Hairy, buzzy, raw, rude sounding preamps/pedals?

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  1. gnoll

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    I'm looking for something like this, that can go into a power amp. It doesn't have to have a lot of low end, or really sound that great on its own since I'd mix it with other stuff. But it needs to sound the opposite of polished. Preferably something I can find cheap used.

    Any suggestions?
     
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    How bout an HM2 style pedal? If you want a cheap version, the Behringer HM300 is more than decent. You could also go the extra mile and boost it into a Metalzone.
     
  4. gnoll

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    HM-2 just has too much character, it's its own sound and not the one I'm after.

    Metalzone maybe, Idk though, feels like it might be a bit too tight and controlled. Anything wilder out there?
     
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    Big Muff?...Rat?

    Both are a bit wild.
     
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    This seems like a cool option for filthy tones...


    Stacking two boosts in front of pre-amp section of an amplifier can also get nasty results. Overdrive plus EQ for example.
     
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    I'd go with an SNK VHD. A clone of the Ampeg VH140C. It's my go to when I want to get sludgy.
     
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    AMT SS-20. Cheap since you're in Europe and will fit the bill.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions guys, will check them out.

    I just found MXR Fullbore Metal and I think it's the current top contender, sounds super gnarly on youtube.
     
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    Stacked rats
     
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    Had he not said "cheap" and been across the pond, I would say get Fuzzrocious to make something (or get a heliotropic).
     
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    Maybe an EHX Metal Muff or a RAT. PLX-FX does a VH140C preamp clone called the Spirytus if you're looking for something with the old school Suffocation / Assuck kind of tone. There's always the old DOD Grunge and Death Metal pedals too. Super nasty sounding in a good way.
     
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    I would run some sort of fuzz set to boost into an AMT O2 into a poweramp. Fuzz pedals or an HM-2 set to boost do a good job of adding that chaotic character to the gain structure in my experience.
     
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    Pdf2 by stonedeaf fx
     
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    The DOD death metal & the DigiTech death metal both like to do this thing where the more extreme ends of the knobs become useless for actually playing guitar, but they kinda "freak out" and start making wierd, shrill, extremely harsh frequencies that can be controlled by tweaking the other knobs just a bit. Probably not what OP is after, but can be really cool for making HNW nightmare sounds, especially when going into a really wet digital reverb.
     
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    You're right, but I actually like the Death Metal for more conventional sounds too. With the treble control scaled back a fair bit and the mids around 1 or 2 o'clock, it gives a really cool sandpaper kind of high mid thing.
     
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    Oh no both pedals are super useable in a normal context as well. I just like finding distortion pedals that can do harsh noise stuff other than just inducing clipping. Examples I've used have always been kinda buzzy due to being high gain and not the best quality, but if you're playing loud it's not that noticeable.
     
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    I still think that the FX86 Death Metal with a five string Jackson Concert V bass is one of the coolest bass grind sounds I have ever gotten.

    I still have an old FX70 and FX70C (Metal X and Corrosion, respectively) for those times when I want that industrial metal buzz saw sound (Nailbomb, Rammstein, etc.).
     
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