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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-14-2003, 07:52 AM Thread Starter
 
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Best Metal distortion pedal

I have a Boss Metalzone and i can coax some pretty good sounds out of it with an eq, but its certainly not the best tones i have heard for metal.

what are your fav pedals for metal?
standalone analog pedals please

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post #2 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-14-2003, 10:43 AM
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I just picked up a Hughes and Kettner Warp pedal off The auction website that starts w/ E.
It is a kick butt little pedal. I have at least 40 different distortion pedals laying around, and this is definately up at the top of my list for "Best Metal Pedal"
Go check one out, I think you'll like it. It was designed to get super high gain with 7 string guitars, and not loose the bottom end.
Good luck,
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My 80's ProCo Turbo Rat.
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post #4 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-14-2003, 05:26 PM
 
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Korg 104ds Hyper Distortion. Not made anymore but I got one from eBay for $50 and man, what great distortion plus it has "Cab Simulation" which is awesome. It has 2 channels so you can set up a rhythm & lead sound. Only bummer is the effect on is slightly quieter than the the bypass volume.
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I had one of those Korgs once - at low volumes it sounded huge, but high volumes felt like a chainsaw going through my head.

It's easy to get a good sound out of a DOD Grunge, although it's pretty much always a very phat tone. The out of production Ibanez Fat Cat is also good (not really that fat, ironically, but great).
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I love the Marshall JH-1 JackHammer for heavy sounds, though I tend to use mine more as an overdrive pedal these days. I was given a Metal Zone by a friend, who was using it as a paperweight. I use it in front of my wah, where I can warp its fizzy tone into wild filter sweeps.
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I had one of those Korgs once - at low volumes it sounded huge, but high volumes felt like a chainsaw going through my head.
i've never tried it loud to tell you the truth. it's the perfect low volume practice pedal because like you said, it sounds huge.
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Metal Zone? I used to use it before i got my Mesa, and dynamics aside, if you set it right it's a pretty solid tone. Try boosting the upper mids- i don't remember the exact settings i used to use, but i think the parametric control was between 1 and 4, generally... I know, you're supposed to CUT mids for a metal sound... but give it a go.

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post #9 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-16-2003, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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yeah, on the metalzone i usually boost the uppermids a little on the pedal, then i boost them some more on the eq and cut a load of the high end and a little of the lower mids. im usually quite gentle with the bass.

set like that i gets rid of the buzzy high end and gives it a good modern sound that, surprisingly, cuts through quite well loud. Still not as good as an amp witha boost though
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post #10 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-16-2003, 06:39 PM
 
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Right now I'm using a Boss MD-2, Mega Distortion. It's got more gain than any pedal I've used earlier. It's got a great bottom register.
I'm not completely satisfied with the mid, but it might be my settings and I'm working on it.
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post #11 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-19-2003, 03:07 PM
 
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i have a DOD fx86B Death Metal Distortion.
It is probably one of the most harsh sounding pedals in the world.
I put it through a Marshall JMP superBass100 head into a 2x12" and it sounds EXTREAMLY raw. Chainsaw Nutter style!
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3 words, Zoom Tri Metal.......it's true bypass and it's one of the best metal pedals out there today!
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post #13 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-20-2003, 08:07 AM
 
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Go through a TC Electronic Booster/Line Driver/Distortion, and you'll get a transparent drive like no other, but you must have good amp distortion to start with.
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Another Brisbane Aussie great

Dont get the (out of production now) Boss Heavy Metal Pedal - HM1, i think

I hated it.
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Until I get a 4x12 for the Triple Rec. head, I'm using an Ibanez Smash Box ran to my H&K 1x12 combo and it sounds supprisingly good. Great crunch. Call me crazy, but I view this pedal as my fav. metal distortion. Next would be the Metal Zone. I'm really dying to try the H&K Warp pedal though.
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