic holds benefit, in some instances when compared to a manual, and similarly, a manual holds advantages, in some instances, when compared to an automatic. Both systems transfer power from the powerplant to the post-transmission/transaxle drivetrain and the end result is forward or rearward movement of the automobile.
Exactly my experience, your whole post. I actually bought my Boss CP-1X to push the boundaries of my open-mindedness. A digital compressor? The very idea makes me sick to my stomach. Well, actually, not anymore. I was actively trying to listen for "digital artifacts" or any undesirable tone coloration. No luck. The thing just sounds awesome.I’ve been trying—and enjoying—a lot of digital pedals since the beginning of the year. I even got a digital compressor (something I would never have done in the past) and I’m glad I did because it’s awesome (Boss CP-1X). I’ve also had a lot of fun with an old Whammy, and the Boss Tera Echo. I do like my analog pedals, though.
dunno about basing my aesthetic judgment on the metric of "poor tracking" (of a pitch-shifted delay-line), but hey:Tell my sleeping-brain that.
Besides, wouldn't you like to hear a poor-tracking, analog-derived octave ?
Indeed it is. I was skeptical, but very curious. I decided to bite the bullet and don’t regret it at all. It’s unlike any of my analog pedals in terms of responsiveness to pick attack.If the OD-1X is as good, I can imagine one in my future (and that will be pushing my mental boundaries even further - I'm mostly with the "I like my dirt analog" crowd)
I really like the saturation side of the Deco. Usually set it for slight hair, but I enjoy it cranked as well. It also stacks nicely with my analog dirt pedals, primarily a Snouse BB2 or Looking Glass.I've managed to put together an entire Source Audio ecosystem and I love it.
My drive is still purely analog... for now.
I would be willing to give digital dirt a try, though.
I got a new DDR drive pedal recently but it was gifted to me by Robert Keeley. The drive pedal I got before that was the Keeley Oxblood, but I helped design it so it probably doesn't count.Oh, and Jack (Orman), why would you buy drive pedals when you wrote the book (literally) on drive pedals? Whose work did you respect enough to actually pay for the privilege (if you don't mind saying)?