OCD running on 18 volts, what did you think?

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  1. TheGrooveking

    TheGrooveking Member

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    I was playing around this weekend with a few pedals and was running a OCD at 18 volts and I will tell you, it made that pedal light up even more! It really added to the touch dynamics and openess of the sound, just made all of the good things about the OCD even better. Did you guys hear the same thing when going to 18 volts?

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  2. Platypus

    Platypus not in rivers, but in drops Supporting Member

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    I've been wanting to try this as I've heard this before. Would you say it was a dramatic difference?
     
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    Dramatic is a reavant term, I will say very noticeable difference, but to some it may be less or more, but I liked it immediately.

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    YES YES YES YES YES YES YES ... running mine at 18 volts was nothing short of a revelation, especially in a band setting. All the things you said, more open, just "bigger" sounding. I really dug it. The difference was dramatic to my ears, but YMMV of course....
     
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    Platypus not in rivers, but in drops Supporting Member

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    Do you guys have a link to an 18V power supply that works well with this pedal? Thinking about getting one now.
     
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    Gas-man Unrepentant Massaganist

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    I did the same thing when I had a FDII and it was a pretty marked difference.
     
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    I think if you are pushing a dirty or slightly dirty amp its pretty cool at 18v but as an overdrive into a clean amp, I think 9v is the way to go. 18v into a clean amp gets really strident and stiff. I liked the feel of it better at 9volts. Just thought I'd chime in and give an alternate view on the matter. I suppose my opinion changes in regards to what amp and how you are using it.
     
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    I just used one of the 18V taps on my Dunlop Brick, and it was fine.
     
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    hmm i never tried running my OCD at 18v.
     
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    adapters, on 9v, you're probably already giving the OCD ~12v, and at the 12V setting, ~ 16v, just a matter of finding the sweet spot. An 18V adapter unregulated, hmm, I'm not going to use one where I live.
     
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    The Dunlop ECB-04 Regulated AC adapter from musictoyz is what was recommended to me & it works great.


    http://www.musictoyz.com/guitar/pedals/dunlopps.php

    Third one down from the top of the page linked above.
    On their site they call it the ECB-004 but the box says ECB-04.
    Ordering the ECB-004 will get you the right one.

    I like the OCD a real lot at 9 volts but yes I do notice a nice difference with 18 volts.
     
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    Gooveking,
    Did you ever do the Version1-version2 shoot out?
     
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    DreamTheaterRules Former Lyricist for Calhoun Tubbs Silver Supporting Member

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    just curious... has anyone seen Fuller's recent comments on this topic?

    I've saw what the web site said a while back, but more recently he made other comments about this. Anyone seen them?

    If I cah find the quotes, I'll post them. I have an OCD and FD II and was all pumped up about making them even better. I read his last comments and held off on the 18V supplies for them.
     
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    Where did you read them ?- they're not on his site.

    What was the jist of the comments do you remember?
     
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    From Fulltone:-

    Running the OCD, Fulldrive2, Bassdrive and FatBoost on 18 volts DC!
    Won't that hurt them?
    No, not at all, just make sure that the polarity is correct...meaning that the center pin gets the Negative (-) just like the 9volt adapter you'd use with it.
    What will it sound like?
    Quite different actually....the FD2 gets much more dynamic, a little brighter and a lot less compressed, more articulate, more amp-like, with more of the strings coming through....very nice!. The "Comp-Cut" mode gets a serious increase in headroom without distorting. Using 18volts DC, The FatBoost gets tons more Clean headroom, doesn't distort at all, and can get upwards of 30db of crystal clear gain. The Bassdrive just MUCH better for Bass guitar with the extra headroom and clarity.
     
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    Cool info, I now run my Fulldrive 2, Fat Boost and OCD at 18 volts, I love the headroom, plus it seems to really make a positive difference when I kick in the Maxon CP101 compressor. Only think that sucks is that I have to go to work and can't play through them all day.

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  19. DreamTheaterRules

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    I'll have to find it... but someone gave a direct "which do you prefer with the OCD" and he said he used 9V. He said while it did give more headroom, it didn't give as much overdrive/distortion, and he preferred the extra saturation to more clean head room.

    I'll try to find it and post it. Still cool that you can try it both ways and see what works best for your setup though...
     
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    Does anyone else put 2 carbon batteries in series?
     

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