Wowza! I forgot I posted that in January of last year. I remember just keeping the pedal for months and selling it. I went back and looked in the thread and found that I did actually follow up in July 2018 on the final outcome. Basically explaining why I sold it.No large leaps. I'm just quoting what you posted previously.
No need to explain or justify anything. The pedal didn't work for your needs. That is ok Each of us like what we like and want what we want.
Regarding the "supposed" noise issues, use it like it is meant to be used and you have zero issues (clean amp or clean channel of an amp). Stacking gain on gain and boosting gain brings noise. A few of us have suggested a noise gate if you really need it. Solves any noise problem.
We may have a different description of low gain, medium gain and high gain but there are videos out there showing this pedal to be a versatile pedal in those various ranges. I lean on the high gain side but I can get wonderful lower gain and mid gain tones out of it (to me). I am confident you can turn a knob as good as I can or Pete Thorn or anybody else can who demonstrated the product.
Hopefully you found a good alternative and are happy and playing away.
I more or less ended that post with the following:
"If some manufacturer could do what the Analog tried to do, but do it right, it would be perfect for those MIDI type systems. It probably wouldn't even need to have 8 separate circuits, just a few in this general vein:
- something Klone-ish
- something in the BD-2 or Bluesbreaker lineage
- a Tubescreamer
- something RAT-derived
- a Marshall flavored distortion (like the OCD or Guv'nor)
- something high gain
As long as the EQ was fully adjustable, it would be great"
I still absolutely love the idea of a MIDI-controlled drive pedal that can deliver. Given the EQ control that the Elektron pedal offers (especially the mids), you wouldn't need to worry about any stacking. Just lots of flavors of dirt and a few MIDI presets.