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    Default Favorite Dual OD/Distortion Pedal?

    I've been looking to get a dual OD pedal, but I don't quite know what's out there. What are the most popular options out there? I'm looking for something in the sub-$200 range that covers a wide variety of tones, but I'd also like to hear about some of the other units out there just for academic purposes.

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    Why do you want a dual pedal as opposed to two individual pedals? Is it so you can bring one drive pedal on battery and two cables for easy setup?

    For the most part I’d prefer two separate pedals but the Keeley D&M works well for me. The boost is incredible, the drive is on par with the other nice distortion pedals. I still prefer the combo of a Wampler Pinnacle and Fulltone Fulldrive 2 though.
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    Are you looking for two discrete circuits in one box, or does a channel-switching pedal qualify?

    Because I’d say:

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    Default Re: Favorite Dual OD/Distortion Pedal?

    Blackstar HT-Dual

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    The good ole' Jekyll and Hyde kicks ass.

    Also, Blackstar has quite a few dual options, ranging from classic to brutal.
    I've got a friend's Blackstar HT Metal Dual I think it is, and it sounds sick. But it also needs a specific 22 volts power source, so there you go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diego View Post
    The good ole' Jekyll and Hyde kicks ass.

    Also, Blackstar has quite a few dual options, ranging from classic to brutal.
    I've got a friend's Blackstar HT Metal Dual I think it is, and it sounds sick. But it also needs a specific 22 volts power source, so there you go.
    The HT-Dual also needs its own specific supply. Iirc, itís 16V. The metal version must be pulling more juice if it needs 22v.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gtrjunior View Post
    The HT-Dual also needs its own specific supply. Iirc, itís 16V. The metal version must be pulling more juice if it needs 22v.
    I think it depends when it was made and that Blackstar switched all their tube pedals to 22V at some point. My HT Dual is older and has the 16v AC adapter. My HT Dist is newer and has a 22v adapteróit also has a soft foot switch, though i bought it used used so that may not be stock. The HT Metal was a later pedal, so those may all be 22V.

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    Another vote for the Blackstar HT Dual. Great pedal with a lot of great tones it. Worth the extra hassle of its own supply IMO.


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    If you are looking for a great dual distortion/overdrive check out the Decibel 11 Dirt Clod. It has two gain stages, a diode to ground MXR+/DOD 250 type of tone and a 808 TS type of chip. The EQ will let you dial in anything your heart desires from a clean boost to subtle classic rock overdrive to Matt Pike types of dark high gain. The cool thing is the signal path is totally analog but the switching is digital. Therefore you can save 10 presets or use a midi device to control the unit. It is a lot smaller than it looks in pictures and doesn't take up a lot of real estate on your board.


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    Boss/JHS Angry Driver for the win!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chistopher View Post
    Boss/JHS Angry Driver for the win!
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    Thatís not a dual pedal though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gtrjunior View Post
    That’s not a dual pedal though
    Yes it is. It's an Angry Charlie and a modded Blues Driver crammed into the same box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chistopher View Post
    Yes it is. It's an Angry Charlie and a modded Blues Driver crammed into the same box.
    Do you happen to know what the mod is, or just what it does to the BD-2 side?
    I have the JB-2 but I've never had a basic BD-2, which is one of the main reasons I snagged the JB-2, a two for one deal in a way.

    This pedal makes me want a real v3 charlie for the EQ stack, although if you use the boss side as a clean boost going into the jhs then the driver's tone sweep does give some control over the mids of the jhs.

    I still haven't made the time to play with the blend mode yet.

    If you have any latching Boss footswitch it gives many extra options for the stacked modes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chistopher View Post
    Yes it is. It's an Angry Charlie and a modded Blues Driver crammed into the same box.
    Didnít know that....how do you switch between the two of them?
    You have to manually switch the knob?

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    I like the Lovepedal Box Of Awesome a lot. It has the transparent OD11 on one side with treble & bass knobs, and a Kalamazoo for the other half (Kalamazoo has both Rangemaster style treble booster and a conventional tone control). They are stackable and you can choose which comes first in line. Beautiful singing sustain even at relatively low levels, and stacking the two can get hair if you want.



    Also very fond of the Blackstone Mosfet OD. Doesn't mess with the inherent tone of your amp & guitars, just gives two extra channels of gain (either/or, not stackable). Extremely amplike response to touch/pick dynamics & guitar volume knobs. And it's small & inconspicuous, with recessed controls that resist accidents. Great option for those who like the sound of their amp already and don't want to remake it, just get a few more gain stages that feel and behave tubelike. Needs to be first in line before any buffers so it can interact directly with your pickups.

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    Also very fond of the Blackstone Mosfet OD. Doesn't mess with the inherent tone of your amp & guitars, just gives two extra channels of gain (either/or, not stackable). Extremely amplike response to touch/pick dynamics & guitar volume knobs. And it's small & inconspicuous, with recessed controls that resist accidents. Great option for those who like the sound of their amp already and don't want to remake it, just get a few more gain stages that feel and behave tubelike. Needs to be first in line before any buffers so it can interact directly with your pickups.

    recently got one of these while looking for a camel toe. its a great pedal for sure. how do you typically run it? did you mess with the internal trim pots?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy View Post
    recently got one of these while looking for a camel toe.
    Too easy, I am just going to leave this post alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy View Post
    recently got one of these while looking for a camel toe. its a great pedal for sure. how do you typically run it? did you mess with the internal trim pots?
    At the factory default settings it doesn't produce a whole lot of gain compared to most pedals. I've been running the Drives pretty hot, around three o'clock on the Brown and seven o'clock on the Red (which for the humbucker mode is full up). Mids usually feel right for me at about eleven o'clock - I know full clockwise is supposed to be flat, but the gain structure adds a fair amount of mids at high drive settings.

    I haven't tried adjusting the internal trimpots or substituting caps. I've thought about upping the treble gain a bit but haven't felt it necessary so far. I agree that it'd be nice to be able to differentiate the channels more from one another. Still, I get that the box isn't intended to change the character of your tone a lot. It's only meant to be like adding an extra stage of gain to whatever amp you're using.

    I know upping the internal master drive could alleviate some midranginess by letting me get more gain at lower drive settings. Still, I do like Church Of Tone style gain where you get extra upper mids when you kick it on - I'd thought that upping the treble gain trimpot inside the Blackstone might sort of approximate that. But I haven't played around with that yet.

    At some point I'll dive in and experiment a bit; I think the little box might be more tweakable than it would appear at first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eclecticsynergy View Post
    At the factory default settings it doesn't produce a whole lot of gain compared to most pedals. I've been running the Drives pretty hot, around three o'clock on the Brown and seven o'clock on the Red (which for the humbucker mode is full up). Mids usually feel right for me at about eleven o'clock - I know full clockwise is supposed to be flat, but the gain structure adds a fair amount of mids at high drive settings.

    I haven't tried adjusting the internal trimpots or substituting caps. I've thought about upping the treble gain a bit but haven't felt it necessary so far. I agree that it'd be nice to be able to differentiate the channels more from one another. Still, I get that the box isn't intended to change the character of your tone a lot. It's only meant to be like adding an extra stage of gain to whatever amp you're using.

    I know upping the internal master drive could alleviate some midranginess by letting me get more gain at lower drive settings. Still, I do like Church Of Tone style gain where you get extra upper mids when you kick it on - I'd thought that upping the treble gain trimpot inside the Blackstone might sort of approximate that. But I haven't played around with that yet.

    At some point I'll dive in and experiment a bit; I think the little box might be more tweakable than it would appear at first.
    gotcha. i run the mids full up. red channel gain at about 10' o'clock, brown gain full up. i roll back the volume on the guitar a fair amount and i love how it cleans up. i dialed the treble gain up a touch to match the brightness of my fender amps and low output pups. its a great little box, still gonna grab a camel toe too

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    Like that Blackstone's layout.

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