Another overdrive thread. Finding the needle in the haystack.

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  1. wakjob

    wakjob SS.org Regular

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    Interesting.... what's the diode arrangement?
    I'd like to try it also.

    OP: as far as bang for the buck,

    The PD seems to be the most well thought out OD/boost pedal for metal applications on the market right now. Plus there's a noise gate thrown in for free. All for less $ than most boutique overdrives.

    I'll let you know if it's the real deal after mine comes in.

    But while reading your initial post, the phrase "multi-band compressor" kept yelling at my brain for some reason.
     
  2. getowned7474

    getowned7474 Neck_Pro Contributor

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    Idk what it would even be called, it's weird. I tried it out and tonally it sounds like a mix between asymmetrical and symmetrical. It's similar in volume to asymmetrical but a little more similar tonally to symmetrical, maybe less compression though.

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    Looks like a wheatstone bridge except with diodes instead of resistors. And nothing in the bridge.
     
  4. Mike

    Mike The Traveler Contributor

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    Well I ended up ordering a grid slammer and a vise grip compressor, so I'll see how that combo suits me. I got great deals on both that I just couldn't pass up. :hbang:
     
  5. kindsage

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    Definitely post a NPD thread once you've spent some time with it!
     
  6. TheWarAgainstTime

    TheWarAgainstTime "TWAT" for short

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    Sick! I haven't seen many people using/reviewing the Vise Grip
     
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    What an insanely cool combo!
    Cant wait to see the NPD thread and review of both!!!
     
  8. Mike

    Mike The Traveler Contributor

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    Will do.

    Yeah me neither, at least not in any kind of hard rock/metal context, but I really liked what I heard out of it, and the capabilities seem right up my alley, so hopefully it's a keeper.

    Not sure if I'll go full video review, but I'll definitely do a good write up and maybe some sound clips.
     
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    Oddly enough, i found that using a Klon clone instead of a TS is super tight. I watched a video with Josh Smith from Northlane and he basically replaced his 805 with a Klon style pedal for his rhythm tones that require some tightness. It blew my mind when I tried it!
     
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  10. Wizard of Ozz

    Wizard of Ozz Arch-Mage of Metal

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    I was going to recommend the Savage Drive and that's my current fav. But see you've already tried it. What about the Airis Proto Drive? It's even more tweakable than the SD?

    I can't comment on it yet... but have one incoming... so stay tuned. :cool:
     
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    If you want an OD that's right as all hell get the Savage. It doesn't have a mid hump like tubescreamer clones though. Keep that in mind
     
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    Wizard of Ozz Arch-Mage of Metal

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    Re-read the first post of this thread... OP says he's tried the SD... close, but not perfect.
     
  13. Mike

    Mike The Traveler Contributor

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    What overdrive did you settle for in the end?

    I have been debating about getting either the savage drive vs a grid slammer or play it safe a go back to a duncan 805 :eek:
    All your concerns from the 1st page meet the things I've been looking for in a od pedal as well
     
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    Keep in mind the Savage doesn't have much of, if any, mid hump at all. It's an agressive, tight OD capable of greeting overly bright if that's what you're looking for.

    I had one and decided to stick with my 808x. The OP of this thread said the grid slammer sits somewhere between an 808 and an 808x
     
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  16. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire baritone6/8 string hoarder

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    I love my maxon od808x. Definitely delivers tight and mean tones, but it's basically useless after 3'0 clock on the drive knob imo. Clips too hard to be useful.
     
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    Grid Slammer. Still have it on my board and it's not going anywhere. I find it much better for my sound and easier overall to set it and forget it than the Savage drive.

    The Savage drive is a good pedal but I always found myself fighting with balancing the tight knob with the bite knob. I could never get the right balance of attack and brightness (bite knob) with saturation and warmth (tight knob). The Savage also really does not sound like your typical 808/TS circuit. Its almost closer to a transparent drive since it doesn't have as much in the way of coloration or mid hump as the Grid Slammer which I prefer.

    The Grid Slammer also has more volume and gain on tap than they really promote it as having. I run the level at 3 o'clock, tone to taste (usually around 1 or 2) and just a hair of gain (7ish) for some more character and saturation. Still plenty of headroom, more than I'll never need.
     
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    I had a Savage Mk1 and hated how anemic it was. I have been wanting to try out the New Version since I thought the TIGHT knob would help but that seems that not so much from everyone's comments haha At the time had both the savage and 805 and kept the 805

    Thanks for the info, this sounds like it's what I need.
     
  19. takotakumi

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    How often do you run into clipping with the kemper?

    I used to own the Palisades and that pedal made my Kemper clip so much, but my dumb self at the time did not know about playing with the input clean sens. Nowadays I have set around -8.
     
  20. KnightBrolaire

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    I set my clean sens around -2 db. It's more the pedal itself hard clipping past a certain point and not the kemper. I have the tone knob on the od808x set at about 2'0 clock and it's perfect for me.
     
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