Overdrive pedal (with noise gate) to tighten the sound (modern metal)?

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  1. Fabxxxyyy

    Fabxxxyyy SS.org Regular

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    I've started looking into these pedals and, considering I will soon buy a seven string guitar and downtune it just a bit, one tone, nothing too extreme, I don't want to end up with a muddy tone.
    I play (yeah... that's the idea) technical/progressive metal and the amp is an ENGL Ironball.
    A good thing would also be a noise gate integrated into the pedal.
    Up to now I have found these two:

    Amptweaker - Tight Drive jr
    Horizon devices - Precision drive

    Any suggestions?
    Thank you!
     
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    Those are the only two I know of. Haven’t owned either unfortunately, but both are very well respected.
     
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    rexbinary MOD King

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    As a happy owner of the Nano Attack I believe the Precision Drive would be a great choice. Unlike most overdrives it's made specifically for what you are wanting to do.
     
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    Totally forgot about the Tight Drive Jr. I know what I’m buying next
     
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    I know my Engl FB100 didn't need or take a boost/OD with midhump in front very well. Specifically, TS based boosts like the SD805 or TS9. Not sure if anyone has experience with the Ironball.

    If you aren't specifically looking for the overly pronounced midhump sound... try the VFE Standout or Mud Killer.
     
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    May i suggest getting the 7string first and try it out on the Ironball before getting an OD...ENGLs dont need boosting.My PB II was such a hostile amp already and running an 808 in front made it unbearable.
     
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    Why not go for separate od and noise gate? I know it would cost more and you would have to deal with two pedals but that way you would have more to choose from. Just my :2c:
     
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    I tried a tubescreamer in front of my Engl (not Ironball) and it didn't do much. A parametric eq works far better for me. With that I can cut enough bass to actually get a tightening effect, and also add some upper mid aggression.
     
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    get the guitar first, try tweaking the amp settings alone and THEN buy a pedal of sorts if the sound is lacking. You're putting the cart wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy before the horse here.
     
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    Good suggestions here. FWIW, the Strymon Sunset also has a built in gate.
     
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    khdk dark blood has a gate but is more of a distortion. you might get boost sounds with the gain on zero.
     
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    This^^^!!! Engls are some of the tightest high gainers out there; you might not even need an OD.
     
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    Yeah I was thinking this. Always heard Engls (at least the -ball series) are very, very iffy with boosts given the design of the amp's input stage.
     
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    Yeah the only thing I could see is a pre-gain EQ or EQ-shaping tool like the Standout, but not actually boosting anything. But honestly I really just liked the FB100 stock tone.
     
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    I dont have experience with an iron ball but I own a Savage 120 and own a Precision Drive and Maxon OD808. My Engl sounds better without the ODs to be honest. They are already so tight and aggressive. Probably better off with a noise gate and an EQ to cut some low lows and tighten up the tone that way. Precision drive does a little more for the modern metal sound if you decide you need an OD than most standard or old school ODs.
     
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    I own an Ironball and tried a Boss SD-1 and a Precision Drive with it. Both pedals didn't realy work for me in front of the Ironball. The Amp simply sounded better without a boost. However, I've got two EQs in the loop, as the Amp is pretty mid-heavy with rolled off highs at very low volumes. Cutting out a lot of mids helped me alot in getting a metal tone I liked.
    As a noise gate I have a Boss NS-2 before the amp, as my (Humbucker-)Guitar is noisier than the Amp itself.
     
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