Fulltone OCD vs Tone City Dry Martini (Comparision / Blind test!)

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The master and the contender… maybe. So I have reviewed the Tone City Dry Martini, without comparing it to the pedal that it’s based on; the Fulltone OCD. I saved that for this video and after some thinking I decided to make it a blind test. Who doesn’t love a blind test?!! It’s scientific, fun and… well, a somewhat fair way to do an A/B-test.

I don’t think the Fulltone OCD needs a detailed introduction. It’s a classic overdrive pedal, available in many different versions and made in the USA. This pedal is said to have been sold in over 250000 units since it came around in late 2004. A sensitive overdrive, something that can create those overtones from a driven tube amplifier.

The Tone City Dry Martini is a smaller sized ‘clone’, made in China and cheaper than the OCD. It do have the same controls (Volume, Tone, Gain and a hi/low gain switch) but the spec’s are not excatly the same… and I do believe you can hear that – in my ears they do not sound the same. And that’s why I figured a blind test would be a good way to go about!

This way you can check out which sound you prefer, it might… or might not… surprize you. Let me know in the comments what you thought sounded the best! And did you get it right, pedal by pedal?

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Equipment used:
Tone City Dry Martini
Fulltone OCD V2
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Gibson Explorer Tribute/B2 2019 (Dirty Fingers+)

Kemper Profiling Amp Tone City Dry Martini @ Musik Produktiv

Tone City Dry Martini @ Andertons

(Tone City Audio’s webpage has been “Under maintenance” for a long while now, thus the above links!)

Fulltone OCD

Profiles from the following profilers has been used in this video –

Live Ready Sound

ReampZone

TMS Profiles

ToneJunkie

Kemper Profling Amp: https://www.kemper-amps.com/

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Dry Martini by Tone City (Review / Demo / Showcase)

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The American writer E.B. White said about the Dry martini; “the elixir of quietude”, which of course is something you couldn’t (or maybe shouldn’t) say about an overdrive pedal like the Tone City Dry Martini… (yes, he was talking about the drink).

So this is a demo/review of the Tone City micro pedal Dry Martini. This is a clone of the Fulltone OCD pedal and features about the same controls as the OCD; Volume, Tone, Gain and a high/low gain switch. The gain is best described as low to medium with a punchy character (think a tube amplifier at its ‘sweet spot’). It should be noted that the latest version of the Fulltone OCD has some features that the Dry Martini hasn’t; like the ‘Enhanced bypass’ for example.

This video is all about the Tone City Dry Martini on its own, no comparison with the Fulltone OCD. If not already out, I will soon release a “blind test” video where you can test if you can spot which is the original pedal (or which of them you would prefer). I’ve used one clean sound and one slightly overdriven sound for this review, should be noted that due to a malfunction the sound in the overdriven sound part of the video is captured by room microphones.

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Equipment used:
Gibson Les Paul Standard ’76
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Tone City Dry Martini
Kemper Profiling Amp

Video Index –
01:47 – ToneJunkie Brown Eyed Girl (BE100), clean sound/profile w/o pedal
02:41 – Dry Martini 12’clock setting
04:13 – Dry Martini volume up
04:43 – Dry Martini Tone control at low gain
06:43 – Dry Martini Tone Control at high gain
08:58 – Low gain w High gain switch activated
11:02 – All controls maxed, high switch on
11:44 – More Low gain testing
15:09 – Fiddlin’ with the guitar tone control
16:05 – Various settings on the Dry Martini
16:49 – Live Ready Sound Fukes ODS (Fuchs), crunch sound/profile w/o pedal
17:30 – Dry Martini 12’clock setting
18:53 – Low gain settings
20:19 – High gain settings
21:14 – End words

(Tone City’s webpage has been ‘under maintenance for a long while, so I’ve listed a couple of EU retailers instead.)

Tone City Dry Martini @ Musik Produktiv

Tone City Dry Martini @ Andertons

Fulltone OCD

Profiles used in this video from –

ToneJunkie

Live Ready Sound

Kemper Profling Amp

Martini (the drink!) @ Wikipedia

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DP Durple by Tone City (pedal review – demo – showcase)

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Here’s a new guitar overdrive pedal from Tone City – DP Durple! So it is not a signature pedal but it’s collaboratively designed by Tone City and “Danish Pete” from Andertons. The DP Durple is based on Tone City Mandragora OD but modified to suit Danish Pete’s tonal taste.

So the Tone City Mandragora is based on the Kalamazoo Love Drive and the DP Durple is as said based on the Mandragora, with some modifications. The Mandragora’s ‘Pre’ (presence) has been replaced by a ‘Mid’ control that let’s you cut or boost the amount of mid-range. The ‘Tone’ control has been adjusted to be less bright, offering a more moderate amount of treble so it’s not too shrill at the higher settings.

Otherwise it’s a small but sturdy analogue pedal; metal casing and true bypass. The dimensions are 4.2 x 5.2 x 9.3 cm and it needs a 9VDC power supply, no battery compartment. The controls are gain, volume, mid and tone.

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Equipment used:
Tone City DP Durple
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Gibson Explorer Tribute/B2 2019 (Dirty Fingers+)
Kemper Profiling Amp

Tone City pedals @ Andertons

(I list Andertons due to the fact that the Tone City Audio webpage has been in maintenance mode for a long while now…)

ToneJunkie webstore

ReampZone webstore

Kemper Profling Amp

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Golden Plexi by Tone City Audio (Guitar pedal review, test, sound demos)

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A golden small metal box that brings out the sound from a Marshall Plexi amp, is that possible? With ToneCity Audio’s Golden Plexi it is and that is the subject for this video! It is small, it is cheap and it can make your tones scream like a pig on fire. Well… actually it will sound better than that… I never lit a pig on fire but I do imagine this sounds better…

I must just say this, I kinda ran into a problem when I was trying out the pedal. It sounded fantastic when I used it with a clean tone but as soon as I switched to a profile with some gain it immediately became too much. Too fat, too compressed and just too much in general! I guess I had not done my homework properly on this pedal, seems to be intended to be plugged in to the clean channel of an amplifier.

As I usually use the same guitar for the whole video when it comes to effetc pedals, due to the above fact I used different guitars with different clean profiles instead. You know, trying to create a video with more overview perspective so to speak.

This demo/review is done with a Kemper Profiling Amp, with the stomp box plugged in to the front of the Kemper. The Kemper sounds and reacts very much like a classic (or modern!) tube amp and it takes pedals just a real amp. Just wanna make that clear!

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Equipment used:
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
ESP Phoenix II (Seymour Duncan JB/’59)
Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019 (Dirty Fingers+)
Harley Benton TE70 Black Paisley (Fender Texas Specials)
Kemper Profiling Amp

Tone City Golden Plexi @ Musik Produktiv

Tone City Golden Plexi @ Andertons

Carl Martin website

Guitar Interactive Magazine review of Carl Martin PlexiTone

Kemper Profling Amp

Profilers in the order that they appear in this video –

ToneJunkie – 63 Trem-Luxe

SGL Profiles – Dirty 40

Live Ready Sound – Ruler of Amps

Gold Lion Studio – Budda Superdrive 80

Deadlight Studios – S.P.A.W.N. Quick Shot

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Thunderball by Mooer – Test, review & Giveaway!

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This video is a demo/review of the Mooer Thunderball pedal – distortion and fuzz in one stomp for your bass! I got this pedal as I wanted to add some grit to my bass sound, I know Mooer has produced some excellent guitar pedals. I’m not sure but it seems this pedal is discontinued, at least I could not it find on Mooers webpage (http://www.mooeraudio.com/) but I did find it on Mooers UK-site.

So what does this effect pedal bring to the table? It’s small, not very expensive and has both distortion and fuzz built. Seemed like a great product but in my opinion it is not really up to par with the guitar pedals. But I guess it’s not a complete failure either, it depends on what kind of sound you’re after!

The sounds you can hear in this demo are a mixed source of the Trace Elliot being lined (XLR > Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 2nd sound card) and the Fender Rumble 115 cabinet mic’ed with a Shure SM57. (Unless otherwise stated on-screen!) I found this being the best way to capture what it actually sounds like.

GIVEAWAY!
As said in the video – you could win this pedal! There are no hidden hooks here, all you need to do is to follow my instructions in the video and you have the chance of winning the Mooer Thunderball pedal! (The instructions are NOT to go to some sketchy website, it’s just what you should write to me in an email!) The exspence is on me and the only reservation is that I will not take any responsibility after the pedal has been posted, be it if it’s lost or any taxes etc in your home country.

Deadline for the giveaway: 12th of Spetember, 00:59, 2019.

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Video index:
00:34 – Mooer Thunderball Distortion sound demo
02:36 – Mooer Thunderball Fuzz sound demo
04:34 – End talk/conclusion

Equipment used:
Mooer Thunderball
Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV Pro
Trace Elliot ELF Bass Head
Fender Rumble 115 Bass cabinet
Shure SM57

Mooer Thunderball pedal

Mooer webpage

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Trace Elliot ELF Bass Head

Fender Rumble 115

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Sweet Cream by Tone City – overdrive pedal review & sound demos

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Intrigued by the sound a fellow Swedish guitar player got out of the Tone City Sweet Cream, I just had to get me some of these pedals. He was actually using the Tone City Sweet Cream together with the Tone City Golden Plexi, a great pair! (I do think it was Rob Chapman who started pairing them up!) However this video is just the Sweet Cream, I’ll publish another one with bort later on.

The Sweet Cream is an overdrive pedal that will serve you a fluid and creamy sound. It can do that lovely just breaking up tone but it can also generate some bite – but not like an aggressive metal tone. As mentioned above it works fine together with other pedals as well.

The pedal is small and very easy to use with only three controls – gain, volume and touch. The touch control isn’t like your normal tone control, it alter the sound in a little more complex way. As for the volume control, well it feels like it does more than just alter the volume, higher settings seems to add more bite and punch to the sound.

So the pedal has a simple and effective design and comes at a very affordable price. According to various sources it is based on the Mad Professor Honey Overdrive, so you can compare the price difference yourself… I do wish I had one of those so I could have made a side by side test but unfortunately I don’t.

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Video index:
01:30 – Clean tone, gain 0/10 (ToneJunkie – Empire pack, recreates the sound of a Tone King Imperial)
11:00 – Low gain, gain 2/10 (TMS Profiles – TMS V90 Mesa MK V, recreates the sound of a Mesa Boogie Mark V 90 watthead)
14:07 – Low gain, gain 3/10 (ReampZone – Marshall JMP Super Lead 1976)
18:30 – Light crunch, gain 4/10 (Live Ready Sound – 79 Mini Bender, recreates the sound of a Fender Champ 1979)
20:48 – High gain, gain 7/10 (Deadlight Studios – Ladoka Mr Hacktor MKII, recreates the sound of a Laboga Mr. Hector MK2)
23:40 – End talk/conclusion

Equipment used:
Tone City Sweet Cream overdrive
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Kemper Profiling Amp

Tone City Pedals

Get your Sweet Cream here (Germany)

Get your Sweet Cream here (UK)

Kemper Profling Amp

Profilers in the order they appear in the video:

ToneJunkie

TMS Profiles

ReampZone

Live Ready Sound

Deadlight Studios

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Rumble Drive Overdrive Pedal by Mooer (Pedal sound demo & review)

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I’ve been aware and curious about the Mooer pedals since I tried their mini-wha, The Whater, a couple of years back (it was good!). All I know really is that it is a Chinese company – for me that doesn’t mean it has to be crap. Anyways, so I had a couple of giftcards at the local music store and I came back with 4 Mooer pedals, three of them I got at reduced price.

This video is about the Mooer Rumble Drive Overdrive pedal. Seems most of Mooer’s pedals are based on other wellknown pedals and I did find a webpage that lists them all (the link provided further down). The Rumble Drive is no exception – it’s based on the Hermida/Lovepedal Zendrive. I’ve never tried the Zendrive but I have read some good stuff about it.

And I can tell you; this little green metal box contains some magic tones! I was honestly impressed by the possibilities and the sounds that this pedal brings to the table. It just would not sound bad – especially when you keep volume control up. This one IS a keeper, no doubts about that – just listen to my demo/review of it and judge for yourself!

Index:
01:43 – Live Ready Sound – Ruler of Amps (gain 5/10)
06:25 – ToneJunkie – Super Dark Magic (gain 1/10)
15:52 – Borg Factory Profiles – Bog Uber Collection (gain 3/10)
21:03 – ReampZone – Diezel Einstein 100 (gain 8/10)
24:43 – End words / conclusion

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Equipment used:
Mooer Rumble Drive Overdrive pedal
Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019 (Dirty Fingers+)
Kemper Profiling Amp

Mooer Audio

Kemper Profiling Amp

Live Ready Sound – Ruler of Amps

ToneJunkie – Super Dark Magik

Borg Factory Profiles

ReampZone – Diezel Einstein 100

Clone Pedal Index – Mooer

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Recorded with a Sony FDR-AX100, Sony XLR-K2M, Rode NT-2a, edited in Reaper DAW and Davinci Resolve.
Guitar signal line (unless other noted) is Kemper – SPDIF – Focusrite Saffire 6i6 2nd gen – USB -Computer/Reaper.

Tony Iommi (TI) Boost by Laney Black Country Customs (pedal test)

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Here’s a pedal I have been looking forward to trying out, the Laney Black Country Customs TI Boost – where TI stand for Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath! So, this is a not a regular dist box but rather what is called a clean boost. It’s kinda a replica of what Iommi used in the early days of Sabbath but with some extra controls for gain, treble and base.

Just wanna say that I have used a slightly different approach in how I recorded this video… very much just improvising and noodling around as I try different settings on the pedal, I do hope it comes out OK. The editing of this video was cursed somehow… whatever could go wrong, went wrong! To a degree where I almost went ahead re-recorded it all over again. Just saying. Any comments – especially constructive critisim – is very welcome, I’m still experimenting on how to provide a nice overview of a pedal.

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A note about the gain rating below; on the Kemper Profiling Amp each profile has a gain rating from 0 to 10. So Clean to Low gain = 0 – 3, Crunch = 4 – 6 and Hi gain = 7 – 10.

Index:
02:55 – TMS Profiles TREK (MB TripRec), gain 0/10. Note: the sound here is taken from the room microphones, not lined signal.
06:14 – ToneJunkie 3p Triple Agent (3P Dial Citizen), gain 0/10. Lead to a Backing track.
06:48 – Live Ready Sound Fried Chicken (Fman BE100), gain 5/10.
11:15 – Lead to a backing track.
12:06 – Deadlight Studio Engl Extreme Aggression (Engl E636), gain 9/10.
13:40 – ReampZone Diezel Einstein 100, gain 6/10.
17:09 – Lead to a backing track.
17:51 – Some kinda of conclusion!

Laney Black County Customs

Kemper Profiling Amp

Equipment used:
Laney Black Country Customs Tony Iommi Boost
Gibson Explorer Government Series I (Dirty Finger+)
ESP Phoenix II (Seymour Duncan JB/’59)
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Gibson SG Standard 2016 High Performance (490R/498T)
Kemper Profiling Amp

Profiles from the following vendors has been used to create this review (alphabetical order):

Deadlight Studios

Live Ready Sound

ReampZone

TMS Profiles

ToneJunkie

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Dark Matter by TC Electronics (Distortion pedal test / review)

Dark Matter by TC Electronics (Distortion pedal test / review)
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Here’s another Pedal Frenzy where I take a look at TC Electronics Dark Matter, a distortion pedal for electric guitar. So, I didn’t really know much about this stomp when I ordered it from Thomann. I know the brand TC Electronics, since the mid 80’s but back then my impression was that it was a high-end quite expensive brand. Or was it me being poorer back then? I don’t really know but this pedal is not expensive!

I can say already that I was pleased by the sounds this pedal can pull off, the sound certainly is not cheap. So in this video I test it out with a bunch different Kemper profiles, trying to cover a wide range of amp styles and sounds to see how the Dark Matter affects the sound.

Yeah, it’s an epic video – considering it’s lenght! Is that a bad thing? I don’t know, I just prefer content over 2 minute videos. But… for your pleasure I have put in an index to the video below so you can jump to the part you wanna see.

Index:
02:09 – Live Ready Sound Tweed profile, low gain to crunch (gain 2/10)
06:33 – ReamZone Framus Dragon profile, clean sound with some delay (gain 0/10)
11:59 – BM Profiles Friedman BE 100 profile, quite high gain (gain 6/10)
16:04 – Pete’s Profiles Wizard profile, crunch sound (gain 3/10)
20:09 – ToneJunkie Matchless profile, clean sound (gain 0/10)
25:37 – Conclusion along with some rambling

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Equipment used:
TC Electronics Dark Matter
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019 (Dirty Fingers+)
Kemper Profiling Amp

TC Electronics Dark Matter

Live Ready Sound Tweed Profiles

ReampZone Framus Dragon

BM Profiles F-man Pack

Pete’s Profiles Wizard

ToneJunkie Match Club

Kemper Profiling Amp

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FX600 by Behringer (Effect pedal demo)

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This time around we’ll have a look the guitar multi-effects pedal FX600 from Behringer. This stomp pedal is an alternative for those who are on a tighter budget as it only costs around 20 euros (about 22 USD). The FX600 comes with no less than six different effects: Flanger, Chorus, Phaser, Delay, Tremolo and Pitch Shifter. Maybe I should add this is a 24-bit digital effects pedal as well. (There isn’t much more technical spec’s available than this!)

Alright, so in this demo/review I will playing a Fender Stratocaster, through the Kemper Profiling Amp – the Behringer FX600 is hooked up through the Kempers FX loop. And if you didn’t – the Kemper takes pedals as well as any tube amplifier. I have chosen to use Kemper profiles from ToneJunkie’s 67 Supery Verb pack – Kemper profiles taken from a Fender Super Reverb from 67. I have consistently used one all clean profile and one slightly overdriven profile for all of the effects in the FX600.

Due to user failure all the closeups of the FX600 while playing with the clean profile was shot in timelapse mode, so there will not be any close-ups of that – sorry!

Index:
02:00 – Profiles used
03:19 – Flanger
05:12 – Chorus
07:33 – Phaser
09:23 – Delay
12:23 – Tremolo
15:06 – Pitch Shifter
17:06 – Conclusion

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Equipment used:
Behringer FX600
Fender Standard Stratocaster (HSS – Shawbucker, Custom 50’s singlecoils)
Kemper Profiling Amp

Behringer FX600 @ Thomann

Behringer website

ToneJunkie Store

Kemper Profiling Amp

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