How's the OCD "in the mix"?

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  1. BillyK

    BillyK Supporting Member

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    Just got an OCD (v2) - thanks Dot!! It's awesome. Very versatile and easily more "open" sounding than ANY of the Xotics! Plus, (as reported here) more gain than the BB - which very cool for my purposes/rig.

    The "open" quality I hear is GREAT in my studio setting, but since I am not performing live at this time, I have to ask: how well does the OCD stand out in a band mix? Does it's big, open characteristics translate well to the stage?
     
  2. BillyK

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    One thing to add: putting an Eternity in front of this pedal is downright lethal. The E actually makes the OCD (set to high-gain) even more defined - no mush whatsoever. Anyone else try this??
     
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    I love mine!
    V2 also.
    Got an AC Booster coming tomorrow after getting the RC two weeks ago which was one week after the OCD.
    The OCD sounds good run with that too.

    The OCD & Xotics are both good but different animals.

    In reference to another thread I met my October GAS list requirements.
     
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    I agree completely. I don't understand the comparison, really. It's like comparing a Marshall sound to a Fender or Hiwatt or Mesa and calling one better. To be fair, the AC Booster can also do things the OCD can't.

    In my opinion they're both great sounding pedals, along with the HBE Power Screamer. That's why I have all three on my board!
     
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    With the AC I'll have the RC, OCD, Bad Monkey, & V Twin.
    That will round me out really well.

    Has anyone else run their Bad Monkey into the RC yet?
    With the BM gain at 12 Noon it is one awesome sound!
     
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    I like this combination as well!
     
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    Are you guys running your RC before or after your overdrive pedals?
     
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    I really enjoy my OCD set to a crunch sound and boost it with a
    Keeley Fuzzhead. I also have the SHO but it doesn´t sound good
    when I use it in front of the OCD.
     
  9. BillyK

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    I agree that the OCD and AC (for instance) are different, but I can get them to overlap in that "mild-OD" range.
    Also, I guess what I am hearing are general "sonic" categories such as sounding "Open or closed" and another category of being "more/less dynamic". I think these two categories apply to any type of OD, and as such, I tend to prefer "Open" and I prefer "more dynamic".
    Even though the AC and OCD are different in thier tonal range, I hear the AC as "closed" and "less dynamic" when compared side by side with the OCD. Is the OCD gainer? Sure. Is the OCD more "Marshally" sure. But it's also more open and dynamic and it's on these fronts that I draw the comparison in my earlier thread.
    Like most everything else when it comes to me and "tone", I'll probably think differently in a week!
     
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    To answer the "in the mix" question, it sounds amazing. For a higher gain pedal it has a very warm in your face presence.
     
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    I agree now Billy.
    My AC was delivered today & it isn't like my RC at all.
    Just posted elsewhere that I dhould have got a second OCD instead.
    The RC can be amp like but I don't see that in the AC at all.
    The AC makes my guitar sound as if the tone is down & even amp & AC EQ adjustments.can not remove that blanket from the sound.

    I still like the RC very much though & have much use for it but the AC I don't find musical in the least.
     
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    Well, this is why I started this thread! I like the AC a lot, but compared to the OCD I sense a smaller, boxier tone. However, it's often pedals like the AC that sound great in a mix, as it might sit better in that sonic layer where the guitar voice has to live to survive on stage. But, the OCD has a presence that might also allow it survive in the mix.
     
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    Well I played along with a Live tune played back on my computer on a good level (my wife screamed, "Turn it down!!!) with the AC.
    The AC did sound alot better 'in the mix' but I still didn't like it,
    I think the OCD out performs it all around albeit their differences.
     
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    I use an early (V1) OCD in front of a Matchless Clubman in real-life live concert situations - it cuts through like a motherf*cker - I get tons of compliments on my tone - ESPECIALLY from FOH soundmen! So there's your answer! :AOK
     
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    Thanks for your insight.

    I reeeeaaaallly like the OCD. I thinks it's awesome. After trying (and really disliking) the Distortion Pro and not really caring for the FullDrive, this was a very pleasant surprise from Fulltone. Mike did an excellent job on this pedal!!
     
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    I like that answer.
    Thanks Tim.
     
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    I usually leave mine on always and use the volume knob on the guitar for cleaning up the sound. Very versatile OD pedal!
     
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    BB 4 me. never have liked any fulltone ever made!
     
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    Indeed he did!
    After years of trying to find a Fulltone pedal that I could like long term he made the OCD my most favorite pedal of all time.

    Always appreciated his good work but the other stuff didn't fit me......till now.
     
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    What about the BB makes you like it?
    I never heard one before, please describe.
     

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