NOC3 Pure Drive - how much gain does it have?

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  1. sleejay80

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    Hi:)

    From all the reviews and demos, I'm really starting to like the NOC3 Pure Drive, and thinking of buying it online.

    I'm just worried about one thing though, DOES IT HAVE ENOGH GAIN?

    I've used the RC Booster, that one barely had enough gain for me.
    Needed a bit more even with the gain maxed.

    I have the Timmy, this one has plenty. Gain knob is usually on 10:30.

    The most I'll ever need, is probably Timmy with gain knob @ 12:00, just to be safe.

    Does the NOC3 Pure Drive have that much gain on tap?

    Thanks in advance!!
     
  2. Mullet Kingdom

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    If you think the Timmy has enough gain, then yes, it should have plenty.

    I've had mine for about two years now and I really dig it. The Pure Drive works best when it's pushing an amp that's already in the edge of break up.
     
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    Oh that's good, thanks!!

    Sidetrack, but do you feel the PD is "warmer" than Timmy?

    I really like the Timmy, but I think its rather "cold", sometimes on the edge of being "harsh, brittle" with the gain up.

    I would love to have a bit of compression/saturation, and creamier gain.

    I'm thinking PD can be my solution, a "warmer Timmy".

    What's your take on that?
     
  5. sleejay80

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    I meant, distortion. dirt.
     
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    What's the difference between gain and drive?
     
  7. sleejay80

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    Gain is basically "the level of amplification", so doesn't always mean overdrive.
    If you have enough clean headroom, raising gain could just end up in raise in volume.

    Drive is basically distortion, overdrive, however you wanna call it.

    But these terms are used in more ways than one, so it gets confusing sometimes.

    Now this is just MY take on it, so I might be wrong.
     
  8. Cary Chilton

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    that was close enough, Slee ;)
     
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    It's a great sounding pedal and I think you'll probably dig it. With the bass and treble tweaked just right you can match your guitar's EQ curve by about 95% -- meaning: it sounds like the dirt is coming from your amp not the pedal.

    The Pure Drive has a slight mid bump that the Timmy doesn't have. So if you're using a Timmy with, say, a strat or tele and black-face Fender rig it's hard to strike a balance between muddy and brittle. Which is not to say the Timmy isn't a great pedal. It is, but its forte seems to be with strats and Marshalls.

    Not to sound like a broken record, but I've tried a bunch of different ODs in the past two years, and I keep coming back to the Pure Drive.

    Some people like their pedals to *sound* like pedals -- while others like their pedals to sound like their guitar and amp. Both have merit, but if you're in the latter category -- you'll like it.
     
  10. sleejay80

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    Thanks, everyone!
    I have it ordered @ ProGuitarShop now!! :)
     

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