Pedal Porn...sex Drive?

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Jumblefingers, Oct 4, 2006.

  1. Jumblefingers

    Jumblefingers Supporting Member

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    I'm confused about the Sex Drive and if I want it.

    Is this pedal JUST a clean boost (Shimmer-izer) or does it go into light OD territory (Barber LTD?) and, is the compression more a part of the OD/Boost circuit activity or a post OD compressor that actually limits the dynamics of the output...can you hear any squish?

    Any info is most appreciated! :confused:
     
  2. Monkeyboy23

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    It's just a clean boost. The compression is noticable in Hard mode and barely there in Soft mode. I wouldn't call either squished...it's a gentle squeeze at best. I leave mine on all the time now, it's a nice sound.
     
  3. Sid

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    everyone MUST have a sex drive:crazy
     
  4. sanhozay

    sanhozay klon free since 2009

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    Regarding the Gain control: It can add enough dirt to the clean signal to be noticeably gritty. It's a sweet sound that barely crosses the overdrive line but {in my opinion} can definitely dirty the signal enough to inject life into a bland rhythm line or solo. A great pedal.
     
  5. Jumblefingers

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    If you trun the gain UP and keep the level DOWN will it provide any OD or just chnage the charachter of the tone (not create andy distortion)?
     
  6. Monkeyboy23

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    It really is a clean boost... gain maxed to me just barely qualifies for the label OD. Durham's Mucho Boosto picks up at the Sex Drives max and continues on from there to overdrive proper (to me).
     
  7. datguytim

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    It's the best clean boost out there. The compressor switch in full mode with the gain maxed gives a just-breaking-up tone that is very nice - a bit Stones-ish. I go back & forth between no comp - all knobs around noon, and full comp, full gain, set volume accordingly. A true gem in the world of pedals. :AOK
     
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    It can break up a clean tone for sure, it's nice for a barely light touch of drive. Overall, though, it's the best clean boost you can buy.
     
  9. VictoriluxEL84

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    I love my Sex Drive. While I think it is a great clean boost, when the toggle is in the middle position, I really use it for its slightly distorted tones through an amp set clean..

    I want to say that I sort of disagree with the general usage of "overdrive". To me, overdrive in the truest sense would be using some kind of clean or even dirty preamp to "overdrive" or "push" the input of an amplifier. We all know what that can accomplish, sending an amp set on the verge of breakup into singing sustain. The Sex Drive can accomplish this well using its clean boost capability. But "overdrive" has also come to mean a pedal that through its own clipping, or distortion generated by that clipping, sounds like an overdriven amp and is mainly used, in my opinion, to paint an overdriven amp type sound onto an amp set clean or slightly dirty. The Sex Drive does this well too. As I said before, if the overdrive pedal also has plenty of gain or "preamplification" on tap, it can also be used to overdrive the input stages of the amplifier.

    I would also offer that everyone's idea of how distorted, some say amount of gain, which I still think is the wrong usage of the term, as that really refers to the amount of amplification technically speaking, is different.

    Sorry for the run-on sentences and bad grammer but I'm very tired tonight:)

    These are my own opinions, and are not meant to disrespect anyone else's here. I'm just sharing my views and maybe a thread discussing this very topic of "overdrive" and "gain" would be useful and informative.

    I will adopt the common terminology at the moment and say that while the Sex Drive is an excellent clean boost (or can produce high clean preamplification), it is also a "low gain" overdrive. When the toggle is set to "soft" or "hard" compression, a sweet amount of fine-grained grit is added to your sound, more as the gain control is turned up. I think that it ranges from subtle to mild dirt and is really nice. I think that the "soft" compression setting has less dirt than the "hard" compression setting. I also feel that there is an ever so slight amount of actual compression (squish) applied in either case as well. This pedal is really good.

    Again, this is an excellent pedal, and provides the the versatilty of a very good clean boost function, and a mild finely-grained grit generator as well.

    One more important comment:

    The Sex Drive's tone control and it's overall tone in general adds a beautiful amount of sparkle (even what you called "shimmer") to your clean tones! Great for country twang.

    There is a great clip at Durham Electronic's website that illustrates the above comment perfectly.

    Hope this helps.
     
  10. MrSage

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    Do you know if they're the same circuit?
     

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